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Common Causes of Rear-end Collisions

Common Causes of Rear-end Collisions

Common Causes of Rear-end CollisionsAccording to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), nearly one third of all motor vehicle accidents in the United States are the result of rear-end collisions. The following are some of the most common causes of rear-end collisions.

  • Distracted driving (i.e. texting, eating, reading, etc.)
  • Speeding
  • Heavy traffic
  • Road rage
  • Fatigued driving
  • Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol
  • Vehicle malfunction

Distracted Driving

NHTSA reported in 2017 alone, distracted driving claimed 3, 166 lives. What is distracted driving? Distracted driving is performing any activity while driving that would divert the drivers attention. For example, talking or texting on the phone, eating or drinking, talking to other people in the vehicle, changing the station on the radio, pressing buttons on a navigation screen. Anything that takes your attention away from the task of driving safely is considered distracted driving and often comes with heavy consequences.

Texting is by far the most alarming distraction to drivers. Reading or sending a text message that takes your eyes off the road for even five seconds, is very dangerous. In fact, a vehicle traveling at 55 mph travels the length of an entire football field in just five seconds. That’s like driving the length of an entire football field with your eyes closed.

Unless the task of driving has your full attention, you are not driving safely. Any activity you engage in that is not driving while behind the wheel, is a potential distraction and increases your risk of causing a car accident.

Speeding

Speeding is another huge cause of rear-end collisions. Speed limit signs are posted to protect everyone on the road. When a driver chooses to speed, they are putting everyone at risk of a car accident. In addition, injuries are often much worse at high speeds. In 2018, speeding killed 9,378 people according to data from the NHTSA. We are all busy. We all have things to hurry to get done. But speed limits are put in place to protect all road users. Faster does not mean safer.

Heavy Traffic

Many rear-end collisions are caused by a sudden change in traffic. Drivers often follow too closely for such rapid changes and thus cause a rear-end car crash. It is always important to keep a safe driving distance from the vehicle in front of you. A good rule to go by is the two-second rule. Ideally a driver should stay two-seconds behind the vehicle in front of them to avoid a rear-end collision.

Road Rage

Road rage is defined by the NHTSA as when a driver “commits moving traffic offenses so as to endanger other persons or property; an assault with a motor vehicle or other dangerous weapon by the operator or passenger of one motor vehicle on the operator or passengers of another motor vehicle”. Road rage is a criminal charge where as aggressive driving is a traffic offense.

Fatigue Driving

Fatigue driving also known as sleep-deprived driving is the act of operating a motor vehicle while being cognitively impaired by lack of sleep. Sleep deprivation is a major cause of many car accidents and can impair the human brain as much as inebriation can. Driving while sleep deprived is said to account for more than 20 percent of road fatalities.

Driving Under the Influence of Drugs or Alcohol

Any amount of drugs or alcohol in your bloodstream can impact your ability to drive safely. The effects of drugs or alcohol vary greatly, putting you and everyone else on the road at risk of an accident. Safe driving requires the ability to think clearly, make good judgement and react quickly in certain situations. Alcohol affects these skills, putting yourself and others in serious danger of a rear-end collision or other types of car accidents.

Vehicle Malfunction

Though usually uncommon, vehicle malfunction is also a major cause of many rear-end collisions. To avoid such, it is important to remember to get your car checked regularly. This is especially true before going on a long road trip or vacation that requires you to drive long distances. Vehicle malfunctions are often sudden, unexpected, and frightening. Even properly maintained vehicles can have a problem when facing different road variables. Tire blowouts, steering issues, and vehicle malfunctions cause many rear-end collisions.

Aggressive and Experienced Car Accident Lawyers

If you’ve been injured from an at fault driver who caused a rear-end collisions, contact the aggressive and experienced car accident lawyers of Brent Gordon Law Firm. We have settled thousands of car accident cases and obtained great results. Call us now for a free consultation! We can usually tell you over the phone if you have a good case. Call (208) 552-0467.

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.151 North 3rd, Suite 202A Pocatello, ID 83204 Phone:(208)232-7274

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The Police Report Can Impact Your Injury Claim

The Police Report Can Impact Your Injury Claim

The Police Report Can Impact Your Injury ClaimFollowing a motor vehicle accident (car accident, motorcycle accident, semi-truck accident), you want to call the police so an official police report can be made. Two types of reports will be made. The first is the official police report created by an officer investigating the accident. The second is an unofficial report created by one or more parties following the accident.

The following are some things you need to know about accident investigations and how the police report impacts your injury claim.

Investigations After an Accident Done by Police

When an accident involves reported injuries or fatalities, is blocking traffic, a driver is intoxicated or drivers are disruptive or fighting, a police officer is typically dispatched to the accident scene. A police officer is trained in vehicle accident investigation. Once they have secured the accident scene, an officer will investigate and determine the cause. Typically, the police officer will use a worksheet at the scene of the accident taking down information and then later prepare and official police report.

The information a police officer will typically gather at an accident scene is as follows:

  • The date, time, and location of the accident.
  • Personal identification and statements from drivers, passengers, and witnesses.
  • Descriptions of injuries suffered by drivers or passengers.
  • Vehicle descriptions including the make, model, year and color.
  • Roadway conditions at the time of the accident.
  • Property damages to the vehicles.
  • Any factors that may have contributed to the accident such as speeding, non-working brake lights or turn signals, etc.
  • The officer may also take photos of the scene and damage to vehicles.

If the officer suspects alcohol or drugs may have contributed to the accident, a field sobriety test will be conducted. Anyone found driving under the influence could also be arrested or issue a ticket.

After clearing the accident scene, the police officer may follow up at the hospital to report any critical injuries sustained by the drivers or passengers. Once this is complete, the officer will follow-up at the station and workup the official police report.

The Police Report Can Impact Your Injury Claim

Once you file a claim against the at-fault driver’s insurance company, a claims adjuster will begin collecting statements from you, their insured, the passengers, and any witnesses. To avoid having to deal with the insurance company, it is best to hire an experienced car accident attorney from Brent Gordon Law Firm. Our experienced attorneys will handle all communications with the insurance company, taking a major burden and stress off of you.

Occasionally, after an investigation done by the claim’s adjuster, something may show up that was missed by the police officer. However, typically the insurance adjuster relies on the police report to determine fault.

Police reports are very crucial to your personal injury claim. Unlike the insurance adjuster, the officer was physically present following the accident. The officer is also trained to provide a reliable and fair evaluation of the accident and its causes. If the claims adjuster disagrees with an officer’s assessment, the case may end up in court. However, most juries will take the officer’s opinion over the insurance adjusters. A police officer’s testimony has automatic credibility with a jury.

If You Are Found at Fault

If the officer finds you at fault, the other driver’s insurance company will not accept liability for their insured. That means your injury claim will be denied. An officer can make a mistake on the police report. These mistakes can be fixed but if it is changing the opinion of who is at fault in the crash it is much more difficult than changing something such as a name spelling or address on a police report. It would be best to hire an experienced car accident attorney. However, it may be difficult to find an attorney who will take your case.

Even when you insist the accident was not your fault, your insurance will likely go ahead and pay claims made by the other driver. If your insurance company accepts liability on your behalf, it makes your claim against the other driver that much harder to prove.

If the Officer Does Not Assign Fault

Sometimes a police officer does not assign fault for the car accident such as when bad weather, road conditions, or some other factor intervened. When a police officer does not assign fault, you still may have case. You’ll need to have evidence that either contradicts the officer’s assessment or supplements and clarifies it.

Contact an Idaho Falls or Pocatello Car Accident Lawyer

Don’t wait to call an Idaho Falls car accident attorney or Pocatello auto accident lawyer. Waiting could hurt your case. Call our law firm now to speak with an experienced attorney about your car accident case during a free consultation. Our attorneys can take the stress out of a claim and we’ll fight to get you full value for your car accident injuries. Plus, you pay nothing until your case is settled. Call Brent Gordon Law Firm today at 23-CRASH (208-232-7274) to get started on your car accident 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.151 North 3rd, Suite 202A Pocatello, ID 83204 Phone:(208)232-7274

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Semi Truck Fire on Southbound I-15

Semi Truck Fire on Southbound I-15

Semi Truck Fire on Southbound I-15Idaho State Police reported a semi truck on fire on southbound I-15. All lanes of traffic were blocked due to the fire. The incident occurred near Century High School in Bannock County. The cause of the fire and as well as any injuries is unknown at this time.

How to Protect Yourself from a Vehicle Fire

Thankfully vehicle fires do not happen frequently. However, a vehicle fire can be a potentially deadly emergency. Here is what you can do to protect yourself from a vehicle fire.

Prevent

The best way you can protect you and your loved ones in the vehicle is to prevent a fire from occurring in the first place. Regular car maintenance is the best way you can prevent a vehicle fire. The following are some warning signs to watch out for.

  • Spilled oil under the hood left from an oil change.
  • A blown fuses that occurs repeatedly.
  • Fluid leaks under the vehicle.
  • Loud sounds coming from the exhaust.
  • Rapid changes in engine temperature, fuel level, or oil levels.
  • Missing a cap from the oil filler.
  • Broken or loose hoses.

If a Vehicle Catches Fire

In the event that the vehicle you are driving catches fire, here are a few tips to keep in mind.

  1. Find a safe to pull over and stop immediately.
  2. Turn off the engine.
  3. Get out! Remove yourself and all passengers out of the vehicle.
  4. Move far away from the vehicle and stay away.
  5. Call 9-1-1 to report the incident.
  6. Stay out of the way of moving traffic.

Semi Truck and Car Accident Attorneys at Brent Gordon Law Firm

If you’ve been involved in an accident resulting in injuries, contact the experienced semi truck accident and car accident attorneys at Brent Gordon Law Firm to handle your case. Call our law firm now to speak with an experienced attorney about your car accident case during a free consultation. Our attorneys can take the stress out of a claim and we’ll fight to get you full value for your car accident injuries. Plus, you pay nothing until your case is settled. Call Brent Gordon Law Firm today at 23-CRASH (208-232-7274) to get started on your car accident 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.151 North 3rd, Suite 202A Pocatello, ID 83204 Phone:(208)232-7274

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Wrongful Death Caused by Driver Failing to Yield at Stop Sign

Wrongful Death Caused by Driver Failing to Yield at Stop Sign

Wrongful Death Caused by Driver Failing to Yield at Stop SignA Shelley woman was killed in a wrongful death accident due to another driving failing to yield at a stop sign. After colliding, both vehicles came to rest in a nearby field. The first deputy on the car accident scene found the Shelley woman trapped and unconscious in her vehicle. Witnesses, as well as the deputy, began first aid until emergency personnel arrived at the scene. The woman had to be extricated from the vehicle before being taken by ambulance to a nearby medical center where she died from serious injuries. The at-fault driver was able to free himself from his vehicle and attended to the Shelley woman before emergency services arrived. Both drivers were reportedly wearing seat belts at the time of the crash. There were no signs of alcohol or drugs being involved in the accident according to the press release.

Stop Sign Accidents

The most common scenario that causes a crash at a stop sign is when a driver just doesn’t see another vehicle coming. It could be the vehicle that is required to stop doesn’t, or it stops but fails to yield the right of way. These scenarios make up 70 percent of all crashes at stop signs. Only 17 percent of car accidents involved the driver running through a stop sign.

Misjudgement

At a stop sign, drivers are required by law to not only stop but look for vehicle conflicts before proceeding. However, drivers don’t always judge correctly and thus result in a car crash. 44 percent of drivers involved in a crash at a stop sign say they just didn’t see the other car coming. Another 16 percent said their views were obstructed. These statistics are from a study conducted by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.

What is Wrongful Death?

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 is a Fatality Crash a Wrongful Death Case?

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

Car Accident

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 responsible and drive safely. When a negligent driver chose to do otherwise and harms another, they should be held accountable.

Driving Under the Influence

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 of 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.

Contact a Wrongful Death Attorney Today

You could be entitled to thousands. Contact the wrongful death attorneys and lawyers at Brent Gordon Law in Idaho Falls or Pocatello to find out if you are entitled under the statute to bring a claim and, if so, what types of damages you are entitled to recover. The attorneys at Brent Gordon Law are experienced, trusted and aggressive. A lawyer at Brent Gordon Law will fight to ensure you get a fair settlement. Our law firm believes every client deserves fair representation. Call now for a free consultation or free case review with an experienced lawyer in Southeast Idaho (Pocatello, Idaho Falls).

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.151 North 3rd, Suite 202A Pocatello, ID 83204 Phone:(208)232-7274

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Motorcycle vs Horse Trailer Accident on State Highway 28

Motorcycle vs Horse Trailer Accident on State Highway 28

Motorcycle vs Horse Trailer Accident on State Highway 28Idaho State Police investigated a motorcycle vs horse trailer accident on State Highway 28. A pickup truck pulling a horse trailer attempted to make a left turn from southbound State Highway 28 onto Nicholia Rand Road when a motorcycle attempted to pass on the left. The motorcyclist struck the rear of the pickup truck and came to rest under the horse trailer’s hitch. Due to serious injuries from the motorcycle accident, the motorcyclist was transported by air ambulance to a nearby medical center in Idaho Falls for immediate medical attention. State Highway 28 was blocked for nearly an hour and a half following the motorcycle accident while crews worked to clear the accident. The following are a few rules for passing another vehicle you should keep in mind to stay safe on the road.

Rules for Passing Another Vehicle

Attempting to pass another vehicle creates a risk for yourself and others on the road. Unless passing is completely necessary because of a slow-moving vehicle in front, avoid making unnecessary traffic maneuvers or continuously changing lanes or passing other vehicles.

  1. When it is necessary to pass, the law requires you to only pass on the left (using the left lane). Only pass on the right when absolutely necessary to avoid a traffic hazard and only when it is safe to do so.
  2. When passing a motorcycle, remember to give the bikers the same full land width as other vehicles. Never drive in the same lane as the motorcyclist.
  3. The law requires you to signal at least 100 feet before changing lanes.
  4. Before attempting to pass on a two-lane road, check pavement markings and signs to be sure it is legal to pass.
  5. If another vehicle is attempting to pass you, be courteous by slowing down a bit and allowing them to safely pass.
  6. Check your mirrors and look over your should to be sure traffic is clear before attempting to pass.

When Passing is Illegal

  • A DO NOT PASS sign is on the roadway.
  • The center line on the roadway is a double solid yellow line or there is a solid yellow line on your side.
  • Passing a vehicle traveling at or above the posted speed limit. In order to pass, you would have to go at least 10-15 miles per hour faster.
  • There is not enough time to pass the vehicle in front of you and return safely to your lane before confronting oncoming traffic within 200 feet of your vehicle.
  • You are within 100 feet of a bridge or railroad crossing.
  • You are behind a school bus that is loading or unloading children.

Southeast Idaho Personal Injury Lawyers

Brent Gordon Law Firm handles personal injury cases for clients throughout Southeast Idaho, with two convenient offices in Idaho Falls and Pocatello, Idaho. Our law firm staff and attorneys focus their practice on injury cases, including car accidents, motorcycle accidents, wrongful death, and workers’ compensation so they bring years of experience and substantial knowledge to ensure you get a great settlement. Call our Idaho Falls law office at (208) 552-0467 or our Pocatello law office at (208) 232-7274 to get started on your personal injury 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.151 North 3rd, Suite 202A Pocatello, ID 83204 Phone:(208)232-7274

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