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If you’ve been injured and are considering filing a personal injury claim, you may find yourself wondering how long the whole process will take. Every personal injury case is different, so there is no definite amount of time from the day of the accident to the day you receive your settlement.

How Long Do Personal Injury Claims Take?

The length of time a personal injury claim takes depends on a number of factors. The first is the severity of your injuries and how long medical treatment takes. Your attorney will wait to file a claim until your injuries have been fully treated, in order to ensure your settlement covers all your expenses.

If the insurance company is willing to settle before a lawsuit is filed, a personal injury case may take
less than a year. If the case goes to trial, it may be years before it is settled.

What to Expect When Filing a Claim

Filing a personal injury claim can be overwhelming and stressful, particularly if you aren’t familiar with the process. Here are a few things you should know before filing a claim.

 

 

Seek medical treatment quickly

A settlement from a personal injury claim is intended to compensate accident victims for losses and damages related to their accident. This includes medical bills, vehicle repairs, and loss of wages, as well as non-economic damages such as pain and suffering. This means that you need to seek medical attention and vehicle repairs as soon as possible following your accident.

Hiring an attorney can increase your settlement

Studies have shown that accident victims who hire an attorney can receive settlements up to 3.5 times larger than if they filed the claim on their own. An experienced personal injury attorney can navigate the legal process and ensure you don’t miss out on compensation you are legally entitled to.

Time will run out

If you plan to file a claim, you should do so sooner rather than later. Each state has a statute of limitations, or a designated time frame, for filing a claim. Once the statute of limitations has expired, you will not be able to file. For that reason, it is important to reach out to a personal injury lawyer as soon as possible so that they may evaluate your claim and help you avoid missing the deadline.

There are two ways to win a case

Once you file a claim, it can go a few different ways. In most cases, your attorney and the at-fault party’s insurance company will be able to settle out of court. If negotiations are unsuccessful or the other party’s offer is too low, your case may go to trial.

Initial Investigation

Once you have met with an attorney and made the decision to file a claim, the initial investigation into the accident will begin. Your attorney will ask you questions about the accident, read the police report, and look over any evidence you have. They will gather medical records, document your damages, and speak with eyewitnesses. They will also be responsible for communicating with insurance companies. The investigation process can take more than a year, depending on how long your recovery takes and how long it takes your attorney to gather evidence.

It is important that you continue to receive medical treatment and document all new symptoms or pain. The associated expenses will be added to your claim.

Settlement Negotiations

When the investigation process is complete, the attorney will send a settlement demand letter to the other party (typically to their attorney or insurance company). The demand letter will ask for a certain amount of compensation for your injuries, depending on your expenses and the policy limits.

At this point, negotiations may begin between your attorney and the other party’s insurance provider. The insurance company may respond with a lower offer than what was asked for in the demand letter. It may require some back-and-forth between your attorney and the other party, but most injury cases are settled before they ever go to trial.

If negotiations are successful, a settlement agreement will be drafted and signed by both parties. You will receive the agreed-upon compensation to pay off bills and reimburse your own insurance provider for anything they covered.

If the two parties cannot agree upon a settlement during negotiations, your attorney will file a personal injury lawsuit, and the case will move into the litigation phase.

Litigation

During litigation, there are several steps that must be taken before your case ever makes it to a courtroom. In fact, the lawsuit may still be settled out of court. Below are some of the steps in the personal injury lawsuit timeline.

Discovery Process

To file a lawsuit, you must formally file a complaint with the court. The complaint outlines your claim and the amount of money you are asking for as compensation. The complaint is then served to the defendant, who then typically has 30 days to file an answer to the complaint.

After the lawsuit is filed, the discovery phase begins. During this time, each party investigates what evidence the other party has. This evidence may include medical records, video footage, police reports, and other relevant information. The two parties will send interrogatories, or lists of questions, for the other party to answer. Depositions, or testimonies given under oath, are taken from each party as well as witnesses of the accident. Discovery can, and often does, last several months.

Mediation and Negotiations

Negotiations continue to happen throughout the litigation phase as well. Settlement negotiations can happen over the phone between the two attorneys, or they may be more formal. Your attorney always has to get your approval before accepting a settlement offer.

If negotiations aren’t working, other means of reaching a resolution, such as Mediation, might be explored. Mediation is where both clients and their attorneys negotiate with the help of a neutral third party. In many cases, mediation works, and the case is settled before it goes to trial.

Trial

If mediation is unsuccessful, your case will go to trial. During the trial phase, there are several steps that can potentially drag a trial out. Some cases last a matter of days, while others can go for more than a week.

First, a jury will be selected. Evidence will be presented to the jury, including expert testimony. The jury must weigh all the evidence before coming to a verdict. Once the jury has come to a conclusion, they will decide whether you have won your suit or not and how much compensation you will be awarded.

Other Factors That Affect the Case Timeline

There is no one-size-fits-all solution to a personal injury case, therefore, each case will take a different amount of time to settle. Some of the factors that play into the timeline of your case include:

  • The severity of your injuries
  • How long treatment takes
  • The amount of compensation being sought
  • The defendant’s willingness to settle
  • The court’s caseload

When to Hire a Personal Injury Attorney

If you have sustained serious injuries in an accident due to someone else’s negligence (such as a car accident, a case of medical malpractice, or a slip and fall), and your damages exceed the amount allowed in small claims court, it is a good idea to contact an attorney. The claims process is long and complex, and a competent lawyer can make sure nothing is missed.

Contact The Advocates for a Free Consultation

The Advocates understand that your recovery is priority number one and are ready to help you every step of the way during your accident case. Call today for a free case evaluation. The sooner you contact an attorney, the more quickly you can get on the path to recovery.

COVID-19 Personal Injury Lawsuits: What You Should Know

With nearly 7.5 million cases of COVID-19 in the U.S, it’s no doubt the pandemic has reshaped society in many ways. The amount of negligence that continues to arise due to the virus has caused even more people to contract Covid-19 and either experience long-lasting symptoms or worse, they pass away.

As we continue adjusting to the norms of the pandemic, an increasing number of personal injury lawsuits are being filed against companies throughout the country. For example, many employees and customers are seeking recovery for financial and emotional damages caused by the drastic effects of COVID-19.

If you recently contracted the virus at work, you may be wondering whether or not you speak with a personal injury lawyer. In the following article, we will go over some of the most common questions involving COVID-19 personal injury lawsuits in the workplace.

1. What should I do if I was infected at work?

For people who are infected with COVID-19 at work, your best option to recover any damages is to speak with a workers’ compensation attorney right away. Workers’ compensation is a type of insurance provided by companies to cover employees who suffer any work-related injuries or illness on the job.

A workers’ compensation lawyer will help you determine whether your sickness arose during the course of employment and how to retrieve fair compensation for medical bills, lost wages or emotional distress you endured due to the virus.

2. How long do I have to file a COVID-19 personal injury lawsuits against an employer?

Like most personal injury lawsuits, states require civil tort claims to be filed two years after an injury. For injuries or deaths that occurred early in the pandemic, the statute of limitations will not expire until March of 2022.

3. If I file a lawsuit for a workplace transmission of COVID-19, will workers’ compensation exclusivity apply?

To put it simply, it depends on the state your job is in. State laws vary greatly when it comes to determining whether illness or death from COVID-19 is exclusively covered by workers’ compensation programs in your state. Several states, such as California, have adopted a rebuttable presumption that certain employees who test positive for COVID-19 contracted the virus at work for workers’ compensation purposes.

However, most states have not adopted a reputable assumption and instead can deny claims suggesting employees contracted the virus outside of the workplace. Although, many states are starting to recognize an exception to workers’ compensation exclusivity in instances where negligence or intentional harm is inherent. These instances include:

-Employees were denied access to proper protection equipment

-Employees were given false information about the safety of the workplace and the likelihood of contracting the virus

4. Can my employer receive tort immunity if they follow mitigation guidelines?

While most state laws vary depending on the type of business involved, several states have passed laws limiting tort liability for in-state business. However, the laws pertaining to the extent at which tort immunity applies greatly depends on whether the business followed local health department guidelines as well as if gross negligence or intentional torts are involved. Many COVID-19 complaints contain allegations of intentional wrongdoing on behalf of the defendant businesses.

Who is Liable for a Defective Tire in a Truck Accident?

What is a Tire Blowout?

Did you know that tire blowouts cause over 75,000 traffic accidents each year in the U.S? If you’ve ever experienced a tire blowout, you understand first-hand just how dangerous and scary it can be.

A blowout is a rapid, explosive loss of air pressure in any kind of inflatable tire. Blowouts can occur in a matter of seconds or slowly accumulate over time, depending on the cause of the blowout.

When a tire blows out, drivers face the sudden danger of losing full control and maneuverability of their vehicle. According to the National Highway Traffic Administration, tire blowouts kill more than 400 people each year.

Tire blowouts most commonly occur when drivers haul an overloaded vehicle, a sharp object punctures the tire or a massive cut or tear goes unnoticed in the tire for a long period of time. Each of these causes, no matter how quickly they come to fruition, increase the risk of being injured in a serious accident.

In the following article, our Wyoming semi-truck accident lawyers with The Advocates will explain the process of determining liability for defective tires in a truck accident. If you have any legal questions about being injured in a truck accident due to defective, you can call The Advocates 24/7 at 307-466-0003.

Determining Liability for Defective Tires in Truck Accidents

It’s no doubt that for truck drivers, tire blowouts are nothing short of catastrophic. For this reason alone, truck drivers have to think about swapping out old or defective tires on a daily basis, as well as constantly be on the lookout for sharp objects in the roadway.

That being said, the federal government mandates that all truck drivers must complete daily inspections before their trip. This includes a thorough inspection of all tires on the truck. But even with these regulations put in place, defective tires continue to cause problems in the trucking industry.

If you were involved in a truck accident due to defective tires, you may be wondering which party is responsible for the collision: the truck driver, the trucking company, or the tire manufacturer.

In most cases, tire manufacturers are responsible for providing faulty products. In 2019 alone, U.S. tire manufacturers listed 14 different tire recalls from several major companies. Cooper Tire and Rubber Co. was one of the major brands to issue a recall that affected over 4,000 commercial trucks. The company, like many others, stated that this defect that could “develop into a tire failure in the sidewall.”

When it comes to proving negligence in a defective tire case where determining fault can be tricky, it is pivotal to work with an experienced semi-truck accident lawyer.

When to Hire a Wyoming Semi-Truck Accident Lawyer

Whether you were driving in a passenger vehicle or are the truck driver who was injured by faulty tires, you will need the best legal representation on your side. The Advocates are here to determine who is responsible for your injuries and losses and make sure you are fully compensated for your accident.

Our semi-truck accident attorneys have decades of experience working with insurance companies of manufacturers and are ready to fight for your legal obligation to justice. Don’t wait to contact The Advocates. You can call us today at 307-466-0007 or speak with an attorney using our Live Chat Feature on our homepage. You deserve an Advocate!

What Not to Say at the Scene of a Car Accident

The scene of a car accident can be a very hectic place. Nerves are usually jangled, emotions are running high and trying to remember all the right things to say isn’t exactly first on the agenda when dealing with a collision.

Sometimes you can do everything right behind the wheel only to end up having another car crash into yours, causing significant damage and stress. It’s important to understand, however, that there are some statements you should mindful of in the aftermath of a crash. What you say can potentially come back to haunt you if you decide to seek compensation for your injuries and losses later down the road.

In the following article, we will explain what words may hurt your legal case, how your statements can be misconstrued or misunderstood and when you should call a car accident lawyer with The Advocates.

What Shouldn’t I Say at the Scene of a Crash?

One of the most common mistakes car accident victims make at the scene of a crash is giving an admission of fault. Even if you don’t directly admit you were at-fault, there are certain statements that can allude to an admission of fault. Here are a few words you should avoid:

  • Do Not Apologize After the Accident by Saying “I’m sorry” While apologizing after a collision occurs, whether it was your fault or not, may come as instinctual for most people, it can be considered an admission of fault. If the other driver is responsible for the accident, then you have nothing to be sorry for and you should let your car accident attorney determine liability with the at-fault party’s insurance company.
  • Do Not Say the Accident Was Your Fault This may seem like an obvious statement to avoid, but it can be easy to accidentally admit fault in the heat of the moment. In fact, many drivers unintentionally blurt out to the other driver that the collision was their fault. Sometimes we do this out of anxiety or mid-panic, but easing tension with an admission of guilt can impact how you are compensated later on.
  • Do Not Say “I am okay” or “I am fine” After the Accident Another simple mistake accident victims often make is saying that you are okay or giving any statement along those lines. If you plan to file a personal injury claim, this phrase can be used against you and the validity of your injuries from the accident. It’s true that some accident injuries take days or even weeks to notice. You may not have symptoms at first but this does not mean they aren’t there.
  • Do Not Speculate or Give Inaccurate Information Accidents occur for many reasons, the most common being a driver’s negligence. However, you should never speculate about the exact cause of the crash without concrete evidence. Your statements can be misconstrued and turned into a different narrative portraying you as the at-fault driver. Leave the speculation up to the insurance adjusters and the accident investigators.

In addition to statements you should avoid saying at the scene of an accident, it’s possible that even correct statements can be misinterpreted. Car accident witnesses might mistake a statement such as “I was paying attention” for “I was not paying attention.” It’s important to only speak about what is absolutely necessary, such as insurance and contact information.

When to Contact a Wyoming Car Accident Lawyer

If you or a loved one were recently injured in a car accident, you should contact The Advocates right away. Determining liability is the most important step in building a successful personal injury claim with the at-fault party’s insurance company.

Here at The Advocates, our car accident lawyers are dedicated to you and getting the recovery you deserve. Don’t wait. Contact us today at 307-466-0003 or use our Live Chat feature on our homepage. You deserve an Advocate.

5 Steps to Take During Your Personal Injury Case

If you were injured and plan to file a personal injury claim, you should continue reading. The key to building a successful personal injury case is being fully prepared for any possible outcome along the way.

Here at The Advocates, our personal injury attorneys will guide you through the aftermath of an being injured due to someone else’s negligence. Even though the legal claims process can feel overwhelming, it doesn’t have to be. Our attorneys know the ins and outs of personal injury law and have the experience you will need to build a strong legal case.

While no two personal injury cases are exactly the same, the following article outlines 5 steps every injury victim should take so that your injury claim has the best chance of success.

What Steps Can Help Strengthen Your Legal Claim?

Much of the personal injury claims process is time sensitive, so it’s important that you start taking the steps necessary as soon as possible. These steps include:

1. Speak With an Experienced Attorney Right Away

If you were injured due to someone else’s negligence, you will need to contact an experienced personal injury attorney right away. Once you contact The Advocates, we will work diligently to make sure you are fully compensated for your injuries and losses in a timely manner.

Being injured by another person can cause a range of issues for everyone involved, including you and your family. While you focus on recovering, our attorneys will fight for fair settlement to help cover your medical bills, lost wages and any other damages from your accident.

2. Only Speak to Your Attorney About Your Case

This is one of the most important steps you can take to help strengthen your legal claim. Whether you’ve been contacted by an insurance adjuster or simply have questions about your case, you should keep all communication about your personal injury case between you and your attorney.

Oftentimes, insurance companies will contact you about information regarding your accident. Speaking to insurance without your attorney present, if at all, can seriously impact the outcome of your case.

3. Don’t Post About Your Claim on Social Media

We can’t stress this one enough. Defense attorneys and insurance companies are trained to look at your social media accounts and potentially misinterpret anything you say about your injuries online.

The at-fault party’s legal team will look for any reason to diminish the seriousness of your case. Put simply, don’t post on social media, such as Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter.

4. Continue Visiting Your Doctor

If you were injured by another person, you should continue going to your medical appointments. Going to these visits will help strengthen your legal claim and prove that your injuries are serious. However, if you stop going to your appointments, the party responsible for your injuries will hold this against you and insurance will likely offer the lowest compensation amount, knowing that you haven’t been receiving treatment.

5. Fight for Maximum Compensation for Your Injuries

It’s a very common tactic for insurance companies to offer the lowest settlement amount for an accident victim’s injuries. Our attorneys won’t settle for less and neither should you. We encourage you to fight for full compensation for your injuries and losses.

When working with The Advocates, you can receive up to 3x more in compensation than without the legal experience of our law firm. Get your free consultation today and we’ll help you retrieve the recovery you are owed. Don’t wait. Contact our attorneys at 307-466-0003 or use the chat form fill on our homepage.

70-Year-Old Ammon Woman Hit at Crosswalk

A 70-year-old woman suffered serious injuries after getting hit by a car Wednesday afternoon in Ammon, Idaho. According to Bonneville County Police, the local Ammon woman was found in critical condition before she was rushed to Eastern Idaho Regional Medical Center.

The elderly woman was in the midst of crossing the intersection at 17th Street and Curlew Drive when the driver apparently didn’t see her and struck the side of her body.

The names of the Ammon woman who was hit and the 36-year-old driver, a resident from Idaho Falls, have not yet been released to the public.

Bonneville County Sheriff’s spokesman Sgt. Bryan Lovell said that the elderly woman’s injuries are non-life threatening at this time. But, the driver of the vehicle is potentially facing charges for not only hitting a pedestrian at the intersection but for failing to follow crosswalk guidelines.

The accident is still being investigated by local authorities.

If you or a loved one have been injured in an accident, you should have an Advocate by your side. We understand difficult it may be to recover from the pain and suffering that inherently follow an accident. Our personal injury attorneys here at The Advocates want to help relieve some of that pain by helping you restore your life to what it was before the accident. Don’t hesitate to contact one of our accident attorneys right away. Call an Advocate today at (208)-995-2444 or speak to one of our attorneys on our homepage. You deserve an Advocate!

Top 5 Most Dangerous Roads in Minnesota

Minnesota has some of the nicest people in all of the United States, so much so that the state’s reputation for courtesy even has its own reputation: Minnesota Nice. Driving around the North Star State though can, at times, be far from nice. Many of the roads and highways can be dangerous to travel upon due to reckless motorists, inclement weather, and blind intersections. Here are the top 5 most dangerous roads and highways in all of Minnesota:

Most Dangerous Minnesota Road #5: US Highway 10

US Highway 10 is a 275-mile stretch of road that runs east-west across Minnesota from North Dakota through Minneapolis onward to Wisconsin. While recent projects have gone a long way in improving the safety of US 10, the highway still sees multiple fatalities each year. In the last few years, alone, Minnesota police have seen upwards of 14 automobile-related deaths along the stretch of road. Like most roadways in Minnesota, ice and snow can cause hazardous conditions that can be dangerous for commuters. So, if you find yourself cruising along US 10 during a snowstorm, remember to slow down and keep your eyes on the road.

Most Dangerous Minnesota Road #4: Interstate 94

From October blizzards to sudden flooding to runaway turkeys, Interstate 94 has seen it all. I-94 stretches close to 260 miles directly across Minnesota and is routinely closed due to dangerous winter weather. During the colder months of the year, no one is safe on I-94. Over the years, the interstate has seen numerous fatal crashes involving semi-trucks, multi-car pileups, and even bears. Each year, Minnesota sees close to 400 traffic fatalities on its roads and highways and Interstate 94 is ground zero for many of these tragic deaths.

Most Dangerous Minnesota Road #3: US Highway 14

If one were to compile a list of hazards that make a road dangerous then US Highway 14 would check virtually every box. From sharp turns, non-existent shoulders, a total lack of lane dividers, and one blind intersection after another, US 14 is well-known as a deathtrap to Minnesotans. There are so many deaths on the southern highway that one person dies every couple of months traveling along its blacktop pavement. US Highway 14 commuters beware. Driving on the highway may seem like off-roading at times.

Most Dangerous Minnesota Road #2: US Highway 12

Many people consider US Highway 12, which stretches from Minneapolis to the South Dakota state line, the deadliest roadway in all of Minnesota. Indeed, during this decade alone the highway has seen nearly two dozen auto-related deaths. Despite being the shortest entry on this list, a mere 38 Minnesota miles, US 12 is certainly a killer. With its narrow, white-knuckle lanes, poorly lit expanses of road, and blink-and-you’ll-miss-them intersections, US 12 has caused hundreds of car accidents over the years. Just in the last five years, an astounding 820 crashes have been reported to Minnesota State Police. Experts believe the highway’s lack of renovation is to blame for the mayhem. “We have metro levels of traffic on a road,” says Police Chief Gary Kroells, “that’s been left — with a few minor exceptions — unimproved for 35 to 45 years, maybe as far back as the 1960s.” Until the state legislature opens up the purse strings for some much-needed roadway improvements, the chaos on US Highway 12 will continue unabated.

Most Dangerous Minnesota Road #1: US Highway 169

Without a doubt, the most dangerous road in all of Minnesota is the infamous US Highway 169. The highway is so perilous that an average of 6 people die in car accidents on this road each and every year. Running north out of Iowa, US 169 cuts Minnesota neatly in half for just under 200 miles, eventually terminating in the tiny town of Virginia, not far from Duluth. Over the years, US 169 has seen its fair share of road construction closures, blizzards, and even mudslides. US 169’s biggest problems are due to the endless congestion drivers face. As more and more people move into southern Minnesota, US 169 simply cannot bear the additional traffic. And where there’s traffic there’s bound to be accidents. Thankfully, the state government has taken the initiative and begun renovations on the troubled highway, expanding its lanes and addressing some of its more troublesome spots. Minnesota has also started cracking down on distracted drivers with a strict “No Texting” law that went into effect this year. Only time will tell if US Highway 169’s havoc is tempered in the years to come. But as of today, the highway is a risk best not taken if you can find an alternative route.

Alcohol-Related Accident Leaves Two Injured

alcohol-related accidentAn alcohol-related accident left two people injured early Sunday morning. The crash involving only one vehicle occurred in American Falls just south of Lamb Weston Road at around 5 a.m.

Idaho State Police reported that the driver of the vehicle, Brayan Garnica, 18, of American Falls, and his passenger, Fernando Flores, 19, of American Falls, were heading north in a 2005 Dodge Neon.

The men were driving up Borah Road just before the Neon suddenly swerved off the side of the road and rolled off into the grass.

Both victims suffered injuries from the accident.

While Garnica, the driver of the vehicle, was taken to Power County Hospital by ambulance, his passenger, Flores, was rushed to Portneuf Medical Center in Pocatello by helicopter.

The current condition of the driver and the passenger have not yet been released.

Idaho State Police are still investigating the accident.

If you or a loved one have been hurt in an alcohol-related accident, you will need an Advocate on your side. You shouldn’t have to fight a case like this on your own. Our personal injury attorneys have decades of experience helping accident victims just like you. You can call us at (208)-995-2444 or chat with an attorney on our homepage.

Wyoming Drunk Driver Crashes Car, Arrested in Idaho

 

A Wyoming Drunk Driver Leads a 2-State Police Chase

On Monday, October 21, a Wyoming drunk driver fled highway police and was arrested by Idaho State Police after crossing the state border. The alleged suspect crossed the state line, crashed his vehicle, and attempted to flee on foot.

Andrew Thompson, 34, of Powell, Wyoming, is now facing numerous charges in Idaho after running away from Wyoming law enforcement Monday evening. He faces charges of battery on an officer, driving while intoxicated and fleeing the scene of a crash. These charges do not include what he might face in Wyoming.

The suspect is being accused of leaving Wyoming Highway Patrol on U.S. Highway 25 right before entering Idaho around 5 p.m. Wyoming officers stopped chasing Thompson after he crossed the state border, notifying Idaho State Police of the situation.

According to Idaho State Police, this Wyoming drunk driver didn’t get very far before crashing his 1997 Plymouth sedan and continuing to run on foot.

Luckily, Idaho State Police were able to locate the man with the help of the Bonneville County Sheriff’s Office.

Charges are still pending by the Wyoming Highway Patrol.

No other injuries have been reported at this time. The crash is still under investigation.

Wyoming Car Accident Lawyers – Casper, Laramie, Jackson

If you’ve recently been injured by fault of another driver, you shouldn’t have to face the aftermath of this accident on your own. Our car accident lawyers with The Advocates are here to guide you through each step after your crash. We will help you get the recovery you deserve and the compensation you are owed.

You can count on The Advocates to defer your medical bills for you, work with insurance adjusters, and be a voice for you throughout this difficult time. Contact our office today at 307-466-0003 or speak with an attorney on our Live Chat today. Don’t wait for your recovery. Let’s get you an Advocate!

Semi-Truck Crash Kills 1 on Highway 20

Idaho car crashOne man was killed in a two-vehicle semi-truck crash late Sunday afternoon. The fatal accident took place in the westbound lane of Highway 20, one of the most dangerous highways in the entire state of Idaho.

The two drivers were both traveling west just outside of Rexburg right before the fatal accident occurred.

Idaho State Police reported that the drive of the 2014 Ram cargo van, Heath B. Babcock, 38, of Pocatello, was travelling behind Jeramy L. Nutt, 43, of Las Vegas, Nevada, the driver of the 2013 Peterbuilt semi-truck.

The semi-truck was hauling a single trailer several yards in front of the cargo van just before getting struck. Babcock failed to see the semi-truck yielding ahead and slammed into the back of his trailer, completely demolishing the van.

Babcock succumbed to his fatal injuries at the scene of the accident.

The condition of the other driver is unknown. highway 20 crash

The semi-truck crash left the westbound traffic lanes blocked for over three hours. Local authorities as well as Idaho State Police are still investigating the fatal accident.

If you’ve lost a loved one due to the negligence of another driver, we understand how deeply saddening this time may be for you. Losing a loved one is never easy, especially when it’s so sudden. Our personal injury attorneys are here to help restore your life back to what it once was before the accident. It’s our job as Advocates to help you obtain the rightful compensation you deserve for your losses. You can call one of our accident attorneys today for a free case evaluation at (208)-995-2444. You deserve an Advocate on your side.