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Three-Vehicle Car Crash North of Spokane Hospitalized Four

Three-Vehicle Car Crash North of Spokane Hospitalized Four

Three-Vehicle Car Crash North of Spokane Hospitalized FourWashington State Patrol reported a three-vehicle car crash north of Spokane which hospitalized four individuals. The car crash occurred on U.S. Highway 395 when a driver heading north failed to stop at a red light. Her vehicle crashed into a minivan which then crashed into another vehicle driven by a 17-year-old girl. The driver who caused the crash, as well as all occupants in the minivan, were transported to a nearby hospital for evaluation of injuries. Officials reported the 17-year-old was uninjured and able to drive away from the accident.

Consequences of Running a Red Light

Running a red light is likely to be the largest temptation for any driver. However, there are consequences for running a red light. For instance, a traffic ticket or worse being injured in a car accident or injuring someone else. A red-light traffic ticket can result from many different driving maneuvers. For instance, the driver did not stop long enough at a stop sign or while turning right on a red light. All states carry various traffic laws for obedience to traffic control signals and devices. The following are the traffic laws concerning traffic signals in Washington state.

RCW 46.61.050: Obedience to and Required Traffic Control Devices

(1) The driver of any vehicle, every bicyclist, and every pedestrian shall obey the instructions of any official traffic control device applicable thereto placed in accordance with the provisions of this chapter unless otherwise directed by a traffic or police officer, subject to the exception granted the driver of an authorized emergency vehicle in this chapter.

(2) No provision of this chapter for which official traffic control devices are required shall be enforced against an alleged violator if at the time and place of the alleged violation an official device is not in proper position and sufficiently legible or visible to be seen by an ordinarily observant person. Whenever a particular section does not state that official traffic control devices are required, such section shall be effective even though no devices are erected or in place.

(3) Whenever official traffic control devices are placed in position approximately conforming to the requirements of this chapter, such devices shall be presumed to have been so placed by the official act or direction of lawful authority, unless the contrary shall be established by competent evidence.

(4) Any official traffic control device placed pursuant to the provisions of this chapter and purporting to conform to the lawful requirements pertaining to such devices shall be presumed to comply with the requirements of this chapter, unless the contrary shall be established by competent evidence.

Car Accident Attorneys and Auto Accident Lawyers in Spokane, WA

If you’ve been injured in a car accident due to the negligence of another contact an auto accident lawyer now. Don’t wait to call a Spokane car accident lawyer, call the experienced car accident attorneys of Parke Gordon Law Firm 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.

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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.

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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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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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