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 Utah car accident lawyer.
After a crash, 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 vehicle 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 lawyer from Craig Swapp & Associates, you can get the full settlement that you’re entitled to from the insurance. 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.
No-Fault Auto Insurance in Utah
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. Sadly, even your own insurance is likely to lowball your payout, but your Utah car accident 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 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. With that in mind, we’ll collect all available evidence so that a compelling case can be built that thoroughly demonstrates the other driver’s fault and minimizes your own.
Investigating Your Utah Auto Wreck
One of the very first steps you must take on the road to compensation is to investigate the cause of your crash. You must determine the cause so that you can prove liability. Investigating your accident usually requires a team of accident scene experts who are trained to analyze a crash scene and find the cause.
Your attorney will also be able to assist in the investigation by interviewing witnesses, analyzing police and crash reports, obtaining recall reports, and much more. Once a cause has been identified, it then becomes necessary for your lawyer to put together a case to prove what happened and who was liable.
Your lawyer will use evidence to prove your claim and get you the compensation you deserve for your injuries and other losses. Your Utah auto accident lawyer could use the following evidence to prove your case:
- Car crash scene reports and police reports
- Photos and video evidence of the crash and crash scene
- Car accident investigator witness testimony
- Witness statements
- Medical evidence
- Recall reports, trucker logs, and so on
- Physical evidence at the scene
What Could Have Caused Your Utah Vehicle Collision
Investigating your crash allows your lawyer to figure out the cause of your accident. There are so many different things that could have caused your crash, many that you might not have even thought about. A lot of people automatically blame the other driver for the crash, but a wreck can often be caused by some factor behind the scenes.
For instance, if a vehicle crashes into you, was it the driver’s fault or the fault of a mechanic who failed to properly secure a tire?
What if you are involved in a trucking collision with an overtired truck driver? Was it the trucker’s fault, or was the trucker’s company pushing them to drive more hours than was reasonable?
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 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.
- 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.
Collect All of the Crash Damages You Are Owed
A personal injury claim will enable you to seek compensation for all of the financial losses and non-economic damages you have experienced because of the collision and your injuries. Your Utah car accident lawyer will work in unison with your doctor to arrive at an accurate assessment of how much money your recovery will require.
This could include any of the following damages that apply to your case:
- Current and future medical expenses for surgeries, treatments, and check-ups
- Lost income and reduced earning potential
- Cost to repair or replace your vehicle
- Alternative transportation expenses and caretaker wages
- Pain and suffering
- Emotional distress
- Lost enjoyment of life
Utah Car Accident FAQ
Personal injury claims are complicated, and the related Utah laws can be confusing; you’re sure to have questions. A Utah car wreck attorney from our firm will be more than happy to answer all of your questions during a free claim assessment. In addition, you will find some answers to commonly asked questions below to get you started.
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 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 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.
Can more than one party be responsible for my vehicle crash damages?
Yes. There can be multiple people to blame for your auto wreck. For instance, if you were struck and injured by an Uber driver, you can actually file an injury claim against the Uber driver and Uber as a company. The driver’s insurance would pay for damages, and in some cases you can also receive compensation from Uber’s insurance company.
Is there anything I can do now that will help my case later?
Absolutely! The first thing you should do following a car wreck is immediately seek medical help and create a paper trail showing your auto wreck caused your injures. Gather all the evidence you possibly can and keep track of your losses along the way. Finally, you should contact an attorney right away to improve your claim’s outcome.
Get Help from a Utah Car Crash 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 insurance company offers. We’ve helped 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.