Brad Pistotnik Law
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WHAT ARE THE DANGERS OF TRAVELING FOR COLLEGE SPORTING EVENTS?

College athletics are a very popular attraction for many people around the United States. Young and old travel hundreds or even thousands of miles for a particular sporting event and to watch their favorite team play. This year the Intrust Bank Arena is hosting several major college basketball games and tournaments. On December 9, 2017 the Kansas State Wildcats will be taking on the Tulsa Golden Hurricanes. This game is set to start at 7 pm. This game draws in people from all over the state of Kansas and Oklahoma. The arena can hold approximately 15,000 people. The following weekend on December 16, 2017 the Wichita State Shockers are set to take on the Oklahoma Sooners at 3pm. This game was sold out shortly after tickets went on sale. The arena and downtown area will be packed with visitors from the state of Kansas and Oklahoma. Tulsa Golden Hurricane and Sooner fans will be traveling I-35 north to their respective games. Travelers on this particular interstate will be traveling in excess of 80 mph and this time of year there is a potential for snow and ice, which can make traveling extremely dangerous.

Both of these games fall right in the middle of the Holiday season when there is already a lot of Holiday travelers on the road. Additionally, there are a number of Christmas shoppers and party goers on the roads who will be consuming alcohol. This creates an increased risk for serious motor vehicle accidents. Kansas State University students traveling from Manhattan, Kansas to Wichita will probably be traveling on U.S. Highway 77 which is a dangerous two-lane road. It is very difficult to pass other drivers on this Highway and it has very narrow shoulders if a driver is forced to pull off the road. As result, drivers should use extra caution when traveling to these games.

In addition to these two NCAA basketball games, Intrust Bank Arena is also hosting for the first time the 2018 and 2021 NCAA First and Second Round Men’s Basketball tournament. Wichita State University is the host school for the tournament. This means that Wichita State will not play locally during the tournament. However, if the University of Kansas is a number one seed it is likely they will play locally in the tournament at Intrust Bank Arena. The dates for the 2018 First and Second rounds are March 15th & 17th and the dates for 2021 are March 19th and 21st. This will draw crowds from all over the country. This is also the time where many schools are on spring break. You can bet that there will be tens of thousands people traveling to Wichita for the tournament. The NCAA Tournament is expected to bring in significant revenue for businesses in Wichita and other cities in Sedgwick County. Wichita has numerous popular hotels and bars around the Old Town area. The Ambassador, Drury Plaza and Hyatt Hotels are expected to be sold out first, as they are within walking distance to Intrust Bank Arena.

Many spectators to these games will be traveling on U.S. Highway 50 and U.S. Highway 54 both of which are very dangerous two lane roads. There is also a number of construction projects happening on these roads, which also make traveling difficult due to unexpected stops, traffic jams and detours. These two roads are also traveled frequently traveled by semi-tractor trailer units and other commercial vehicles. Semi-trucks traveling on these highways will often times travel to pass a slower moving vehicle and cause an accident with oncoming traffic. There are also a number of wrecks with semi-trucks and other commercial vehicles when they are traveling too fast to stop for another vehicle turning off of the Highway and cause a serious rear-end accident.

If you get hurt in an auto accident in Wichita or anywhere in the Midwest, call Brad Pistotnik Law, P.A. You can reach our attorneys 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Call us at 1-800-241-BRAD or call us on our local line at 316-684-4400 You can call Tony Atterbury at 316-617-9237. You do not need to call the office line, since you can reach Brad and Tony on our personal cell phone numbers all day long, seven days a week. You can call Brad Pistotnik on his cell at 316-706-5020. You can call from Western Kansas at 620-THE-BULL. We are in the process of opening our new office, located in Garden City, Kansas. It is located next to the AT&T building, right in front of Home Depot. You may have already driven by and noticed our new digital sign with the horns that light up.

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