Independence, Missouri Personal Injury and Accident Lawyers
Based in Kansas City, Missouri, the Potts Law Firm represents victims of personal injuries, medical malpractice, car accidents, truck accidents, consumer and business fraud and defective drugs. We help injury and accident victims in Independence as well as Kansas City, Missouri; Lee’s Summit, Missouri; Overland Park, Kansas; Olathe, Kansas and the surrounding communties.
After a serious accident or injury, it’s important to know where you stand. Pick up the phone and contact a knowledgeable personal injury attorney at the Potts Law Firm. For a free initial consultation regarding your legal rights, contact a committed personal injury lawyer toll free at (866) 311-2230 or use our online contact form.
A Closer Look At Independence
Independence, Missouri, the county seat of Jackson County, is in western Missouri just east of Kansas City. The fourth largest city in Missouri, Independence covers 78 square miles and has a population of 120,409 people (US Census 2009 estimate) living in 47,000 households.
Independence was founded on March 29, 1827, and quickly became an important frontier town. Trade in Independence, MO, flourished due to the accessibility of the Missouri River. During the 1840′s, pioneers on the Oregon Trail stocked their wagons with final supplies before hitting the trail. Santa-Cali-Gon Days is an annual Labor Day festival held in Independence since 1973 celebrating Independence’s heritage as a starting point on three major frontier trails: the Santa Fe Trail, the California Trail, and the Oregon Trail.
Hometown of President Harry Truman, Independence, MO, boasts the Truman Library and Home as well as other heritage attractions such as the National Frontier Trails Museum. Independence hosts numerous historical sites relating to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in the early history of Independence.
Several of the country’s top trucking carriers take advantage of Independence, Missouri’s, central transportation hub. Interstate 70 is the major east / west interstate highway connecting Independence to Kansas City. Interstate 70 is the most important transportation corridor in Missouri, carrying more rural daily traffic than any other route. Deteriorating road conditions and poorly functioning interchanges compound traffic congestion problems and make travel on I-70 a risky experience. Interstate 29, Interstate 35, and Interstate 435 also serve Independence, MO.
The Jackson County Sheriff’s Department reports that Jackson County has been ranked as No. 1 in the State of Missouri for traffic fatalities, and for alcohol related accidents, for the past several years. The Missouri State Highway Patrol Statistical Analysis Center reports 80 fatalities occurring in Jackson County in 2009 due to vehicle crashes, with an average of 85.5 deaths per year for the last ten years. Just 4.87 of every 100 traffic crashes in Missouri were alcohol-related, but these crashes proved especially deadly. Out of every 100 fatal accidents, 28.64% were alcohol-related.
The top employers in Independence, according to the Independence Economic Development Council, include ATK, the Independence School District, Centerpoint Medical Center, and the City of Independence. Centerpoint Medical Center features eastern Jackson County’s only Level II Trauma Center with 24/7 Emergency Services. The Independence Regional Ennovation Center has transformed the former Independence Regional Medical Center into a mixed-use business incubator.
The 16th Judicial Circuit Court of Jackson County serves Independence, MO, from the Jackson County Courthouse (also known as the Truman Courthouse) at Independence Square at Main & Maple Street. Criminal and civil cases, including civil appeals, are handled by the Circuit Courts in Kansas.