Eagle Car Accident Lawyer
Experienced Car Accident Attorney Serving Clients in Eagle, Idaho
No one gets into a vehicle with the intention of being involved in a traffic collision. Whether you are driving on a neighborhood road in Eagle or are traveling at higher speeds on I-84, a car crash can result in significant property damage and life-threatening personal injuries. To be sure, getting hurt in a car accident in Eagle, Idaho can result in the inability to work, and as such, the inability to earn a paycheck. In addition, many car accident victims in Ada County who cannot work as a result of their injuries are also dealing with mounting hospital bills and high costs for prescription medications, surgeries, and rehabilitation.
If another driver’s negligence caused the accident in which you were injured, you deserve to seek financial compensation by filing a car accident claim. An experienced Eagle car accident lawyer can examine the specific facts of your case and can speak with you about your options today.
Auto Accidents in Eagle, Idaho
How often do car crashes result in serious and fatal injuries? A fact sheet from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) reported that more than 32,000 fatal auto accidents occurred in the country in 2015, and more than 35,000 people died in those crashes. To put that number another way, there were 10.9 deaths per 100,000 people in the U.S. as a result of motor vehicle collisions. How does Idaho compare with crash rates in other states?
The rate of fatal motor vehicle accidents in Idaho was higher than the national average in 2015, with 13.1 deaths per 100,000 population. This comes out to a total of 198 fatal car accidents and 216 deaths. A total of 40 percent of those fatal accidents involved occupants in pickup trucks and SUVs, while 35 percent involved smaller car occupants. A smaller number of crashes involved large trucks, motorcyclists, and occupants of other types of vehicles.
Common Injuries in Eagle Traffic Collisions
What are some of the most common injuries that drivers and passengers sustain in Eagle traffic collisions? According to an article from WebMD.com, whiplash is one of the most common car accident injuries, regardless of the seeming severity of the crash. To be sure, whiplash can occur in very low-speed fender-bender accidents, as well as in high-speed crashes. What is whiplash? As the WebMD.com article explains, it is “pain and stiffness in the neck after an injury that has caused the neck to move suddenly or beyond its normal range.” The article further clarifies that whiplash injuries happen “when the head is suddenly forced backward or forward and is then snapped in the other direction.”
Whiplash can be a dangerous injury because signs and symptoms do not always present themselves in the immediate moments after the crash. Indeed, symptoms of whiplash can appear hours after the car accident, and in some cases, even longer. As such, it is extremely important to be assessed by a medical doctor as soon as possible. In particular, if you experience any of the following symptoms associated with whiplash, you may be able to file a claim for compensation:
- Pain and/or stiffness in your neck;
- Pain in the head, chest, shoulders, and/or arms;
- Back pain;
- Pain down one or both of your arms;
- Numbness or tingling in the hands, arms, chest, and/or legs; and
- Weakness in your arms, hands, and/or legs.
Some of these symptoms can signal a more severe injury and should be assessed by a healthcare provider. In addition to whiplash, other common car accident injuries include but are not limited to:
- Traumatic brain injuries (TBIs), including concussions;
- Spinal cord injuries (SCIs) and other neck injuries;
- Back injuries;
- Broken bones;
- Amputations; and
- Facial scarring and disfigurement.
The severity of your injuries may play a role in determining the amount of damages for which you can be eligible. In general, compensatory damages will seek to compensate the plaintiff for her specific losses, and the amount can vary greatly between different plaintiffs.
What Damages Can I Receive By Filing an Idaho Car Accident Lawsuit?
Many car accident victims want to know what kinds of damages they may be eligible to receive. Generally speaking, plaintiffs who file car accident lawsuits may be able to receive compensatory damage, which aim to compensate plaintiffs for their losses. Compensatory damages can include but are not limited to:
- Lost wages;
- Hospital bill costs;
- Costs for prescription medications;
- Future medical treatments;
- Pain and suffering;
- Loss of enjoyment of life; and
Although they are not used frequently, some plaintiffs also may be able to recover punitive damages. This type of damage does not aim to compensate the victim for losses (as compensatory damages do), but rather to punish the defendant’s behavior and to deter such negligent behavior in the future.
You Should File Your Claim As Soon As Possible
How long does an Idaho resident have to file a car accident lawsuit? Personal injury claims, of which car accident lawsuits are one type, must be filed within a certain period of time in order for the plaintiff to be eligible for compensation. This requirement is known as the “statute of limitations.” Under Idaho law (Idaho Code Section 5-219(4)), personal injury lawsuits must be filed within two years from the date of the accident.
For instance, if you were seriously injured in a motor vehicle crash that occurred on December 1, 2016, you must file your lawsuit within two years of that date. If you do not file your claim within two years from the date of the occurrence, you may lose your right to seek compensation through a personal injury claim.
Contact an Aggressive Eagle Auto Accident Lawyer
If you or someone you love suffered serious or life-threatening injuries in an Idaho car accident, you should speak with an aggressive Eagle auto accident lawyer as soon as possible. An experienced advocate at our firm can answer your questions today and can discuss your options for obtaining compensation. Contact Hansen Injury Law today to learn more about how we can help with your case.