Millcreek Truck Accident Lawyer
Every year, truck drivers cause thousands of injuries and fatalities along rural roads, highways, and city streets in Salt Lake County. With its large population and proximity to I-15, Millcreek is an especially major location for commercial trucking accidents and pickup truck crashes in Utah. If you were injured in a truck accident in Millcreek, or if a family member or your spouse was wrongfully killed in a fatal 18-wheeler accident, you have a right to seek justice and compensation for the suffering you and your loved ones have endured. For a free legal consultation about your Millcreek truck crash claim, contact personal injury lawyer Darwin Overson at (801) 895-3143 today.
Dangerous Highways and Streets in Millcreek, UT
A truck crash can occur in any location, but highways can be exceptionally dangerous because of their congested traffic lanes, high speed limits, and aggressive drivers. There are many potentially dangerous roads and highways that cut through Millcreek or run close to Millcreek’s boundaries. Some examples of busy roads in Millcreek where a truck accident can occur include:
- East Murray Holladay Road
- Highland Drive
- SR-71 (3900 S, West Meadowbrook Expressway)
While rural roads carry less traffic, this very lack of traffic can be a danger in its own way by causing drivers to take unnecessary risks, like speeding on long stretches or rushing through stop signs without even pausing to check if there are other motorists. Regardless of whether a truck accident happens on a quiet road or a hectic highway like I-15, Darwin Overson will investigate the evidence thoroughly to build a compelling case on your behalf. If the other driver was at fault for the crash or collision, you may have a cause of action (grounds for a lawsuit).
What Causes Most Semi-Truck Accidents in Utah?
The sad reality is that most truck accidents are preventable, because most truck accidents are caused by careless human errors. According to an analysis by the Utah Department of Public Safety, the following driver errors caused the majority of all vehicular accidents that happened in Utah during 2015:
- Tailgating (Following too Closely) – 22% of all accidents in Utah
- Failure to Yield – 18%
- Speeding – 18%
- Failure to Stay in the Proper Lane – 12%
- Distracted Driving – 10%
Most of the leading causes of death from fatal accidents were also driver errors:
- Speeding – 37%
- Failure to Wear a Seatbelt – 31%
- Drunk Driving/Intoxicated Driving – 13%
- Failure to Yield – 11%
- Failure to Stay in Proper Lane – 11%
Other major contributing factors to or causes of vehicular accidents in Utah in 2015 included:
- Backing up improperly
- Ignoring traffic signs or signals
- Making improper turns
- Swerving or other evasive maneuvers
The analysis also pointed out that “53.3% of drivers had a contributing factor in total crashes,” while “52.3% of drivers had a contributing factor in fatal crashes.”
Injury Compensation for Medical Bills from an 18-Wheeler Accident
Unfortunately, it is rare for victims to emerge from truck accidents unscathed. In most cases, people suffer extensive property damage or suffer serious injuries. In addition to burdening the victim with huge medical bills, income losses, and other expenses, the injuries also create immense pain and suffering that may last for many years, and may be accompanied by severe impairments. In short, truck accidents affect every aspect of the victim’s life: their financial health, their physical health, and their psychological or emotional health.
Compensation may be available for the terrible financial and non-financial losses that so often result from 18-wheeler accidents. Compensation for financial losses, called “economic damages” or “special damages,” includes compensation for hospital bills, medical care, and losses of income, including losses the victim is projected to sustain in the future (e.g. anticipated surgeries, permanent disability that reduces the victim’s earning capacity). Compensation called “non-economic damages” or “general damages” may also be available for losses of a non-financial nature, including pain and suffering, mental anguish, and loss of consortium (loss of companionship or the marital relationship).
If you have a truck accident claim, it may be possible to negotiate a settlement agreement. However, if the liable party refuses to admit liability or make a reasonable settlement offer, Darwin Overson is prepared to aggressively litigate your case in court.
Millcreek Truck Accident Attorney for Personal Injury and Wrongful Death Victims
Millcreek truck crash injury attorney Darwin Overson has over 33 years of experience representing accident victims who were hurt in avoidable wrecks caused by negligent, careless truck drivers. When you are represented by Darwin Overson, you can feel confident that a knowledgeable, compassionate, and dedicated legal advocate is fighting in your corner to protect your interests and maximize the value of your claim or lawsuit. For a free and confidential legal consultation with Darwin Overson, contact the law offices of Overson Law at (801) 895-3143 as soon as possible.