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7 Tips for Parents of Teen Drivers

7 Tips for Parents of Teen Drivers

7 Tips for Parents of Teen DriversCar accidents are the leading cause of death for teens age 15 to 20. When a teenager is driving other teens, their risk of being involved in a fatal car accident doubles. Each year, drivers under the age of 18 are involved in 900,000 car accidents. Why? Teens typically underestimate or are unable to recognize hazardous driving conditions. Drivers between the age of 16 and 17 are nearly nine times more likely to be in a car accident than middle-aged drivers. Forty percent of teen car accidents occur at night, usually before midnight.  These are scary statistics for parents of teen drivers. The following are seven tips for parents of teen drivers to help calm your nerves.

7 Tips for Parents of Teen Drivers

1. Lots of Practice

The more time your teenager practices driving the better decisions they’ll be able to make on the road. In fact, a new driver’s car accident risk is three times that of a driver with experience.

2. Set Specific Rules

Teen drivers who have parents that are involved are twice as likely to wear a seat belt. Before your teen receives a driver’s license, you should set clear and specific rules that are fair. Discuss the details of their driving restrictions and agree on what is discussed. Clear communication will help everyone understand what is expected.

3. Driving Contract for Parent and Teen

After discussing your teen’s driving rules, create a driving agreement you both sign. You may want to also chart their progress, update the rules, and agree on car schedules. Then, keep the contract posted on an easily accessible place such as the refrigerator.

4. No Passengers at First

One of the main causes of car accidents are distractions. Other passengers, especially other teens, can be a huge distraction for new drivers. In fact, studies show each additional passenger in the car increases the likelihood of an accident.

5. No Texting

11 teens are killed everyday as a result of texting and driving. Texting while driving is one of the most common causes of accidents, yet can be easily preventable. Take time to educate your teen about the dangers of texting and driving. You can also encourage them to take a pledge to never text and drive.

6. Driving Education

Driver’s Ed is essential for every new driver. Knowing and understanding the laws and regulations of driving in your state will greatly help your teen to be a better driver and lower their risk of being involved in a car accident.

7. Professional Driving Instructor

Along with driver’s ed, it is also a great idea to hire a professional driving instructor for your teen. A professional driving instructor has certified experience as well as other resources at their disposal that could greatly help your teen’s driving ability.

Car and Auto Accident Lawyers

Looking for a car accident attorney in Southeast Idaho? The car accident attorneys and auto accident lawyers at Brent Gordon Law Firm in Pocatello and Idaho Falls believe every client deserves fair representation, not just big insurance companies. The auto accident attorneys in the law office of Brent Gordon have years of experience representing car accident clients and obtaining impressive results for those clients. Brent Gordon Law Firm is also able to help with wrongful death claims in the event your loved one has passed away from the negligence of another in a car accident.

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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Vehicle Forced Off Road Following Car Crash

Vehicle Forced Off Road Following Car Crash

Vehicle Forced Off Road Following Car CrashIdaho State Police reported a vehicle being forced off the road due to impact from a car crash. A van was struck from behind by and SUV forcing the van off the roadway, through a fence and into a ditch. The driver and passenger of the van were reportedly injured from the collision. They were taken to a nearby hospital for evaluation of injuries. The driver of the SUV was not injured. All involved in the collision were reportedly wearing seat belts at the time of the car crash.

What to Do After Being Forced Off the Road by Another Driver

Being forced off the road by another driver is often very dangerous and leads to serious injuries from the vehicle striking inanimate objects such as trees or fences. To make matters worse, hitting an inanimate object other than another car is considered a single car accident and falls under collision coverage. You’ll want to be prepared to pay the deductible listed on your collision auto insurance coverage. In addition, if it is a hit and run accident, it is likely the other driver will get away with it unless there were witnesses.

The following are a few steps to do after being forced off the road by another driver.

1. Call the Police

Protect yourself legally and financially as soon as possible by calling to report the accident. It will be greatly beneficial if you can remember the color, make, and model of the vehicle that ran you off the road. Also, any identifying characteristics of the driver and if possible, the license plate number.

2. Identify Who Ran You Off the Road

Sometimes an at-fault driver may not even realize they ran you off the road. For instance, if you were cut off and they kept driving not realizing they’d caused an accident. These types of cases can be extremely frustrating if there is no one to place fault on.

3. Assess Damages

When a vehicle is run off the road, there is often a lot of damage. Hitting a fence or guardrail will cause physical damage to the vehicle. If your vehicle did not strike the at-fault driver’s vehicle, it is more than likely that your auto insurance will use your collision coverage to cover the cost of the damages to your vehicle. However, it depends on your particular situation.

4. Evaluate Injuries

If you have been injured, seek medical attention. The at-fault driver could be held liable, but each case is different. Regardless, it is important to your health to make sure you receive proper medical care.

If you are not able to get the at-fault driver’s information, some states allow an uninsured motorist claim to be filed under your own insurance policy and list the at-fault driver as a phantom driver. However, you would have to have uninsured motorist coverage on your policy.

5. Gather Contact Information of Any Witnesses

Eyewitnesses to car accidents such as being forced off the road are crucial. For instance, an eyewitness may be able to get the license plate number of the at-fault driver or other important identifying assets. Get the contact information of anyone who saw the accident. You should also ask any witnesses to cooperate with police by giving a statement.

6. Contact an Experienced Car Crash Attorney

Being run off the road can be very scary. Most of the time, if two vehicles did not make contact, the accident is considered a single car accident. Every case is different. Don’t hesitate to contact the experienced car crash attorneys at Brent Gordon Law to evaluate you case during a free consultation. This is your opportunity to discuss your case with an experienced and trusted car crash attorney. Call our Idaho Falls law office at (208) 552-0467 or our Pocatello law office at (208) 232-7274 to get started on your 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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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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