How Much is My Utah Bicycle Accident Settlement Worth?
Legal Disclaimer: The following values are based on prior cases and should not be interpreted to imply or guarantee that your personal injury claim or lawsuit will have a similar resolution. The circumstances of every accident and the resulting injuries are very different, and only after reviewing your matter in a detailed legal consultation can an attorney give legal guidance. Moreover, a jury will determine the final value of your case.
Compensation may be available for victims of bike accidents in Utah. You are urged to contact the Utah personal injury firm of Overson Law to talk about your claim in a free and confidential legal consultation. If you or a loved one has suffered a bicycling injury in Salt Lake City or other locations in Utah, call our law offices right away at (801) 895-3143 to discuss your legal options.
How Much Compensation Can a Bike Crash Victim Receive from a Settlement or Lawsuit?
When a cyclist is injured in a bicycle accident that is caused by a negligent or reckless driver, he or she may be entitled to compensation, which is also referred to as “damages.” There are several types of damages in a Utah personal injury case:
- Compensatory Damages – Compensatory damages are split into two broad categories, non-economic damages and economic damages, which are explained below. The purpose of compensatory damages is to restore the victim to his or her pre-accident state, to the greatest extent possible.
- Non-Economic Damages – Non-economic damages are sometimes called “general” damages. General damages try to compensate harm of a non-financial nature, such as scarring and disfigurement, and the victim’s pain and suffering.
- Economic Damages – Economic damages are sometimes called “special” damages. Special damages compensate the victim’s financial losses, including medical bills and lost income. Anticipated losses and expenses will also be taken into consideration.
- Punitive Damages – Punitive damages are sometimes available in personal injury cases where the at-fault party took certain types of actions. Under Utah Code § 78B-8-201, “[P]unitive damages may be awarded only if compensatory or general damages are awarded and it is established by clear and convincing evidence that the acts… of the [party at fault] are the result of willful and malicious… conduct, or conduct that [involves] a knowing and reckless indifference toward, and a disregard of, the rights of others.”
Don’t worry if this seems like a lot of terminology to take in all at once. Darwin Overson will be there to provide support and information from beginning to end of the process, and will handle all of the legal work so that you can focus on resting and recuperating from your injuries. This information is simply intended to give you a window into the types of compensation that may be available to a bicycling injury victim in Utah.
The worth of your claim is difficult to determine without reviewing the circumstances under which the crash occurred. Factors like medical expense, injury severity, income level, and shared fault can all affect its ultimate value. Verdicts and settlements can range anywhere from thousands to millions of dollars, but regardless of the situation, we will vigorously pursue the greatest amount of compensation on your behalf.
What if My Medical Costs Exceed the Driver’s Policy Limits?
It is seldom necessary for a personal injury case to go all the way to trial. It is much more common for accident claims to be negotiated outside of court, leading to a settlement agreement. However, Darwin is fully prepared to aggressively argue your case in court if going to trial is necessary to protect you and your family’s best financial interests.
It is mandatory for drivers in the state of Utah to carry certain amounts of coverage, which is known as liability insurance. The purpose of liability insurance is to help pay for an accident victim’s reasonable medical expenses when the policyholder causes a crash. Utah drivers are required to carry, at minimum, the following levels of coverage:
- $25,000 for personal injury (one victim)
- $65,000 for personal injury (multiple victims)
- $15,000 for property damage
Unfortunately, it is not uncommon for bike injury victims to incur costs which far surpass the minimum thresholds set by Utah’s auto insurance laws. If your medical expenses exceed the policy limits of the driver who hit you while you were riding your bicycle, we may be able to pursue other sources of compensation.
For example, it may be possible to obtain compensation through an umbrella policy. Additionally, liability may extend to third parties, such as a third driver who was involved in the crash, the manufacturer of a defective product such as a defective bicycle helmet, or the agency responsible for a defect in the road itself.
Contact a Utah Bicycle Accident Attorney to Review Your Injury Claim
A biking accident can lead to painful injuries and large expenses for the victim. It can also cause the victim to become partially or totally disabled, in some cases permanently, which leads to a significant loss of income. Coupled with hospital bills and other care costs, the loss of income can create terrible financial hardship for the injured cyclist, all at the time when he or she needs support and assistance more than ever.
Our attorneys are here to provide you with the support and assistance you need while you are trying to recover physically and financially after a bicycle accident. Darwin Overson has more than 33 years of experience, and handles claims throughout the state of Utah. To set up a free legal consultation with Darwin, call the law offices of Overson Law as soon as possible at (801) 895-3143.