Personal injury law exists to protect victims who have been harmed by the negligence or intentional harm of others. Because there are so many ways that people can get injured, there are many different reasons for personal injury cases. At Christensen & Hymas, we make ourselves available to cover many different accident types:
Cyclists are more prone to injury than motorists because they are exposed to the elements and lack protective gear like seat belts and airbags. Cyclists who ride in areas with heavy traffic and during rush hour are more at risk. Wearing a helmet, using bike lanes, and traveling at non-peak times during the day will help increase your chances of staying safe on the road. In the situation where you are injured in a crash or collision, however, legal help is available.
Using public transportation helps reduce pollution and congestion on the roads. When bus accidents occur, however, injuries often arise on a large scale. It is common in these cases for multiple plaintiffs to band together and file a class action law suit against the transportation company who was responsible for their injuries in order to pursue more money. If you are uncomfortable with filing a lawsuit, you are still legally allowed to file your own personal claim and a chance to receive the compensation you deserve.
Roughly six million car accidents occur in the United States each year. While many of these accidents do not result in serious injury to people or property, it is estimated that several million do. The majority of personal injury cases deal with automobiles in one form or another: car-on-car collisions, pedestrian collisions, drunk driving, texting while driving, etc.
Accidents involving children
In general, children are more injury-prone than adults. Because they are smaller and less-aware of their surroundings, children are more likely to be injured in the case of an accident or blunder. Our office deals with injuries including falls, suffocating and choking, fires, burns and scalds, poisoning, glass-related injuries, and drowning.
Nearly 5 million Americans are bitten by dogs each year. The majority of dog bites that are reported involve dogs that were familiar to the victim—neighborhood pets or dogs belonging to friends or family members. While some dog bites are very minor, many are severe and require medical attention. In Utah, the dog owner is typically financially responsible for injuries caused by their dog.
Drunk driving accidents
Roughly one-third of all car accident deaths are alcohol-related. Driving drunk is a serious problem all across the country, with the state of Utah being no exception. Unfortunately, drunk driving cases often result in the death of one or more parties, which means many individuals cannot directly receive financial compensation for their injuries. In such cases, family members are able to seek compensation for their loss.
Motorcycle riders who are involved in an accident are often left seriously wounded. Like cyclists, motorcyclists do not have the protection that comes with driving a car and therefore are much more susceptible to injury. While we cannot help motorcycle riders avoid such injuries, we can work as a team to help you receive fair compensation for your suffering.
Although pedestrians have the right of way on crosswalks and on many roads, pedestrians put themselves at an extreme risk by walking in high-traffic areas. Motorists who do not see pedestrians at night or who do not slow down in time before reaching a crosswalk can severely injure a pedestrian. There are an estimated 60,000 pedestrian deaths and 110,000 pedestrian injuries in the U.S. each year. We encourage pedestrians to take every precaution and to assume that cars do not see you when you are crossing a road. It is better to be overly-cautious than to be seriously injured.
Texting and driving is illegal in Utah and in most states—yet we are not seeing a decline in the number of texting and driving accidents. This form of distracted driving can lead to serious injuries if the texter’s car collides with other drivers. NEVER text and drive. One text message could be the difference between life and death for you or others on the road.
Being hit by a semi-truck can immediately be a matter of life or death. The sheer size and strength of a vehicle this large often leaves motorists who have been hit in critical condition. Sometimes these truck accidents can’t be avoided, but being aware while driving and never cutting off a truck can help you stay safe. If you have been injured due to a collision with a truck, we will help you evaluate your case and determine how to best proceed.
Uninsured motorist accidents
It is against Utah law to drive without car insurance. Regardless of this law, it is estimated that 1 in 20 Utah motorists do not have car insurance. If you are involved in an accident with an at-fault driver who lacks car insurance, your situation can be extremely frustrating. As part of your own “underinsured” or “uninsured” insurance policies, however, you will be able to receive compensation for your accident.
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