Call Now For a Free Consultation 208-552-0467
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

Gordon Law Idaho Falls

Brent Gordon Law

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

Gordon Law Pocatello

Brent Gordon Law

 

Key Evidence to Collect Following a Semi-Truck Accident

Key Evidence to Collect Following a Semi-Truck Accident

Key Evidence to Collect Following a Semi-Truck AccidentAfter being involved in a semi-truck accident, the first thing you should do is call 911 for emergency services. A police officer will arrive to gather evidence and create a police report. This will help your semi-truck accident case later. However, there is evidence you can collect following a semi-truck accident that may also help your case. If you are physically able, check on other possible victims and then wait for the police to arrive. Always be sure to receive any medical treatment you need even if you don’t feel hurt. Some symptoms take time to develop. The following is key evidence to collect following a semi-truck accident if you are able, that can greatly help your semi-truck accident case.

Key Evidence to Collect Following a Semi-Truck Accident

Semi-Truck Driver Information

  • Truck driver’s full name
  • Company name
  • Contact information of the truck driver
  • Contact information of the trucking company
  • The license plate number of the semi-truck
  • Semi-truck information
  • Insurance information
  • Truck driver’s license number
  • What the truck driver was hauling

Witness Information

If anyone witnessed the semi-truck accident, ask them to stay until police have arrived to take down statement from them. You should also ask them for the following information

  • Name
  • Phone number
  • What they witnessed

Photographs of the Accident

Take photos of the following damages.

  • Damages to all vehicles involved in the semi-truck accident
  • Any injuries sustained
  • Road conditions
  • Any other damages to the collision area

Hire a Semi-Truck Attorney Immediately

Semi-truck companies are required by federal law to keep documents about their trucks and their drivers but after a period of time, they may destroy those documents.  You need to hire a semi-truck attorney immediately after a truck accident.  If the driver of the commercial truck was negligent, evidence needs to be preserved that can be used to demonstrate that the trucking company and its driver are responsible.  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. Call Brent Gordon Law Firm for a free consultation with a semi-truck accident lawyer 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

Gordon Law Idaho Falls

Brent Gordon Law

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

Gordon Law Pocatello

Brent Gordon Law

 

Swerving to Avoid a Crash

Swerving to Avoid a Crash

Swerving to Avoid a CrashSwerving to avoid a crash is a natural instinct for most drivers but is it always safe to swerve? Idaho State Police reported a crash involving two pickup trucks on Highway 75. A Chevy Silverado traveling northbound on State Highway 75 crossed over the center line into the southbound lane. An oncoming Ford F350 swerved to avoid being hit by the Chevy and ended up driving into a bar ditch. The Chevy struck the Ford F350 in the southbound lane. All occupants were reportedly wearing seatbelts at the time of the crash. Traffic was blocked for about three hours as crews worked to clear the accident.

Swerving to Avoid a Crash

To avoid injury in a car accident, it is a natural instinct to want to swerve. If a driver is distracted and comes into your lane, you might be able to avoid a crash without injury by driving onto the shoulder of the road, honking your horn to alert the other driver, or swerving around the potential car accident. However, some experts would say you should never swerve. Here’s why.

Insurance

From an insurance perspective, if the other car causes a car accident a claim can easily be made against their insurance. No questions asked. It is easy to determine fault. However, if you swerve and end up running into another vehicle or fixed object along the road side, the distracted driver may just drive off because they were not involved in a crash.  They are not required to stop; therefore, you will not be able to gather their information or insurance. It’s a lot harder to pin the crash on the driver who was really at fault.

Surroundings

Another reason not to swerve is the surroundings around you could be more dangerous. You might swerve into a pedestrian or hit an object that cause your vehicle to roll increasing your risk of injury. You may also end up causing a far worse accident. For example, if a car cuts you off and you suddenly swerve into another lane and crash with a different car, then you caused the accident. You could also swerve right into oncoming traffic and be hit head-on.

Gordon Law Firm Will Fight for Your Rights After a Car Crash

If you’ve been injured in a car accident and the accident was not your fault, contact the legal professionals at Brent Gordon Law Firm. Our experienced car crash attorneys will fight for your rights to make sure you get every penny you deserve. Call our Idaho Falls law office now at (208) 552-0467 or our Pocatello law office at (208) 232-7274 to get started on your case with a free consultation with an experienced car crash 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

Gordon Law Idaho Falls

Brent Gordon Law

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

Gordon Law Pocatello

Brent Gordon Law

 

Steps Your Attorney Will Take to Prove Your Claim

Steps Your Attorney Will Take to Prove Your Claim

After an accident, you may be wondering how an attorney can prove your claim. The experienced injury attorneys at Brent Gordon Law Firm in Idaho Falls or Pocatello will fight to get you the largest possible settlement for your injuries, property damage, and pain and suffering. Your attorney will investigate the accident to make sure fault is assigned to the right driver and explore every potential opportunity for you to receive more compensation. If you’ve been injured, you need to focus on your recovery and let Brent Gordon Law Firm handle the legal work to secure your claim.

Gather Evidence

When you are seriously injured in an accident, the sooner you hire an attorney, the better the outcome for your case. This is because the first set in preparing a strong accident claim is gathering evidence at the scene of the accident. As time passes, evidence will be more difficult to gather. Types of evidence that is often gathered from a car accident scene include the following.

  • Photos were taken at the time of the accident
  • Tire markings on the pavement
  • Footage from traffic or security cameras
  • Photos of the area including traffic signs, signals, pedestrian walkways, homes and businesses surrounding the area
  • Police reports
  • Repair reports and photos of the damaged vehicles
  • Contact information of witnesses

Analyzing Evidence

Once the evidence has been gathered, your attorney can consult with experts to interpret the evidence and determine fault. The expert can analyze evidence and create a video that reproduces the events of the accident. An accurate analysis of evidence can provide the answers needed to present a strong case. Questions evidence can often answer include the following.

  • Who caused the accident?
  • Was the at-fault driver impaired?
  • Did road conditions or weather conditions contribute to the accident?
  • Was the at-fault driver distracted?
  • Did the victim contribute to the crash?

Questioning Witnesses

Your attorney may choose to conduct interviews with key witnesses if needed. As the victim of an accident, there may be details from the accident that you are either unaware or forgot in the aftermath of the crash. Others who saw the accident can provide valuable information to help your case. If possible, after being involved in an accident, gather contact information from anyone who witnessed the accident.

Police Report Corrections

Sometimes errors can be made on the police report. One of the most important pieces of evidence in your claim is the police report. It is up to you and your attorney to make sure the police report accurately reflects what happened.

Police officers trained in auto accident assessment investigate the scene and talk to drivers, victims, and witnesses. They then write up an official police report back at the station. Sometimes a police officer at the scene is under pressure and may be rushed. They can and do make mistakes on accident reports. It is important that your claim gets the correct information on the report as quickly as possible.

Knowledge of the Law

The best asset your attorney will bring to your case is their knowledge and experience. An attorney will be aware of any statutes of limitations that apply to your case and will know how to pursue every possible source of compensation. Along with making a claim for property damage and injuries, an attorney can help you pursue claims for general damages such as pain and suffering, lost wages, and mental anguish.

Free Consultation with an Experienced Injury Lawyer

Stop wondering if you have a personal injury case. Contact the law office of Brent Gordon Law Firm in Idaho Falls for a free case evaluation. Our experienced and knowledgeable attorneys will work hard to get you every penny you deserve. Gordon Law Firm believes every client deserves fair representation, not just big insurance companies with deep pockets. 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

Gordon Law Idaho Falls

Brent Gordon Law

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

Gordon Law Pocatello

Brent Gordon Law

 

Filing Wrongful Death Against Deceased Negligent Driver

Filing Wrongful Death Against Deceased Negligent Driver

Filing Wrongful Death Against Deceased Negligent DriverIt is an unfortunate fact that some car accidents result in death. When a victim dies in an accident due to the negligence of another driver, his or her estate (usually represented by surviving family members) can pursue a wrongful death claim on the decedent’s behalf. If you are looking to file a wrongful death claim against a deceased person, you will be dealing with his or her estate. The person named as the deceased “executor” or “personal representative” will be asked to represent the deceased at-fault party. The negligent party’s estate is comprised of the property he or she left behind after death.

In most wrongful death cases when the negligent driver is deceased, their estate will need to pass through a probate process in court before you will be able to proceed with your case. During this process, an estate is divided to pay debts and deliver inheritances to the person’s beneficiaries fairly. By pursuing a wrongful death claim, you will become a potential creditor, and the estate will need to pay you a settlement.

Wrongful Death Claims

Since wrongful death claims are governed by a statute enacted by the legislature, the persons who are entitled to recover claims are set by statute. In addition, the types of damages a person may recover are set also by statute.

Receiving Compensation for Wrongful Death

When a person is wrongfully or negligently killed because of another, family members of the deceased have a right to compensation. The wrongful death attorneys at Brent Gordon Law Firm have helped clients recover substantial monetary settlements from the negligent persons who caused the wrongful death. Many different factors will determine the amount of compensation you may receive for a wrongful death such as:

  • Proposed income from the deceased
  • Savings of the deceased
  • Number of dependents
  • The degree of negligence that caused the wrongful death

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

Gordon Law Idaho Falls

Brent Gordon Law

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

Gordon Law Pocatello

Brent Gordon Law