One Killed, Five Injured in Local Accident
Ritchie was deceased at the scene and Daniel Machado, the 39 years-old driver of the Expedition, was airlifted from the scene. The other passengers, a woman, and four children sustained minor injuries.
The Idaho State Patrol reports everyone was wearing seatbelts.
Teen Driving Accidents
It seems like every week a heartbreaking story comes out about a teenage driver being critically injured or worse on the television or in the news. Teenage drivers are the highest “at-risk” group of drivers than any other age group.
According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, “The risk of motor vehicle crashes is higher among 16–19 year-olds than among any other age group. In fact, per mile driven, teen drivers ages 16–19 are nearly three times more likely than drivers aged 20 and older to be in a fatal crash.” Unfortunately, with more drivers on the roadways than ever before, we take a risk every time we enter a vehicle.
While no one can provide a guarantee or promise of safety, we can offer legal advice and guidance to put you back together afterward. One of the best recommendations we can make to our clients is to review your automobile insurance policy right now and make sure you understand your current coverage.
If you’re involved in a severe auto accident, your medical bills may quickly exceed what you can afford. Your insurance policy has an option to purchase Personal Injury Protection (PIP). Most full-coverage policies include a standard PIP of $10,000.00, but there is an option to move up to higher amounts.
Uninsured drivers are a big problem if you get in an accident with one. If you don’t have enough coverage under your policy, you may be severely limited in what you can recover. Standard Underinsured/Uninsured (UM/UIM) is $50,000.00. While this may seem like a decent amount, if you or a loved one is involved in a serious car accident, your case may be many times that amount. Wage loss, pain and suffering, medical bills, future medical bills—all of those are considered when figuring the worth of your case.
Increasing the coverage for an uninsured or underinsured motorist may be the difference between a full financial recovery or a very limited financial recovery that may only cover medical expenses. Increase you UIM limits if yours are low. This way you have better coverage if you get hit by an uninsured driver.
If You Need to Talk, We’re Here to Listen and to Help
We have over 20 years experience representing victims of auto accidents. Hiring our Spokane law firm will allow you the best chance to make a full financial recovery that covers your medical expenses, rehabilitation costs, lost wages, pain and suffering, and more. If you have been injured your case requires prompt and attentive advocacy. These are the qualities we offer.
We ‘ll provide you a consultation so that you are fully informed of all your legal options so you can put your best foot forward towards recovery. Call (509)921-9500 and schedule an appointment to discuss your particular case. Or submit our Free Consultation form.
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