Anderson Ranch Boat Accident

Anderson Ranch Boat Accident

A fatal Jet Ski accident left one child dead and another injured. The boat accident happened on the Anderson Ranch Reservoir after two jet skis collided on Saturday evening. One child was dead at the scene, while another was flown to a hospital in Boise. Another child was involved but was not hurt. The cause of the boat accident is still under investigation.

Jet Skis fall under the Coast Guard designation of personal watercraft, and have been responsible for an alarming number of fatalities since their introduction in the late 1960’s. According to a report published by the U.S. Coast Guard, in 2014 alone personal watercraft were responsible for 34 total deaths. The National Transportation Safety Board conducted a general investigation of the recreational boating accident reporting system in 1998 and according to its findings, the report concluded that accidents on Jet Skis can be attributed to three main factors. Inattention, inexperience, and inappropriate speed for the operating conditions. According the NTSB report, over 90 percent of accidents were caused by operator error (inattention) and there is also a 25 percent higher rate for accidents in association with rental operators, but this might be a case of a higher percentage of rental operators.

The 2005 Personal Watercraft act defines reckless or careless driving as:
1) Becoming airborne or completely leaving the water while crossing the wake of another vessel within 100 feet of the vessel creating the wake or wake jumping.
2) Weaving through congested water traffic.
3) Operating a vessel at greater than slow/no wake speak within 100 feet of an anchored or moored vessel, shoveling, dick, pier, boat ramp, marina, swim float, marked swim area, person n the water, person engaged in angling, or any other manually propelled vessel.
4) Operating contrary to the “Rules of the Road” or following too close to another vessel, including another personal watercraft.

Boise Pedestrian Killed by a Motorist

A Boise Pedestrian was killed in a fatal collision with a motorist on Wednesday, April 13th 2016. The man was crossing the Street on State Street near 35th Street, just east of Veterans Memorial Parkway. According to witnesses of the scene, an eastbound car on State Street hit a man who was crossing the street on foot. According to the report, the driver of the car was uninjured. The pedestrian was rushed to Saint Alphonsus Regional Medical Center where he died from his injuries.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, there were 4,735 pedestrian fatalities in 2013, which makes pedestrians one of the few groups of road users to experience an increase in total deaths. Pedestrian awareness can help educate drivers and prevent crashes. The U.S. Department of transportation has launched a Safer People, Safer Streets initiative which is focusing on creating safer bicycling and walking networks. As a part of the Safer People and Safer Streets initiative, field officers are going to be conducting road safety assessments in every state, and working with local government to improve overall road-safety. Included in this article are some helpful links on pedestrian safety facts and initiatives.

http://www.nhtsa.gov/Pedestrians – This link covers the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s public service announcement about pedestrians. Links at the bottom of this website have tips for pedestrian awareness and traffic safety facts, including pedestrian death demographics.

https://www.transportation.gov/safer-people-safer-streets – This is the U.S. Department of Transportation’s website outlining the Safer People, Safer Streets Initiative. This website gives information about the initiative, as well as general trends in behavior and statistics for both bicycle and pedestrian safety.

If you have a moment in your day, take a look at these links. They are interesting from a statistical perspective, but also help outline road conditions and warning signs that are likely to increase the chance of a pedestrian accident. Whether you are a motorist, a bicyclist, or a pedestrian, if we work together to identify certain risk factors and reduce their impact, we can make the roads safer for everyone who uses them. Multi-modal transportation is an integral part of our cities, let’s work together to integrate all modes seamlessly.

Dog Causes Crash in North Idaho

Two teens were injured in a car accident in Orofino, Idaho after a dog jumped into the driver’s lap. The women were driving west on U.S. Highway 12 in a Jeep Cherokee when the dog, who was one of four animals in the vehicle, jumped into the lap of the driver. The Jeep swerved, the driver overcorrected and crossed into the eastbound lanes before finally hitting an embankment and coming to a stop in the eastbound lane. The driver was taken to Clearwater Valley Hospital for injuries sustained in the crash. The dog was a medium to large labrador mix.

Chances are you have found yourself traveling with and possibly distracted by pets. Dogs especially are excellent car companions (cats are probably the worst companions for cars, unless you enjoy the smell of cat pee on your commute). However, traveling with pets can present unexpected challenges and safety risks, as this most recent crash demonstrates. Something as innocent as a dog getting excited could lead to an accident. According to Consumer Reports, the following tips can help you reduce dangers and minimize risk when traveling with your pets.

First off, it’s important to make sure your vehicle has enough room for a carrier or harness/restraint. That means making sure the back area of the car is cleared enough for a safety-rated crate or that the back seat is equipped with a safety harness for your pets. Barriers such as guards or cages give your pets room to move, but keep them safely contained in a designated area. According to Barkleup a 60-lb dog traveling at 35 mph can turn into a 2,700 pound projectile in an accident. It’s important for the safety of both your pet and your family that the harness allows your pet to sit or lie down, but is able to keep them restrained in an accident.

It’s also a good idea to have a travel mat or bed for the comfort of your pet and a collapsible water bowl to prevent dehydration during long trips. In addition, on longer trips you should stop every few hours to let your pet take a break and have some water. Never let your dog ride with its head out the window – this could result in serious injuries for your pet. Never leave your pet in an unattended car without leaving the windows and sunroof open, and never leave your pet in the car on hot days. Remember to use common sense and make sure safety harnesses or barriers are used when traveling with your pet. It could mean the difference between a minor fender bender or a serious accident.

Boise Teen Dies in Car Crash

An Idaho teen was killed on Thursday when and SUV rolled over in Meridian Idaho. According to the ADA County Sheriff’s Office, the SUV was headed north on Black Cat Road and Ridgeback Lane, just south of Amity Road when the driver lost control and the vehicle rolled. A passenger in the vehicle, a 16 year old girls, was thrown from he SUV when it crashed. She was pronounced dead at the scene. According to the crash report, the girl was not wearing a seatbelt. According to the National Safety Counsel, motor vehicle crashes are the #1 cause of death for children and young adults ages 5 to 24. These statistics are overwhelmingly preventable, and seatbelt use is a major factor in safe driving with minors. Although more than 90 percent of Americans now make a habit of wearing seat belts, the few who don’t are overwhelmingly more vulnerable. According to National Highway Safety Statistics, more than half of vehicle occupants killed in 2012 were not wearing seatbelt. Unfortunately, teens and young adults have a higher risk of crash due to driver inexperience and impaired driving. Teens are also more likely to not use seat belts. If you are driving with a passenger, please make sure they are wearing their seat belt, even if you have to be a little forceful about it. Idaho does have a seat belt law, but it is not severe, carrying only a $10 citation fee.

A Shout-out To Zions Bank

A Shout-out To Zions Bank

I’m officially a fan of Zions Bank. Which is something I thought I would never say about any bank.

As an owner of a small business I have a single criteria when thinking about using any service provider: Does it make my business better? Zions has consistently answered that question with a loud “YES”.

When I moved to Boise to establish Parke Gordon, my partner suggested setting up accounts at Zions where he had banked for years. I agreed without thinking too much about it. But I quickly saw a difference in how it does business. They wanted to solve my problems, not throw up hurdles.

Contrast that with my experience with a prominent New York bank where I once tried to open a business account. After getting the run-around, I gave up when an employee told me I had to personally appear at a branch several states away. Besides being factually incorrect, that employee’s statement was indicative of a company culture not oriented towards the customer.

Zions has fostered a culture dedicated to truly serving it customers. It is the only bank—and I’ve been with five others—where everyone I speak with is thinking about how to help me instead of passing me off to the next person. I love the fact I can call Zions and speak to a real person, but more important is that everyone is well-trained. If someone doesn’t know the answer, they know where I can get the answer—and they make sure I get it before they hang up.

Some other examples:

• Zions employees came to my office to set up equipment. A different bank offered to send the same equipment in a box with instructions.

• When I asked Zions about bringing different services onto a single platform they found a way to do it.

• Instead of just sending me forms, Zions has filled out the paperwork for me and sent it over for review and my signature.

As a small business owner I love the fact that my bank wants to make my life easier. And they consistently do.

Zions didn’t pay me to say nice things about them and, in fact, doesn’t know I’m writing this. But I like to give props where they are due. Special mention goes to Michelle Whitmer and Ben Lewis in Boise, Idaho. Thanks guys—you are the best!