According to the Utah Department of Public Safety, there were over 61,000 automobile crashes in the state during 2021. Close to 27,000 people sustained injuries, and more than 300 people died in those collisions.
The laws governing compensation for damages resulting from car accidents are confusing to most people. Accident victims without legal representation in these claims typically recover much less than those with an experienced car accident attorney on their side.
Siegfried & Jensen can help you with your car accident claim. Our attorneys understand the complex laws and how to navigate them to our client’s advantage. We also know the tactics used by insurance companies to avoid paying claims, and we won’t let them get away with paying you less than you deserve.
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Even more importantly, it’s crucial to work with a law firm that has years of experience. In our 3 decades of business, we have won hundreds (sometimes even thousands) of cases against almost every major insurance company out there. We know what we’re doing.
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Utah Car Accident Statistics
Even the most cautious driver can suffer an unexpected car accident at any time in Utah. This is simply because one person cannot control the actions of other drivers on the road. In a split second, a driver can take his or her eyes off the road and this could result in an accident. Traffic crashes usually cause multiple injuries for victims and sometimes cause fatalities.
A traffic accident occurs in Utah every 8 minutes, while it is also estimated that a person is injured in a car crash every 20 minutes.
In 2022, there were 59,858 total accidents recorded in Utah which included 17,619 injury crashes resulting in 25,341 injuries. Meanwhile, 320 people sadly passed away in the 276 fatal crashes that year.
All these numbers show a decrease compared to the previous year. However, 2022 represents the second consecutive year that deaths by car accidents in the state topped 300. In fact, according to one source, this is worse than in the last 11 years!
A specific area of concern in Utah is Salt Lake City. According to one report, Salt Lake City ranked 11th as the city with the worst drivers in the nation, with alcohol-related and speed-related accidents resulting in 522 injuries during 2021.
Additionally, some of Utah’s most dangerous roads include Interstates 15, 70, and 80 along with Highway 6. Their hazardousness is due, in part, to the high speeds, narrowness, and limited visibility commonly found on these roadways.
When you hire a car injury lawyer after an accident, he or she will take multiple steps to get you the compensation you deserve.
Your car accident injury lawyer can:
- Conduct a thorough investigation of the accident: Your lawyer will gather evidence to determine the circumstances that led up to the crash and exactly how you were injured.
- Identify all liable parties: There may be multiple parties involved in the accident. Your lawyer will make sure that each person is held accountable for his or her negligence.
- Commission expert witnesses: The testimony of expert witnesses can be very beneficial in successfully resolving some injury claims. Your injury attorney may retain respected medical professionals, investigators, accident reconstructionists, and others to aid your injury claim.
- Document the extent of your injuries: Your lawyer will work with you and your physicians to document the full range of your injuries. He or she can then calculate the long-term impact these will have on your life.
By taking such steps, your injury lawyer will be able to establish the facts of your case. From there, we will have a solid foundation on which to build your personal injury claim.
Situations in which you should hire a car injury attorney
It is always advisable to seek the opinion of an experienced car injury lawyer when you find yourself hurt in a collision. However, certain situations may especially justify contacting an attorney.
When your injuries are significant
If you were seriously hurt in a motor vehicle accident, it is in your best interests to consult a car injury attorney.
A lawyer can help you to pursue damages for medical treatment, missed wages, and other losses. This can be a complicated process. A car accident lawyer can help you attain maximum compensation.
When the insurance company is attempting to settle your claim immediately
If you have suffered injuries due to the negligence of another driver, his or her insurance company is likely to try to settle the claim quickly. Insurance adjusters will often work to undervalue your injury claim, to lock you into a settlement agreement before the full extent of your damages is realized.
Car injury lawyers can handle insurance negotiations for you. This serves as a protection; you won’t be pressured into accepting an unfair settlement that cannot meet your future needs.
When the insurance company denied your injury claim
It is not unusual for an insurance company to deny that their policyholder is responsible for an accident. They may try to shift the blame to you, even misconstruing your words to make you appear liable.
When an insurance company denies your claim, it does not automatically mean your case is over. A skilled car injury lawyer can go to bat for you by using his or her legal resources to prove your side of the story.
When your damages include more than medical costs
The pain and suffering resulting from a car accident can reach far beyond the initial medical expenses. Injuries sustained in car wrecks can lead to chronic, life-long pain. Further, an especially serious car crash may result in increased anxiety and post-traumatic stress.
Your quality of life may have been considerably affected by the accident. A car accident lawyer can help you attain rightful compensation for your personal losses, perhaps even loss of enjoyment of life.
Your injury lawyer may also be able to negotiate reduced medical bills. At times, this is possible after you have reached a settlement agreement with the insurance company.
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Which is why, if you want to work with us, we will take care of all the hard work.
Forms, paperwork and waiting on hold? We’ll take care of that.
Fighting with adjusters and trained negotiators? That’s what we do best!
Your main job is to get better and heal from the car accident.
Let us do the heavy lifting so that you can heal and start getting back to how life was before the accident.
You will have an important role to play in this process: getting better. Your health is the most important part of this journey. While we’re doing most of the hard work it is just as important for you to get some rest and recover.
We’ll keep you updated throughout the process and when everything is resolved, we’ll come back to you with the settlement money you deserve.
Don’t want to go to court?
No problem. 9 times out of 10 we can get you money without having to go to court.
When the insurance company picks up the phone and we’re on the other end they get serious real fast. They want to avoid going to court almost as much as you do.
Going to court is expensive, time-consuming and there’s no guarantee that they’ll win.
It is often much better for them to offer a fair settlement without going to court than it is for them to lose the case in court and have to pay the claim anyway.
You are not suing a person, you are suing the insurance company.
People pay car insurance premiums for their entire life to provide protection for themselves and others from the results of an automobile accident.
However, once that accident happens many insurance companies make it difficult for you to get even a fraction of what you need to put your life back together.
You are not ruining someone’s life so you can get rich. You are holding the insurance company accountable for promises they made to you.
You just want what’s fair. It’s our job to help make that happen.
To get your FREE consultation simply give us a call at (801) 845-9000 or click on the button below to schedule a time that’s convenient for you. The consultation should only take 7-10 minutes of your time.
Once you get on the phone, our friendly, Utah-based, English speaking staff will ask you a few questions about your car accident to figure out if you have a case. If so we’ll invite you to schedule a time to meet with your attorney for a FREE no-obligation consultation.
Motor vehicle collisions can injure you whether you’re in a vehicle, a motorcyclist, pedestrian, bicyclist, or scooter rider. There are several things you should do immediately after a crash to protect your health and legal situation as well.
Help Other Accident Victims
If your injuries permit, try to provide assistance to others involved in the accident. Even if you can’t actively help them, you’ll have details to give to the emergency dispatcher that might save lives.
You have a legal duty to report the accident. Give the 911 operator details about the number of people involved and the types of injuries they have. These details allow dispatchers to send appropriate first responders to the scene.
Take Photos and Videos
You have a unique opportunity to gather potentially crucial evidence. Use your phone to record the accident scene:
- Vehicle placement and damage
- Skid marks
- Witness statements and contact information
- Your description of the events leading up to the collision
- Conversations you have with other drivers, witnesses, and emergency personnel
Accept a Medical Assessment
Accepting medical treatment is critical even if you believe your injuries aren’t severe. Some injuries develop over time, and an initial assessment can catch them early. In addition, you’ll need these reports to use as evidence in your personal injury claim.
Consult a Car Accident Lawyer
Accident victims can unknowingly damage their cases. Hiring an attorney immediately after your accident can save you from making potentially costly mistakes. The earlier you obtain legal representation, the faster we can get to work gathering evidence and helping you in other ways.
Many things go into determining the amount of compensation you might receive for injuries you sustain in a car accident, including the types of injuries you have and how significantly they impact your life. There are also things you might do that can affect your assigned percentage of blame for the accident and the perception of how severe your injuries are. Insurance companies may try to exploit these mistakes, so be aware that you shouldn’t:
- Admit any degree of fault to anyone
- Speak to insurance company investigators or representatives without your attorney present
- Stop medical treatments before your doctors release you
- Make social media posts about your accident or injuries
- Falsify or attempt to hide or destroy evidence
Your car accident lawyer may give you advice specific to your case.
Like every state, Utah has several laws and statutes that govern handling car accident claims. Even though you may not even be aware of these laws, insurance companies are. They can and do use their knowledge to pay those injured in car accidents less than they deserve.
Don’t let that happen to you. Consult Siegfried & Jensen to find out how we can assist you if you’ve been hurt in a car accident, or if a family member lost their life.
Personal Injury Protection Statute
Utah requires drivers to have 25/65/15 minimum liability insurance coverage:
- $25,000 bodily injury, per person
- $65,000 bodily injury, per accident
- $15,000 property damage
You must also have $3,000 in personal injury protection insurance.
Regardless of who causes a car accident, your own PIP coverage pays for medical and injury-related expenses. However, you can seek compensation from another responsible driver if you have specific kinds of injuries, if the expenses exceed certain limits, and in other circumstances.
Your car accident lawyer from Siegfried & Jensen will tell you the legal options you have to recover damages. We will also help you file insurance claims and negotiate to get maximum compensation for you.
Modified Comparative Negligence
There is more than one person responsible for causing many car accidents. Utah is one of many states that uses modified comparative negligence to determine each person’s eligibility to recover compensation for damages.
- If the accident is at least 50% your fault, you aren’t eligible to recover damages.
- Your degree of assigned fault must be lower than other drivers’ to seek compensation.
- Your percentage of fault reduces the amount of compensation you can receive by that same percentage.
Let’s say that parties or the court decide that you are 25% at fault for the accident, and total damages are $100,000. The most you can receive is $75,000 ($100,000 – 25%).
One of the more essential duties your car accident lawyer has is to prove that your responsibility for causing your accident is minimal.
Statutes of Limitations for Lawsuits
You’ll need to file insurance claims within a few days of your auto accident. State laws allow specific timeframes if you need to file an additional personal injury or wrongful death claim. If you don’t file your suit within the allotted time, the courts will likely dismiss it, and you’ll lose the opportunity of receiving compensation.
- Any claim against government agencies — only one year after the accident or death date
- Personal injury cases — four years from the accident date in most situations
- Wrongful death — two years after the death date
Your car accident lawyer from Siegfried & Jensen knows how to file your lawsuit properly, and we will do so before the statute of limitations for your particular case expires. Preparing a claim takes time, so be sure not to wait too long to hire an attorney to represent you.
No Caps for Damages
Car accidents can cause many kinds of harm to victims. Insurance, personal injury, and wrongful death claims seek financial compensation for those damages. Some states put a maximum limit, or cap, on the amount of damages you can recover in car accidents. Utah doesn’t have damage caps for these claims.
Ask your car accident lawyer which of these categories applies to your specific claim.
Car accident victims often face many expenses directly caused by the crash. Economic damages intend to reimburse you for things like:
- Medical bills, including transportation costs, prescriptions, rehab, and necessary medical equipment
- Caregiver expenses
- Lost wages
- Property damage repair or replacement
Keep your receipts for all expenses related to your accident and injuries. You’ll need to prove what you’ve paid or how much you owe. Ask your auto accident attorney if you’re unsure that a specific expense qualifies.
Many injuries sustained in motor vehicle collisions qualify the victim for non-economic damages. This category typically doesn’t have directly related dollar amounts:
- Pain and suffering — physical, emotional, and mental
- Permanent disfigurement or disability
- Damage to personal relationships
- Loss of the capacity to enjoy life
- Diminished earning capacity
- Future medical expenses
Generally speaking, the worse your injuries and their impact, the more money you’ll get.
Punitive damages seek to punish the guilty party for willful misconduct or extreme negligence. Another aim of punitive damages is to deter people from engaging in these behaviors in the future. Not all car accident claims qualify for punitive damages, so ask your attorney if you’re eligible.
People pay monthly premiums to your car insurance company to cover them against losses if there’s an accident. You’d think that these carriers would pay claims fairly without someone having to force them, right? Unfortunately, that’s not the case.
Insurance is big business; companies care more about keeping their profits than paying injured accident victims or their families. They often use underhanded strategies and lowball offers to keep from paying any more than they have to.
A competent car accident lawyer will prevent insurance companies from taking advantage of you. When you hire an attorney from Siegfried & Jensen, we will:
- File all paperwork for you.
- Gather evidence to prove your claim.
- Serve as your representative with insurance company investigators and attorneys.
- Negotiate with insurance carriers to get the compensation you deserve or take your case to court if necessary.
- Focus on business so you can focus on recovering from your injuries and the adverse effects they have on your life.
Don’t feel guilty for expecting insurance companies to pay a reasonable amount for the damages their policyholder caused. You’re not trying to take advantage of the situation, only collect on what’s owed.
The law does not require you to hire an attorney when pursuing compensation after a car wreck. Some car accident victims, though, choose to seek legal counsel so that they can focus on their health and recovery while also pursuing legal action.
Not everyone who has been involved in a collision will need legal representation. However, if your car wreck was severe or complex, it is definitely in your best interest to call an attorney as soon as possible.
When to call a car wreck attorney
Determining when you should hire a lawyer after a car accident can be confusing and stressful. In general, it would be wise to consult with a car wreck attorney if any of the following factors apply to your collision:
- It resulted in serious injuries to you or someone else
- It resulted in significant vehicle or property damage
- Fault has not been clearly established
- It involved another motorist, pedestrian, or cyclist
- It took place in a construction zone, or work zone
- It took place in a school zone
- It involved an underinsured or uninsured driver
- You disagree with the police report
- The insurance companies involved are sending mixed messages or not clearly answering your questions
You have the right to hire legal representation at any time throughout the process of making an insurance claim or pursuing a personal injury lawsuit.
Benefits of hiring a car wreck attorney after an accident
In the aftermath of a serious accident, your car wreck attorney will focus on protecting your legal rights so you can focus on your treatment and recovery.
A car wreck attorney can assist you in several key ways:
- Explaining your rights: A personal injury lawyer knows the laws and how these pertain to your particular situation. He or she can determine who was at fault and whether negligence led to your accident. After establishing such facts, your attorney can clarify what kind of compensation you are entitled to by law.
- Navigating the legal system: Car accident claims typically involve filing a significant amount of paperwork. Your attorney will help you to do this in an organized and timely manner, ensuring that no important deadlines are missed.
- Assessing damages: Your attorney can assess your past and current damages as well as evaluate what your future expenses may be. This is critical in pursuing rightful and fair compensation for car accident victims.
- Negotiating with insurance companies on your behalf: Insurance companies do not always play fair. A skilled attorney knows how to talk to insurance adjusters. By negotiating on your behalf, he or she can help you achieve a settlement amount that will actually meet your long-term needs.
- Representing you in court if necessary: Although most auto accident cases are settled out of court, having a car wreck attorney familiar with your case is invaluable in the event your case goes to trial. Experienced court representation can ensure a more favorable outcome for victims.
You do not always need a car wreck attorney after an auto accident. However, hiring a lawyer can make your life and your recovery process easier. Further, skilled legal representation often results in obtaining maximum compensation for your pain and suffering after a car wreck.
The vast majority of personal injury cases, including car accident claims, rest on negligence. Let’s examine what negligence means from a legal standpoint. In this example, assume that you sustained injuries in a car crash that a driver named John caused. To show negligence, you must prove several things:
- John owed you a duty of care (all drivers owe a duty of care to operate their vehicles safely).
- John failed to provide the duty of care.
- You suffered injuries and accompanying losses.
- You would not have sustained these injuries if John hadn’t failed in his duty.
- John’s failure directly caused your injuries.
If you think that sounds confusing, you’re not alone. If you don’t have a personal injury attorney on your side, you may not understand how important it is to prove John’s negligence — and your innocence.
Your car accident lawyer knows what evidence to use and how to gather it; we have resources that you probably don’t. Our investigators can:
- Speak to witnesses.
- Request driver cell phone records to determine if usage contributed to causing the collision.
- Obtain surveillance camera footage.
- Watch social media accounts to see what the driver posts about the accident or their activities before it happened, such as drinking at a party.
Many factors can contribute to causing a car accident, such as the driver’s age and length of time driving, the time of day, weather and road conditions, and mechanical failure. However, human error is typically the most significant reason for car accidents:
- Weaving between lanes of traffic or other types of reckless behavior
- Failing to follow traffic laws
- Not yielding the right of way
- Fatigued driving
- Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol
Many behaviors are considered distracted driving. In this case, a distraction is anything that takes a driver’s attention away from focusing on driving and paying attention to traffic and general road conditions:
- Texting, talking on the phone, watching videos, scrolling — most kinds of cell phone usage
- Applying makeup, fixing hair, or other types of grooming activities
- Searching for something in your car
- Interacting with passengers
- Daydreaming or looking at the scenery or things other than traffic
- Eating or drinking
It only takes a moment for dangerous situations to arise when driving. Taking your attention away from the road to do any of these things may mean you won’t have the time to address sudden changes and avoid an accident.
Aggressive drivers are a hazard to anyone near them on the road. A driver’s blatant disregard for traffic laws, as well as his or her personal safety and that of others, often leads to tragic results. Sadly, aggressive driving is a leading cause of serious car accidents every year.
Common forms of aggressive driving
Aggressive driving is engaging in risky behavior on the road that ignores the safety of others. The most common forms of aggressive driving include:
- Excessive speeding
- Failure to obey traffic signs and signals
- Weaving in and out of traffic
- Driving on the shoulder, sidewalk, or median
- Passing where prohibited
- Sudden acceleration and deceleration next to another driver
- Cutting off other drivers
- Yelling at other drivers
- Offensive hand gestures
No one deserves to be the victim of an aggressive driver. If you have been hurt in an aggressive driving accident, you likely have legal recourse and can pursue damages for your pain and suffering.
Proving fault in an aggressive driving accident
If you or a loved one has been seriously injured in an accident due to another driver’s aggressive, reckless, or negligent behavior, you may be legally entitled to compensation for your losses. In order to obtain restitution, you will need to prove the other driver was at fault for the crash.
Evidence to prove aggressive driving includes:
- Video footage of the accident
- Photos of the accident scene
- Eyewitness statements
- Police reports
- Insurance reports
- Medical records
Contact an aggressive driving accident lawyer for help
An attorney experienced in handling aggressive driving accidents will be able to assist you in assessing just how deeply the accident has impacted your life and then calculate a fair and accurate settlement amount.
Whether it be by negotiating with an insurance company on your behalf or arguing your case in court, a lawyer is the advocate you need when facing the fallout from an accident. Having a skilled attorney on your side in the aftermath of an aggressive driving accident can bring you peace of mind and let you focus on your recovery.
A wrong-way driving accident is a collision between two vehicles in which one of them is traveling against the legal flow of traffic. Such accidents are often head-on collisions and can result in devastating injuries.
Why a driver goes the wrong way
Common causes of wrong-way driving accidents include:
- Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs
- Drivers suffering from senility or memory loss
- Driver inexperience
- Distracted driving
- Heavy traffic
- Reckless driving
- Missing or inadequate road signs
- Improperly marked construction areas
- Inadvertently entering a one-way road
- Passing when it is not safe to do so
- Falling asleep at the wheel
When a vehicle is driving the wrong way down the road, it is almost always due, at least in part, to the driver’s negligence. Even when signs are missing or traffic patterns are confusing, being attentive can prevent wrong-way driving accidents.
If you encounter a wrong-way driver
If you encounter a wrong-way driver, slow down and get into the right-hand lane. Instead of focusing only on the vehicles immediately in front of you, try to also see what is ahead of you further down the road. By remaining alert and driving defensively, you may be able to avoid a collision with a wrong-way driver.
Negotiating insurance settlements in a wrong-way driver accident
Most wrong-way driver claims and lawsuits involve insurance companies. Every accident victim should be aware that an insurance adjuster has a pre-approved settlement offer “range.” Insurance companies almost always start negotiations at the low end of that range when offering accident compensation. It is often to your benefit to hold out for a higher amount when seeking damages.
Getting help after a wrong-way accident
A lawyer who is experienced in handling wrong-way driving accidents can help you navigate the legal system and successfully resolve your claim. He or she can fully investigate the circumstances of the accident and help you to establish a valid and fair settlement amount. This will ensure that any compensation awarded for the accident will fully meet both your current and long-term needs.
Contrary to popular belief, the insurance company is NOT your friend
An insurance company is in business for one reason: to make money. Every penny that they give you is a penny they can’t keep in their pockets.
One major insurance company (you would absolutely know their name) has over 72,000 employees which includes over 400 attorneys.
In that group of 72,000 employees are thousands of claims adjusters, skilled negotiators and other professionals that have been trained to minimize the value of your claim and, if possible, eliminate any possibility for you to get any money for your accident – no matter how badly you may need it.
The insurance company does not have your best interest at heart and you should NEVER try to take on the insurance company on your own — let us help you. We’ve done this over 34,000 times and have a 97% success rate.
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The call is FREE. The consultation is FREE. The initial meeting with an auto accident attorney is FREE. There is no obligation and no pushy sales tactics.
There is literally no downside to you picking up the phone and calling us right now. IT WON’T COST YOU ANYTHING to see if we can help.
If you call and don’t end up hiring us then you’re no worse off than you are right now.
However, if you do call to find out if you have a case, you will be one enormous step further down the path of getting back to how life was before the accident.
However, if you don’t call then there’s no telling the type of help we could have provided for you if you’d only taken a couple of minutes to talk with us on the phone.
We’ve done this over 34,000 times and have won over $1.2 billion dollars for our clients in our 30 years of business. Let us use our decades of experience to help you get your life back on track.
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