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Car Accident Settlements and Verdicts in Salt Lake City

A vehicle accident can be a very scary and serious ordeal.  The accident can result in severe stress, burdensome trauma, and even life-threatening injuries.  Car accidents are unfortunately common events.  The car insurance industry estimates the average American will file a claim for a collision around every 17.9 years.  This statistic means that the average driver will experience damage to their car, whether in an accident or otherwise, about three or four times during his/her lifetime.  These numbers likely hold true for people living in the state of Utah as well.

Victims of a motor vehicle accident can suffer significantly after an accident.  Of the millions of traffic collisions in 2013, the National Institutes of Health reported 54 million sustained injuries.  The resulting suffering is compounded by lost wages, medical bills, and property damage to your vehicle.  When such a misfortune comes your way, The Advocates car accident attorneys are here for you.

Utah Car Accident Statistics

A car accident can be a dramatic and life-altering event.  Thousands of Utahns are affected by car accidents every year.  Utah 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 in nine years.  A recorded 281 people were killed in motor vehicle accidents.  This number was an increase of 30 deaths from the 2013-2015 average.  This increase follows a trend of increasing fatalities on Utah roads.  Unfortunately, because car accidents affect everyone on the road, not only those who might be behaving recklessly, almost 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, 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.  Similarly, 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 your likelihood to be affected by an accident.  For example, unsurprisingly, 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 Weber Counties.

There are also certain behaviors that can increase your possibility of being involved in an accident.  The Zero Fatalities website reports that some of the top deadly driving behaviors are drowsy driving, distracted driving, aggressive driving, impaired driving, and not buckling up.  Aggressive driving might even include things like road rage.  Correspondingly, the UDPS documented that speed was the leading contributing factor in deaths in Utah in 2016.

Prevention has proven effective in certain instances in helping reduce your likelihood of being involved in an accident.  The Zero Fatalities website clarifies that human error is the “critical reason” for 94 percent of car accidents.  This means that deterring certain errors can be an effective way to avoid accidents.  The website teendriversource.org recommends minimizing distractions, following the speed limit, being more cautious 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 warning can help you avoid a car crash.

Regrettably, no amount of prevention gives a certain guarantee that you will not be affected by 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.

How Would A Personal Injury Lawyer Help Me?

There is a wide array of beneficial reasons for hiring a personal injury attorney.  The specific ways your injury attorney will help you are dependent upon your circumstances and the details of your accident.  One of the most common reasons people hire a personal injury attorney 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 impediments that might forestall your claim.  Your injury attorney has likely dealt with a case just like yours before.  This simple difference in knowledge will significantly impact the speed that your claim moves forward.

Furthermore, when you are attempting to calculate how much you should receive from your accident, you probably don’t know where to begin.  If you are simply relying on the insurance company for a fair amount, unfortunately, sometimes the insurance company can take advantage of you.  It is in the insurance company’s best interest to keep the amount they pay low.  Because of this, taking the insurance company’s word for how “fair” your amount is 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, he/she will do everything in his/her power to get that amount.  Your attorney can negotiate with the insurance companies, medical providers, and others to ensure you are getting what’s fair.

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 to have your car repaired, medical bills, lost wages, etc. all of this information can be calculated and accounted.  The more difficult task is the noneconomic damages.  These damages include all of the intangible items and can vary greatly depending upon the accident.  For example, noneconomic damages will include things like scarring, age, impact on life, disability, etc. are all computed into the final amount.

Statute of Limitations

If you have been the victim of an accident because of another person’s negligence, you have 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 pass.

Because there is a time-sensitive element to this, we are anxious to help you with your case as soon as possible.

Free Consultations / Contingency

Not everyone who approaches us has a viable case.  Sometimes it is not abundantly clear to you 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.  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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