Boise Car Accident Lawyer
For most of us, getting into a car accident at some point will be inevitable. Because so many auto crashes are caused by negligent driver behavior, even taking proper safety precautions won’t protect you from an accident since you can’t control what other people are doing. Once a car wreck does happen, you’ll need an attorney from Craig Swapp & Associates to help you recover damages for your injuries and expenses.
What you do in the time immediately following a wreck is crucial, and this time also tends to be incredibly turbulent and confusing. Whether you think you’ve been injured or not, whether you think the damage done to your car is major or trivial, you should always contact an attorney just to be safe and make certain you do everything right.
Injuries Caused by an Idaho Car Wreck
Getting injured in a car wreck might be a common occurrence, but that doesn’t make it any less frustrating when you weren’t the one at fault for causing the accident. Making certain you get compensated for your injuries by those responsible will be essential for getting your life back on track. An accident lawyer from our firm will help you properly value your personal injury claim, no matter what type of injury you sustained.
Listed below are some of the injuries we have helped people receive full compensation for:
- Broken and fractured bones
- Cuts and lacerations
- Traumatic brain injuries (TBI), including concussions
- Face and head injuries
- Spine and back injuries
- Emotional distress
- Neck injuries, including whiplash
- Wrongful death
You Shouldn’t Have to Pay
It’s simply, really: If you weren’t the one at fault for the wreck, you shouldn’t be the one paying for expenses and damages caused by it. Money won’t change the fact that you got injured, but it can pay for the care needed to enable your recovery. Your car accident lawyer from Boise will make certain that everything related to your crash gets included in the monetary settlement you receive.
The value of some items, such as medical expenses and vehicle repair, will be obvious. Other items, known as noneconomic damages, will be less so since they won’t have bills or price tags associated with them.
A Boise car accident lawyer from our firm will help you seek financial compensation for all of the following items:
- Lost Wages and Income – Your recovery might require you to miss work. These lost wages need to be compensated to you.
- Medical Expenses – This doesn’t just include your current medical bills. Your future expenses need to be accounted for, as well. Your accident lawyer will work closely with your doctor to arrive at an accurate estimate.
- Caretaker and Transportation Costs – You may need to hire help in order to get around or take care of your home and children while you recover.
- Vehicle Repair or Replacement – Whatever damage your vehicle sustained will need to be covered.
- Pain and Suffering – Whether emotional or physical, you deserve compensation for your anguish.
- Loss of Consortium – Sometimes the emotional and physical strain caused by injuries can damage a marriage and other personal relationships.
- Decreased Quality of Life – Living with a new disability can require a completely different lifestyle than you are accustomed to.
Arriving at a dollar amount for everything affected by a car accident is difficult. An accident attorney will make certain that nothing is overlooked so that you can be confident that your settlement will meet your needs now and in the future.
Who Was Liable for Your Car Accident?
Of course, in order to receive financial compensation, we’ll need to determine precisely who was at fault and how. Your Boise car accident lawyer will investigate all of the details that led up to your crash so that you can name everyone who bore some of the fault for what happened.
As mentioned earlier, most car accidents are the result of negligence. Sometimes this belongs to one of the drivers, such as with distracted driving. Cell phone use, eating while driving, managing a pet in the car, arguing with a passenger . . . the list of possible distractions is nearly endless. That being said, drivers have a responsibility to keep their attention where it belongs: on the road.
Drunk driving and road rage are two other sadly common culprits. As are speeding and other acts of careless and reckless driving. A Boise car accident lawyer from our office will be able to find whatever evidence is available in these crashes so that it can be used against the other driver.
Third Parties and External Factors
However, there are also car accidents where the fault belongs to a third party whose involvement may not be obvious. For example, a dangerous road, such as a deep pothole or improperly made shoulder drop-off, can easily cause cars to wreck. This could mean that a government agency or maintenance company was responsible for what happened.
Road construction also frequently plays a role in crashes. If workers fail to secure their site or don’t accurately mark detours, it puts drivers at risk—and those are just two possibilities.
Car Crash Types
The type of car accident you were involved in will also help determine who was truly at fault. What direction you were hit from can provide a great deal of evidence and information when taken in context with other factors. Make certain to provide your Boise car accident lawyer with the full details of your crash.
These are some of the most common accident types seen in Idaho:
- T-bone accident
- Head-on collision
- Rear-end collision
- Parking lot accident
Boise Car Accident FAQ
A Boise car accident lawyer from our office will be able to answer any questions you may have during your free case evaluation. This is just a small selection of the questions we get asked by clients.
How does car insurance work in Idaho?
Idaho is a “fault state” when it comes to auto insurance. This means that drivers must carry an insurance policy that will pay for any damages they cause in an accident. When pursuing a personal injury claim against another driver in Idaho, the financial compensation will most likely come from his or her insurance company.
Should I talk to the other driver’s insurance company after the car accident?
Insurance adjusters will often attempt to get you to make a statement after a wreck. Unfortunately, the insurance company’s primary interest is paying you as little as possible, so you should never speak with them as they may use your words out of context against you later. Instead, refer them to your attorney for all communications.
What happens if I was partially at fault for a car accident?
Idaho observes comparative fault. This means that you can be partially at fault and still be eligible for financial compensation. Your percentage of fault will directly reduce your settlement amount, but as long as someone else was at least 51 percent responsible, you can still collect monetary compensation.
Contact a a Knowledgeable Car Accident Lawyer
After a car crash, act as soon as possible to ensure that you will be able to achieve the settlement results that you deserve. A car accident lawyer from Craig Swapp & Associates will do everything possible to bring your case to a successful conclusion.
We are dedicated to helping our clients through the tumultuous times following a wreck. Schedule a time to discuss the details of your case during a free consultation. To get started, just call 1-800-404-9000 or complete the contact form at the bottom of this page. One call, that’s all!
Craig Swapp Client Review
My experience with Craig Swapp and Associates has been an excellent one so far. After being hit by another driver over two years ago, I was injured and have been in pain ever since. Daily activities have been a challenge and I have not been able to enjoy the physical activities I used to enjoy – hiking, fishing, camping, gardening, yoga etc. due to the injury. I have not only suffered physically, but financially as well. The person who hit me totaled my car, so I had to buy a new one and now have a monthly payment I was not expecting. My auto insurance rate increased (and will continue to do so for the next three years) as well. I went to discuss my accident with Craig Swapp to see if they would be able to assist me. They were not only professional, but they informed me of the process, gathered all of the required information for the case and kept me abreast of where the case was at. They have taken care of all aspects and have taken the stress out of the situation. I will recommend them to friends and family in the future. Krista Biorn