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Five-Vehicle Car Crash Caused by Distracted Driver

Five-Vehicle Car Crash Caused by Distracted Driver

Five-Vehicle Car Crash Caused by Distracted DriverIdaho State Police reported a five-vehicle car crash caused by a distracted driver in Coeur d’Alene. The driver of a pickup truck collided with four vehicles stopped at a red light. One driver was transported to a nearby medical center for evaluation of injuries. The others reported no injuries. All were reportedly wearing seat belts at the time of the car crash. No citations have been issued but the investigation continues. The southbound lanes of traffic were blocked for an hour and a half following the crash.

What is a Distracted Driver?

A distracted driver is defined as having been doing one or more of the following, prior to the car accident:

  • Texting
  • Grooming
  • Adjusting the radio
  • Eating or drinking
  • Reading
  • Using an electronic device
  • Daydreaming
  • Distracted by external factors, for example turning to view a car parked on the side of the road.

Ways to Prove a Distracted Driver Caused the Car Accident

If you get rear-ended during a car accident, how would you know that the driver was following too closely or distracted by texting? This is exactly why you need an experienced attorney from Parke Gordon Law Firm to fight for you. Some things you could do to help your case include gathering evidence from the crash scene such as:

Witness testimony. This is especially crucial for proving the other driver was distracted. Gather as many witnesses from those who saw the accident happen as you can. Along with their statement, also gather their contact information (name, phone number, email).

Take pictures and video the scene. Gather photos of all cars involved in the accident showing damages. It is also very helpful to have photos or video of the inside of the other driver’s vehicle to help prove a distraction. For example, if you see open food containers or the other driver’s cell phone sitting on the front seat, take a picture for evidence.

Police report. Always be sure to call authorities after an accident so they can create an official police report of the accident. The police will ask all drivers involved in a description of what happened. The negligent party will typically tell the officer if they were texting or eating prior to the accident.

Hire a Car Accident Lawyer from Parke Gordon Law Firm

Auto accidents and personal injuries are not uncommonly caused by distracted drivers. The attorneys at Parke Gordon Law Firm in Spokane believe every client deserves fair representation. We will fight to get you the compensation you deserve from a car accident or any other personal injury such as a truck accident, motorcycle accident or wrongful death. Call the law office of Parke Gordon for a free consultation to review your case with an experienced and trusted attorney.

Spokane, Washington Law Office

Our Spokane, Washington law firm services clients in and surrounding Spokane, including for injuries and accidents in Spokane Valley and injuries and accidents in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho. Visit or call our Spokane law firm today. Parke Gordon LLC 421 W Riverside, Suite 256 Spokane, WA 99201 Phone:(509) 482-7274

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Sideswipe Car Crash on US 95 in Coeur d’Alene

Sideswipe Car Crash on US 95 in Coeur d’Alene

Sideswipe Car Crash on US 95 in Coeur d’AleneIdaho State Police reported a sideswipe car crash on US 95 in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho. A suburban was traveling southbound on US 95 when the driver sideswiped a pick-up truck. The suburban continued through an intersection and crossed into northbound traffic lanes. A passenger vehicle and another pick-up truck were traveling northbound on US 95 when they struck the suburban. Two of the drivers involved in the car crash were transported to a nearby medical center with non-life-threatening injuries. The highway was partially blocked for an hour while crews worked to clear the car crash.

Sideswipe Car Crashes

What is a sideswipe car crash? A sideswipe car crash occurs when the sides of two vehicles traveling in the same or opposite direction make contact. Usually, a sideswipe accident occurs when one driver tries to change lanes and doesn’t see the other car. Another term often used for a sideswipe car crash is a “blind spot accident.” Data from the Insurance Institute of Highway Safety (IIHS) reported 242,000 sideswipe car crashes occur every year. In addition, sideswipe car crashes cause about 27,000 injuries and over 2,500 fatalities each year.

The following are some common causes of sideswipe car crashes.

Common Causes of Sideswipe Car Crashes

A sideswipe car crash can occur for a variety of reasons. The following are some common scenarios of sideswipe car crashes.

  • Driver is distracted by texting, eating, grooming or by anything else going on in the vehicle.
  • Driver is intoxicated and fails to maintain in their lane.
  • The driver is tired and falls asleep at the wheel for a second, veering into the other lane.
  • A car merges onto the road or highway and fails to yield.
  • An angry driver purposefully sideswipes another vehicle in a fit of road rage.
  • A high-clearance vehicle such as a large pick-up truck fails to look for smaller vehicles before changing lanes.
  • Driver over-steers or under-steers while going around a steep curve.

Sideswipe Car Crash Attorney

If you’ve been injured in a sideswipe car crash, contact the experienced attorneys at Parke Gordon Law Firm to handle your case. Our trusted and knowledgeable attorneys will work hard to get you every penny of compensation you deserve. Parke Gordon believes every client deserves fair representation against big insurance companies with deep pockets. With our help, you can beat Goliath! Call our Spokane law office now at (509) 482-7274 now for a free consultation.

Spokane, Washington Law Office

Our Spokane, Washington law firm services clients in and surrounding Spokane, including for injuries and accidents in Spokane Valley and injuries and accidents in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho. Visit or call our Spokane law firm today. Parke Gordon LLC 421 W Riverside, Suite 256 Spokane, WA 99201 Phone:(509) 482-7274

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Things to do After a Hit and Run Bicycle Accident

Things to do After a Hit and Run Bicycle Accident

Things 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.

Suggestions for What to do After 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 Spokane Bicycle Accident Attorney for a Free Consultation

Contact the personal injury attorneys at Parke Gordon Law Firm in Spokane for a free consultation. Our Spokane law firm is on your side and will fight for your rights. Parke Gordon Law Firm in Spokane believes every client deserves fair representation against big insurance companies with deep pockets. The trusted attorneys at Parke Gordon Law Firm can usually tell you over the phone if you have a good case. Call our Spokane law office today at (509) 482-7274 to get started on your case.

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Our Spokane, Washington law firm services clients in and surrounding Spokane, including for injuries and accidents in Spokane Valley and injuries and accidents in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho. Visit or call our Spokane law firm today. Parke Gordon LLC 421 W Riverside, Suite 256 Spokane, WA 99201 Phone:(509) 482-7274

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Fatal Head-on Car Crash West of Post Falls

Fatal Head-on Car Crash West of Post Falls

Head-on Fatal Crash on Yellowstone Highway in Idaho FallsIdaho State Police reported a fatal head-on car crash west of Post Falls. A vehicle traveling eastbound lost control and went over the center line. Another vehicle traveling westbound struck the right-hand side of the eastbound vehicle. The driver of the eastbound vehicle was pronounced deceased at the scene of the car crash. The occupants of the southbound vehicle were transported to a nearby medical center for evaluation of injuries. Idaho State Police are still investigating this car crash.

Statistics show that only two percent of car accidents are head-on collisions. However, these types of crashes account for over ten percent of driving fatalities. Due to the increased force sustained by both drivers in a head-on collision, these types of accidents are probably the most dangerous. Here are some tips to help you avoid a head-on car crash.

How to Avoid a Head-on Car Crash

Seatbelt Use

Statistics from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reports airbags and seat belt use has reduced the fatality rate of head-on collisions by 61 percent.

When Passing, Use Caution

When driving on a rural road, only pass when it is safe to do so. This can be tricky for many drivers as it is hard to see oncoming traffic until you start to attempt to pass. If in doubt, don’t. Instead, wait for a passing lane.

Always Drive Alert

Never drive tired or distracted. Make sure to always have your eyes and mind on the road when you are driving to avoid an accident. All too often a driver accidentally swerves into oncoming traffic because they are distracted or falling asleep at the wheel.

Be Aware of Lane Markings

It is only lawful to pass on a one-lane road when the line is dashed or a passing lane is present. Passing over a double yellow line or in a passing lane for the opposing flow of traffic is unlawful and could cause a serious accident.

Roadway Conditions

If a roadway appears slick, do not attempt to pass. Doing so may cause the driver to lose control and end in an accident.

Car Crash Attorney

If you’ve been injured in a car crash due to the negligence of another driver, contact the experienced car crash attorneys of Parke Gordon Law Firm in Spokane. Our law office has recovered thousands for our Coeur d’Alene clients. We believe every client deserves fair representation against big insurance companies with deep pockets. Call our Spokane law office today at (509) 482-7274 a free consultation. This is your opportunity to discuss your car accident with an experienced and knowledgeable attorney.

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Car Accident Leaves One Man Trapped for Over an Hour

Car Accident Leaves One Man Trapped for Over an Hour

Car Accident Leaves One Man Trapped for Over an HourIt is being reported that a car accident left one man trapped in his vehicle for more than an hour after a five-car collision in north Spokane. The man remained conscious as firefighters worked to peel back the roof of his truck. Firefighters worked in below-freezing temperatures to extricate the man trapped in his truck.

Spokane police reported the crash occurred when one vehicle rear-ended another car, sending it skidding into oncoming traffic. The driver which rear-ended the other was ticketed for driving too closely to the car in front. No life-threatening injuries were reported however, three were transported by ambulance for evaluation of injuries.

In 2014, 6.1 million police-reported accidents occurred on U.S. roads according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. 72 percent of these accidents only involved property damage. However, 2.3 million were injured and 32,675 were killed in these car crashes. Of the 1.7 million auto collisions involving injuries or fatalities, it is fair to say firefighters were called to the scene to help a significant number of them. Firefighters are more frequently presented with the opportunity to save lives at the scene of a car accident than to save a life from a burning structure. Firefighters are well-trained and prepared to take quick and effective action at the scene of a car accident to efficiently protect and extricate victims while also protecting themselves from injury. The following are some examples of duties a firefighter has when responding to a car accident.

Firefighters Response to Car Accidents

At an auto accident, scene firefighters look for many hazards such as electrical/arcing wires, structural damages, natural gas/propane leaks, gasoline spills or other flammable liquid leaks, and other hazardous material situations. Typically, an auto accident will likely include emergency medical services and perhaps a ladder company as the emergency respondents. The ladder company may be assigned to block traffic on a multilane highway or otherwise reroute traffic.

Responsibilities of Firefighter Engine

The engine driver is typically the first arriving company and has a number of important tasks to accomplish. He/she must ensure the apparatus arrives safely at the scene including ensuring the safety of onlookers. When possible, the fire truck should be parked uphill and in an upwind position from the accident scene. It is usually best to position the fire truck a safe distance from the accident scene allowing maximum access for EMS and rescue units. The driver will also consider the need for water supply.

Responsibilities of Firefighter Crew

The firefighting crew should wear body protection such as eye protection, gloves, etc to protect themselves from hazards. One of the engine crew’s primary job is to make sure the vehicle is stabilized to prevent further movement and allow EMS personal to gain safe access to the victim(s). The crew should also know where to access the needed equipment. A firefighter will disable the crashed vehicle’s battery to deplete airbags. Crews may need to check electrical shorts, surges, or gas leaks if significant damage has been done. The crew may also need to assist EMS or rescue personal to gain access to the victim.

Car Accident Attorneys and Auto Accident Lawyers in Spokane, WA

If you’ve been injured in a car accident, don’t wait to call a Spokane car accident lawyer, call now. We can take the stress out of a claim and we’ll fight to get you full value for your car accident injuries working on your case. Call (509) 482-7274 to speak with an experienced Spokane car accident lawyer during a free consultation. The clients of Parke Gordon Law Firm love us and we think you will took.

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Our Spokane, Washington law firm services clients in and surrounding Spokane, including for injuries and accidents in Spokane Valley and injuries and accidents in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho. Visit or call our Spokane law firm today. Parke Gordon LLC 421 W Riverside, Suite 256 Spokane, WA 99201 Phone:(509) 482-7274

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