Proven Idaho Falls Car Accident Lawyers
According to the Idaho Transportation Department, motor vehicle crashes on state roads and highways have increased each year since at least 2012. If a car accident caused by the negligent or careless behavior of another party causes you to suffer a serious personal injury, the dedicated Idaho Falls car accident lawyers at Petersen, Parkinson & Arnold, PLLC, fight for the compensation you deserve. Our team of Idaho car accident lawyers will fight for your best interests and maximize your chances of receiving a fair settlement. We do this by investigating and analyzing the accident, collecting evidence, working with doctors and other medical providers, negotiating with insurance companies, handling paperwork for you, and filing a lawsuit when necessary.
In short, we take the burden of having to deal with the financial aftermath of a car accident off your shoulders, so you are free to focus on what should be your most important task: working with your doctors to recover from your injuries.
We go beyond the low-ball settlement offers to ensure you receive fair compensation, and ensure that all injury-related expenses, including lost income, are taken into account.
Caring Yet Aggressive Idaho Falls Car Accident Attorneys
Representing All of Southern Idaho including Twin Falls and Burley
With more than 65 years of combined experience, the team at Petersen, Parkinson & Arnold, PLLC, know how to care for our clients. Our Idaho Falls car accident lawyers stand up to insurance companies and give each car accident injury claim the attention it deserves.
Motor vehicle collisions are sudden, violent events, leaving victims seriously injured and confused about how they happened and what to do next. Fortunately, our Idaho Falls car accident attorneys have what it takes to not only handle your claim, but to win it.
Car Accident Attorneys in Idaho Falls with Superior Skills and Knowledge
Analyzing facts and evidence to identify the party responsible for causing a collision requires skills and knowledge developed through years of experience pursuing claims for compensation on behalf of victims injured in car accidents. In addition to meeting with you to review the facts of the accident as you recall them, our seasoned car accident lawyers obtain additional information from police reports, eyewitness statements, photographs of the accident scene and the vehicles, and accident reports filed by the drivers of other vehicles involved in the collision.
Only by gathering as much information as possible about the collision that caused you to suffer injuries can we determine what caused it. The evidence might reveal the existence of parties in addition to the one that struck you. For example, a missing stop sign or other traffic control device might lead to a claim against the state or local government agency responsible for it.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
The at-fault driver’s insurance company wants me to give them a recorded statement. Should I comply?
No, not unless your lawyer says it’s OK. All you should send is a bare-bones notification of the accident, because the insurance company will be examining anything you say or write for evidence that they can use to deny or minimize your claim. The same care should be taken when communicating with your own insurance company.
The at-fault driver was driving a company car at the time of the accident. Can I collect from the driver’s employer?
That all depends on whether:
- The driver was on duty at the time of the accident;
- The driver was “acting within the scope of his duties”; and
- The driver was an actual employee of the company (many truck drivers, for example, are considered “independent contractors” rather than employees, meaning that the company is not responsible for their negligence).
The at-fault driver received a traffic ticket at the scene of the accident. Can I use this against him?
Perhaps, especially if the driver pleads guilty in traffic court. Of course, the behavior that triggered the traffic ticket must have been responsible for causing the accident; otherwise, it is irrelevant.
The at-fault driver was intoxicated at the time of the accident. Can I file a claim against the bar that sold him alcohol?
Perhaps. Under the Idaho dram shop law, you can sue the bar that sold the at-fault driver alcohol if:
- The driver was under 21 and the bartender knew, or should have known, that the driver was underage; or
- The driver was obviously intoxicated at the time he was served.
Can I recover damages for “pain and suffering”?
This is definitely possible, especially if you were seriously injured. Your total pain and suffering damages might far exceed the compensation you received for your medical bills. The amount would be based on:
- The seriousness of your injury
- The amount of pain that you suffered, based primarily on objective evidence (X-ray, etc.)
- Any disfigurement or disability caused by your injury (a scar, for example, or loss of use of a limb).
The Insurance Company Is Your Adversary, Not Your “Neighbor”
Do not be fooled by insurance company advertising. Insurance companies are profit-seeking businesses, and they do not profit by paying out claims – they become your adversary the moment you claim against one of their policies. What is worse, the average insurance adjuster is a professional negotiator with a thousand tricks up his sleeve. The following are only a few of the tricks they like to play:
- Snooping into your social media accounts for evidence that you are healthier than you are claiming to be (beware of “friend” requests from strangers during this time!)
- Issuing a quick, inadequate “take it or leave it” settlement offer while you are still in recovery
- Demanding unlimited access to your medical records
- Taking a recorded statement of an interview with you in which they ask you trick questions
Fortunately, as highly experienced Idaho Falls car accident attorneys, we know their tricks, and we absolutely will not allow them take advantage of one of our clients.
Our respected legal team relentlessly pursues a recovery that adequately compensates you for the injuries caused by the negligent party, including:
- Lost wages
- Lost or diminished future earnings
- Pain and suffering
- Emotional and psychological distress
- Physical and occupational therapy
- Medical expenses
- Future medical expenses related to anticipated surgeries or treatment
Your spouse might be entitled to recover damages in a claim for loss of consortium. An attorney will carefully review each aspect of your case with you and the members of your family to ensure you are kept fully informed. If you have questions or concerns, your car accident lawyer makes the time to speak with you to address them. We never lose sight of the fact that our obligation is to you.
Trusted Idaho Falls Car Accident Lawyers
When you need trusted legal advice and top-notch representation, the team of professionals at Petersen, Parkinson and Arnold are some of Idaho Falls and Southern Idaho’s most experienced auto accident attorneys. With more than 65 years of combined experience, our firm has helped hundreds of clients achieve the outcome they deserve. As seasoned Idaho Falls car accident attorneys, we give you the peace of mind you need to focus on your recovery while we handle the rest.
Call us today to learn more about how we can help you!