Offer Ends Soon: Request a free copy of the police report by calling 877-925-1969 before time is up.
Talk to me, I'm lawyer Burt True. I will answer the phone and your questions. My law firm helps injured people recover money for their injuries. I focus on car and truck wrecks, serious personal-injury and death cases.
Fact Check: See inaccurate information in this story? Tell me in the comments.
Mellissa Marie Butler of Topeka, Kansas was injured on Wednesday, May 04, 2022 at 04:40 PM in Shawnee County, Kansas. Butler is a 44-year-old woman.
The crash happened here: I70 westbound milepost 361.9 or I70 westbound on ramp from 3rd St.
In the crash, Butler was a driver. The police described the crash like this:
Traffic was backed up on I-70 Westbound around milepost 361.7 due to a vehicle stalled in the right lane of travel. Vehicle 2 [the 2017 Nissan Sentra driven by Mellissa Butler] was Westbound on I-70 in the left lane of travel near milepost 361.9 and began slowing down due to traffic stopped in front of it, when it was rear ended by Vehicle 1 [the 2020 Freightliner Semi driven by Steven Kidd] in the left lane.
Butler's injuries were possible, including complaints of pain. Butler was taken by ambulance to Stormont Vail.
The police said the 2017 Nissan Sentra with Kansas license plate number 995NJK damage was unknown. This vehicle was insured. American Family insured this vehicle. This vehicle was removed by Taylors Towing & Recovery. The police said they do not know where the vehicle was taken.
How To Get the Highway Patrol Report
The Kansas Highway Patrol trooper with badge number K224 of the Kansas Highway Patrol wrote up the report. The highway patrol assigned report number 2022-004995 to this crash. The KSHP charges $5.00 for each copy of the report plus additional fees of $2.00 for each witness statement. But you can call 877-925-1969 to request a free copy of the report. In order to get the report through the KSHP website, you must create a Kansas.gov account and give them your credit card. You must agree to be subject to Kansas Statute 45-230: Unlawful Use of Names Derived from Public Records. This statute imposes on those subject to it “a civil penalty in an action brought by the attorney general or county or district attorney” of up to “$500 for each violation.” Further, unless you qualify under the Federal Driver's Privacy Protection Act, the report you get will have important and necessary information such as photographs, social security numbers, driver license numbers, names, addresses and telephone numbers redacted (blacked out).
The information in this article came from the Kansas Highway Patrol website.
Butler may have an insurance claim. A lawyer will maximize the amount collected from the insurance company. In most cases, injured people can recover money for their medical bills, lost wages, and for their pain and suffering—even if a family member was driving. Getting a lawyer working on this case early will allow Butler to receive advice about preserving and gathering evidence and the value of their claim, which will help with the recovery. For more information watch How Insurance Companies Take Advantage of the Little Guy.
Photo credit: Missouri State Highway Patrol