Utah Car Accident Lawyer
Don’t allow a negligent driver’s poor decision to leave you buried in medical debt and other losses. Get the compensation you are due by seeking help from a vehicle wreck lawyer.
After a car crash in Utah, probably the only thing you want to do is get your life back to normal and put the wreck behind you. Unfortunately, the injuries and auto damage caused by car accidents usually require a substantial amount of money to recover from, and if your injuries were serious enough, you might be looking at either a long road to recovery or permanent changes to your lifestyle. This is where your insurance company is supposed to step in, but getting a fair settlement can be a challenge all its own.
By working with a Utah car accident attorney from Craig Swapp & Associates, you can get the full car accident settlement that you’re entitled to from the auto insurance company. We won’t be satisfied with merely getting a settlement; we want to make certain that you get fully compensated for what you’ve been through because of your Utah car accident.
No-Fault Auto Insurance and Your Utah Auto Collision
Because Utah is a no-fault state for car insurance, it creates an additional step on the road to full compensation. You’ll first need to file a claim with your own personal injury protection (PIP) policy before you can seek damages from the at-fault party in your accident. Sadly, even your own auto insurance is likely to lowball your payout, but your Utah car crash lawyer can help you with them, too.
If your medical bills total more than $3,000; your injuries involve permanent disfigurement, impairment, or disability; or you suffered dismemberment, then you’re legally allowed to pursue a personal injury claim against those responsible. This is often necessary after serious crashes because PIP coverage tends to have fairly low policy limits and won’t cover all damages.
Unfortunately, the other driver’s auto insurance company is likely to be even more difficult to deal with. They’ll do everything possible to push blame for the crash onto you, as the more fault they can pin on you, the less they’ll have to pay you.
What Could Have Caused Your Utah Car Wreck
Listed below are some of the most common causes of auto injury accidents in Utah, as well as who could be liable under each condition:
- Distracted Driving – The driver of the other car would be liable in this case.
- Speeding or Other Forms of Reckless Driving – The reckless driver would be responsible in this circumstance.
- Shoddy Mechanical Work – A mechanic or the repair shop could be held liable for your Utah auto accident.
- Drunk Driving – A drunk driver would be held responsible in both civil and criminal court.
- Faulty Vehicle Parts – A manufacturer is responsible for faulty auto parts.
- Dangerous Road Conditions – The government agency responsible for that roadway’s maintenance could be held legally responsible for your accident.
Utah Car Accident FAQ
A Utah car accident lawyer from our firm will be more than happy to answer all of your questions during a free claim assessment.
What is modified comparative fault?
When you’ve been in an auto accident, sometimes both parties can be partially responsible. However, even if you were partly to blame for the accident, you are still allowed to file an injury claim against the other responsible party, as long as you weren’t more than 50 percent responsible. This is called comparative fault.
Your damages can be reduced by the amount of fault that you are found responsible for, however.
What’s the time frame on filing a car wreck claim in Utah?
In Utah, the time frame, also called the statute of limitations, on filing a personal injury claim for an auto wreck is four years from the date of the crash. As long as you file your auto injury claim within that time frame, you can obtain damages. If you don’t file in time, however, you will be barred from filing an injury claim for that auto accident at all. Also be aware that if you are wanting to file a personal injury claim against the government, the time frame is much shorter: You’ll only have one year.
Which damages can I recover compensation for?
After an auto accident, you can recover compensation for damages like lost income, medical costs, property damage, pain and suffering, emotional trauma, and more.
Get Help from a Utah Auto Accident Attorney
At Craig Swapp & Associates, we do everything we can to ensure that our clients get the full settlement they deserve and not the smaller amount the auto insurance company offers. We’ve helped car accident victims from all over Utah put their crashes behind them, and we can help you, too.
Schedule a free, no-pressure consultation with a capable Utah car accident lawyer by calling 1-800-404-9000 or by submitting the contact form found at the bottom of this page.