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West Valley City Car Accident

Posted by on 6:34 pm in blog, Car Accidents, Personal Injury, Wrongful Death | 0 comments

West Valley City Car Accident: As reported by various news outlets, a 19-year old woman tragically passed away in a West Valley City car accident on December 1st. As reported by, “Police said 19-year-old Holly Nickle was traveling southbound in a passenger car on SR-111 when she ran a red light near 5400 South. The passenger car Nickle was driving collided with a pickup truck, leading them to drive off the roadway. When police and the West Valley City Fire Department arrived to the scene Nickle was trapped inside the vehicle. LifeFlight also arrived to the scene, but by the time it landed police say Nickle had died from fatal injuries.” West Valley City Car Accident: 19-year-old woman dies in automobile crash in West Valley City It is always difficult to hear news about fatal car accidents. Condolences to Holly’s family. Although not related to the above West Valley City car accident, this is a good time to remind everyone driving out there to be careful, especially now that winter is here. Texting and driving should never been done. It takes just a few seconds more to pull over into a parking lot and off the road if a text message is urgent. No text message is worth risking your life. I have seen many car accidents in West Valley City, Magna, West Jordan, and Salt Lake City caused by distracted driving or texting. Just don’t do it. Also, slow down in snowy conditions. It is better to arrive a few minutes later than not at all. Do not drive up to the limit of control on snowy roads. You should be able to stop your vehicle, if necessary. If no cars are around you and it can be safely done, check your brakes on a snowy road to see how much stopping time you need. Let’s all drive safer this holiday season. I hope there isn’t even one West Valley City car accident or an accident in Magna, West Jordan, and Salt Lake City....

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Most common type of car accidents

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

As a focus on driving and safety, I’m going to discuss the most common type of car accidents. This article is solely based on my opinion and is not a specific study. That said, I have handled around a couple thousand car accident cases. If we can focus on why car accidents occur more frequently, perhaps we can avoid them. The car accident type I see the most frequently are rear-end accidents. Most people would probably guess this as well. This occurs when two cars occupy the same lane and the car ahead is either stopped or slowing down. The vehicle behind the front vehicle fails to either stop or slow down in time and rear- ends the vehicle in front. These car accidents are caused by a couple main reasons- following too closely or distracted driving. Giving yourself more space between you and the car ahead of you will go a long ways to help avoid these collisions. As far as distractions, the cell phone is obviously the biggest concern. However, drivers can be distracted by the radio, things they see outside the vehicle, food, and other things in their car. The second most common type of accident resulting in injury is where one car is turning left at an intersection and the other vehicle is going straight in the opposite direction. Frequently, the car turning left assumes that the car going straight will stop on a yellow light. Unfortunately, that does not always happen, resulting in a collision. The best way to avoid this collision is to wait until the vehicle going straight stops, if you are making a left-hand turn. Also, make sure all straight travel lanes are stopped, as there can be several lanes of travel. If you are going straight, keep an eye on the vehicle waiting to make a left-hand turn. Even though most of us want to run a yellow light to avoid stopping, if there is a vehicle waiting to turn left, it is safer to stop. If you don’t stop, you should slow down and be prepared to take evasive action. These two scenarios are the most common type of car accidents that I have seen resulting in injuries. If we can just eliminate these two scenarios, we can reduce all car accidents greatly. Please drive safe to avoid car accidents. If you are hurt in a car accident, please give me a call at 801-738-9999....

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Car Crash in Sugarhouse

Posted by on 3:23 pm in blog, Car Accidents, Personal Injury | 0 comments

One of my clients was injured in a car crash near Sugarhouse and Millcreek, Utah. The car accident involved several vehicles and my client was injured. It seems that the driver of the car who caused the crash was distracted. Unfortunately, that seems to be occurring more and more frequently, despite the efforts of the government to stop distracted driving. We have all seen the billboards and messages on the freeway system in Utah and through Salt Lake County warning drivers of distracted driving with clever messages, however, apparently that is not enough, as this car crash in Sugarhouse would not have happened. In fact, just yesterday I was working on a separate case where the driver was distracted and hit my client’s car from behind with his truck in a violent crash. That driver claimed he was actually looking at a third driver who was texting, so even though he wasn’t texting himself, he was driving distracted. We all need to remember to put down or away any distractions, especially cell phones. If you need to call someone or text someone, pull over. It will only take a minute to stop and then you can communicate safely. Otherwise, you can cause a car crash, like the one in Sugarhouse and seriously injury someone or even yourself. Is it really worth the extra minute to risk your life or someone else’s life? No, it is not! Let’s make this car crash in Sugarhouse the last one of it’s...

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Car crash near West Valley City

Posted by on 1:28 pm in blog, Car Accidents, Personal Injury | 0 comments

About a year ago, one of my client’s was hurt in a car crash near West Valley City, Utah. My client was driving her car near West Valley City when she was struck from behind by another car. Although the damage to her car wasn’t substantial, she did suffer a concussion. My client was taken to the hospital from this car crash. After the hospital, she saw a concussion specialist and also saw a physical therapist. I became involved in her case a short time later. Once I got involved in her case, it became apparent that there were several hospital liens filed. In Utah, a hospital can file a lien on a settlement for injuries that were caused by a third-party under certain circumstances. What that means is the hospital files documentation in court that they are entitled to a certain amount of the eventual settlement or jury verdict. There are limitations on when and how hospitals can file liens and for that reason it is typically best to consult with an attorney on the liens. Depending on the circumstances, a lawyer can often negotiate a satisfactory resolution to these liens. “How are these liens fair?” You might ask. After all, my client was simply minding her own business while in West Valley City when she was crashed into by another car. I believe the reasoning of the legislature in Utah in having these liens is that the hospitals need to provide emergency care in all situations when an injured person arrives from a car crash. If the person doesn’t have health insurance, the hospital should be entitled to some form of payment. That said, the liens may not be fair, depending on the ultimate outcome of the case. If you have been hurt in a car crash in West Valley City or West Jordan, please give me a call. I’d love to chat with you and see what I can do to help you with your car...

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Injury Lawyer in West Valley City

Posted by on 1:25 pm in blog, Car Accidents, Personal Injury | 0 comments

Here at Symkoviak Law Firm, we assist many clients that were injured in West Valley City. Recently, we assisted a client that had a bad injury in a car accident in West Valley City. The client was proceeding through an intersection in West Valley City when another vehicle turned in front of her, causing the cars to collide and resulting in her injury. My client initially hired a injury lawyer that she saw on a TV commercial. She continued with that injury lawyer for several months, but eventually became extremely frustrated with her injury lawyer. She reported that the lawyer would not call her back and that only a paralegal would contact her infrequently. She was also given incomplete information and was very unsure of her case. She decided to contact me upon the advice of a friend. One our law office became involved in the case, we could understand why the client was frustrated. She had actually been given some incorrect information on her case by her former injury lawyer. She also had some extenuating circumstances that necessitated a quicker resolution to her case, and her former injury lawyer was not working to make sure this happened.  We began working immediately and diligently on her case in order to make sure she would reach the resolution to her injury case that she needed. It was not an easy case and many circumstances arose that made resolving her injury case difficult, but we were able to navigate through these difficulties for her and resolve her case in a timely manner. The client was very happy and wondered why she had not contacted me earlier as her injury lawyer. Unfortunately, car crashes do happen frequently. I have many clients from West Valley City, West Jordan, and the greater Salt Lake City area who were looking for a good injury lawyer. I always try to meet and exceed their expectations. Call me...

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Car Crash in West Jordan

Posted by on 2:45 pm in blog, Car Accidents, Personal Injury | 0 comments

I recently represented a client who was hurt in a car crash in West Jordan, Utah. My client was stopped waiting at a red light when he was violently struck from behind by another vehicle. The accident happened near Jordan Landing in West Jordan. The other driver claimed not to be at-fault for the crash, despite hitting my client from behind there in West Jordan. The client then retained my services. One of the big issues for my client was the fact that he worked a job that required a lot of physical labor. Due to his injuries from the car crash in West Jordan, he was not able to work. However, my client was self-employed and providing documentation about his wages was difficult. I worked with the client to provide alternative forms of evidence to prove his wages. While he continued to receive medical treatment, he received lost wages from his own insurance under the PIP coverage for this crash in West Jordan. Oftentimes I would have my client submit a calendar of the hours he missed from work, which he prepared himself. After  my client was done treating, we submitted a demand package to the insurance company of the person who caused the crash in West Jordan, Utah. At first, the insurance company refused to pay their insurance policy limit for this crash, however, we were eventually able to demonstrate that my clients injuries were severe and he was justified in receiving the policy limit for his injuries and ongoing injury. We then pursued an underinsured motorist claim with his own insurance company for this crash in West Jordan, Utah, which we were able to successfully resolve. If you have been hurt in a crash, whether in West Jordan, West Valley City, or Sugarhouse, please give us a call. We are happy to assist you with your injury claim....

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Car Accident in Magna

Posted by on 2:20 pm in blog, Car Accidents, Personal Injury | 0 comments

I was recently contacted by a client who was involved in a car accident in Magna, Utah. Unlike most of my posts, where I discuss past clients, this client, who was in a car accident in Magna, is still a current client- so I won’t be able to give many of the details about the case or the car accident in Magna. My client was hit from behind in this crash in Magna and was injured. If you are hit from behind, the fault almost always rests with the driver that hit you from behind, although there can be exceptions to this. Most of my clients are hit from behind while waiting at a stoplight or a stop sign. A few of my former clients have also been hit from behind while moving, typically if they are either slowing down or accelerating after a change in the stoplight or on the freeway slowing down or accelerating due to traffic ahead. If you were hit from behind, like my client in Magna, you can feel pretty comfortable that the other party will likely be at-fault, but feel free to call us to confirm. Sometimes we have to set-up the claim for one or more of the parties. If the other party has not reported the claim to their insurance company, that is fine. You or your representative should be able to open a claim on their policy. This happened with this car accident in Magna. Our office had to contact at least one of the insurance companies to set up a claim. If you have been hurt in a car accident in Magna, West Valley City, Kearns, West Jordan, or Salt Lake City, please give us a call for a free consultation. 801-738-9999. We never charge for the initial phone call or...

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Car Accident in Kearns

Posted by on 7:05 pm in blog, Car Accidents, Personal Injury | 0 comments

I recently assisted a client who was involved in a car accident in Kearns. My client was hurt when the vehicle he was in was rear-ended by a van at a stop light. The crash caused substantial damage to both vehicle. In fact, looking at the pictures of the vehicles, you would automatically assume that those involved had been injured seriously. The front of the van was smashed in all the way to the driver’s compartment. Also, the back of his vehicle was smashed in so it was hardly recognizable. It almost looked like a small bomb went off, rather than a violent crash on the road in Kearns. My client suffered significant injuries and was taken by ambulance to the hospital. At the hospital, he was diagnosed with a broken bone. Unsure what to do, the client contact me. As my client was a passenger in the vehicle, he did not have fault for the crash in Kearns. While it is possible that a passenger could cause an accident, the circumstances would be very rare, and typically passengers are not responsible for crashes. A review of the police report confirmed that the driver of the van was at-fault for the crash or caused the crash. I contacted the insurance company of the van driver. They soon agreed that they had in fact caused the crash. As my client continued to receive treatment, it became apparent there would be several issues in the case. One of the issues was that the driver of the van did not have sufficient insurance as my client had serious injuries. We worked through this issue by getting involved with secondary insurance, which is often necessary in these type of car crashes. A second issue was getting my client the treatment that he needed. We helped him through this and made sure that he was taken care of by medical professionals. In the end, we were able to satisfactorily resolve my clients case. We try to take of all of our clients to their satisfaction. If you were in an accident in Kearns, West Valley City, West Jordan, Salt Lake City, Sugarhouse, or any where in the Salt Lake valley, contact us for assistance. We would be happy to meet with you and we even do meetings at your house or work! Call today- 801-738-9999!...

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Disputed car accident in West Valley City

Posted by on 2:07 pm in blog, Car Accidents, Personal Injury | 0 comments

Over the years, I have represented numerous clients who have been injured in car accidents all over Utah and Salt Lake County. A large percentage of my clients are involved in car crashes in Salt Lake County, especially West Valley City and West Jordan. Earlier this year, I represented a client who was involved in a car crash in West Valley City, Utah, while a passenger in a vehicle driven by her friend. They collided with another vehicle at an intersection. Who was responsible for the car accident was disputed by both insurance companies. Each insurance company pointed the finger at the other driver. Since I represented a passenger, my client did not have any responsibility for the car accident. After a while, each insurance company decided to take 50% responsibility for the car accident there in West Valley City. So I told my client we would make claims with both insurance companies. Indeed, we did send demand packages to both insurance companies. After some negotiating, I was able to secure two good offers for my client. She actually ended up with more than usual due to the circumstances. My client healed well and was happy with the results we provided her. This is typical of most clients. Most clients are satisfied with the work that we do for them and are happy with the results we are able to get for them. It can be a nightmare for clients to deal with insurance adjusters. For us, we know them and work with them on a daily basis. If you have been in a car accident in West Valley City, Utah or anywhere in the Salt Lake City or County and need a lawyer, please give me a call. I would love to assist you with your car accident injury case-...

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Car accident again in West Jordan

Posted by on 5:57 pm in blog, Car Accidents, Personal Injury | 0 comments

A little while ago, I was contacted by a former client who was involved in another car accident in West Jordan, Utah. The client wondered if he would have a case since he was injured in a prior car crash. I explained to him that he would indeed have a case, especially since his injuries from the prior crash have healed. Even if he was still treating from the first car accident, I could still help him with the second car accident in West Jordan. Each driver from each accident is responsible for the new injuries and damages done to my client.  Also, under Utah law, a responsible driver must take the other party, as the party is, even if that person is more susceptible to injury than a normal person. This is true, even if the person is more susceptible to injury in a car accident from a prior injury. For example, if your back was injured in a prior car accident, and then injured again in a later accident and your injuries from the second accident were worse because of the prior car accident, the driver in the second accident is responsible for all new injuries to your back. Just like my client from West Jordan, do not be afraid to contact an attorney if you have had multiple car accidents and injuries over the years. In fact, it doesn’t even matter if you caused some of the prior car accidents, as long as the current car accident was not your fault. Unfortunately, due to the high number of car accidents, many of us will be involved in a car accident in our lifetimes. Many of us will also be involved in several car accidents in our lifetimes, so this situation is not uncommon.  It also does not matter where the accident took place, whether your accident was in Salt Lake City, West Jordan, West Valley City, Magna, Kearns, or Sugarhouse. Call us today. We would love to help you on your car accident case....

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