Salt Lake City Car Accident Frequently Asked Questions
If you have just been in a car accident, it’s likely that you are confused and unsure of where to turn to for answers. Most of the Salt Lake City car accident frequently asked questions will require an attorney who can look over the details of your case.
However, here are some brief answers to Salt Lake City car accident frequently asked questions. If you have other questions or concerns, our attorneys are available for a free consultation.
What if I don’t know who was at fault?
One of the most difficult parts of a car accident, especially immediately afterward, is figuring out exactly who was at fault. Although in some accidents, such as those involving drunk driving or speeding, the person at fault is clear, this isn’t always the case.
If you aren’t sure who was at fault, or you think you might be partially at fault, we may still be able to help. However, it’s important that you don’t jump to any immediate decisions until you have consulted an attorney.
How long does a car accident case take?
Because insurance companies and other drivers aren’t always eager to accept blame for their part in an accident, car accident cases can last months or even years. The focus is to ensure you receive the compensation you need and deserve, not on how long the case may take.
However, our attorneys can give you an estimate on what you can expect at your consultation.
How much will my case cost me?
Most car accident cases are billed on a contingency fee basis, which allows you to pursue compensation while you focus on your injuries and recovering as best as you can.
This means that we don’t receive payment until you get a settlement, and if you don’t, you owe us nothing. Our fees and expenses will come out of the settlement offer when you receive it.
Should I pay my medical bills?
You should continue to pay your medical bills to the best of your ability. Under no circumstances should you cancel treatment or services because you aren’t able to pay medical bills.
If you aren’t able to keep up with the expenses right now, we may be able to contact the medical providers to see if a payment arrangement can be worked out. Otherwise, you can be reimbursed for these expenses after you receive a settlement.
What types of damages can be compensated?
The types of damages that can be compensated are dependent on your injuries and the details of your car accident. These damages might include payment for medical bills, therapy, time off work, loss of employment, or even loss of the ability to perform day-to-day tasks.
We can’t give you an estimate of the amount you will receive or the damages you could get compensated for until we look at the details of your case.
How do I know if I should accept the settlement offer?
You could receive a settlement offer from the other driver’s insurance company right away, but you should be aware that it may not cover everything you need to be covered. Keep in mind that the insurance company is likely focused on closing the case quickly and paying as little as possible.
Although the offer may seem sufficient to you now, it may not include compensation for things like long-term injuries. It’s best to have an experienced car accident lawyer look over a settlement offer before you accept it.
What do I do if the other driver does not admit fault?
It’s more common for the other drivers involved to not accept fault for the accident even if it’s clear they were to blame. Don’t worry, though. Our lawyers are experienced in investigating and uncovering the causes of accidents and making sure those responsible are held accountable and you receive the compensation you deserve.
We Can Help
If you have been in a car accident and have other Salt Lake City car accident frequently asked questions that weren’t answered here, our lawyers at Craig Swapp & Associates are available to help. Contact our office online immediately or call 1-800-404-9000 for a free consultation to get started.