Provo Car Accident Lawyer
If you are injured in a car accident on Provo’s busy streets, the accident lawyers at Christensen & Hymas can help you get the compensation you deserve. We know how to take on the big insurance companies and make them pay you what you need. Our attorneys recently helped a car accident victim in Provo win a large settlement to cover his losses. He was seriously injured after another driver failed to yield the right-of-way and hit the side of his car. The insurance company tried to get out of paying a full settlement, but we successfully defended his rights and won the case.
Unfortunately, this case is not unique. Many car accident victims have to struggle for compensation against insurance companies that don’t take their situation seriously. This page outlines how we at Christensen & Hymas can help you overcome that challenge and win your case. From free initial consultations to our “No Fee Guarantee,” which means that you won’t pay us unless we win, we take the financial stress out of hiring an effective Provo car accident lawyer.
Scott’s Story: Getting a Fair Settlement From the Insurance Company
As we mentioned, Scott suffered serious injuries when another driver failed to yield the right-of-way and hit his car. Scott was traveling southbound on a major street when the other driver, driving northbound, tried to turn left in front of him. Instead, he slammed into Scott’s car. When the police arrived, they cited the other driver for failure to yield the right-of-way. Unfortunately, this was only the start of Scott’s case. He suffered serious injuries that required years of treatment and tens of thousands of dollars in medical bills.
We worked with Scott to build a successful personal injury claim. His case brought up a number of common accident case questions. These questions include:
- How is fault determined?
When you get in a car crash, be sure to call the police. The police will come and file an accident report, which contains several pieces of crucial information – including who was at fault. In Scott’s case, the police quickly determined that the other driver was at fault, based on the details of the crash. However, just because the police say you are not at fault does not mean that your case will go smoothly. The insurance company will do their best to minimize your injuries and pay as little as possible to cover your damages.
- How long will my case take?
Personal injury cases vary in length depending on the details of the accident. When you file an accident claim, you only get one settlement. This means that you need to be able to include all of your medical bills and other costs stemming from your crash. Since the full extent of accident victims’ injuries is often not known for several years, your case may take a long time. There were several years in between Scott’s crash and the day we reached a settlement with the insurance company. But this was time well spent. This settlement was sufficient to cover all of Scott’s medical costs, as well as compensation for pain and suffering.
- What should a settlement cover?
A proper personal injury settlement can cover a number of different costs, losses, and damages. Below is a list of common areas that settlements cover:
- Medical bills
- Medications and continuing treatment
- Lost income
- Pain and suffering
- Property damage
- Loss of quality of life
We answered these and many other questions for Scott. Together, we built a strong and successful case that got Scott the compensation he deserved. If you are injured, a Provo car accident lawyer at Christensen & Hymas can do the same for you. Please contact us today to schedule a free initial consultation about your case.
How to Interact with the Insurance Company after an Accident
When you interact with an insurance adjuster after a car accident, there are some very important things to keep in mind. Always remember that their job is to pay you as little as possible for your injuries. Do not assume that they want to help you. There are many ways that they try to get you to accept an insufficient settlement. For example, you may hear them say things like the following:
- “You don’t need to hire a lawyer. They will just complicate things.”
Nothing could be further from the truth. Insurance adjusters don’t want you to hire a lawyer because it will help you get the settlement you deserve from their company. Settlement offers from the insurance company may seem fair, but you should not accept an offer without the advice of an experienced injury attorney.
- “Signing our authorization form will help your case.”
The insurance company will try to get you to sign a medical authorization form, allowing them to access your medical records. This may seem like it would make your case easier, but it is a common insurance trick. Once they have access to your records, they can go through your health history and find previous injuries or medical conditions. Then, they can use that information to argue that your accident did not cause your injuries, and that they should not have to pay for them.
If you want a fair and complete settlement for your car accident claim, do not sign the insurance company’s medical authorization form, and hire an experienced personal injury lawyer. The attorneys at Christensen & Hymas want to help you understand your case and approach it in the right way. As part of this effort, we wrote a book that describes the injury claims process in simple English. This book, 7 Biggest Mistakes That Can Wreck Your Utah Accident Case, is a helpful and comprehensive guide to accident law. You can order an absolutely free copy by clicking on the title above!
More Car Accident Case Questions
The three questions we outlined above are common and important, but they are not the only questions we frequently get from car accident victims. Other common questions include the following:
- I don’t want to sue the other driver. Do I have to?
No. In fact, the vast majority of accident cases never go to trial. In most cases, our experienced car accident lawyers are able to reach a settlement with the insurance company through arbitration or mediation.
- How do I pay for my medical bills after an accident?
In a car accident case, your insurance policy may include No-Fault insurance or Personal Injury Protection (PIP) benefits. In Utah, these types of insurance benefits usually offer at least $3,000 to cover medical bills. At Christensen & Hymas, we regularly help our clients get these benefits and others to help cover increasing medical costs.
- What if the at-fault driver does not have car insurance?
You can make a claim using the Uninsured Motorist coverage section of your own insurance policy. This means that your own insurance company will compensate you for your injuries. While it may seem that they would be more helpful, they can often be just as hard to work with. Hiring an attorney can help make sure that your rates do not go up and that you get what you deserve.
While all of these questions have different answers, they all feature one key suggestion: hire an experienced car accident lawyer. We are not just saying that because we want you to hire us. It truly will help your case more than anything else. Even if you do not choose to work with Christensen & Hymas, we highly recommend seeking legal representation in any injury case.
Working with a Provo Car Accident Lawyer to Win Your Case
If you decide to hire a personal injury lawyer to represent you in your case (which we highly recommend), we promise you that no one will work harder for you than Christensen & Hymas. If you choose to work with us, the first step in the process would be to schedule a free initial consultation. During this consultation, we will discuss the details of your case and its chances for success.
What to Bring to a Free Consultation
- The police report from your car accident
- The personal and insurance information of the other driver involved
- Any photographs or other evidence from the scene of your accident
- Records of any communication with the insurance company
- Names and contact information of any witnesses
We offer free consultations because we know that many people are nervous about the costs of hiring an attorney. This is understandable, since many lawyers charge huge hourly fees just to talk to them. But if you work with us, you don’t need to worry about that. We promise each client a “No-Fee Guarantee,” starting with our initial consultations. They are absolutely free and no-strings-attached. In addition, we work on a contingency fee basis, which means that if you choose to hire us after your consultation, you will not pay us any legal fees unless we win your case.
Contact Christensen & Hymas Today
If you need a Provo car accident lawyer, Christensen & Hymas is here to help. We will take the time to sit down with you and address all of your questions and concerns before building a strong and successful case. Our firm’s motto is “service with integrity and compassion when you’ve been injured,” and it influences everything we do. No one will work harder to help you during your accident case.
Please contact us today by calling (801) 214-0954, or by filling out the free consultation form on this page. Our main office is in Draper, but we also have offices in Bountiful and Orem, and can meet wherever is most convenient for you. You can also order a free copy of our helpful Utah accident case book by clicking here. We look forward to helping you win your case!