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When a Car Accident Case Goes to Trial You Need A Trial Lawyer

By on Oct 10, 2017 in blog, Car Accidents | 0 comments

When it comes to an auto accident, most of these claims are settled outside of court. However, if all of the attempts that you put forth fail in resolving your claim, your case will most likely go to trial and you will need a trial lawyer to help you along, not only with the case itself, but with the court trial itself. Below, we talk about what a trial is and why hiring a lawyer is so important. What Is A Trial? A trial is a culmination of proceedings in a personal injury case. During the trial, both parties will be given a chance to present evidence to the court. Once this type of process is finished, the court and the judge will come up with a final decision as to who is in the fault and who is not. Your trial lawyer can better guide you on exactly how the state of Utah and a trial concerning car accidents works. Car accidents will usually be tried one of two ways; 1- You may be tried to a judge – this is called a bench trial. 2- You may be tried to a jury – this is called a jury trial. What Type Of Evidence Will Be Presented? During a trial both the defendant and the plaintiff will be allowed to provide evidence. The evidence can include anything in written form such as police reports, eye witnesses that saw the accident happen, etc. The plaintiff is also allowed to present medical bills and records as well such as treatment from Doctors, medical bills, damages done to you or your car and records of injuries noted by a Doctor. Your trial lawyer can actually be helpful in getting the proper forms and evidence together so that you know exactly what to present to the judge or to the court. There’s nothing worse than having no idea how to handle a case like this, only to have it thrown out (or lose) because you weren’t prepared beforehand. That is why a trial lawyer can be so helpful in cases like these. Jury Deliberation If the case is a jury trial, at the end of the evidence and statements, the jury will...

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Can a passenger make a claim against a driver for a car crash?

By on Oct 10, 2017 in blog, Car Accidents, Personal Injury | 0 comments

Can a passenger make a claim against a driver for a car accident? Here is the situation: You are riding as a passenger in the car your friend is driving. You are heading down Redwood Road in West Valley City, Utah heading to the Valley Fair Mall. Your friend is talking to you and playing with the radio while driving. He does not notice that the traffic light ahead has just turned red.  Unfortunately, he continues through the intersection and your car is hit by another car driving from East to West. That other car had a light that had just turned green.  Fortunately, no one is seriously hurt in the accident, but you are taken to the hospital with a broken arm. At the hospital, they tell you that you will need surgery. You do not have health insurance to pay for your medical bills. What do you do? No one wants to sue a friend, associate, or family member. Fortunately, most of the time we can simply make a claim with your friend’s insurance company and you won’t need to sue your friend. So typically, we will help you with the claim against their insurance. By having a lawyer, the insurance company knows you are serious and will make you a fair offer the vast majority of the time. If the driver is a family member, you may not need to sue them even if you cannot reach a settlement with their insurance. There is a law in Utah that allows claims against family members to be resolved through arbitration, rather than going to litigation or a jury trial. Ask us about the details. I recently represented a client who was making a claim against her husband. Her husband had fallen asleep while driving their vehicle and rolled their vehicle as she rode with him. She was injured and I assisted her in making a claim against their insurance company. As I explained above, we were able to resolve the claim without the need for her suing her husband or going to court. If you have been involved in a car accident as a passenger, please contact us for help. There are many available that do not...

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Financial Assistance For Accidental Death

By on Oct 2, 2017 in Wrongful Death | 0 comments

Losing a loved one to an accidental death can be one of the most difficult situations to go through. It might feel like something has been ripped from your life and things will never be the same again. This is considered a time for grief. But, chances are there are many other things that will need to be done in this time of sadness; from filling out police reports to planning a funeral. It can all get very real, very quickly. You might not even be able to think about anything else including yourself or your future. This is why its so important to hire an accidental death lawyer for your case. Someone that can help support you and think for you in this tragic time. A lawyer will also be able to fight for you so that you can get the financial assistance you will need. What Is Considered An Accidental Death? When an accident happens due to someone else’s negligence, this is an accidental death. But, these types of deaths don’t just deal with your everyday car accidents. They can also revolve around: Truck Accidents: Between the long hours and driving down long barren roads – driving a truck can be a dangerous career option to choose. Somewhere around 3600 “car accidents” that happens each year are done so by truck accidents. Motorcycle Accidents: It just takes a split second – from driving along the road, to being hit by a truck or a car, which can lead to injury, or worse. If you have a family member that was driving a motorcycle and was hit and killed, this is accidental death and the driver of the other vehicle will be held responsible. Bicycle Accidents: Younger people and children are at risk the most when it comes to bicycle accidents. In Utah around 380 people are injured each year when riding a bicycle and around 5 are fatalities. Car Accidents: Car accidents are the most common type of accidental death. Reports by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) claim that there are more than 35,000 car accidents in the USA that kill people every single year. On average around 12 people are reported as having an...

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Car Accident in Southern Utah

By on Sep 26, 2017 in blog, Car Accidents, Personal Injury | 0 comments

I recently helped a couple who were in a car accident in Southern Utah. The couple did not live in the United States and so they had a lot of concerns about how things would be handled, including their medical bills. I believe that they originally did not get a lawyer right after the accident because they did not know that I work on a contingency fee. In other words, the client never has to pay us anything directly, but rather we take a percentage of what we win for the client. They also had some concerns about whether they would win on their case and whether their case was big enough to justify hiring an attorney. I explained to them that I  thought their case was sufficiently large to justify hiring an attorney, as are most accident injury cases. They had cleared the threshold required by Utah law, which is that they each incurred at least $3,000 in medical expenses, absent another statutory qualification. I also explained that according to at least one study, injured parties that have an attorney usually received 3.5 times more money, which clearly makes hiring an attorney the best decision, even when the attorney fee percentage is taken out. Although it was a little tricky to navigate some of the nuisances of assisting clients out of the country, I was able to get them a great resolution. In fact, their settlements exceeded even my expectations when we started their cases. The clients were very happy and I was glad to be able to assist them. Regardless of where you live, or if you are on vacation when an accident happens, you should also get the assistance of a lawyer. The same principles apply if you do not have a drivers license or if you did not get auto insurance, as required by law. Your actions do not excuse the negligence of the person who injured you and they will be held responsible. Call us today-...

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Car crash in West Valley City, Utah

By on Sep 17, 2017 in blog, Car Accidents, Personal Injury | 0 comments

I recently represented a client who was in a car crash in West Valley City, Utah. My client collided with another vehicle in an intersection in West Valley. The insurance company for the other driver claimed  my client was equally at-fault for the accident. At that time, I was not representing this client. My client was extremely upset, because she felt the other driver was the one who was at fault for the accident. Even worse, my client had not paid her own auto insurance bill. Therefore,  her own insurance coverage had lapsed. So she had no option to have her own insurance replace her car or cover her for her substantial injuries. Fearing that she would not get the surgery she desperately needed and  would be left in financial ruin, my client reached out to me. My client did not have a vehicle to drive since her vehicle was a total loss, so I agreed to meet her and her husband at a restaurant by her home in West Valley City. Immediately after meeting with her, I contacted the other insurance company and forcefully explained why their driver– and not my client– was at-fault for the accident. The insurance company initially said they needed to investigate the accident further. This was not acceptable, so I continued to provide evidence as to why the accident was the fault of their insured and repeatedly contacted their insurance adjuster. I also threatened litigation, which we would have pursued if they did not accept responsibility for the accident, as I felt my client had a strong case. Eventually, the other insurance company did accept responsibility for the accident and paid to replace my client’s vehicle. My client went on to get the surgery she needed and has since healed well. Later I was able to get the other driver’s insurance company to tender the limits of their policy as a settlement for my driver. She thanked me repeatedly for my assistance and I was happy to help her out. Feel free to contact me if you have been in an accident. Even if you don’t want or need representation, I’m happy to give you advice on your situation....

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3 Scenarios Where You Should Contact A West Jordan Car Accident Lawyer

By on Sep 11, 2017 in blog | 0 comments

Every state has its own reasons behind why car accidents happen. In the state of Utah, one of the biggest reasons car accidents happen is because of speeding. Speeding has been the #1 factor for car accidents in 2013, 2014, and 2015.  #2  in 2015 was drunk driving, #4 was drunk driving in 2013 and 2014 and the #5 most common reason for accidents in 2013 and 2014 was failure to yield.  These could have been avoided if only people were a little more careful on the roadways. While these accidents could be avoided in the future, one thing you might not be able to avoid is hiring a West Jordan car accident lawyer. If  you’ve been involved in a car accident it will benefit you to hire someone who has knowledge about personal injury law. If you’ve ever wondered why you would need to hire a car accident lawyer for a vehicular accident here are three scenarios in which one might come in handy. Insurance Company Is Not Cooperating If you get into an accident in Utah one of you will be held responsible for the accident. When dealing with an insurance company and a car accident you might find that the insurance company is simply not cooperating in the manner that you had hoped. If the insurance company or carrier that was also involved in the accident is disputing your claim, then its definitely time to hire a West Jordan car accident lawyer. An insurer is more likely to take a claim from a lawyer more seriously.  Your lawyer will also be able to avoid costly mistakes that you might otherwise make by dealing with the accident on your own. Liability Disputes When you are in a car accident, especially in the state of Utah, you have to prove that your claim is true. This means  you will need to gather evidence such as witness statements in order to prove that you were in the right and the other person was in the wrong. Dealing with witness statements and police reports is not always the easiest thing in the world – not only to get a hold of, but to properly understand. Thankfully a West Jordan car accident lawyer can help you get the evidence you need. help you...

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