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Multiple vehicle car accident in West Valley City

Posted by on 3:57 pm 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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The 3 Main Types Of Distracted Driving

Posted by on 6:10 pm in blog | 0 comments

Distracted driving might not seem like that big of a deal until you get into a car accident and severely hurt yourself or someone else.  While there are all types of reasons to get distracted while driving, here are three categories of distracted driving you should be aware of. Visual Distractions This type of distracted driving involves taking your eyes off of the road.  Even for a few seconds. These include – Checking the kid’s seatbelts – Looking down at a mobile phone – Fiddling with a GPS tracker – Changing DVDs, CDs or the radio While all of these situations above are considered strictly visual,  mobile phone use and texting  also carries over into manual and cognitive distractions. Texting and driving is becoming a nuisance across the globe, especially in the US.  According to statistics, around 660,000 drivers per day are driving  and attempting to look down or text while driving. Some cell phone statistics: – One out of every four car accidents that happens in the US is because of texting and driving. – Over 330,000 accidents a year are caused by driving and texting. – 94% of drivers are FOR an overall ban of texting while driving and 74% are FOR banning any use of hand-held phones while driving. – At least 11 teenagers die every day because of texting and driving. Manual Distractions This type of distracted driving deals involves person someone removing their hands from the wheel for any particular reason. – Eating or Drinking while driving – Getting something out of their wallet or purse – Adjusting their briefcase in the other seat – Putting makeup on – *Looking down at your phone or texting – Getting dressed in the car – yes it does happen! Let’s be clear here.  When you get into a car, you shouldn’t be doing anything but driving and while it would be nice to know everyone else is following the same rules, they probably won’t be.   Eating or putting on makeup should be done before getting into or after getting out of the car and yet so many people do it. – In 2013 alone, over 3,000 people were killed due to distracted driving – Also in 2013, 10% of all of the accidents that happened was because of distracted driving of a driver between the ages of 16 and 19. Cognitive Distractions A cognitive distraction is one that happens when your mind is not focused on the task at hand.  Whether it’s driving, turning, stopping at a stop sign, or anything that requires your full attention.  A cognitive distraction can happen if: – Someone else in the car is talking to you – Your phone is ringing – *Texting – Daydreaming – Even having the radio up too loud can be considered a cognitive distraction Make it a rule that if someone drives with you, they have to let you concentrate on the road.  Always make sure you keep your music off or at a low level.  Also turn your ringer off while in the car so you can concentrate better.  Lastly, make sure that if you are traveling someplace new and using a GPS, that you set it up before you take off in your car. If you’ve been involved in a car accident because of distracted driving – whether it was your fault or someone else’s and you need a Utah...

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

Posted by on 4:36 pm 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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When A Car Accident Court Case Goes To Trial

Posted by on 4:53 pm in blog | 0 comments

Most of the time when a car accident claim is filed, the claim is settled before it ever turns into something more.  But, if you happen to have a claim that simply cannot be settled outside of court, you will need to go to court to have it settled. There are many reasons why there might be a car accident court case but one of the more common reasons is when the parties involved cannot agree  on who was at fault and caused the accident to happen.  In other cases, the parties cannot agree on a dollar amount to be settled out of court. If your car accident court case cannot be settled outside of court, then your claim will go to a trial.  If you’ve never been through something like this before you might be wondering how it works or what happens next. Jury Selection In most states, a jury is the one that will look at the case, but before all that happens the lawyers needs to choose people for your trial.  Usually, a jury is comprised of 12 people, but sometimes that number can be lower. The Voir Dire is the first step to your trial.  This is where the jury members are selected.  Potential jurors are asked a bunch of different questions so that the lawyers can learn more about those people.  The whole purpose to this stage is to see if the potential jury members have any prejudices or biases against certain people or situations, which would keep them from being fair and unbiased in the case. Opening Statements In a car accident court case each of the parties is allowed to make an opening statement.  Usually, the plaintiff’s side goes first. Defendants Presentation of Evidence Once the plaintiff’s lawyer has presented all of the evidence for the car accident court case, the plaintiff’s side then rests.  This allows the defendants time to present evidence in the claim. Closing Arguments After each party presents their evidence and witnesses, each side gives a closing argument.  Essentially this is a highlight of all the evidence in the car accident court case that needs to be fresh in their minds of the jurors.  It’s a persuasion to allow the jury to draw certain conclusions from the case and the evidence that was presented. Jury Deliberation After the closing arguments happen, the jury will then proceed to a room away from the courtroom and will make deliberations on the evidence and witness testimony from both parties in the car accident court case.  In every state, jury deliberations are 100% confidential.  Neither the lawyers, the parties in the car accident court case, nor the judge are present for jury deliberations.  In most cases, a verdict will be met within a few hours, but because there is no set time limit, these deliberations can go on for days at a time. The Jury Reaches A Verdict Once the jury reaches a verdict they will then notify the judge that the deliberations have ended.  The jury is then brought back to the courtroom, where the verdict of the jury is read to both parties. While court cases happen everyday if its something you are new at you may have a hard time understanding how all of this works.  You need someone by your side to...

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What Is A Brain Injury and Why Do I Need A Lawyer?

Posted by on 5:25 pm in blog, Car Accidents, Personal Injury | 0 comments

Every single year, brain injuries account for 1.7 million deaths, ER visits and even hospitalizations. The really important factor you need to know about a brain injury is that you don’t need to be involved in an accident at a high rate of speed in order to have one. In fact, most people who hire a  brain injury lawyer have gotten the injury from a fall, sports activity, car accident or even work-related injuries. The 2 Types Of Brain Injuries There are 2 major types of brain injuries: Open and Closed. In an open brain injury the skill is fractured. This can be caused primarily because of the fact  your head comes into contact with another hard surface – such as a floor. On the other hand, a closed brain injury deals with an injury where you do not have a fractured skull, however, you might still have interior bleeding, swelling, formation of clots, etc. In some cases a closed injury can be more dangerous than an open one because of these factors. It doesn’t matter if its an open or closed injury though, any type of injury involving the brain, head or skull can cause paralysis, death, loss of speech, slurred speech, loss of memory and even cause you to go into a coma. Warning Signs Of A Brain Injury If you or a loved one has been in some sort of an accident and you want to know right then and there if they have a brain trauma or injury, there are certain questions you can ask them in order to try and figure it out. *Note: They should still go to the hospital. The warning signs include: – Confusion as to where they are, who they are, who you are – Sluggishness, being overly tired, loss of consciousness – Slurred speech, loss of speech, chopped speech – Severe headaches – Nausea, dizziness It’s also possible that you can suffer a brain injury and not feel like you are suffering at all. You should still immediately call 911. Common Brain Injuries Bruising and swelling within the skull from sports related accidents, car accidents or anything else force your brain to be jolted around. The amount of force this causes inside your skull can cause some really big issues. Bruising might seem like its not that big of a deal and besides it causing issues to your motor functions, it can also make the brain swell – your brain has no place to move which then causes intra-cranial pressure. This can cause death if its not further taken care of. If you need to take a few weeks off of work in order to get better but you also need to make sure that you can get compensation for time off and for the accident that occurred, you need to find a brain injury lawyer to help you in your situation. Serious Brain Injuries On the other hand, if you have a really bad brain injury and you need a more permanent amount of time off either because its left you disabled or you need more time to recuperate with rehabilitation, you too can hire a brain injury lawyer in order to help you receive compensation. If a specific individual or a business is responsible for your injury, the lawyer...

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Parking Lot Car Accident in West Valley City, Utah

Posted by on 1:08 pm in blog, Car Accidents, Personal Injury | 0 comments

A little while ago, I represented a client who was injured in a parking lot at Hunter High School in West Valley City, Utah. My client was a student at Hunter High School. During a break in classes, my client climbed on a friend’s car to play around. The friend was in the car and decided to drive forward through the parking lot with my client still on the vehicle. Unfortunately, my client fell off the car and struck his head on the asphalt of the Hunter High School parking lot in West Valley City, Utah. The impact caused injuries to his head and he couldn’t recall the event. The driver, in an attempt to avoid responsibility for driving with my client on the hood, made up a different story of how the events had transpired. That is when my client contacted me. We immediately began gathering facts surrounding the accident, including the Hunter High School incident report. It soon became apparent that the other students involved had been giving inconsistent stories about what occurred that day in West Valley City, Utah.  Finally, the driver admitted to changing the story of events about what had happened, but still claimed my client was responsible for getting up on the vehicle in the first place. We prepared a demand package and sent it to the insurance company. The insurance company decided to offer their policy limit, rather than fight me and my client in court. Because my client was under 18 years old, we then had to get court approval for his settlement. Any settlement to a minor in Utah where the minor will receive more than $10,000 requires court approval and a hearing. Finally, we were able to get the settlement approved and get my client compensated. If you have had an accident or injury, call us today. It doesn’t matter if the car accident happens on a highway, in a parking lot, or in a driveway. We can still assist you. Even if the other person is lying about what happened with the accident, we can usually investigate the facts of the accident and prove that they are not being truthful. Just like this car accident at Hunter High School in West Valley City, Utah. 801-738-9999....

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Car Crash in West Valley City Resulting in Shoulder Injury

Posted by on 11:38 pm in blog, Car Accidents, Personal Injury, Uncategorized | 0 comments

Not too long ago I represented a client that was injured in a car accident in West Valley City, Utah. My client was injured when he was hit from behind by another car as he was waiting for a red light. His car was damaged. The trunk was smashed in a little bit, along with his bumper. Because of the way he was holding onto the steering wheel, he also injured his shoulder. The shoulder injury eventually required surgery. After he finished his medical treatment, I presented the insurance company with a demand package and a settlement amount. The insurance company eventually responded that they did not believe my client’s injuries came from the car accident in West Valley City, but rather, were from a previous work injury. While my client did have a previous shoulder injury from work, that injury was a couple years prior and he had been doing well up until the accident. At that point, I knew we were in for a fight with the insurance company. Had my client not hired me, he may have ended up taking a small settlement from the insurance company. I knew he deserved more, especially since he had substantial medical bills from the surgery and because he had missed quite a bit of work. I started the fight against the unfairness to my client by writing letters to his doctors asking for their opinion on the cause of my client’s injuries. Even the first letter from the surgeon did not satisfy the insurance company, so I had to have the surgeon write another letter explicitly refuting the insurance company’s assertions. I also provided the insurance company documents showing the my client’s prior injury was not problematic before the accident. To my surprise, the insurance company continued to deny our argument and would not offer my client the settlement he deserved. Finally, I filed a complaint in court and sent a copy to the insurance company. At that point, the insurance company knew we were serious and indeed we were. We knew a jury would give my client a fair amount. The insurance company apparently did as well. Finally, they admitted the car accident in West Valley City caused my client’s shoulder injury and they offered him their policy limit. My client thanked my at the end of the case for the aggressive manner in which I handled his case. I was happy to do so and look forward to assisting others, especially when the insurance company is not being fair. Call us today if you have an issue like this....

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

Posted by on 4:42 pm 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 deliberate and make a decision as to if you are or are not responsible for the accident. On the other hand, if your case is a bench trial, the judge will present the role of a jury, view the evidence of both parties and come up with a final decision. Appealing The Verdict More often than not if you go to trial and you were not at fault, but you have a trial lawyer you will be represented properly, which also usually means you will win the case. However, if you chose not to hire a trial lawyer or if you lost the trial, you are allowed to appeal the judgment. However, this can be costly and can take even more time. Once the case has a final judgment, that’s it. You cannot go back and try the case again. This is another reason why it’s so important to have proper representation and hire a trial lawyer before the court trial even begins. Hiring a trial lawyer also gives he or she enough time to make sure that all of...

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

Posted by on 2:24 pm 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 involve suing the driver to help you get compensation. 801-738-9999....

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Financial Assistance For Accidental Death

Posted by on 5:13 pm 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 accidental death every 12 minutes. Financial Assistance Losing a loved one is something you might never process fully, but if the deceased was the breadwinner for your family, you will need financial assistance to continue to live in the way you did before the accident happened. Here are a few situations in which a lawyer can get you compensation for: – Medical Expenses: If the victim was not killed but does have medical expenses, compensation can be given to help with this. – Funeral Expenses: On the other hand, if the victim did pass away, you will need thousands of dollars to help with the funeral and burial expenses. – Loss Of Earning: if the victim was the one that brought in the money for the household compensation can be given depending on the current earnings, age and their life expectancy ie; how much money they would have made if they had lived. – Pain and Suffering: Calculating this amount can be confusing, but family members will undoubtedly suffer from the loss of a loved one. An experienced attorney that...

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