Utah Car Accident Lawyer
If you have been in an accident you are probably asking the following questions:
How will I pay for my bills?
How long will my recovery take?
How much will my insurance cover?
Car accidents can be a jarring experience. To make matters worse, insurance companies often try to pressure you into settling your claim quickly, before you know the extent of your injuries. Don’t let the stress of your accident force you into settling for anything less than you deserve. The Utah car accident lawyers at Christensen & Hymas, we are committed to protecting your rights and ensuring you get the compensation you deserve. We are experienced attorneys who work with car accident claims in Utah on a daily basis, and we personally handle every aspect of your case. We want to help you during this stressful time by handling the hassle of your accident claim so you can focus on healing.
How can a Car Accident Lawyer Actually Help Me?
We know personally the frustration and confusion that comes after a car accident. During this stressful time, you have the right to understand your insurance coverage and the insurance company’s responsibilities to you. That is why we have made it our mission to level the playing field between accident victims and insurance companies by providing this information to the community for free. Order a copy of our book 7 Biggest Mistakes That Can Wreck Your Utah Accident Case to learn everything you should know before, during, and after an accident.
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Car Accidents Deaths in Utah
In 2015, Utah saw 276 motor vehicle collision fatalities—the most the state has seen in the past seven years (View Full Infographic). According to the Utah Highway Patrol chief, Daniel Fuhr, 93 percent of those deaths were a result of human error. While he attributes some of the fatal accidents to the need for increased travel, he says that most of the accidents occur because drivers fail to listen to the state’s messages on driving safety (The Salt Lake Tribune). From not wearing seatbelts when they should be, to driving under the influence, Utah residents are simply going against everything common sense and the law tells them to and not to do.
In order to understand just how liable we as drivers are for the rising number of fatal car crashes in Utah, here is a synopsis of some of the most common causes of fatal car accidents, and the number of deaths each one was responsible for this past year:
- Speeding, 101
- Lack of restraints, 86
- Pedestrians, 48
- Drunk driving, 37
- Failure to yield, 30
- Teenaged driving crash, 30
- Distracted driving crash, 28
- Running a red light or stop sign, 19
- Drowsy driving, 15
- Followed too closely, 10
- Bicyclists, 5
- Improper passing, 5
Car Accident Prevention
While Utah’s driving rules and regulations are in place for the very purpose of preventing car accidents, it is clear that we need to be doing more. After all, the number of car accident fatalities in Utah has risen by over 25 percent since 2012, when Utah saw its record low for the number of fatal car accidents. So, what can we be doing?
- Avoid distractions. Texting. Talking on the phone. Looking for your phone. Putting on your makeup. Entering an address into the GPS. These are all examples of common driver distractions that are easily avoided. Whether you are a new driver or a veteran driver, if you need to text, talk, look, or beautify, pull over onto the side of the road to do so. It is not worth getting into a car accident – and certainly not worth risking a car accident fatality – to tell your friend, “I’ll be there in twenty minutes,” or to save five minutes doing your makeup while driving instead of parked at your destination.
- Obey the posted speed limit signs. Speed limits are posted for a reason—to help you stay in control of your vehicle. Speed limits are set based on the type of road, the conditions of the road, and how many people will be expected to drive the road at any given time. Because of the consideration given to speed limits, it is safe to assume that following the speed limit would be the best thing to do.
However, speed limits are set based on ideal conditions—meaning, drivers are recommended to drive the posted speed in broad daylight, on a clear day, with minimal traffic. If the conditions are less than ideal—for instance, you are driving on a snowy night—you may want to slow down and drive only as fast as you are comfortable going, or only as fast as conditions allow.
- Be more cautious when driving at night. All drivers should drive with extra caution at night, as it is difficult to see oncoming hazards in the dark. When driving in the dark, slow down when rounding a curve, keep your eye out for deer and other animals, and again, drive at or below the speed limit.
- Wear your seat belt. 50 percent of car accident fatalities in Utah were due to a lack of restraints. Seat belts save lives, so where yours.
- Remember: buzzed driving is drunk driving. Drunk driving is never okay, and even if you have had one or two drinks, it is best to steer clear of the wheel. If you are planning on drinking while you are out, arrange for a cab home, or designate a friend or family member to take you home at the end of the night.
Unfortunately, car accidents happen no matter what kind of precautions we take to avoid them. If you did everything right on the road, but you were still involved in a car accident, you may have a personal injury claim on your hands. You should not have to pay for the negligent acts of another driver, especially if you practiced safe driving leading up to the accident. Our Utah personal injury attorneys at Christensen & Hymas can guide you in your pursuit for compensation and help you achieve the best possible outcome to your car accident claim.
Your Personal Injury Case Begins at the Scene of the Accident
Every car accident may be different, but there are certain steps every car accident victim should take if they hope to be compensated for their losses. While most individuals never really realize the full extent of the damage until after the fact, those who have filed successful car accident claims in Utah began to build their case at the scene of the accident.
If you are involved in an accident, the first thing you need to do is assess the injuries of you, your passengers, and of the individuals in the other vehicle. If anyone appears to be even slightly injured, contact your local hospital right away, and have them send out the paramedics. Prompt medical attention is not only beneficial for your overall health, but also, it lends itself to the ultimate success of any claim for damages that you or your passengers may seek in the future.
Once you have contacted the paramedics, call the police and ask them to send an officer to the scene. A police report is going to be an essential element of your case, so it is best that you have an officer assess the actual scene of the accident, and not of the scene after the accident. A police officer is likely to state their opinion regarding liability, as well as gather the contact information of any potential witnesses, which are two key components of a car accident claim.
If you are in the condition to do so, be sure to obtain the name, address, driver’s license number, vehicle license number, and insurance information from the other driver or drivers involved. If applicable, obtain the names and contact information of any witnesses.
Again, if you are in the condition to do so, take photographs of the scene of the accident. Be sure to include photographs of the damage done to both or all vehicles, the road debris, any obvious skid marks, and the location of traffic signals. Make note of the weather and road conditions at the time of the accident.
Finally, try to avoid making any statements to the other driver outside of the exchange of information, as you do not want to accidentally say something that could be used against you later on in court.
Car Accident Information
More than six million accidents occur on U.S. roads every year. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and the U.S. Department of Transportation, one in four drivers in the U.S. will get into a serious accident within the next five years. Learn ways you can protect you and your family against car accidents as well as what to do in case of an accident by following the links below.
Answers to Common Utah Car Accident Questions
Pain and shock often cloud our minds after an accident, making it difficult to know what to do and where to start. So much of the information available at the scene of the accident is difficult or sometimes impossible to recover later. That’s why we’ve created this step-by-step guide of everything you need to do after an accident to save your accident case in the long run.
Find out more about the most common as well as the most deadly car accidents so you can know what to avoid in the future. Along with helping to prevent accidents, this will also help you understand what to expect after an accident–information that could make all the difference in winning your claim.
Don’t let uncertainty leave you frustrated and concerned. In this page, we discuss the process of taking care of yourself, your car, your finances, and your claims. Our hope is that we can help you know how to handle the situation so you can put your car accident behind you.
As part of Utah law, your car insurance covers a minimum of $3,000 of your medical expenses—no matter who is responsible for the car accident. Learn more about this coverage as well as the law of comparative fault by clicking the link above.
Get answers to your questions regarding car accidents, claims, and settlements, including how to get around when your car is totaled, how to seek medical treatment, and how to determine fault after your accident.
Know where you can go to get help with your personal injury claim after a car accident. Learn how to access free resources, such as the police report from your car accident and the free book 7 Biggest Mistakes That Can Wreck Your Utah Accident Cases.
What better way to avoid the headache of a car wreck than avoiding the accident altogether? One of the ways to keep yourself safe from injury and from being at fault is by making sure that your car is properly maintained.
We Can Help You After an Accident
We are here to help. If you have any questions about our services, feel free to continue browsing our pages, order one of our free accident books, or call us at 801-506-0800 and schedule a free consultation.