As a local law firm, we hear a number of Salt Lake City truck accident frequently asked questions. Most of our clients want to learn more about their rights, legal options, what the outcome of their case may be, and how to proceed. The best way to receive answers to your questions is to schedule a consultation and ask one of our experienced truck accident attorneys directly.

In the meantime, here are the answers to some of the accident questions we hear most frequently. If you do not see your questions answered here, call our office and we will be happy to assist you.


Are truck accidents common in Utah?

In Utah there is an accident every ten minutes. Out of all fatal Utah auto accidents, 8 percent of accident-related fatalities are in crashes with a big truck.


Do I sue the truck driver or the trucking company?

That depends on what caused your accident. For example, if the wreck was caused by disrepair or poor maintenance, that is likely the fault of the trucking company. On the other hand, if the accident was caused by distracted driving or something similar, it would mean that driver negligence caused the crash.

In many cases, both will have contributed to the accident, and we will name both parties in your lawsuit. This ensures that you have the opportunity to receive the maximum compensation possible.


What if the trucker was from out of state?

Before determining what to do, we will look at where the trucking company is located, where the driver is based out of, and the details of your crash. Most likely, your lawsuit will be filed in Utah, but each case is unique.


What injuries are common after a truck accident?

Considering the force of a truck hitting a car or motorcycle, injuries will tend to be severe and will run the gamut:

  • Head injury or a traumatic brain injury (TBI)
  • Broken bones
  • Internal organ damage
  • Back and spine injuries
  • Emotional trauma such as anxiety and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
  • And more


What are the steps in the legal process?

After you retain one of our attorneys, we will begin to work toward a successful resolution to your case. This involves a number of important steps and procedures along the way:

  • Gathering evidence
  • Conducting depositions
  • Valuing your claim
  • Negotiating with insurance companies
  • Filing a lawsuit
  • Preparing for court
  • Representing you in court


Will I have to go to court?

Not necessarily. If the insurance company agrees to our proposed terms, your case may settle before ever needing to go to court.


Should I accept an offer from the insurance company?

This is sometimes in your best interest because it means that you will receive compensation faster. However, many insurance companies want to fight or give you a lower offer than your case deserves in order to reduce their expenses. Sometimes going to court is the best—and only—way to get all of the compensation you are due.


Schedule a Consultation to Ask Further Questions

We can provide you with the answers and assistance you need. Getting started is as easy as calling 1-800-404-9000 or completing our online form at the bottom of this page.

We can schedule a consultation right away to evaluate your case and inform you of your options. With our years of experience and the personal attention we provide each client, we are confident that you will find Craig Swapp & Associates up to the task of representing you.