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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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How Will My Bills Be Paid After an Accident?

How Will My Bills Be Paid After an Accident?

How Will My Bills Be Paid After an Accident?When meeting with a personal injury client for the first time, often one of the first questions the client will have is “how will my bills be paid after an accident?” The answer depends on the type of accident. An experienced attorney will know your options differ depending on if you were injured in a motor vehicle accident or other types of accidents such as a slip and fall or dog bite injury.

Personal injury attorney Mat Parke understands how important it is for injured clients to receive the medical care they need. Parke Gordon has a goal to make sure every client is fully compensated for all medical expenses, lost wages and other costly damages incurred in the accident.

To learn more about the options obtaining to your personal case, contact our Spokane law office now to speak with an experienced and knowledgeable attorney. Call (509) 482-7274

How Medical Bills Are Paid After an Accident

Most commonly, paying medical bills after an accident will happen using your own private health insurance or Medicaid or Medicare. The at-fault party (or parties) will then be asked to reimburse you through a personal injury lawsuit that will claim past, present, and future medical expenses as well as expenses of other damages. Once you have been paid by the at-fault parties insurance, your insurer will seek reimbursement of what it paid for your medical treatment. It is important to know that your insurer is entitled to the only reimbursement of what they paid for your medical treatment and no more than that.

Parke Gordon Law Firm in Spokane is Here to Help

After an accident, the experienced attorneys at Parke Gordon Law Firm are here to help take the stress out of your case. Let us get your case under control by handling your medical bills and getting you compensation for lost wages. Call our Spokane law office now to see if you have a good case during a free consultation. Call (509) 482-7274.

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Semi-Truck Accident on Interstate 90 from Driver Overcorrecting

Semi-Truck Accident on Interstate 90 from Driver Overcorrecting

Semi-Truck Accident on Interstate 90 from Driver OvercorrectingIdaho State Police reported a semi-truck accident on Interstate 90 in Coeur d’Alene from the driver overcorrecting. The semi was traveling westbound when the driver went off the right-hand shoulder, came back onto the roadway and caused the trailer of the semi to tip over from overcorrecting. The cargo of the trailer blocked all westbound lanes of travel with debris. Both the semi-truck driver and their passenger were transported to a nearby medical center for evaluation of injuries sustained in the crash. For approximately three and a half hours, crews worked to clear the debris.

When a Semi-Truck Overcorrects

Semi-truck drivers go through extensive training to be a safe driver. However, sometimes even after training, a semi-truck driver can make a mistake. Typically, when a semi-truck driver has made the maneuver causing them to overcorrect, it’s already too late.

Some common reasons a semi-truck driver is forced to overcorrect could be if the load was improperly loaded, they are driving on poorly maintained roads, driving distracted, or simply driver error or even improper training. Semi-truck rollovers account for approximately three percent of all large vehicle crashes. However, semi-truck accidents account for over half the deaths of truck drivers or vehicle occupants. Thus more, if the semi-truck happens to tip over onto a passenger vehicle or pedestrian, it is likely to cause serious injuries or wrongful death.

The faster the semi-truck is traveling at the time of the accident, the more likely it is that the semi will roll over. At high speeds, even a slight change in direction can cause the semi’s load to become unbalanced and rollover. For instance, when a semi-truck is traveling at 60 mph, it is traveling 90 feet every second. At this rate of speed, it can take an 80,000 lb semi-truck over 500 feet to come to a complete stop. Should the semi-truck driver need to swerve to avoid a collision, the semi can likely topple over as it attempts to slow down.

Coeur d’Alene Semi-Truck Accident Attorneys

Do not wait to call a semi truck accident attorney. Doing so could hurt your case. Call our Spokane law office now for a free consultation at (509) 482-7274. Our law firm can help take the stress out of your semi truck accident claim and make sure you get every penny you are owed. Our law firm works on a contingency fee. You pay nothing until your case is settled.

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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Proof Needed to Win a Slip and Fall Case

Proof Needed to Win a Slip and Fall Case

Proof Needed to Win 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. Here are some things you’ll be asked to help you win a slip and fall accident case.

Proof Needed to Win 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?
  • Were 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 Spokane

If you’ve been injured in a slip and fall accident, contact the experienced, trusted and aggressive slip and fall accident attorneys at Parke Gordon Law Firm to handle your case. We can usually tell you right over the phone if you have a good case. Call our Spokane law office now for a free consultation. The law office of Parke Gordon Law Firm believes every client deserves fair representation. We will fight for every penny you deserve. Call (509) 482-7274.

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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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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.

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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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