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Semi-truck Accident Leads to Multiple Accidents Due to Icy Conditions

Semi-truck Accident Leads to Multiple Accidents Due to Icy Conditions

Semi-truck Accident Leads to Multiple Accidents Due to Icy ConditionsA semi-truck rollover lead to multiple accidents due to icy conditions on I-90 west of Ritzville. The semi-truck rolled blocking both lanes of eastbound traffic on I-90. Due to the backup, multiple other collisions occurred according to Washington State Police. Those collisions led to a probable hazmat fuel leak of about 150 gallons of diesel, Washington State Police said. Traffic was blocked for a few hours as crews worked to clear the accidents. This is a good reminder to slow down and be cautious during winter months as the road may be icy.

8 Tips for Driving in Icy Conditions

  1. Drive with care. Even if roadways have been treated with sand or salt, drive with more caution.
  2. Leave more distance between you and the car in front of you. Leaving more space between vehicles allows for more time to stop when needed.
  3. Pass with caution. When you are overtaking a vehicle on icy roads, make sure you are able to pass safely.
  4. Watch out for snowplows that may through snow on either side of their truck. It is important to remember to not pass a snowplow unless the lane you intend to use to pass has been cleared.
  5. Be prepared for road conditions to change suddenly even in relatively short distances.
  6. Listen to the radio for updates on weather and road conditions before you leave.
  7. Drive at a slow pace in as high a gear as possible.
  8. Accelerate and brake gently. It may be a good idea to check your grip on the road surface when there is snow or ice by choosing a safe place to brake gently. If the steering feels unresponsive, this may indicate the roads are icy.

Car Accident Attorneys and Semi-truck Accident Lawyers in Spokane, WA

If you’ve been injured in a car accident or semi-truck accident, don’t wait to call a Spokane car accident lawyer. The experienced car accident attorneys and semi-truck accident lawyers at Parke Gordon Law Firm can take the stress out of a claim. 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.

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How a Police Report Can Affect Your Ability to Make a Claim

How a Police Report Can Affect Your Ability to Make a Claim

How a Police Report Can Affect Your Ability to Make a 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 a police report can affect your ability to make a claim

Police Accident Investigation

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.

How a Police Report Can Affect Your Ability to Make a 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 Parke 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 the Police Report Finds You 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.

Car Accident Attorneys and Auto Accident Lawyers in Spokane, WA

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 too.

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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Steps to Take to Help Your Slip and Fall Case

Steps to Take to Help Your Slip and Fall Case

Steps to Take to Help Your Slip and Fall CaseSlip and fall accidents are fairly common. In fact, most people will suffer from a slip, trip, and fall accident at some point in their lives. Slip and fall accidents can happen anywhere and to anybody. It’s important to know what steps to take after a slip and fall accident. This is especially true if the slip and fall was not your fault. By law, homes, buildings, parking lots, and walkways are to be maintained to ensure the safety of everyone.

The following are five steps to take after a slip and fall accident to best help when pursing a personal injury case for the accident.

Steps to Take to Help Your Slip and Fall Case

1. Be Seen by a Doctor

After any accident, it is important to your personal injury claim to be seen by a physician. Medical records can be critical to increasing the value of your claim. Your health is important and should be your main priority. If you’ve been injured, a doctor can properly document those injuries and get you the treatment you need.

2. Report the Slip and Fall Immediately

A slip and fall accident may happen at a store, in a parking lot, or at a friend’s house. No matter where the accident took place, make sure you report it to a manager, owner or landlord. Remember to get the details of the accident in writing. Ask the manager, owner or landlord to make a written report. Then follow through by asking for copy of the document before you leave.

3. Document the Slip and Fall Accident

Document everything about the slip and fall accident. Take pictures of where you fell and what caused you to fall. Collect the names, addresses, phone number and email addresses of anyone who witnessed the accident. You also want to write down exactly what you were doing right before the accident, the way you fell, and any other details including the date and exact time. It is also a good idea to place the clothing and shoes you were wearing in a safe storage place to reserve evidence later.

4. Avoid Giving a Statement

When speaking to the property owner or manager, it is important to remain calm and limit your communication. If an insurance company contacts you, decline to give a statement until you have spoken with an attorney. Do not place blame and don’t take the blame either.

5. Contact an Experienced Slip and Fall Attorney

Call an experienced slip and fall attorney from Parke Gordon Law Firm right away. Our experienced lawyers are on your side. We will fight to get you every penny you deserve. Call our Spokane law office for a free consultation with an aggressive and experienced slip and fall accident attorney at 509-482-7274.

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What Causes a Semi-truck to Jackknife?

What Causes a Semi-truck to Jackknife?

What Causes a Semi-truck to JackknifeA semi-truck jackknifes when the trailer of the semi skids in one direction while the cab goes in another direction. Frequently, the semi overturns because it is out of control. A jackknife semi-truck accident can happen in an instant. If you are following behind a semi when it jackknifes, you could be caught in a semi-truck accident in a heartbeat.

One of the most dangerous types of semi-truck accidents is when the truck jackknifes. Semi-truck accidents are some of the most dangerous of all types of motor vehicle accidents. In fact, in 2016, more than 3,800 people were killed as a result of a semi-truck accident according to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. About one in ten highway accidents involve a large commercial truck.

The following are some common causes of a semi-truck jackknife.

What Causes a Semi-truck to Jackknife?

Problems with the Brakes

Semi-truck jackknife accidents can occur for a variety of reasons. One of the most common causes is that the truck is in need of brake maintenance or adjustment. When the brakes are not functioning as they should, it causes the axles to lock up, especially when braking hard. The truck then drags the trailer with locked brakes, pushing it out to the side of the cab.

Speed

Another cause for a semi-truck to jackknife is if the semi-truck driver is going too fast. Semi-trucks can weigh up to 80,000 pounds when fully loaded. When a semi needs to brake quickly, it can become too much for the trailer to handle and thus the cab stops at a different rate than the trailer and causes the semi to jackknife.

Road Conditions

Roads that are slippery can also cause a semi-truck to jackknife because the tires lose tracking and slide. The driver than is unable to gain control and thus a jackknife semi-truck accident occurs. Besides weather conditions, road curves or trying to maneuver around debris can also factor in a jackknife semi-truck accident.

Driver is Inexperienced

If the semi-truck driver is inexperienced at handling such a large vehicle, a jackknife accident may occur. This is likely the case in many jackknife semi-truck accidents. An inexperienced driver or one who is simply fatigued and not able to handle the truck, often causes the semi to jackknife.

Contact a Semi Truck Accident Attorney at Parke Gordon Law Firm in Spokane Now

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. This is your opportunity to discuss your case with an experienced semi truck accident attorney at Parke Gordon Law Firm in Spokane, WA. 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. Call the Spokane law office of Parke Gordon Law Firm now to get started on your semi truck accident case. (509) 482-7274

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Tips for Speaking to an Insurance Adjustor to Protect Your Injury Claim

Tips for Speaking to an Insurance Adjustor to Protect Your Injury Claim

Tips for Speaking to an Insurance Adjustor to Protect Your Injury ClaimWithin hours after an injury accident, such as a car accident, motorcycle accident, semi truck accident or other injury accident, an insurance adjuster or other representative of the other party involved will call. What you say during this call could greatly hurt your personal injury claim. The following are some tips for speaking to an insurance adjustor to protect your injury claim.

Stay Polite and Calm

You may be angry and upset about the accident and your injuries. However, it is important that you remain polite and calm while on the phone with an insurance adjuster or other representatives of the other party. Taking out your anger on the insurance adjuster won’t help you get a fair injury settlement. It is always best to keep your cool and stay professional.

Gather the Identity of Who You Speak With

Before you discuss anything, get the name, address, and phone number of the person you are speaking with. You will also need to get the name of the insurance company he or she is with, and the name of the person the company represents (the “insured”).

Only Give Limited Personal Information

The insurance adjuster should only need your full name, address, and phone number. You could tell them where you work and what type of work you do. However, you need not explain or discuss anything further about your work, your schedule, or your income.

Do Not Share Details of the Accident

An insurance adjuster or other representatives may ask you to “give a statement” about how the accident happened. Or they may subtly try to get you to tell them about the accident while engaging with you in conversation. It is important to politely refuse to discuss any specific details about the accident. Most basic facts such as where, when, the type of accident, the vehicles involved if it was a motor vehicle accident, and the identity of any witnesses. Simply state that the investigation is ongoing and that you will discuss further details at a later time. But don’t worry. Once you hire Parke Gordon Law Firm, we will handle all conversations with the insurance company, so you don’t have to worry about it any further. Your hired experienced lawyer will later be sending a personal injury demand letter which will describe the accident in detail.

Avoid Describing Details of Your Injuries

In addition to wanting information about the accident, the insurance adjuster will likely want to know details of your injuries. Now is not the time to get a detailed description of your injuries. If they continue to press, simply say you are “still treating.” The reason you don’t want to give any other information at this time is you might leave something out or discover additional injuries later. Another reason is your injuries may turn out to be worse than originally thought.

Refuse to Give a Recorded Statement

Many insurance adjustors will immediately push you to give a tape-recorded or written statement. Or they may ask if they can record your phone conversation claiming it will protect you later. DO NOT AGREE to have any conversation recorded. You have no legal obligation to be recorded. It is against the law for an adjuster to record you without your permission.

The reason you want to refuse is that most people will forget important details or describe things incompletely when being recorded. A verbal statement is never as precise as written correspondence that you will be sending later. Recordings are also used as evidence against you so the insurance company can make a lower settlement offer.

Decline an adjuster’s request politely but firmly. Tell him or her that you are not comfortable with being recorded but will be happy to provide a written statement when your information is complete.

Resist the Urge to Accept a Settlement

An insurance adjuster will sometimes offer a settlement during the first or second phone call. A quick settlement usually saves the insurance company time, money, and work. Most importantly, this small settlement amount is usually not what your injuries and damages are worth. Don’t take the bait. Though the money may be tempting, and it may seem like an easy way to get the settlement process done, but it will almost certainly cost you money, even many quite a bit.

Set Conversation Limits

During the first conversation with an insurance adjuster, make it clear that you will not be discussing much without an attorney. Make it clear that you do not want further phone contact and that they can contact your attorney to discuss further matters. Letting them know this upfront will hopefully limit any further attempts to get more detailed information from you or any further quick settlement offers.

Take Notes

Once you’ve ended the conversation with the insurance adjuster, write down all the information you received as well as any information you gave including any requests.

Contact Parke Gordon Law Firm in Spokane Immediately

The Spokane personal injury attorneys at Parke Gordon Law Firm handle personal injury claims for clients in Spokane, Washington, Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, and other surrounding areas. Spokane personal injury attorney Mat Parke concentrates his practice on accident and injury cases, including car accidentssemi truck accidentswrongful death casesdog bite injuriesmotorcycle accidents and more. Parke Gordon Law Firm has years of experience holding insurance companies responsible for damages caused by their customers and obtaining impressive settlements for our law firm’s clients. Attorney Mat Parke is a Harvard law grad with the experience and trust needed to represent his clients and receive a fair settlement. We believe every client deserves fair representation against big insurance companies with deep pockets. Take a moment to read some of our recent client reviews to see the dedication of the personal injury attorneys at Parke Gordon Law Firm.

Call now to speak to a Spokane personal injury lawyer. We’re here to help take the stress out of your claim. Let us fight the insurance company for you. Call a personal injury attorney or lawyer at Parke Gordon Law Firm for a free consultation. We can usually tell you over the phone if you have a good case.

Let us help you deal with the insurance companies, medical bills, lost wages, and property damages. Our attorneys are trusted and experienced personal injury lawyers in Spokane. Let the law office of Parke Gordon Law Firm help you get back on your feet.

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