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Determining Fault After a Semi Truck Accident

Determining Fault After a Semi Truck Accident

Determining Fault After a Semi Truck AccidentDetermining fault after a semi truck accident can be complex. Accidents involving semi trucks often have a number of factors that may have contributed to the accident such as weather, road conditions, driver error, vehicle malfunctions, etc. These factors complicate the process of determining fault for a semi truck accident case. An investigation of the accident will take into account all these factors, as well as police reports and statements from eye witnesses, are also used to determine fault after a semi truck accident. The driver or drivers who are determined to be at fault for causing the semi truck accident will be responsible for compensating any person who was injured or wrongfully killed in the accident.

Semi truck companies are required by federal law to keep documents about their trucks and their drivers for a period of time. After that time, they may destroy those documents. You need to hire a semi truck attorney immediately after a truck accident. Evidence needs to be preserved that can be used to demonstrate that the trucking company and its driver were negligent. An attorney can protect your rights by sending a special letter called a spoliation letter to the trucking company. After receipt of the letter, the trucking company will be forced to preserve the documents. If the documents show a pattern of willful and reckless behavior, you may be entitled to recover punitive damages.

Do not hurt your chances of obtaining a full recovery by waiting to hire a semi truck accident attorney. After the trucking company has destroyed valuable evidence that you could have used to prove your case, you may not receive as great of a settlement.

Hire a Semi Truck Accident Lawyer Immediately After an Accident

Semi truck companies are required by federal law to keep documents about their trucks and their drivers. After a period, they may destroy those documents. Hire a semi truck attorney immediately after a truck accident to preserve evidence that can be used to demonstrate that the trucking company and its driver were negligent. A truck accident attorney can protect your rights by sending a special letter called a spoliation letter to the trucking company. After receipt of the letter, the trucking company will be forced to preserve the documents. If the documents show a pattern of willful and reckless behavior, you may be entitled to recover punitive damages.

Do not hurt your chances of obtaining a full recovery and better money settlement by waiting to hire a semi truck accident attorney after the trucking company has destroyed valuable evidence that you could have used to prove your case.

Contact a Semi Truck Accident Attorney Now

Don’t wait to call a semi truck accident lawyer at Brent Gordon Law Firm. Our experienced, aggressive and trusted attorneys will fight for every penny you deserve. Call our Idaho Falls or Pocatello law office now for a free consultation. We can help take the stress out of the claim and make sure you get every penny you are owed. Call (208) 552-0467 now to discuss your semi truck accident with an experienced attorney during 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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Two-Vehicle Head-On Car Crash West of Idaho Falls

Two-Vehicle Head-On Car Crash West of Idaho Falls

Two-Vehicle Head-On Car Crash West of Idaho FallsIdaho State Police reported a two-vehicle-head-on car crash west of Idaho Falls. A vehicle traveling westbound on US20 crossed over the center line and collided head-on with a vehicle traveling eastbound with two juvenile passengers. All occupants of both vehicles were transported by air ambulance to a nearby hospital. Officials say all occupants of both vehicles were wearing seatbelts at the time of the car crash. Traffic was blocked for about 50 minutes while crews worked to clear the accident. Eastbound traffic was blocked for an additional two hours. Idaho State Police are investigating this car accident.

Head-On Car Crash Statistics

According to statistics from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), in 2005 there were 21,924 fatal crashes involving 32,512 vehicles and 54,990 people. 24,837 of these fatal collisions occurred in rural areas. Head-on car crashes are more likely to occur in rural areas. In fact, 13 percent of all rural fatal crashes are head-on collisions. Head-on crashes are responsible for less than seven percent of all urban fatal crashes.

Possible Causes of Head-On Car Crashes

A head-on collision typically occurs when a car crosses over the centerline of the roadway or a median in an attempt to pass but collides with an oncoming vehicle from the other direction. Another common reason for head-on collisions is from a wrong way driver. 75 percent of all head-on collisions happen on two-lane rural roads. This high rate of head-on collisions on rural roads indicates that these crashes are usually due to a failed passing maneuver. Head-on collisions are often serious and lead to many wrongful deaths. Other negligent acts that lead to a head-on collision include:

  • Falling asleep while driving.
  • Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
  • Driving distracted (i.e. using a mobile device while driving).
  • Losing control of the vehicle.
  • Road conditions.

Car Crash Attorney in Southeast Idaho

If you’ve been injured by a negligent driver in a car crash, contact the experienced car crash attorneys in Southeast Idaho at Brent Gordon Law Firm. Our law firm believes every client deserves fair representation against big insurance companies with deep pockets. We will fight for every penny you deserve. Call us now for a free consultation with an experienced car crash attorney to see if you have a good case. Call our Pocatello law office at (208) 232-7274 or our Idaho Falls law office at (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. 154 North Main St. Pocatello, ID 83204 Phone:(208) 232-7274

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What to do Before Speaking to a Personal Injury Attorney

What to do Before Speaking to a Personal Injury Attorney

What to do Before Speaking to a Personal Injury AttorneyThere are three things you can do before speaking to a personal injury attorney that can help your case go smoothly.

  1. Avoid speaking to an insurance company about your case or sign any documents.
  2. Receive proper medical treatment and make sure all injuries are documented.
  3. Collect paperwork and documents that will help your attorney with your personal injury case.

By doing these three things before speaking to your personal injury attorney, your case will hopefully go more smoothly and sooner. That means you’ll receive a better settlement, faster.

Do Not Speak to Insurance Company

Often times after an accident, the insurance company of the other party will attempt to contact you to receive a written statement. DO NOT give it to them. Simply tell them they can contact your attorney. Insurance companies are trained to twist your words in order to make you settle for less. Moreover, do not sign any documents that the insurance company requests you to sign without first speaking to your attorney. It is best to save yourself the hassle and simply let your personal injury attorney handle all conversations with the insurance company.

To be safe, only speak with your attorney about your accident. This will increase your chances of receiving the most compensation possible.

Get Medical Treatment

After an accident, we recommend seeing a medical professional to be properly diagnosed. Even if you do not feel injured, it is best to get checked out. Many times patients do not feel the pain from an accident related injury until weeks later. By waiting to be seen by a medical professional it makes it easy for the insurance company to blame the injury on something that happened after the accident. This can greatly harm your case. The insurance company can deny your claim or argue that injuries were caused by a different accident.

Collect Evidence

While still at the accident scene, there are things you can do to gather evidence that can impact your case.

  1. A police report. Call the police after an accident so an officer can create a police report and properly document the accident.
  2. Photos of the accident. If you are able, take photos of the accident scene, the damage to the cars and any injuries you sustained.
  3. Talk to witnesses. Gather the contact information (name and phone number) of anyone who witnessed the accident.
  4. Medical records. After being seen by a medical professional, request copies of any medical records to give to your attorney. This can save you and your attorney time later.

Southeast Idaho Personal Injury Attorney

If you feel you are entitled to recover damages from a car accident, truck accident, dog bite, or other personal injury, contact Brent Gordon Law Firm in Idaho Falls or Pocatello. Brent Gordon Law Firm offers a free consultation. This is your opportunity to discuss your accident with an experienced, trusted and knowledgeable personal injury attorney about your car accident. Call our law office today 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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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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