Did you hear about the car that crashed into a Boise gas station not long ago? When you heard about it again a few days later, did you realize you were hearing about a second gas station crash? That’s right: In the space of a week, two different drivers crashed into gas stations in the city of Boise.
The first crash happened around 4:00 in the afternoon on March 17 when the driver of a Chevy Blazer apparently lost control at the intersection of South Curtis Road and West Overland Road and crashed into the Jackson’s Food Store at that corner.
The SUV missed the store’s pumps by a fairly wide margin, but photos show the vehicle entirely inside the store after the crash. No one was injured in the crash, but the driver, a seventy-three-year-old man, was cited for having an expired license, a canceled vehicle registration, no insurance, and for inattentive driving. The penalties associated with those charges are fairly minor, with the harshest—inattentive driving—carrying a maximum fine of $300 and a maximum jail term of ninety days.
During the afternoon commute on March 22, another Jackson’s, this time on East Boise Avenue near South Law Avenue, was hit by another SUV, which also missed the pumps but went completely into the store. The driver, a fifty-one-year-old woman, was charged with reckless driving. That charge can bring a more severe penalty, including up to six months in jail and a fine of $1,000. Fortunately, again, no one was injured in the accident.
It’s easy to think that crashes like this are no big deal, as long as no one gets hurt, but that’s really a matter of luck. And when that luck runs out, the consequences can be horrific. Consider the crash in Seattle only a few days before the first one described above. An Uber driver, who may have been operating under the influence, knocked another vehicle off the road and then struck a gas pump, starting a fire. The driver of the second car later died from injuries received in the crash, while the Uber driver’s passenger was injured.
When you’ve been the victim of an accident caused by another driver, whether he or she is charged with inattentive driving, reckless driving, DUI, or any other related crime, you have the right to sue to recover financial compensation for all damage and injury the other driver has caused you. When you’re the survivor of a person killed by another driver, you retain many of the same rights on behalf of yourself and the victim.
Not all attorneys understand the complex nature of automobile accident law, but at Craig Swapp & Associates, it’s our primary focus. We have helped many clients get the compensation they deserve from drivers who caused crashes. Give us a call: We offer a free consultation to every new client. Our number is 1-800-404-9000, or you can reach us online through the form below or launch the LiveChat feature from any page of this website for quick answers to many of your questions.