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How Liability is Proven for a Slip and Fall Case

How Liability is Proven for a Slip and Fall Case

How Liability is Proven for a Slip and Fall CaseFor any slip and fall case, liability must be proven in order for the case to be settled or go to trial. That means you need an experienced, trusted and aggressive lawyer to prove the defendant was negligent. In addition, a slip and fall attorney will need to prove that the defendant’s negligence played a part in causing your injuries. In a car accident case, it is usually straightforward who was at fault for the accident. However, in a slip and fall case proving liability can be much more complex.

How Liability is Proven for a Slip and Fall Case

First, your slip and fall lawyer will need to confirm with you how the accident occurred. In other words, how were you injured? An accident can happen in an instant. Sometimes a person doesn’t understand how they went from going up or down the stairs to being on the ground and injured. For example, if you fell down the stairs in a public building and broke your leg. You may be able to sue for negligence. Your attorney will ask you questions such as the following.

  • How did you fall down the stairs?
  • Was there any slippery substance present that caused you to fall?
  • Which foot missed the stairs?
  • What were you wearing on your feet?
  • Were you being cautious and using the handrail?
  • Were you carrying anything? If so, what was it?
  • Were you doing something else while walking down the stairs such as your cell phone?
  • Where you looking where you were going as you walked?

Once the physics of how you fell is addressed you attorney will figure out how to hold the defendant is legally responsible for the accident. Some possibilities for why you fell may include:

  • You slipped on something sitting on the stairs
  • You missed a step
  • You tripped over your own clothing such as a long coat or dress
  • You lost your balance by reaching for something
  • The risers of the stairs were of varying heights

Not all of these theories make for a good slip and fall case. The owner of the premises is not legally responsible for you tripping over your own clothing or losing your balance. However, the owner is responsible for a poorly constructed staircase or if something was sitting on the stairs for a long enough period of time that the owner should have known about it.

An experienced and good slip and fall attorney will examine the scene, discuss all possibilities with you and help you to come to a conclusion as to exactly why and how you fell. Next, your attorney will review the applicable state, federal, and local laws to determine if the condition of the premises violated any laws. Your attorney may also involve expert witnesses, if necessary, to testify as to the defendant’s negligence.

Experienced Slip and Fall Accident Attorney in Southeast Idaho

If you’ve been injured in a slip and fall accident, contact the experienced, trusted and aggressive slip and fall accident attorneys at Brent Gordon Law Firm to handle your case. We can usually tell you right over the phone if you have a good case. Call our Idaho Falls law office or Pocatello law office now for a free consultation. The law office of Brent Gordon Law Firm believes every client deserves fair representation. We will fight for every penny you deserve. Call (208) 23-CRASH.

Idaho Falls Law Office

Our Idaho Falls, Idaho law office services clients in and surrounding Idaho Falls, including for injuries and accidents in Ammon, Rigby, injuries and accidents in Shelley and Blackfoot, and injuries and accidents in Rexburg. If you are looking for an attorney in the Idaho Falls area, visit or call our Idaho Falls office now. 3423 Merlin Dr., Idaho Falls, ID 83404 Phone:(208) 552-0467

 

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Pocatello Law Office

Our Pocatello, Idaho law office services clients in and surrounding Pocatello, including for injuries and accidents in Chubbuck. If you are looking for an attorney in the Pocatello area, call our Pocatello office now. Our experienced personal injury attorneys will work hard to get you the compensation you deserve. Call (208) 232-7274 for a free consultation. 154 North Main St. Pocatello, ID 83204 Phone:(208) 232-7274

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What to do After a Hit and Run Bicycle Accident

What to do After a Hit and Run Bicycle Accident

What to do After a Hit and Run Bicycle AccidentA bicyclist has the same rights and responsibilities as a motor vehicle when driving on public roads. When a negligent driver crashes into a bicyclist, runs them off the road, or hits them by opening a door then leaves the scene, it is considered a hit and run crime. A hit and run accident can lead to misdemeanor or felony charges if the driver is found at fault. Under the law, the bicyclist can also file a lawsuit against the negligent driver to obtain compensation for damages and injuries. However, if the at-fault driver cannot be identified, the bicyclist can obtain some compensation by filing a claim against their own personal auto insurance with uninsured/underinsured motorist coverage or a medical insurance policy.

The best compensation will be obtainable only if the unknown driver is identified. If the driver is identified and found at fault, a personal injury lawyer would be able to fight to get you the most compensation possible.

Tips for a Hit and Run Bicycle Accident

Here are some tips for a bicyclist who is hit by someone who flees the scene to catch the responsible driver and protect your ability to file a lawsuit against them.

  • Take pictures of the accident scene, the damages to your bike, weather conditions at the scene, skid marks, and your injuries.
  • Talk to any witnesses and get their contact information (full name and phone number).
  • Call the police. A responding officer will be able to create an accident report. By failing to obtain an accident report, you may lose your right to compensation from your own insurance company and the at-fault driver. Even if you think the at-fault driver will not be found, file a police report with local authorities.
  • Receive medical care. Always go to the doctor after any motor vehicle accident. Doing so documents medical records that can later help your case. Tell the doctor you were involved in an accident and report any injuries even if minor. By receiving medical care, your medical records will protect your right to medical expense compensation.
  • Notify your insurance providers. Many auto insurance policies cover bicyclists who travel on roadways. Let your insurance company know about the accident if you think you will need to file a claim to cover your losses. Learn as much as you can about the compensation you are owed through your own insurance policies (medical and auto). If the driver is not found, these may be the only compensation opportunities for you.

Contact a Bicycle Accident Attorney Now

Contact our bicycle accident attorneys for a free consultation in Idaho Falls or Pocatello. Our injury lawyers are on your side and will fight for your rights. The law office of Brent Gordon believes every client deserves fair representation, not just the big insurance companies with deep pockets. Let the law office of Brent Gordon represent you and take away the stress of your bicycle accident case. Call our Idaho Falls law office now at (208) 552-0467 or our Pocatello law office at (208) 232-7274.

Idaho Falls Law Office

Our Idaho Falls, Idaho law office services clients in and surrounding Idaho Falls, including for injuries and accidents in Ammon, Rigby, injuries and accidents in Shelley and Blackfoot, and injuries and accidents in Rexburg. If you are looking for an attorney in the Idaho Falls area, visit or call our Idaho Falls office now. 3423 Merlin Dr., Idaho Falls, ID 83404 Phone:(208) 552-0467

 

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Pocatello Law Office

Our Pocatello, Idaho law office services clients in and surrounding Pocatello, including for injuries and accidents in Chubbuck. If you are looking for an attorney in the Pocatello area, call our Pocatello office now. Our experienced personal injury attorneys will work hard to get you the compensation you deserve. Call (208) 232-7274 for a free consultation. 154 North Main St. Pocatello, ID 83204 Phone:(208) 232-7274

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Chain Reaction Car Crash in Pocatello

Chain Reaction Car Crash in Pocatello

Chain Reaction Car Crash in PocatelloIdaho State Police reported a chain reaction car crash in Pocatello. A police officer was following too closely and crashed into the car in front of him at a stoplight northbound on Yellowstone Avenue. The impact of the collision caused a chain reaction with two other vehicles who were also stopped at the light. Only one person was reportedly injured in the crash and had to be transported by ground ambulance to a nearby medical center for evaluation of injuries. All drivers were reportedly wearing seatbelts at the time of the car crash. The northbound lanes of Yellowstone Avenue in Pocatello were blocked for about an hour as crews worked to clear the accident.

Chain Reaction Car Crashes

A chain reaction car crash typically occurs when more than two cars hit each other in a chain of rear-end collisions. Usually, the force from the first crash or the last in the line of cars rear-ends the next car in line pushing their car into another vehicle. These types of collisions are known as “chain reactions.”

While a chain reaction car accident can be the negligence of only one driver, sometimes multiple drivers can be found at fault. The most common cause of a chain reaction car crash is a driver following too closely or not paying attention. Litigating a car accident causes involving multiple parties can be challenging. Finding who was at fault for a chain reaction car crash can be difficult unless a driver admits to being distracted. Often, however, other factors play an issue such as road construction, bad weather, or aggressive driving. Hiring a skilled personal injury attorney to handle your case and pinpoint who is at fault, will be in your best interest.

Chain Reaction Car Crash Attorney

If you’ve been involved in a chain reaction car crash, hire an experienced and trusted attorney from Brent Gordon Law Firm immediately. Our skilled personal injury attorneys will upfront all costs to investigate who was at fault for the accident. We will work hard to get you every penny you deserved. With the help of the experienced attorneys at Brent Gordon Law Firm, you can beat Goliath! Call our Idaho Falls or Pocatello law office now for a free consultation! You pay nothing until your case is settled. Call us now at 23-CRASH (208-232-7274) to get started on your case. We can usually tell you over the phone if you have a good case.

Idaho Falls Law Office

Our Idaho Falls, Idaho law office services clients in and surrounding Idaho Falls, including for injuries and accidents in Ammon, Rigby, injuries and accidents in Shelley and Blackfoot, and injuries and accidents in Rexburg. If you are looking for an attorney in the Idaho Falls area, visit or call our Idaho Falls office now. 3423 Merlin Dr., Idaho Falls, ID 83404 Phone:(208) 552-0467

 

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Pocatello Law Office

Our Pocatello, Idaho law office services clients in and surrounding Pocatello, including for injuries and accidents in Chubbuck. If you are looking for an attorney in the Pocatello area, call our Pocatello office now. Our experienced personal injury attorneys will work hard to get you the compensation you deserve. Call (208) 232-7274 for a free consultation. 154 North Main St. Pocatello, ID 83204 Phone:(208) 232-7274

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Fatal Semi Truck Accident Caused by Icy Conditions

Fatal Semi Truck Accident Caused by Icy Conditions

Fatal Semi Truck Accident Involving Rigby ManIdaho State Police reported a fatal semi-truck accident caused by icy conditions. A Rigby man was driving west in icy conditions when his van slide into a semi-truck driving next to him. Officials say the semi-truck driver was not injured in the crash. Unfortunately, though the Rigby man was wearing a seatbelt at the time of the collision, he succumbed to his injuries from hitting the semi-truck. Idaho State Police are still investigating this crash.

Tips for Driving in Icy Conditions

The following are a few tips for winter driving to keep in mind before attempting to drive on the snow and ice.

  1. Know how your car reacts to certain situations. Every vehicle handles differently, especially on wet or icy roads. Knowing how to react to the way your vehicle handles can prove to be very helpful in an emergency situation.
  2. Make sure your car is well maintained and ready for winter driving. For example, making sure all fluids under the hood are topped off, floor mats are properly installed, headlights are working properly, tires are in good condition, etc.
  3. Go slow! Remember it is harder to control or stop your vehicle on wet, slick or snow-covered roads.
  4. Increase your following distance to give yourself extra time to stop.
  5. Always wear a seat belt and make sure everyone else in the car is buckled also.
  6. Be prepared by keeping your gas tank full, warm clothes in your car, jumper cables, etc.
  7. Give a snow plow extra space by not traveling beside them. Also, if you are following a snow plow, leave extra space and don’t stop too close to them.
  8. If possible, avoid driving in the snow and wait for the storm to pass.

Semi- Truck Accident Attorney in Idaho Falls or Pocatello

The semi truck accident and car accident attorneys at Brent Gordon Law Firm are here to help after a car accident. Contact the law office of personal injury attorney Brent Gordon today for a free consultation. We can usually tell you over the phone if you have a good case. Our law firm believes every client deserves fair representation, not just big insurance companies with deep pockets. Let our experienced and knowledgeable attorney help you beat Goliath. Call our Idaho Falls law office now at (208) 552-0467 or our Pocatello law office at (208) 232-7274 for a free case review.

Idaho Falls Law Office

Our Idaho Falls, Idaho law office services clients in and surrounding Idaho Falls, including for injuries and accidents in Ammon, Rigby, injuries and accidents in Shelley and Blackfoot, and injuries and accidents in Rexburg. If you are looking for an attorney in the Idaho Falls area, visit or call our Idaho Falls office now. 3423 Merlin Dr., Idaho Falls, ID 83404 Phone:(208) 552-0467

 

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Pocatello Law Office

Our Pocatello, Idaho law office services clients in and surrounding Pocatello, including for injuries and accidents in Chubbuck. If you are looking for an attorney in the Pocatello area, call our Pocatello office now. Our experienced personal injury attorneys will work hard to get you the compensation you deserve. Call (208) 232-7274 for a free consultation. 154 North Main St. Pocatello, ID 83204 Phone:(208) 232-7274

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Head-on Fatal Crash on Yellowstone Highway in Idaho Falls

Head-on Fatal Crash on Yellowstone Highway in Idaho Falls

Head-on Fatal Crash on Yellowstone Highway in Idaho FallsIdaho State Police reported a head-on fatal crash on Yellowstone Highway just south of Sunnyside Road in Idaho Falls. A vehicle traveling northbound on Yellowstone Highway reportedly crossed over the center line and entered the southbound lanes of travel. The vehicle was struck on the driver’s side by an oncoming southbound vehicle. The driver was not wearing a seatbelt at the time of the car crash and succumbed to his injuries at a nearby medical center. The driver heading southbound was wearing a seatbelt but was still transported by ground ambulance for evaluation of injuries at a nearby medical center. Traffic was blocked for about two hours as crews worked to clear the car accident.

Statistics show that only two percent of car accidents are head-on collisions. However, these types of crashes account for over ten percent of driving fatalities. Due to the increased force sustained by both drivers in a head-on collision, these types of accidents are probably the most dangerous. Here are some tips to help you avoid a head-on car crash.

Tips to Avoid a Head-on Car Crash

Wear a Seatbelt

Statistics from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reports airbags and seat belt use has reduced the fatality rate of head-on collisions by 61 percent.

Pass with Caution

When driving on a rural road, only pass when it is safe to do so. This can be tricky for many drivers as it is hard to see oncoming traffic until you start to attempt to pass. If in doubt, don’t. Instead, wait for a passing lane.

Be Alert

Never drive tired or distracted. Make sure to always have your eyes and mind on the road when you are driving to avoid an accident. All too often a driver accidentally swerves into oncoming traffic because they are distracted or falling asleep at the wheel.

Observe Lane Markings

It is only lawful to pass on a one-lane road when the line is dashed or a passing lane is present. Passing over a double yellow line or in a passing lane for the opposing flow of traffic is unlawful and could cause a serious accident.

Be Aware of Roadway Conditions

If a roadway appears slick, do not attempt to pass. Doing so may cause the driver to lose control and end in an accident.

Car Crash Attorney in Southeast Idaho

If you’ve been injured in a car crash due to the negligence of another driver, contact the experienced car crash attorneys of Brent Gordon Law Firm in Idaho Falls or Pocatello. Our law office has recovered thousands for our Southeast Idaho clients. We believe every client deserves fair representation against big insurance companies with deep pockets. Call our Idaho Falls law office today at (208) 552-0467 or Pocatello law office at (208) 232-7274 for a free consultation. This is your opportunity to discuss your car accident with an experienced and knowledgeable attorney.

Idaho Falls Law Office

Our Idaho Falls, Idaho law office services clients in and surrounding Idaho Falls, including for injuries and accidents in Ammon, Rigby, injuries and accidents in Shelley and Blackfoot, and injuries and accidents in Rexburg. If you are looking for an attorney in the Idaho Falls area, visit or call our Idaho Falls office now. 3423 Merlin Dr., Idaho Falls, ID 83404 Phone:(208) 552-0467

 

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Pocatello Law Office

Our Pocatello, Idaho law office services clients in and surrounding Pocatello, including for injuries and accidents in Chubbuck. If you are looking for an attorney in the Pocatello area, call our Pocatello office now. Our experienced personal injury attorneys will work hard to get you the compensation you deserve. Call (208) 232-7274 for a free consultation. 154 North Main St. Pocatello, ID 83204 Phone:(208) 232-7274

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Fatal Crash Involving a Snowmobile South of Island Park – Wrongful Death Lawyer

Fatal Crash Involving a Snowmobile South of Island Park – Wrongful Death Lawyer

Fatal Crash Involving a Snowmobile South of Island ParkIdaho State Police reported a fatal crash involving a snowmobile south of Island Park. The driver of the snowmobile was exiting a parking lot when he was struck by an oncoming car. Unfortunately, the driver of the snowmobile was not wearing a helmet at the time of the accident and succumbed to his injuries at the scene of the crash. The driver of the car was wearing a seatbelt at the time of the crash. It was reported that they did not need to be transported to a medical center. Traffic heading westbound was blocked for about two hours and traffic heading eastbound was blocked for nearly four hours while crews worked to clear the accident.

When driving on the roadway, a snowmobile is under the same rules of the road as any other vehicle. In the aforementioned case, it is unclear if the snowmobile driver pulled in front of the vehicle that struck him or if the driver of the vehicle was at fault. If the driver of the vehicle is found at fault, the surviving family of the snowmobile driver would be able to file a wrongful death case.

Wrongful Death Defined

Wrongful death is a legal term to describe a claim that certain individuals can make against a person who wrongfully or negligently causes the death of another. Wrongful death claims are enacted by the state legislature to govern who can bring a wrongful death claim.

A wrongful death lawsuit allows the victim’s family to seek out compensation any financial losses acquired as a result of the death. Wrongful death is also a way the family can seek justice against the negligent party.

How a Fatality Crash is a Wrongful Death Case

The following are some scenarios in which filing a wrongful death case would be applicable.

Car Crash

Many wrongful death cases are filed after a fatal car accident. There are many ways the other driver can be found negligent for the victim’s death following a car accident. For instance, a distracted driver who caused a car crash can be held responsible for their negligent behavior through a wrongful death case if they killed the other driver. Anyone operating a motor vehicle is under oath to act responsibly and drive safely. When a negligent driver chose to do otherwise and harms another, they should be held accountable.

Driving Drunk

A driver under the influence of drugs or alcohol is a prime candidate for being held responsible for a fatality. Clearly, it is easy to see the negligence of a drunk driver.

Premises Liability

Incidents such as a slip and fall accident where the owner of the property should have known of the hazardous circumstances that caused a death make the owner liable for negligence. It is rare for a person to die from a slip and fall accident or other common premise liability scenarios. However, situations such as an accidental drowning, also fall under this category.

Wrongful Death Lawyer in Southeast Idaho

If you have lost a loved one due to the negligence of another, contact the experienced Southeast Idaho personal injury lawyers at Brent Gordon Law Firm in Idaho Falls and Pocatello for a free case review with an experienced and trusted wrongful death lawyer. We will fight for the compensation you are owed. Call our Idaho Falls law office at (208) 552-0467 or Pocatello law office at (208) 232-7274.

Idaho Falls Law Office

Our Idaho Falls, Idaho law office services clients in and surrounding Idaho Falls, including for injuries and accidents in Ammon, Rigby, injuries and accidents in Shelley and Blackfoot, and injuries and accidents in Rexburg. If you are looking for an attorney in the Idaho Falls area, visit or call our Idaho Falls office now. 3423 Merlin Dr., Idaho Falls, ID 83404 Phone:(208) 552-0467

 

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Pocatello Law Office

Our Pocatello, Idaho law office services clients in and surrounding Pocatello, including for injuries and accidents in Chubbuck. If you are looking for an attorney in the Pocatello area, call our Pocatello office now. Our experienced personal injury attorneys will work hard to get you the compensation you deserve. Call (208) 232-7274 for a free consultation. 154 North Main St. Pocatello, ID 83204 Phone:(208) 232-7274

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