Car Accident Lawyer Serving Boise, Nampa, and the Entire Treasure Valley Area
If you have been injured in a car accident, you do not have time to waste. At Joe Frick Law, PLLC, we can act quickly to protect your rights and seek maximum compensation for your accident-related injuries and losses.
When you are unexpectedly injured in a car accident, your life changes in the blink of an eye. All of the sudden, you have medical bills that you need to pay, you need to get your car repaired, and you need to do it all while you try to come to grips with what happened. You probably missed time from work, and you may miss more time in the future.
What do you do? How do you make sure that the consequences of someone else’s mistake do not shape the rest of your life?
At Joe Frick Law, PLLC, our accident injury lawyers provide experienced and aggressive legal representation for individuals who have been injured in auto accidents in the Treasure Valley area. Attorney Joe Frick is licensed in Idaho, Montana, Wyoming, North Dakota, and Kansas, and he has been named a Top Ten Personal Injury Attorney by the National Association of Personal Injury Attorneys. Joe Frick knows what it takes to win fair compensation for auto accident victims, and he is passionate about protecting his clients against the insurance companies that want them to recover as little as possible.
10 Common Auto Accident Claims
In most cases, victims’ auto accident claims are based on negligence. In short, if someone (typically another driver) made a mistake that caused you harm, the law entitles you to seek financial compensation for all of your accident-related losses. Some of the most common forms of negligence that can entitle auto accident victims to seek compensation include:
1. Distracted Driving
Today, distracted driving is among the leading causes of auto accidents nationwide. Drivers who are talking on their phones, texting, setting GPS directions, adjusting the radio, and doing other things besides driving put themselves and others at a substantially increased risk for being seriously injured in an accident.
2. Drunk Driving
Drunk driving is a persistent problem in the Treasure Valley area. Being drunk impairs drivers’ abilities to both identify and react to risks on the road. While it is important to know the signs of drunk driving and steer clear of drivers who appear to be intoxicated, in many cases, there is simply nothing that can be done to avoid being injured in a drunk driving collision.
Speeding is another leading cause of auto accidents. Drivers who are speeding – either driving above the posted speed limit or driving too fast for the weather and road conditions – need more distance to stop and are less able to safely maneuver around other vehicles on the road.
4. Reckless Driving
There are various forms of reckless driving that can lead to serious auto accidents. From speeding excessively to weaving in and out of traffic, reckless driving is frequently a factor in collisions involving severe traumatic injuries.
Tailgating (or following too closely) significantly increases a driver’s chances of causing an accident. As a rule of thumb, drivers should maintain a two or three-second buffer between their cars and the cars in front of them. Following too closely limits drivers’ visibility and leaves them without enough room to stop safely and avoid a collision.
6. Failure to Yield
Failure to yield to oncoming traffic is a common factor in many auto accidents. Drivers need to observe yield signs and understand the rules of the road regarding right-of-way. When they do not, they will frequently be liable for any damage and injuries sustained in a resulting collision.
7. Running Red Lights and Stop Signs
Running red lights and stop signs is extremely dangerous and often results in traumatic collisions. Whether due to being drunk or distracted, or simply trying to “beat” a yellow light, drivers who run red lights and stop signs deserve to be held accountable for their dangerous mistakes.
Failing to observe traffic signals, failing to look before changing lanes, and failing to notice that traffic has stopped up ahead are all common factors in vehicle collisions. Drivers must be constantly attuned to their surroundings; and, on the road, even a momentary lapse in concentration can have a lifetime of consequences.
9. Merging Errors
From failing to look before merging onto the highway to misjudging the distance between approaching vehicles, all types of merging errors can lead to dangerous collisions.
10. Other Driving Errors
On the road, almost any error behind the wheel has the potential to lead to a life-changing accident. If you have been injured in a collision, it is critical that you speak with an auto accident lawyer who can quickly conduct an investigation to determine the cause of the accident and make sure that you recover the compensation you deserve.
Other Common Causes of Auto Accidents
Of course, negligent drivers are not the only ones who are to blame for vehicle collisions. Beyond the common driving mistakes discussed above, there are countless other issues that can lead to auto accidents. Joe Frick represents clients in all types of auto accident claims. In each case, our focus is on identifying all responsible parties so that we can maximize our clients’ financial recoveries.
Some of the other potential causes of auto accidents and accident-related injuries that can entitle victims to seek financial compensation include:
- Vehicle Defects – Vehicle defects are far more common than most people realize. Each year, auto manufacturers and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) recall millions of vehicles for known safety-related issues. When faulty brakes, ignition switches, airbags, and other vehicle components lead to accidents and injuries, manufacturers and dealers can be held financially responsible for the victims’ losses.
- Road Defects – Improper road design and road maintenance issues can contribute to accidents, as well. From inadequate lighting to unrepaired potholes, in many cases state highway agencies and private contractors can be held liable for accidents caused by road defects.
- Negligent Hiring and Entrustment – If the person who hit you was driving for work, his or her employer may be responsible for your accident-related losses. Employers can be held liable for their employees’ negligence under a legal doctrine known as “respondeat superior,” and they can be held liable for their own negligence if they entrust a vehicle to a driver who is not properly licensed and qualified to get behind the wheel.
What to Do After an Auto Accident
Regardless of what happened, if you have been injured in an accident, there are several important steps that you should try to take to protect your legal rights. You may not know the cause of the accident, and that’s okay. The accident lawyers at Joe Frick Law, PLLC can investigate the cause of the accident for you, and the key for you right now is simply to make sure that you get the help needed to recover the compensation deserved.
If you have been injured in an accident in the Treasure Valley area, you should:
- Seek prompt medical attention for your injuries. If you did not receive emergency medical treatment at the scene of the accident, you should see your doctor as soon as possible. Be sure to let him or her know what happened, and fully describe your symptoms so that you can undergo thorough testing and receive a comprehensive diagnosis.
- Try to collect as much evidence as possible to support your claim. Take photos of everything (the accident scene, the damage to each vehicle, and your injuries), collect names and contact information from any witnesses, and make sure to keep copies of any bills and receipts related to your medical treatment and other accident-related expenses.
- Follow your doctor’s advice. Following your doctor’s advice is the best way to make sure that you recover as completely and quickly as possible, and you do not want the insurance companies to be able to claim that you made your condition worse by returning to work or engaging in other activities too soon.
- Once you report the accident, avoid speaking with your insurance adjuster. At Joe Frick Law, PLLC, we will deal with the insurance companies for you. You need to avoid giving a recorded statement or supplying the insurance companies with any other information that they may later try to use against you.
- Seek experienced legal representation before you make any decisions about your claim. You should never assume that you were at fault in an accident, and you should never accept an insurance settlement without first making sure that it will fully cover your accident-related losses. At Joe Frick Law, PLLC, our experienced personal injury attorneys can walk you through all of the steps you need to take to protect your legal rights and help you avoid settling too soon.
Schedule a Free Auto Accident Consultation at Joe Frick Law, PLLC
If you would like to speak with attorney Joe Frick about your auto accident claim in the Treasure Valley, contact Joe Frick Law, PLLC for a free, no-obligation consultation. We’re here when you need us, so call (208) 401-9311 or get in touch with us online now.