Idaho Personal Injury Statistics
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A person who has been injured due to the actions or inaction of a third party can file a lawsuit against the responsible party or parties and claim compensation. This compensation can cover economic loss (i.e.; medical bills, lost wages, funeral expenses, etc.) and non-economic loss (i.e.; the loss of a deceased loved one’s companionship and advice).
Some of the most common causes of personal injury are car accidents, motorcycle accidents, slip-and-fall accidents, and workplace injuries. However, these are by no means the only grounds for claiming compensation. A person who has been harmed by a medical practitioner’s actions or inaction can claim compensation for medical malpractice. Personal injury caused by a defective product or service is also grounds for a personal injury lawsuit.
Personal injury is, unfortunately, not an uncommon occurrence in the Gem State. Following are some recent statistics that shed light on the prevalence of personal injury incidents in the state.
The Idaho state government reports that there were 27,547 car accidents in Idaho in 2021 alone. Of these accidents, 244 were fatal, and 271 people were killed in these fatal accidents. Over 12,600 people were injured in car accidents in 2021: however, most of the accidents only damaged property.
There were 554 motorcycle accidents in Idaho in 2021. Of these, 32 were fatal. Over four hundred people sustained either minor or serious injuries because of motorcycle accidents in 2021.
There are no statistics available for the state of Idaho; however, the National Safety Council and Department of Labor report that more than nine million slip-and-fall accidents occur in North America every single year. While some accidents cause nothing more than a few bruises and some ruffled nerves, slip-and-fall accidents can be incredibly dangerous. About 25,000 people are hospitalized every day due to slip and fall accidents; what’s more, these accidents also cause 55 deaths per day. They are second only to vehicle crashes as the leading cause of accidental death in the United States.
About 35,000 individuals are injured on the job each year in Idaho, and more than 36 of these workers will die from their injuries. Common accidents include slip and fall accidents, contact with electric current, overexertion, and being struck by an object. An employee can also be injured by being forced to work in a dangerous environment and/or being forced to work without the provision of safety equipment such as a helmet or gloves.
Anyone who may have a personal injury case will want to contact a personal injury attorney in Idaho as soon as possible. Idaho law states that a person has two years from the date of injury to take the responsible party to court; waiting too long can result in failure to win compensation even if one has a strong case.
An Idaho personal injury lawyer will start by listening to a client’s explanation of what happened and doing careful research to find who is at fault for the mishap. In some cases, this is clear-cut; in other instances, more than one person or entity may be at fault. A lawyer will also collect as much evidence as possible, including medical records, police reports, witness statements, and statements from expert witnesses who are familiar with the type of injury in question.
A personal injury attorney in Idaho will also offer expert representation either in court or in an out-of-court settlement. The latter option is often the best for many clients as it provides one with fast access to compensation that can be used to cover medical and other bills. Furthermore, a settlement saves one the hassle, time, and expense involved in a long court case.
Craig Swapp & Associates has an experienced team of Idaho accident attorneys one can call on after any type of personal injury incident. Our team has a winning track record and offers efficient evidence collection, stellar representation, and more to help an injured person receive the compensation that is his or her due. Get in touch with us as soon as possible after a personal injury, so we can start the process of holding the responsible party to account and claiming compensation on your behalf.