A Car Accident Attorney Can Help You Recover
After a car crash, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed, frustrated, and anxious about the future. You may be trying to recover from serious injuries, repair your damaged vehicle, and get your medical bills paid while still trying to move forward with your life. It may feel like things will never be the same as they were before the accident.
The Utah Advocates are here for you. We’re a personal injury law firm that has been helping car accident victims in Utah since 1993. Our experienced car accident attorneys will fight to get you fair compensation for your damages while helping you and your family access the resources you need to get your life back on track.
We have offices all along the Wasatch Front, including in Murray and downtown Salt Lake City, all staffed with skilled attorneys and staff who are local to the area. Contact us today for a free consultation.
Head-on Car Crash
Side Impact Auto Accident
Side Impact Car Crash
Semi-Truck Auto Accident
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How Can The Advocates Help Me After My Auto Accident?
Below are just a few ways The Advocates can help your case:
- Accessing necessary medical care
- Finding excellent local body shops for your vehicle
- Communicating with your employer regarding your accident
- Answering any questions you may have
The Advocates Car Accident Claim Process
Step 1: Investigate the Accident
The first step The Advocates’ legal team will take is investigating your accident. Our attorneys do this by requesting a police report about your accident, examining any videos or photographs of the crash scene, and by contacting any relevant witnesses to the accident. Once we have firmly established liability, we will begin the hard work of building your personal injury claim.
Step 2: Build Your Claim
Building your car accident injury claim is one of the most time-consuming steps in the entire process. Your medical treatment must be complete before your claim is ready. The sum total of your damages cannot be known until all your medical expenses can be accounted for.
Step 3: Negotiate a Settlement
Once you are finished treating your injuries and your medical records have been gathered, your attorney will send out a demand package to the at-fault party’s insurance. Afterwards, your attorney will begin negotiations. In most cases, a settlement can be reached during this step. If the other party refuses to make a fair offer, then you will have the option to file a lawsuit.
Step 4: Litigate If Necessary
Timewise, litigation is the longest step in the claims process, potentially extending the life of your claim one or two years. In this step, your attorney will argue your case in front of a judge, jury, and/or arbitrator. They will determine who is at fault for the accident and the amount in damages that will be awarded.
Utah Motor Vehicle Accident Statistics
Salt Lake City metro area facts and stats
- The Salt Lake City metro area is comprised of two counties: Salt Lake County and Tooele County.
- More than 1.2 million people live in this area—nearly 40% of Utah’s population.
- Another 1.5 million people live in the Provo-Orem, Ogden-Clearfield, and Heber City metro areas, all of which border the Salt Lake Valley.
- In 2022, 319 people died on Utah roads.
Common causes of car accidents
- Reckless driving
- Drunk driving
- Distracted driving
- Failure to yield the right-of-way
- Failure to check blind spots
Common car accident injuries
- Traumatic brain injuries and other head injuries
- Neck and back injuries, including whiplash
- Internal organ damage
- Broken bones
- Cuts and bruises
What to Do After a Car Wreck
At the scene of the accident
After a car accident, the most important things you can do are stay calm and remain at the scene. If you panic or flee, you may inadvertently damage your potential injury lawsuit. You could also be charged with a hit-and-run under Utah law.
While at the scene, what you do and say is important. Be sure to take the following actions to protect yourself and preserve your case.
Move your vehicle to safety
If you are physically able and your vehicle is operable, state law requires that you move your vehicle out of the way of traffic. Get onto the shoulder or, if possible, into a nearby parking lot.
In severe accidents where there are serious injuries or significant vehicle damage, the police and/or a towing company may need to assist with the removal of all vehicles from the roadway.
Check yourself and your passengers for injuries. If anyone suffered serious injuries (anything beyond minor scrapes and bumps), call 911.
Even if no one appears to be seriously injured, everyone involved should seek medical treatment as soon as possible after the accident.
Don’t admit fault
Do not apologize or accept blame for the accident. If you hope to take legal action later on, you will need to be found less than 50% at fault for the crash. An investigation may be conducted to determine who caused the accident, but if you admit fault right away, the investigation may never be done.
Utah is a modified comparative fault state, meaning that even if you were partly responsible for the crash, you can still receive financial compensation, as long as you are not found to be more than 51% at fault.
Do not admit fault for the accident to the police, the other driver, insurance adjusters, or anyone else involved in the accident. In fact, avoid talking about your car accident case at all, except with your attorney.
Call the police
Your auto insurance company will likely require a police report before they will approve any accident claims.
When the officer arrives, they will ask questions regarding the circumstances surrounding the accident. Give them the facts about your accident but avoid offering opinions or speculation on who or what caused the crash.
This police report can be used as evidence when building your personal injury claim.
In any accident that results in injury or property damage, you are required by law to exchange information with the other driver. Keep this conversation calm and professional. Be sure to obtain the following information from them:
- Full name
- Phone number
- Insurance information
- License plate number
The more thoroughly you document your accident, the easier it will be to build your case later on. Photo and video footage are particularly useful, as they are more reliable than the memories of those at the scene. Take pictures and videos of the following:
- Your injuries
- All involved vehicles from multiple angles
- Traffic and weather conditions
- Marks on the pavement
- The scene as a whole from multiple angles
This documentation can be used by your attorney when building your case. Even if something doesn’t seem important, take a picture anyway. Your Advocate can help you determine what is useful later.
After leaving the scene
Once you have been cleared to leave the scene, there are still a few actions you must take. It is important that you do the following in order to take care of yourself and further your recovery.
Seek medical treatment
If no ambulance was called to the scene of the accident, you should seek medical care as soon as possible. Even if you do not believe you are injured, it is crucial that you see a doctor. Tell your physician that you were involved in a car crash so they know what to look for.
Your doctor will also be able to document all your injuries and the treatment you receive for them. This will be useful when building your case and calculating your damages. You will not be able to send a demand letter to the other party until you have finished treatment.
File an insurance claim
Even if you plan to file a personal injury claim against the other driver’s insurance company, you should still file a claim with your own car insurance provider. Utah law requires all insurance policies to include at least $3,000 of personal injury protection, otherwise known as PIP. PIP can help cover medical expenses, lost income, and funeral expenses (in the case of a fatality). Your own coverage may include more than the $3,000 minimum
If the other driver was uninsured or underinsured, you may have insurance coverage that can help cover your medical bills. Check your policy to see if you have UM/UIM coverage.
In order to file a claim with your insurance provider, you should have the following information handy:
- Date, time, and location of your accident
- Name and contact information of other driver
- Other driver’s insurance and vehicle information
- Police report number
If your medical expenses exceed $3,000, or you face permanent disability or disfigurement as a result of the accident, you can also file a claim against the other driver. If someone died in the accident, you may file a wrongful death suit.
Contact a Salt Lake City Car Accident Lawyer
If you’ve been injured by a negligent motorist, you deserve a fair settlement offer for your damages. An auto accident attorney with The Advocates can help. We have been representing injury victims in Utah for more than 30 years, so we understand the struggles you are facing in the wake of your accident.
Your Advocate will listen to your story, explain the legal process, build your case, and negotiate with insurance providers on your behalf. With an Advocate on your side, you can rest easy knowing that your personal injury claim is in good hands.
Contact The Salt Lake City Advocates today. We offer 100% free case evaluations so you can explore your legal options at no risk.
You deserve competent, compassionate legal representation for your car accident claim. You deserve an Advocate.