Davis County Car Accident Lawyer
All Utah drivers are expected to use caution and obey traffic laws. When a driver acts careless or reckless behind the wheel, and his or her actions cause a car accident, the injury victim may have a right to be compensated. Compensation can help with your medical bills, income losses, and other hardships, providing greater financial stability for you and your family as you go through this difficult time together. At the law offices of Overson Law, we are passionate about helping accident victims in Davis County fight for the compensation they deserve.
Schedule a Free Legal Consultation with a Utah Car Accident Attorney
Darwin Overson has more than 33 years of experience representing car accident victims in Layton, Farmington, Bountiful, Centerville, Clinton, Clearfield, Kaysville, Fruit Heights, South Weber, Sunset, Syracuse, Woods Cross, West Point, and other communities located throughout and around Davis County, Utah. Darwin handles a wide range of different automotive accident claims and lawsuits, including:
- Fatal Crashes
- Injury Crashes
- Property Damage Accidents
- Rear-End Collisions
- Head-On Collisions
- Side-Impact Collisions (T-Bone Accidents)
- Parking Lot Accidents
- Intersection Accidents
- Lane Change Accidents
- Chain Reaction Accidents
- Multi-Vehicle Pileups
Darwin understands that when you are coping with a serious injury, the last thing you want to do is travel out to see an attorney or go over dense, complicated legal work. That is why Darwin will come to you and handle all of the legal work on your behalf. At Overson Law, we have three goals: lightening your burden, protecting your rights, and obtaining the maximum possible compensation available for you and your loved ones.
To talk about your claim in a free and confidential legal consultation, call the law offices of Overson Law at (801) 895-3143 today. Darwin is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
How Much Compensation Can You Get for Being Injured in a Crash in Utah?
Even at low speeds, vehicular accidents can inflict disabling or fatal injuries. If you or your loved one suffered these or other serious injuries due to a car accident, you could be entitled to compensation:
- Broken Bones – Bone fractures can occur when a vehicle occupant is hit by a flying object in the car, is directly impacted by another vehicle, is ejected through the windshield, or slams against a window or door. Bone fractures commonly caused by auto accidents include:
- Broken Arms (Ulna, Radius, Humerus)
- Broken Back (Vertebral Fracture)
- Broken Collarbones (Clavicle)
- Broken Hip (Pelvic Fracture)
- Broken Legs (Femur, Fibula, Tibia)
- Broken Ribs
- Hand/Wrist Fractures
- Bulging and Herniated Discs – Between each vertebra is a squishy, spongy, shock-absorbing pad called an intervertebral disc. When a person’s back is injured, these discs can be severely damaged. When a disc starts to distend, it is called a bulging disc. A herniated disc is a disc which has ruptured completely, causing its contents to ooze out.
- Burn Injuries – Burn injuries can occur when a car accident victim is trapped beneath hot debris, or when flammable gasoline ignites. While first degree burns generally heal with minimal medical intervention, second or third degree burns require hospitalization. Skin graft surgery may be necessary.
- Road Rash – “Road rash” is the colloquial term for skin abrasion caused by friction against asphalt or other surfaces. If a person is ejected from their vehicle, they are likely to sustain road rash injuries. In addition to being extremely painful, road rash injuries can become infected, leading to a host of medical complications and additional expenses for the victim.
- Spinal Cord Injury (SCI) – The spinal cord is the long, thick bundle of nerves that runs along the protective spinal column (vertebrae). When the spinal cord is pinched or severed in a crash, the victim can lose sensation, suffer chronic pain, or become permanently paralyzed.
- Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) – Effects of TBI may, depending on the location and severity of the injury, include memory problems, respiratory problems, balance problems, chronic pain, muscle weakness, loss of sensation, incontinence, and other serious health issues.
- Whiplash – Soft tissue injuries are injuries that damage muscle, tendons, and/or ligaments. Whiplash is a soft tissue injury of the neck, most often seen in rear-end collisions. Warning signs of whiplash include neck pain, back pain, tinnitus (ringing ears), vision problems, and dizziness or vertigo.
Compensation, or damages, is divided into a few categories:
- Compensatory Damages – Refers to compensation for the victim’s losses and hardships resulting from the accident.
- Economic (Special) Damages – Refers to compensation for strictly financial losses and hardships, such as medical bills or lost earnings due to being out of work.
- Noneconomic (General) Damages – Refers to compensation for physical and emotional losses and hardships, such as pain and suffering or loss of enjoyment of life.
- Pecuniary Damages – Sometimes, the court will order pecuniary damages as punishment if it finds the defendant committed extreme wrongdoing.
Utah used to cap noneconomic damages, but this was ruled unconstitutional by the Supreme Court of Utah in 2015. There is not a limit on how much a victim can be compensated for expenses and financial losses. Factors like the severity of the injury, the victim’s income level, the victim’s expected prognosis, and the victim’s degree of financial support for dependents will all be considered when calculating compensation.
If you believe you might have a claim, call the law offices of Overson Law at (801) 895-3143 to set up a free and confidential legal consultation. Darwin Overson is available around the clock, including evenings and weekends, to help you explore your options and exercise your rights as an accident victim.