One man was killed and five other people were taken to a Boise hospital after an SUV and a car collided head-on in Owyhee County Tuesday afternoon. The crash happened at about 1:50 p.m. on Idaho 51 near Grasmere. According to Idaho State Police, 18-year-old Macquinzi Marlar of Crescent Valley, Nevada was driving south in a Subaru Legacy when she crossed over the center line into the oncoming lane. Marlar’s car hit a northbound Chevrolet Suburban driven by 53-year-old Deanna Maley of Fox, Oregon.
Both drivers were airlifted to Saint Alphonsus Regional Medical Center in Boise, according to police. Both had been wearing seatbelts. None of the four other people riding in Deanna Maley’s car were buckled in, police say. One of the passengers, 55-year-old Rocky Maley, was thrown from the SUV on impact, and died from his injuries. The other three passengers in the Suburban were taken to Saint Alphonsus in Boise by ambulance. A spokesman for Saint Alphonsus told KTVB late Wednesday that Deanna Maley was still hospitalized in serious condition. Experienced accident lawyers in Idaho can effectively address wrongful death claims when an accident takes the life of a loved one. Accidents were the fourth leading cause of death in Idaho in 2018 with 248 of those deaths caused by motor vehicle accidents.
Idaho is a “fault,” state with regard to auto accidents, and requires drivers to carry a minimum amount of property damage and liability auto insurance. The State of Idaho follows the modified comparative negligence rule, meaning that an individual can file a car accident claim against the other driver, even if they share blame for the accident. There is a two year time period to file a lawsuit, although there are some exceptions to this timeline. An accident attorney can outline those variations based on the particulars of a case.
A wrongful death legal action is a particular type of lawsuit that is brought by loved ones of someone who dies because of the negligent, reckless, or deliberate act of someone. Investigation will need to be completed to address the collision caused by one driver crossing over the center line and hitting the car of the family who lost a loved one. If distracted driving is found to be the cause, criminal charges may need to be addressed before civil actions, and can impact the outcome of the case.
Damages in these lawsuits can include:
- Medical bills and burial expenses
- Compensation for lost wages
- Compensation for the pain and suffering
- Punitive damages that are intended to punish the person who caused the death.
Accident victims in Idaho should seek out an experienced accident attorney at the Law Offices of Montgomery Dowdle, who can objectively speak on their behalf in a courtroom, or against an insurance company’s legal team and track all filing timelines toward a swift and fair monetary settlement .
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