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Dealing With Insurance- Car Accident?

By on Apr 18, 2018 in blog, Car Accidents, Personal Injury, Uncategorized | 0 comments

Car Accident: Dealing With Insurance After A Car Accident? One of the most common questions I get is, “How do I deal with the auto insurance company after a car crash?” Many people start the process after a car accident believing that insurance companies are not going to treat them fairly. I believe this belief is not unfounded. While I have seen insurance companies treat people fairly, I have also seen them treat people very unfairly. On one side, I have seen certain insurance companies treat their clients and others very fairly. On the other side, I have heard stories and tactics used by insurance companies that are shocking and unethical, in my opinion. Interestingly enough, there are certain insurance companies that I know who tend to usually be more fair and generous in their offers and service, while their are others that nearly always tend to be unfair and offer low settlements. I’m not going to name the specific insurance companies here, but certainly there is a difference between insurance companies. My first piece of advice would be to not talk directly to the insurance company of the person who hit you or who was also involved in the car accident if you have any significant injuries. On the other hand, if the car accident was minor and did not involve much property damage, then you could be okay discussing the claim with the other auto insurance company. The tricky situation is when you are hurting after a car crash, but not sure how injured or hurt you might be. In those situations, it is best to err on the side of caution and not communicate with the other insurance company. However, if you need to communicate with the other insurance company for the damages to your vehicle, for example if you do not have full coverage or  you have a high deductible for property damage, then in those situations I would communicate, but limit your communication to the property damage issues and discuss nothing else, which you are entitled to do. Unfortunately, I have heard recordings and seen situations where the insurance company adjuster will try to twist people’s words in such a way to minimize their injuries,...

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Woman Killed in Car Crash In Salt Lake

By on Mar 27, 2018 in blog, Car Accidents, Personal Injury, Wrongful Death | 0 comments

Sadly, several media outlets, including KSL, are reporting that a woman was killed in a car crash when her vehicle hit a concrete barrier on I-80 near 700 East in Salt Lake City. This is near our office in Sugarhouse. According to news reports, the woman was not wearing her seatbelt and was partially ejected from the vehicle. Although it is unknown whether or not a seatbelt would have saved her life on this particular occasion, many studies by the government have shown that seatbelts do save lives. We do not know the reason why she did not have her seatbelt on, nor will I speculate. The point of this blog is to suggest that we can all do better wearing our seatbelts. I have been handling car accident cases in Utah for years and years. Most of my clients are from the West Valley City area or West Jordan, although I have clients in every part of the Salt Lake Valley. I can tell you from my experience, based on the severity of injuries I have seen from my clients, that seatbelts do indeed make a huge difference. Not only do seatbelts prevent death, but they also limit how bad injuries are during an accident. For example, head injuries can be some of the most devastating injuries. Although my clients do survive, they can have severe cognitive and memory limitations for months or even years. This can disrupt everything from work, to school, to even relationships. Many times, although not always, a seatbelt can limit the persons range of movement enough that their head will not strike anything inside the car during an accident, thereby limiting concussions and head injuries. Some will argue that a seatbelt might limit them from escaping their vehicle if they drive into a river or if the vehicle catches on fire. While that is true, you have to examine the likelihood of those circumstances happening. As I mentioned, I have handled a couple thousand auto accident injury cases. I have never seen either of those scenarios in all the cases I have handled. On the other hand, I have seen quite a few cases where passengers or drivers were ejected from vehicles and...

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Car Crashes from Snow Storm in Utah

By on Feb 21, 2018 in blog, Car Accidents, Personal Injury, Uncategorized | 0 comments

Large snow storms hit the Salt Lake Valley area February 19, 2018. All areas of the valley were affected including West Valley City and West Jordan. According to many news outlets, Sandy city was hit the hardest with some areas receiving two feet of snow! All of this snow lead to dangerous driving conditions all over the Salt Lake Valley. Many new outlets reports over 300 crashes alone on February 19, 2018. It can be very difficult to drive in snow storms and avoid crashes. The most simple rule is to slow down. Some drivers feel that because they have superior tires, this rule does not apply to them. It does. Any car or truck can slide on black ice. Snow often turns into black ice. So slow down when it is snowing. It is not worth risking injury or death to arrive at your destination 10 minutes earlier. Some vehicles were hit multiple times after being involved in the initial collisions. To avoid this from happening and possibly getting seriously injured in a subsequent impact, the Utah Highway Patrol has requested that if the initial crash involves minor property damage or no injuries to move the vehicles off the highway or freeway to a safer location. Once in a safer location, police can respond to that location to assist. In fact, many police vehicles were involved in subsequent impacts on Monday. Therefore, it is not only dangerous for the occupants of the vehicle, but also for police officers as well. We have all probably seen videos of vehicles sliding out of control on ice and striking police cars or people. Let’s try to avoid that this year in Utah. Obviously, if you are seriously hurt in the initial impact in your car or truck, then it may be best to remain where you are and many times your vehicle will be immobile anyways. If you are hurt in the snow storm car crashes and need assistance, feel free to call or text us anytime. We can advise you as to your rights and assist you with your injuries....

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Question of Liability in A No-Fault Auto Car Insurance State

By on Feb 2, 2018 in blog, Car Accidents | 0 comments

It might seem crazy to think that a drunk driver who blows a stop sign and hits into your car would NOT be considered “at fault: in the accident.  But, if Utah is a no-fault state,  isn’t that exactly what happens? Not exactly.  The no-fault car insurance term is one that is often misunderstood and in turn often prevents people from pursuing a claim in a car accident when it was not their fault.  If you question what no-fault means or have a question of liability in terms of who is at fault, continue reading below for more information. What Is The Purpose Of No-Fault Besides Utah, 12 other states have a No-Fault car insurance law put into place.  Originally when this law was first created it was done so in order to offer lower insurance premiums to people who owned cars, but really all the no-fault law ended up doing was increasing insurance companies profits.  Around 13 different states have dropped the no-fault law over the years, but Utah still has it. How Does It Work? Generally speaking, no-fault coverage simply means that if you are a victim of a car accident and it was a minor accident, that you cannot file a claim against the other driver for general damages or a settlement, unless you meet certain criteria, such as having over $3000 in medical bills.  Instead, your insurance company will pay your medical bills and lost wages.  No-fault will not cover the cost of getting your car fixed. In the state of Utah, your insurance company is supposed to pay up to $3,000 in personal injury protection – otherwise known as PIP, and it doesn’t matter who was at fault for the car accident.  If you had a minor accident, this might be the end of the process.  For example, if you were stopped at a light and someone came up from behind, smashed your fender in, and you or they had minor injuries, the insurance company would pay for the bills and that would be that. However, if someone hits you and they cause serious injury, you can take legal action against the person that hit you.  If your medical bills are over $3000 you can file...

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Multiple vehicle car accident in West Valley City

By on Jan 26, 2018 in blog, Car Accidents, Personal Injury, Uncategorized | 0 comments

I recently represented another client who was involved in a multiple vehicle car crash in West Valley City, Utah. My client was actually one of several vehicles involved in the crash. The person who caused the crash hit the initial vehicle so forcefully that it pushed that vehicle into several other vehicles, causing a chain-reaction crash. This was no fender-bender crash in West Valley City. Several of the vehicles were so mangled from the accident that they hardly looked like the same cars they were before the car accident. Indeed, one of the people injured in the accident, whom I did not represent, had catastrophic injuries. Fortunately, my client did not have too serious of injuries. She was initially taken to the hospital with a concussion and followed-up later with a chiropractor for neck and back pain. She made a good recovery eventually. As there were so many people injured in the car accident in West Valley City, my client had concerns about whether or not there would be enough insurance money to fairly compensate her for her injuries. We discussed the options with the client and worked through her cases. We were able to get her fairly compensated for her injuries. We also had to make a claim with her own insurance company for this car accident in West Valley City, Utah, which we were able to do since she had underinsured motorist coverage (UIM) insurance. This allows you also to make a claim with your own insurance company if the driver who causes a car accident doesn’t have enough insurance. My client also contact us several months after the car accident in West Valley City. As long as you have not waited more than 4 years after a car accident in Utah, it is still not too late to contact a personal injury lawyer. Contact us today and let’s see if we can help you as well....

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Is my car accident injury case too small for me to get a lawyer?

By on Dec 23, 2017 in blog, Car Accidents, Personal Injury | 0 comments

Is my car accident injury case too small for me to get a lawyer? I get this question a lot. Sometimes potential clients are worried about wasting my time and so they are afraid to ask for help for their injury case. The answer is always to contact a lawyer if you have been hurt in a car accident. We can then advise you as to whether or not your case is worth retaining a lawyer. Sometimes what seems like a little case can turn out to be a very large case. For example, I recently represented a gentlemen who had been involved in a crash in West Valley City with little property damage. I agreed to represent the client and it turned out that his injuries were much more severe than originally anticipated. In the end, he ended up with a good settlement, which he would not have received without assistance. He also had substantial medical bills, so a settlement was needed to not leave him in debt. So sometimes you never know how severe your injuries might be right after the accident. For that reason, it is best to consult an attorney. Everyone once in a while, cases will go the opposite way. Over the years, I have represented a few clients who seemed to have moderate injuries. However, those injuries quickly resolved and those clients did not qualify for a settlement as their medical bills did not exceed $3,000, nor did they fit any of the other requirements under the Utah statute for a settlement for general damages. In those rare situations, the personal injury protection usually covers all the clients’ medical expenses and I do not charge a fee for my time and services, as I work on a contingency fee. So there is no risk to hire me if your case does not work out or your case does not develop into a case we can pursue. Once again, my best advice is to always contact a lawyer if you have been hurt in a car accident. As mentioned above, we can help screen your case and we do not charge a fee if it does not work out. Call me today-...

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