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Friday, March 15, 2013

Proposed high-power line draw ire; Neighbors say there are alternatives to running high-voltage lines behind their homes


As reported in the March 14, 2013, Liberty Tribune the Read more . . .


Saturday, March 9, 2013

How to Avoid Auto Fraud - Helpful Hints on Buying a Car

 

Buying a car is one of the most important decisions a consumer will make.  Some quick car buying tips that might be helpful as you purchase your next car: 

  1. Before you visit a dealer, line up good financing through your local bank or credit union.
  2. Before you negotiate the price of a new car, check for price information at websites like Edmunds.com and Kelley Blue Book.
  3. Never tell the dealer how much you are willing to spend per month, instead negotiate a fair cash price for the car.
  4. Negotiate the price of the new car first, before the dealer evaluates how much you will get for your trade.
  5. Keep negotiations separate and beware of a monthly car note that hides the price of the new car and what you are getting for the trade-in.
  6. On used cars, always get an independent expert inspection before you buy.
  7. Check your Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) history at vehiclehistory.gov or a Car Fax history report.
  8. Test drive the vehicle and examine it closely for signs of prior damage.

If you ever buy a used car, insist on the title being presented to you at the time of sale. 

If you have been a victim of consumer fraud, please contact the Noland Law Firm, LLC. at 816-781-5055.


Friday, March 8, 2013

What Not to Do After a Car Accident

 

There are many potential missteps after you have been involved in an auto accident. In the minutes, hours and days following a car wreck, it can be difficult to think clearly or to take note of important factors involving liability and compensation. Even if your injuries are minor and your vehicle is not damaged, you should follow these guidelines to protect yourself and preserve your right to compensation for your injuries, vehicle damage or lost income. Often times, your damages are more serious than they appear at first glance.

Don’t Apologize
Even if you think you are clearly at fault for the accident, don’t accept blame or apologize to anyone. The police and insurance adjusters will investigate the collision and determine where the fault lies. If it lies with you, you will most certainly be notified. But affirming your guilt before all the facts are discovered can only serve to undermine your personal injury claim or a potential defense if you are on the receiving end of a lawsuit.

Don’t Compare Notes
Avoid rehashing the accident with the other involved parties. You do not want to inadvertently admit fault for the accident, or make other statements that undermine a future legal claim. Additionally, swapping stories can cause confusion in your own mind regarding what happened immediately before and during the collision. Of course, you should give your statement to the police, if applicable. But further communications regarding the accident, your injuries, damage to your vehicle, or associated expenses for medical treatment or car repairs should be limited to your attorney.

Don’t Get into a Dispute with Other Drivers or Passengers
Tempers can sometimes flare. People may be hurt, property may be damaged. Nobody is getting to their destination, and everyone may be concerned regarding various obligations and future travel arrangements. If other parties become upset, agitated or violent, you should simply walk away. By refusing to engage in emotional dialogue – or worse, a physical confrontation – you avoid turning a routine fender bender into a major altercation which can result in its own legal ramifications.

Don’t Call the Insurance Company
If you think there is any reason why the insurance company may dispute your claim, you should speak with an attorney first. The attorney can advise you regarding what to say – and what not to say – to the insurance adjuster, or can communicate with the adjuster on your behalf. Insurance companies train their adjusters to ask specific questions designed to make your case look as weak as possible. Your insurance company should help you when you’ve been involved in an accident – that’s part of what you pay for – but ultimately the bottom line is of primary importance. The insurance business is far more profitable when the insurance companies do not have to pay out claims.
 


Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Life on the Highway in Kansas City


Kansas City truck accidents claim too many lives each year. It is no exaggeration to say that the trucking industry is the lifeblood of our national economy, overseeing the safe delivery of all sorts of goods all over the country. Where we might be without this commerce is difficult to imagine, it has become so integral to our lives.

And yet, for those individuals who shuttle these loads, one semi-truck at a time, the risk can be great. The integral nature of these jobs to our modern life means that the responsibility is enormous.
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