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Why should I hire an Advocate?

Point of fact, hiring an Advocate is almost certainly in your best interests. Statistics have proven that hiring an attorney to represent you after an accident will drastically increase the amount of your recovery. Our attorneys have decades of experience negotiating with insurance companies and navigating the arcane maze required to successfully settle a personal injury claim. Contact The Advocates today for a free evaluation of your case.

Do I have to pay upfront to hire an Advocate?

Our attorneys work on a contingency basis, which means you will not have to pay any upfront, out-of-pocket fees. Our fees are only collected if your case is successfully settled. We charge a simple percentage of the final settlement we help you win. In short, we only get paid if you do.

Will I have to go to court?

You will not have to appear in court unless your case goes into litigation. Since the majority of cases settle before going to litigation, it’s highly likely you will never see a courtroom. However, if your case does go to trial, our attorneys have substantial experience arguing cases before judges and juries.

car accidentSalt Lake City Car Accident Settlements and Verdicts

A car accident can be a frightening and dangerous ordeal. A serious enough accident can result in severe stress, trauma, and even life-threatening injuries. Unfortunately, automobile accidents are all too common events. The car insurance industry estimates the average American will file a collision claim once every 17.9 years. Put simply, this statistic means that the average driver will be part and parcel to a car accident three or even four times during that driver’s lifetime. And Utah is no exception to these harrowing statistics.

Victims of a motor vehicle accident can suffer significantly after an accident. Of the millions of traffic collisions reported in 2013, the National Institutes of Health estimates that 54 million passengers sustained lasting injuries. The ensuing suffering is then compounded by lost wages, mounting medical bills, and loss of transportation due to vehicle damage. Don’t worry! When such great misfortune comes your way, The Advocates’ car accident attorneys are here to help you recover.

Utah Car Accident Statistics

Every year, the lives of thousands of Utahns are negatively impacted by car accidents. Utah even saw an uptick in motor vehicle traffic accident deaths in 2016. According to the Utah Department of Public Safety (UDPS), this was the highest number of fatalities in the previous nine years. A record 281 people were killed in motor vehicle accidents. This number was an increase of 30 deaths above the 2013-2015 average. The disturbing increase follows a trend of increasing fatalities on Utah roads. Unfortunately, since car accidents affect everyone on the road, not just those who drive recklessly, anyone can be the victim of a car accident.

It is common for people to hear statistics and think, “This will never happen to me.” Sadly, as mentioned above, a car accident can happen to anyone. According to statistics released by the Utah Department of Health, a car accident occurs in Utah every 10 minutes.  Of these car accidents, someone is injured in a crash every 23 minutes. Even more disturbingly, someone dies in a crash every 36 hours. Such startling data does not reflect the suffering that is caused to Utah families and communities when people are seriously injured or killed in a motor vehicle crash.

While an accident may happen to anyone, there are certain statistics that help clarify the likelihood you might be affected by an accident. One such statistic shows how larger population centers are more likely to see increased fatalities and accidents. The Utah state-sponsored website, Zero Fatalities.com reports that Salt Lake County had the highest number of fatalities in 2016, followed by Davis and then Weber County.

Certain behaviors can also increase the possibility of you being involved in an accident. Zero Fatalities.com reports that some of the top deadly driving behaviors are drowsy driving, distracted driving, not wearing a seatbelt, impaired driving, and aggressive driving, such as road rage. Correspondingly, the UDPS documented that speed was the leading contributing factor in deaths in Utah in 2016.

Recent prevention methods have proven effective in reducing the likelihood of drivers being involved in accidents. Zero Fatalities.com clarifies that human error is the “critical reason” for 94 percent of car accidents. This means that deterring certain errors can be a productive way to avoid accidents. The website teendriversource.org recommends minimizing distractions, following the posted speed limits, driving cautiously at night, and properly utilizing a seat belt.  Also, Consumer Reports endorses installing certain technologies on your vehicle to preclude certain precarious situations. For instance, installation of things like a forward-collision warning, automatic emergency braking, blind spot warning, rear cross-traffic alert, backup cameras, automatic high beams, lane-keeping assist, adaptive cruise control, parking assist systems, and lane departure warnings can help avoid car crashes.

Regrettably, no amount of prevention can guarantee you will not one day be the victim of a car accident. When such troubling circumstances come upon you, it can be helpful to have someone on your side. Someone who can help you through this mess, someone like an Advocate.

personal injury attorneyHow Would A Personal Injury Lawyer Help Me?

There are a number of beneficial reasons for hiring a personal injury attorney. The specific ways your injury attorney will help you depend upon your circumstances and the details of your accident. One of the most common reasons people hire personal injury attorneys is for their knowledge and expertise. If you were involved in a serious car accident and are seeking reparations through the insurance company, there is a labyrinth of paperwork and legal impediments that might forestall your claim. Your injury attorney has likely already dealt with a case similar to your own. This simple difference in knowledge will significantly impact the speed in which your claim moves forward.

Furthermore, when you attempt to calculate how much you should receive from your accident, you probably don’t know where to begin. If you are solely relying on the insurance company for a fair amount, they might, unfortunately, take advantage of you. It is in the insurance company’s best interest to keep the amount they pay you as low as possible. Because of this, the insurance company definition of a ‘fair’ settlement should be taken with a grain of salt.

Our team of personal injury attorneys knows exactly what your case is worth. When your Advocate determines how much your case is worth, everything in our power will be done to get you that amount. Your attorney can negotiate with the insurance companies, medical providers, and others to ensure you receive fair compensation.

What Is My Personal Injury Case Worth?

When considering what a case is worth, your Advocate will sit down with you and try to determine two specific groups of damages, economic and noneconomic. Economic damages include everything that can be quantified. For example, the price of having your car repaired, medical bills, lost wages, etc. All of this information can be calculated and accounted. The more difficult task to calculate is the noneconomic damages group. These damages include all of the intangible items and can vary greatly depending upon the accident. For example, noneconomic damages may include things like scarring, age, impact on life, disability, etc. all of which are computed into the final amount.

Statute of Limitations

If you have been the victim of an accident as a result of another person’s negligence, there is a specified time window in which you can pursue legal action. This window is known legally as the “statute of limitations.” This time limit varies from state to state. Utahcourts.gov clarifies that if this time window passes, the statute of limitations has “run” or passed. In Utah, you have four years from the time of the incident to pursue legal action. Otherwise, your opportunity to take legal action will have passed.

Because there is a time-sensitive element to this, we are anxious to help you with your case as soon as possible. Do not delay to contact us about your accident.

Free Consultations / Contingency

Not everyone who approaches us has a viable case. Sometimes it is not immediately clear if legal action can be pursued. Fortunately, The Advocates offers FREE CONSULTATIONS. This consultation means you can discuss the details of your case without any risk to you. During your consultation, your car accident lawyer will assess the details of your accident and help you know if you have a case or not. Your Advocate will also help answer any questions or resolve any concerns you might have. If you can’t come and meet with us, we can come to you. We are also available for consultations via phone call or chat on our website. These are free and easy ways to get legal advice and direction after your car accident.

Many people are worried after an accident that if they choose to hire a personal injury attorney, they will have costly attorney fees on top of their existing medical bills and car repair. Here at The Advocates, we work on a contingency basis. A contingency means that your fees will be paid out of the final settlement. We don’t get paid unless we help win your case.

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