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What Should You Do If You Get in a Car Accident?

What Should You Do If You Get in a Car Accident?

If you get in a car accident, would you know what to do? Follow these simple steps.

  1. Call for help. Call 911 or the local police department to report the accident even if the accident seems minor. A police report may be needed for insurance purposes. If you or anyone else has an injury, ask for an ambulance right away. If possible, do not leave the accident before the police or other drivers do.
  2. Move to Safety. Move out of the flow of traffic and stand somewhere safe. If you can, move your car out of the flow of traffic. Turn the hazard lights on in your car and use cones, warning triangles or flares to alert other oncoming cars.
  3. Remain Calm. It is easy to be upset or frustrated with other drivers but it is important to remember to stay calm and be polite. Avoid engaging in any arguments with the other driver. Staying calm can help you to keep a level head so you can be best prepared for your case.
  4. Exchange Information with the other driver. You will need their name, address, phone number, insurance company, policy number, driver’s license number, and license plate number. If the driver is not the owner of the car they were driving, get the information for the owner too.
  5. Don’t Admit Fault. People may make a false statement in confusion, pain or under pressure. This can affect or cause problems for the case.
  6. Find Witnesses. Get the contact information of other witnesses. They may be able to help you if there is a dispute from other driver(s) of what happened.
  7. Take Pictures. Take pictures of all the cars involved showing the overall context of the accident. This could protect you against fraudulent claims from other driver(s). Make notes immediately about what happened, how all cars involved were damaged as well as the make and model of each car, the location of the accident and the name and badge number of police officers on the scene.
  8. See a Doctor. An injury might not be apparent to you at the scene of the accident. Don’t hesitate to see a doctor to be checked out.
  9. Hire Brent Gordon. Even fender benders are worth a call to the office of Brent Gordon to determine if you have a case. Brent can help you fight big insurance companies and get you the money you deserve. Call us for a free consultation.

 

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 Car Accident Near Rigby, Idaho

Fatal Car Accident Near Rigby, Idaho

A car accident claimed the life of an Idaho resident. The accident occurred near Rigby early Tuesday morning. Madison County Dispatch received several 911 calls reporting a car accident at the corner of 7800 South and 2000 West in the Archer area. The Madison County Sheriff’s Office and Madison Fire Department responded to the area to find that the occupant of the car had been ejected from the car. The occupant was pronounced dead at the scene from injuries. Captain Cameron Stanford of the Madison County Sheriff’s Office has urged everyone to always remember to buckle up, slow down and leave plenty of room between you and the car in front of you. “People can drive on the snow. It’s the slowing down and stopping that is one of the problems,” he said.

Here are some tips to help keep you safe while driving:

  • Never drive drossy.
  • Make sure your tires are properly inflated.
  • Keep your gas tank half full.
  • Whenever possible avoid using the parking brake in rainy, snowy or cold weather.
  • Avoid using cruise control when driving on slick or wet roads.
  • Always look ahead and steer in the direction you want to go.
  • Buckle your seat belt before starting your car

For safe winter driving consider the following:

  • Accelerate and decelerate slowly.
  • Remember everything takes longer on snow-covered roads – accelerating, stopping, turning. Give yourself time to maneuver.
  • Give yourself eight to ten seconds between the car in front of you. This will provide the longer distance needed if you must stop.
  • Know your brakes. If you have anti-lock brakes (ABS), press hard. It’s normal for the pedal to vibrate a bit when the ABS is activated.
  • If possible, don’t stop. It takes more inertia to go from a full stop than it does if you are still rolling.
  • Speed up before a hill to get a little inertia. Applying gas on a snow-covered hill makes the wheels spin. When you reach the top of the hill, slow down and proceed slowly downhill.
  • Don’t stop going uphill. Get some inertia before going uphill.
  • If you don’t need to go out, don’t.

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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Car Accidents on Rural Idaho Roads

Car Accidents on Rural Idaho Roads

Twice as many car accidents occur in rural areas compared to urban counterparts according to data collected from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Many of the roads in and around Idaho Falls and Pocatello have little traffic and little distractions compared to city areas such as Boise, giving a false sense of security.

Rural roads have potential hazards such as:

• Unmarked fields and farm driveways
• Livestock crossing areas and farm vehicles
• Rough road conditions
• Highway hypnosis

Driving down the same straight narrow road for miles and miles is known as highway hypnosis. Think of when you read an article on your phone and you reach the end only to discover you have no idea what you just read. The same is true for a driver behind the wheel who has been driving for hours on the same straight road. The slow brain activity and lack of connection can reduce response time leading to an accident. Be as alert as possible by listening to music or rolling down the car window if you catch yourself experiencing highway hypnosis. Also be aware of things merging traffic, tractors, farm trucks or animals that can suddenly get in front of your car.

Other common car accidents on rural roads include:

• Failing to control speed
• Speeding
• Being under the influence
• Animals on the road

City driving requires you to be on the look out for cyclists, traffic signs, and other drivers where rural driving requires you to look out for animals, rough roads, and staying alert.

If you have suffered a personal injury on a rural road in Idaho, please feel free to call us for a free consultation at 208-552-0467. An attorney at Brent Gordon Law can help you obtain a much larger settlement than you can get on your own – as much as five times more according to one study. We will work with doctors and hospitals to ensure you are getting appropriate care and that your bills aren’t sent to collections. We will also make sure you recover for time missed for work. Our attorneys have years of experience helping injury clients obtain fair recoveries from insurance companies who refuse to play fair.

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 Car Crash Near Aberdeen

Fatal Car Crash Near Aberdeen

Fatal Car Crash Near Aberdeen, IdahoA fatal car accident near Aberdeen, Idaho has claimed a life. The crash occurred late Tuesday night when a 2004 Hyundai Accent was traveling southbound on State Highway 39. The driver lost control of the vehicle, and it rolled off the right shoulder off the roadway. Neither the driver nor his passenger were wearing their sea belts, and both were ejected from the vehicle during the crash. Both the driver and passenger were transported via ambulance to Power County Hospital in American Falls. The driver is in critical condition while the passenger died at the hospital.

Wearing a seat belt while driving is one of the easiest ways to prevent injury or fatality. We have posted other blog posts which outline the importance of wearing a seatbelt and Idaho’s seat belt laws. However, as a reminder, the CDC calculates that a total of 21,022 people died in motor vehicle crashes in 2014, and more than half of these deaths were people who were unrestrained at the time of the crash. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, traffic totalities feels in 2014 from the previous year, but 2015 has shown a troubling increase in the total number of fatalities. According to predictions, 2015 fatality estimates are up to 8.1 percent higher than the same point last year. These troubling statistics are a call to action to exercise caution while driving and increase efforts to reduce risk and combat threats to safety. While technology innovations have improved vehicle safety, behavioral safety is now of primary concern. Wearing a seatbelt is an astoundingly easy way to make sure you and your passengers avoid death during a rollover crash.

Hire Brent Gordon Law

If you’ve been in a car accident, call the attorneys of Brent Gordon Law. Our law firm believes every client deserves fair representation, not just big insurance companies with deep pockets. Call us today for a free consultation. We can usually tell you over the phone if you have a good case. Our law offices are located in Pocatello, Idaho as well as Idaho Falls, Idaho.

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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