Utah Car Accident Attorneys
If you or a loved one has been seriously injured in a car accident, you need to contact our experienced Utah car accident attorneys right away. With over 200 million licensed drivers in the United States, it’s no wonder that there are over 6 million reported vehicle accidents each year. Sadly, many of these accidents result in severe injuries or death. For victims of these unfortunate accidents, there is often a long road to recovery after the crash. Physical and emotional wounds can stay with victims for years after their accident. While this can be an incredibly difficult time, there are attorneys like Swenson and Shelley who are waiting to help these victims get the justice and compensation they deserve.
You are probably here because you were involved in a car accident. We want to express how sorry we are that this has happened to you. Car accidents can be traumatic and cause a lot of grief for yourself and your family. Your health may be compromised, your finances are probably strained, and your normal daily life is probably different. Our experienced Utah car accident attorneys understand just how much this can affect you and we want to work hard to defend your right to full and fair compensation. After reading about your car accident case, please do not hesitate to give our office a call to set up a free initial consultation to go over the details of your case. Here are some of the most important aspects that you should be aware of.
Read Our FREE Car Accident Guide
Common Car Accident Injuries
There is no way to predict when, how, or why an accident will occur. There are, however, many common causes of accidents that can be avoided. By recognizing these hazards and working to avoid them, many vehicle accidents can be avoided altogether. Having this knowledge can make the road safer for all drivers.
Fallen trees, construction site objects, property lost from another vehicle, potholes, and even animals can be considered road hazards. These hazards are very common to encounter while driving, which is why they are responsible for many accidents each year. With road hazards, it is sometimes difficult to prove who is at fault. However, the right attorney can work to get to the bottom of who is to blame for the accident and help the victim receive the compensation they are entitled to.
Speeding drastically increases the likelihood of having an accident. A driver who is speeding will have less time to react to changes on the road such as stopped vehicles, vehicles changing lanes, and road hazards. A vehicle traveling at a high rate of speed can cause much more damage than a vehicle that is going the speed limit. Because of this, accidents caused by speeding are usually very devastating. Victims of vehicle accidents caused by speeding should do all they can, with the help of a knowledgeable attorney, to pursue action against the speeding driver.
Drunk driving continues to be a major problem across the United States. With a limit of just .05%, Utah has the lowest legal alcohol limit of any state in the US. This means that anyone driving a vehicle with a blood alcohol content of over .05% is guilty of driving under the influence. When accidents are caused by drunk drivers, it is the unsuspecting victims they crash into that suffer the most. Victims of drunk drivers should let Swenson and Shelley handle their legal issues, so they can focus on recovering from their accident.
Despite the increasing awareness about the dangers of distracted driving, many accidents are caused by using cell phones and other devices while driving. Texting and driving accounts for nine deaths and over 1,000 injuries every single day in the United States. The victims of distracted drivers will suffer unduly from their uncaring actions and are entitled to compensation as a result.
Car accidents unfortunately happen all the time and affect so many people in Utah every year. Sometimes people can brush off their injuries, get some ice on it, and be okay the next day. Other times, people aren’t so lucky. If you came to our page, it’s likely you were not so lucky. The most common car accident injuries include:
- Broken bones and fractures
- Tendon, nerve, and tissue damage
- Traumatic brain injury
- Spinal cord injury
- Extremity injury
Read Our FREE Car Accident Guide
In the worst of the cases for surviving victims of car accidents, these injuries can permanently affect your health and your life. When we come up with a number to ask the other driver’s insurance company for compensation, we take all of this into consideration. The worst your injuries are, the more compensation we will ask for. That’s what we mean by full and fair compensation. You deserve to have all of your damages covered and we will dedicate ourselves to making sure that happens.
The Aftermath of an Accident
In the wake of an accident, victims and their families can be subjected to many terrible consequences. Aside from injuries that can take years to begin to heal, there are legal issues that can arise long after the accident occurs. If not handled by a professional, these legal issues can begin to grow and become overwhelming for victims and their families. Though Swenson and Shelley cannot heal physical wounds after an accident, we can ensure that legal troubles won’t get in the way of the healing process.
Injuries from an accident are often extensive and life-altering. The healing process can involve a great deal of time spent in the hospital, completing rehab, and relearning how to do basic daily tasks. While it seems obvious that the medical expenses from an accident should never fall on an innocent victim, it happens all too often. That is why it is crucial to call one of our Utah car accident attorneys to represent the victim and their family as soon as possible.
Sometimes emotional damage caused by and accident can be even deeper and slower-healing than physical injuries. Though these wounds cannot be seen, they can be just as devastating as broken bones and scars. Just because these wounds cannot be seen does not mean they do not matter. Compensation for emotional damages is just as important as the compensation for physical ones.
Inability to Work
Physical and emotional wounds can leave victims unable to work, either for a short period of time or permanently. It is not the victim’s fault that they are unable to work and earn money as they did before the accident. Victims should never be penalized and left in financial ruin from an accident they did not cause. Those who are unable to return to their jobs after an accident deserve to have a financially secure future.
Read Our FREE Car Accident Guide
Families are Left with Expenses
In the unfortunate event that an accident results in death, sometimes the families of the victim can find themselves struggling to pay final expenses or remaining medical costs. This can be especially difficult if the victim was the main provider for a family. In these cases, the family of the victim is entitled compensation for the insurmountable task of having to learn to live without their loved one.
While vehicle accidents can be extremely devastating, there are many things about motorcycle accidents that make them even worse. The destruction of a crash, the way motorcyclists are treated, both in court and by insurance companies, and public perception about motorcyclists mean they don’t always get fair treatment after a crash. This applies even to accidents where only the motorcyclist was involved and no one else was injured. In vehicle accidents without a clear person at fault, motorists are treated much more fairly. These differences in the treatment of motorcycle accidents versus vehicle accidents are one of the many reasons motorcyclists need an unbiased attorney to make sure they’re treated fairly.
Getting Things Done Timely
In Utah, you have a statute of limitations of four years from the date of your accident to abide by. You may not know what a statute of limitations is if you have never needed to file a personal injury claim before. A statute of limitations is the amount of time in which you are allowed to bring your car accident claim or file the claim in civil court for a settlement. If you value your case, you will not delay in bringing your claim to an attorney. The longer you wait, the harder it becomes to build a strong case and if you wait longer than four years to talk to an attorney, there is nothing they can do for you. This statute of limitations is strict and you will be barred from compensation if you wait more than four years.
Knowing What to Do After the Accident
Following your accident, you have several things to keep in mind. The most important thing is your own health. Immediately after the collision, there is a chance you have adrenaline coursing through your body that might mask any pain you are in. Don’t let that fool you into thinking that you do not need medical attention. There’s also a possibility that you’re so badly injured, the only thing you can do is get into an ambulance and go to the emergency room. Regardless of the severity of your condition, it is important that you get to a medical professional at some point. Don’t try to be tough and shake off your pain. You could worsen your condition. Also, the insurance company will need documented proof that you were hurt in the accident when they consider giving you a settlement reward.
Read Our FREE Car Accident Guide
Avoiding Case-Ruining Mistakes
Insurance companies are not all that helpful after your car accident. They have a very important goal to stick by; keeping their costs down. They can’t do that and give you the compensation you deserve, so they have ways to try to lower their responsibility of compensation to you. Shortly after the accident, it is almost guaranteed that they will reach out to you and ask for a recorded statement. If you allow them to ask you questions, you will be making a huge mistake. The questions they ask will be twisted in a way that forces you to answer unfavorably and it could give them a reason to reduce or eliminate your claim. If they get the opportunity, they will pin blame on you. If you are 50% or more at fault, you will be banned from receiving compensation.