Individuals who sustain injuries in car accidents often face numerous difficulties in their lives. Medical expenses, lost wages, damage to vehicles and personal property, and pain and suffering are often overwhelming for victims and their families.
Dealing with all of these negative factors can become even more burdensome when you try to fill out a claim in an attempt to recover compensation for your injuries and damages.
The process of receiving remuneration is often complex, lengthy, and overwhelming for individuals to try to combat on their own. For this reason, it may be in your best interest to hire a personal injury attorney to represent you. Working with an experienced attorney from Siegfried & Jensen will ensure you earn the maximum amount of compensation you are entitled to for your injuries.
How An Attorney Can Help You
Attorneys are a valuable asset when it comes to handling personal injury claims. Attorneys can provide assistance throughout the entire process so victims can rest assured knowing their legal interest is protected so they can focus on recovering.
Attorneys provide numerous benefits to accident victims, including the following.
Communicating With The At-Fault Driver’s Insurance Company
Dealing with insurance companies is often extremely difficult. Insurance companies go to extensive lengths to avoid liability in accidents. When filing a claim, it is crucial to remember that the other driver’s insurance company and adjusters do not have your best interest in mind. They are more concerned about saving money than providing you with adequate compensation for your damages. Insurance companies often deny or attempt to reduce the value of accident claims by making it seem like the victim is partially at fault.
Hiring an experienced attorney to handle the claims process will increase the likelihood that your claim will be handled appropriately. Attorneys experienced in handling insurance companies understand the tactics they try to use to limit their payouts. An attorney should handle all communication with the at-fault driver’s insurance company, so accident victims do not have to.
Work To Prove The Other Driver Is At-Fault For The Accident
In order for a claim to be successful, the victim will need to prove the collision occurred due to the other driver’s negligence. A knowledgeable attorney can help you file a successful claim by proving all of the elements of neglect were present during the accident.
In Utah, the elements for fault include:
- The at-fault driver had a duty to ensure the safety of you and other drivers on the roadway;
- The at-fault driver breached this duty;
- You were injured as a result of the at-fault driver’s breach of their duty; and
- The injuries you sustained caused financial suffering.
It is essential to retain an attorney who will conduct a thorough investigation to ensure your claim demonstrates all four elements of fault in order to recover compensation for your damages.
Gather Evidence To Support The Claim
An expert attorney will be diligent in helping individuals build their cases. During this process, your attorney will work to collect evidence that will support your claim, including:
- Video footage from surrounding cameras;
- Accounts from third-parties who witnessed the accident;
- Accident reports from law enforcement officers; and
- Medical records to document injuries and treatments.
Gathering evidence sufficient enough to prove an accident victim’s claim and hold the at-fault driver accountable for the pain and suffering they caused is critical.
Provide Professional Knowledge Of Utah’s Laws
One of the most beneficial aspects of working with an experienced personal injury attorney is their in-depth knowledge and understanding of Utah’s traffic laws. This proficiency proves to be invaluable in helping accident victims prove the other driver is at fault for the accident and liable for damages.
An experienced and aggressive attorney will be able to identify applicable laws relating to the accident. These could be laws that the at-fault driver violated when causing the collision, or related to circumstances of the accident scene. Your attorney will be able to use this valuable information to corroborate your claim that he or she acted negligently, which ultimately caused the accident.
An experienced personal injury attorney will be able to ensure your claim is filed within the state’s statute of limitations and work to ensure your claim is properly filed.
Evaluate Your Claims Value
A personal injury attorney will be able to review the details of your claim to provide an accurate estimate of the potential worth. This is crucial during the claims process and can be extremely valuable knowledge during negotiations. When insurance companies make low offers, your attorney will know that the amount offered is unreasonable. An attorney who can accurately estimate the value of your claim is better equipped for negotiating fair and full compensation for your injuries and damages, including:
- Medical expenses;
- Wages lost because of the injury;
- Past and future income you would have made had you been able to continue working; and
- The cost to repair or replace your vehicle and property.
A Utah Accident Attorney Can Help You
If you were injured in a car accident, it is imperative that you do not hesitate to seek a consultation with Siegfried & Jensen to review your claim. We have a proven record of helping injury victims receive the maximum amount of compensation they are entitled to for their injuries.
Attorneys at Siegfried & Jensen are ready to help you. We have helped over 35,000 accident victims recover over $850 million in damages.
Siegfried & Jensen offers free, no-obligation consultations to discuss further the details of your claim and how our attorneys will benefit you during the process. Contact our law office at (801) 845-9000 to get started now.