Last Friday, a man was trapped underwater after his vehicle flipped into an irrigation canal in Boise. According to local news the incident happened at about 5:48 p.m. in the Ridenbaugh Canal, near Franklin Road and Allumbaugh Street. First responders, including a dive team, rushed to the scene to rescue the driver. The car was nearly submerged and had to be pulled out by a tow truck and inverted right side up. Very few details about this crash have been released, but the driver, who was described as being in his late 20s to early 30s, was rushed to the hospital. Most recent word is that eh is still hospitalized almost a week later. There is no definitive word on the cause of the wreck, which is under investigation with law enforcement authorities. This incident is one of many car crashes that happens in Boise and illustrates a risk of driving.
Car Crashes in Idaho and Across The Nation
We know that more than 30,000 people get killed in a variety of motor vehicle crashes each each year in the U.S. And car crashes are a top 10 cause of death among people between the ages of one and 54 years old. What’s more in 2013, crash deaths resulted in $44 billion in medical expenses andlost work productivity. Those costs can never be recaptured . Also in that same year, more than 240 people were killed in crashes in Idaho. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that a combined total of medical and work loss costs added up to $303 million for crash-related deaths in the State of Idaho in 2013. This CDC Infographic on losses from motor vehicle collisions in Idaho lays it out in even more detail.
Reality Is Most “Car Accidents” Are Preventable And Thus, Not “Accidents”
Although people tend to refer to them as “car accidents” or “auto accidents” most wrecks are far from being “accidental.” They result from a person making a bad decision. They don’t “just happen”. In most cases, so-called car accidents are completely preventable. Among other ways of limiting them, cracking down on behaviors like drunk and distracted driving can help to save lives in Boise and across the nation. In addition to promoting graduated driver licensing systems, sobriety checkpoints and ignition interlock devices for convicted drunk drivers, the CDC also recommends drivers and their passengers always buckle up. At Holzer Edwards, we believe using the term accident has the tendency to minimize responsibility for inappropriate behavior. There are plenty of people who have thought about this issue who agree with us like Sarah Goodyear from City Lab who describes the whole issue in her article .
Boise Car Crash Lawyers
After any type of personal injury from a car crash in Boise, it’s essential to get in touch with a quality personal injury lawyer about your options. This is even more true if you suspect distracted driving or some other type of dangerous behavior was a factor in the crash. The team at Holzer-Edwards, Chartered can provide you with a simple, accessible guide for understanding injury claims and help you to decide how to best pursue your injury claim. Contact our skilled and proven team today for a free case consultation.