Nampa Car Accident Attorney
Hansen Injury Law Firm
Meridian, Idaho 83646
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Located on the western border of Idaho and part of the Boise-Nampa metropolitan area, Nampa is home to 24 parks (including Lakeview Park), the Ford Idaho Center, and is accessible by Interstate 84. The population of Nampa has grown from about 82,000 according to the U.S. census to nearly 90,000 in July 2015. As Nampa becomes more populated, its roads and the highways servicing Nampa will only become more congested and dangerous for motorists. When you or a loved one becomes injured or is killed in a Nampa car crash, turn to the experienced and dedicated Nampa car accident legal team at Hansen Injury Law for help.
Idaho Car Accident Statistics Reveal Troubling Trends
Idaho’s Office of Highway Safety publishes reports that detail traffic accident trends throughout the state. In 2014 (the most recent year for which a report is available), Idaho’s OHS reported:
- Over 22,000 traffic collisions that resulted in 186 deaths and almost 1,300 serious injuries;
- Sixty-six percent of all collisions (well over 10,000 annually) occurred in urban areas like the Boise-Nampa metropolitan area;
- Aggressive driving and distracted driving are two of the state’s leading causes for car accidents, including those that result in the death of a motor vehicle occupant.
As a significant population center in the State of Idaho, Nampa and the surrounding area see a substantial number of car collisions resulting in injuries and/or death. These crashes can cause victims to suffer medical bills, lost wages, and considerable pain and suffering. Compensation is available for these and other associated losses and expenses, and the assistance of a knowledgeable Nampa car accident lawyer can help victims recover this compensation quickly and efficiently.
What Happens After a Nampa Car Accident?
Idaho is a “fault-based” insurance state, meaning that occupants and motorists injured by another person in a Nampa car crash are able to file an insurance claim with the at-fault person’s insurance company and request compensation. Before an insurance company will pay such a claim, however, the insurer will want to be certain its client caused the crash and the losses reported in the claim are covered.
In order to determine fault, the insurance adjuster responsible for processing a claim will open an investigation into the crash. It is highly recommended that a car accident victim and claimant also open their own investigation – our attorneys have the resources and connections available to thoroughly investigate your accident. Types of evidence that our lawyers will gather and that may be used to determine fault in a crash include:
- Proof of skid marks, debris in road, damage to vehicles at certain angles, etc.;
- The opinions of accident reconstruction experts;
- Witnesses’ testimonies;
- Any video footage of the crash;
- Analysis of vehicle electronic control module data; and
- All other evidence available.
How Fault Can Affect Your Settlement Amount
As stated above, Idaho is a fault-based insurance state, which means that the party who is at fault is responsible for paying for damages sustained by not-at-fault parties (typically through their liability insurance policy). This means that if you were 100 percent to blame for the accident and you suffered damages yourself, your insurance company will not pay for these damages unless you carry certain coverage types (like collision or medical payments coverage).
Even if the other driver was mostly at fault for your accident, though, you may not be able to recover 100 percent of your damages amount if you contributed to your accident. In fact, because the state of Idaho recognizes a comparative negligence system of recovery, the amount of damages that you will be able to recover will be reduced in proportion to your degree of fault. For example, if you were 10 percent to blame for a crash that resulted in $3,000 worth of damages to you, you will only be able to recover 90 percent of damages–or $2,700–from the other party.
Damages Available after a Crash
As mentioned above, a crash can result in losses like medical expenses, lost wages, and even pain and suffering. Indeed, a crash can leave a person with high property damage costs, disability and disfigurement, and permanent impairment that prevents them from returning to their style of living prior to the accident. In some cases, a person may be unable to ever do the things that they once loved, return to work or acquire an income-earning position, and more. Accidents can sometimes also have particularly tragic consequences, such as leaving a person paralyzed, with a serious brain injury, or unable to have children. All of these things can take an economic and an emotional toll on an individual and their loved ones.
When you call Hansen Injury Law, our Nampa car accident lawyers will go to work immediately, and work with multiple experts, to evaluate your claim and determine what your case is worth. We help you seek compensation for the full extent of your economic and noneconomic losses, and do not take shortcuts in our process.
The Process of Recovering Compensation after a Crash
Victims in Nampa car crashes can find the process of obtaining compensation through an insurance company frustratingly long. Even if the insurance company is fast in offering you a settlement award, the award may be for much less than you think you deserve. When this is the case, you can reject the settlement offer and begin the process of negotiating for a compensation award that pays you for the full extent of losses you have incurred. Unfortunately, the negotiation process can take multiple weeks, or even months, to come to a close.
What is more, if the insurance company denies the claim, the victim may need to pursue a compensation through a car accident lawsuit. A lawsuit is a very time consuming process, and involves filing the suit, filing multiple motions, attending hearings, going through the discovery phase, and sometimes going to trial (although it is possible for a case to be resolved at any time during the lawsuit process prior to trial). The process of filing a lawsuit is made easier with the help of an attorney familiar with Idaho state law (including Idaho’s two-year statute of limitations) and the process for assembling, collecting, preserving, and presenting evidence and witness testimony in court.
Idaho Statute of Limitations: What You Need to Know
As mentioned above, the statute of limitations for filing a car accident suit in Idaho is two years from the date that the accident occurs. This statute of limitations is fixed and strict; if you do not file a claim within the required time frame, it is very unlikely that a court will agree to hear your case. As such, simply by not acting in time, you will be permanently barred from recovering the compensation that you deserve. The statute of limitations is one of the primary reasons why you should act quickly after a crash, and hire an attorney as soon as possible. Other reasons for taking swift action include ensuring that evidence is preserved and reaching a settlement and being compensated for your losses as soon as possible.
You Want a Dedicated and Experienced Nampa Car Crash Lawyer on Your Side
The Nampa car crash law firm of Hansen Injury Law is dedicated to helping injury victims recover the compensation they need following a crash. Our firm is compassionate yet determined: Our firm has been recognized by Newsweek as one of the country’s top law firms. Call our office at (208) 922-6650, or contact our firm online, to learn more how our legal team’s experience and knowledge can help you and your family move forward following a Nampa car crash.