Salt Lake City Car Accident Lawyer
Work with a Salt Lake City car crash attorney from Craig Swapp & Associates to recover your losses. We will help you get the compensation and justice you deserve.
Car accidents are a leading cause of serious injury and death in this country. Many people’s lives are changed in an instant when they’re in such a chance event. If you were seriously injured in a preventable car crash, you could be eligible for compensation from the at-fault driver.
Utah’s personal injury laws can be wordy and not easy to understand, and filing a personal injury claim isn’t easy either. When you work with a car accident lawyer from our office, we will help guide you through the process of filing a personal injury claim. And we will do everything in our power to help make sure you receive a positive outcome.
Dealing with Insurance Companies After a Wreck
For minor car wrecks, it’s common to just file a claim with the insurance company to recover your losses. Your damages will likely be low—minor damage to your vehicle and maybe some small medical bills. But when you’ve been involved in a serious accident, the damages and expenses can really skyrocket.
Insurance companies are for-profit organizations, which means they have procedures in place meant to reduce their financial losses. That absolutely includes trying to lower the amount of compensation for your injuries. Your crash and damages are not personal for them. They have profits to make and investors to please.
We won’t let them treat you that way. Your attorney can take their calls and help negotiate a fair settlement so they won’t be able to cheat you out of the compensation you need and deserve. Don’t accept a settlement offer from an insurance company without discussing it with your attorney first.
Utah’s Negligence Laws
After being injured in a car crash, most Utah residents believe they just have to file a claim with their insurance company, and their damages will be covered. That’s great in theory, but what if you’re seriously injured?
Serious injuries could have you in the hospital for months—or even permanently disabled. Will the insurance company cover your losses? All of them? That’s where a personal injury lawsuit comes into play. You need compensation not only for the immediate hospital bills, but also for your lost wages and future medical expenses related to your injury.
When it’s been determined that someone else’s negligence caused your crash, that person should be held responsible for any expenses that exceed what your insurer will cover.
Utah uses a system called modified comparative negligence to determine how much each party involved is responsible for their share of the incident.
If you’re found partially responsible for your injuries, your compensation award can be reduced by the percentage for which you’ve been found responsible. If you’re found 50 percent or more responsible, you will lose the right to seek damages altogether. Be careful to avoid admitting any fault for an accident you didn’t cause.
Serious Injuries Associated with Car Wrecks
Serious injuries can impact you for the rest of your life. They can greatly change your quality of life, leaving you with crippling pain or limited mobility. Some serious injuries can make it difficult or impossible for you to work, or you may have permanent scars that affect your self-confidence.
When you’ve suffered these injuries due to another person’s negligence, you should be compensated financially for all the ways in which your suffering will impact your life. Compensation for your injuries will correlate with your injuries’ seriousness, as well as how they will impact your future.
Even with seat belts and air bags, all accidents have the potential to cause serious injury, but some injuries are unique to vehicle crashes, such as whiplash. Below, you’ll find some common serious injuries associated with motorcycle, truck, and car accidents:
- Spine, back, and neck injuries
- Brain injuries
- Broken and fractured bones
- Organ damage
- Internal bleeding
- Dismemberment and amputation
- Severe burns
- Permanent scarring
Fair Compensation for Your Salt Lake City Auto Collision
After an accident, you may be experiencing pain physically and emotionally, and all you really want is to not have to shoulder the financial responsibility for it, as well. If a reckless or negligent driver injured you, they should have to pay for your injuries.
You’re not looking for some get-rich-quick scheme, although the insurance companies will treat you like you are. You deserve to be treated better than that. All you want is to be fairly compensated for your losses, and you deserve to receive that compensation. Your attorney will help make sure you get it.
Listed below are some of the losses you might suffer in a serious auto accident, many of which people don’t often consider without a lawyer’s guidance:
- Lost or damaged property
- Medical expenses, including hospital bills, medications, physical therapy, and future medical expenses related to your injuries
- Your pain and suffering
- The mental anguish your accident caused you
- Mental health treatment
- Lost wages, including lost future earning potential
- Caregiving and transportation services
- Reductions to your quality of life
Call a Salt Lake City Auto Wreck Attorney
Being injured in an auto collision is an experience that wasn’t on your bucket list, but you got through it. Now, let us help you recover from it by getting you the justice and compensation you deserve. Craig Swapp & Associates can help you file your claim for compensation today.
We will do the legal heavy lifting, from obtaining your accident report to winning in court, so you can focus on recovering from this difficult incident. To get your questions answered by a qualified Salt Lake City car accident lawyer, call us for a free case review at 1-800-404-9000 or fill out the online contact form at the bottom of this page.