Losing a loved one is always painful. The anguish and sorrow is even more difficult to cope with when you know that the death was caused by the careless actions of another person. If your spouse or a family member was killed in a fatal Utah car crash that was caused by another driver, you may be able to pursue legal action by filing a claim or lawsuit. While compensation cannot repair the devastation caused by the accident, it can help to lighten the financial burden caused by medical bills, funeral expenses, and other costs. Further, taking legal action can help you attain a better sense of emotional closure and peace of mind.
Jay Sheen is a Salt Lake City wrongful death lawyer with more than 33 years of legal experience. Jay understands the sensitive nature of wrongful death cases, and will treat you and your family with compassion, care, and respect throughout the legal process. He will fight aggressively for maximum compensation, and work to hold the careless driver responsible for his or her actions. Though based in Salt Lake City, Jay handles fatal car accident claims throughout the state of Utah. For a free legal consultation, call the law offices of Overson & Sheen at (801) 618-3580.
Wrongful Death Lawyer for Auto Accident Victims
When you are grieving over the loss of a loved one, it’s important to focus on taking care of yourself and spending time with those closest to you. When you are going through such a difficult and emotional period, and adjusting to so many changes, you should not have to take on the added burden of sorting through expensive bills and complicated insurance paperwork. A fatal car accident lawyer in Utah can step in to handle legal and financial documentation on your behalf, so that you do not have to worry about forgetting a detail, making an error, missing a deadline, or being treated unfairly by an insurance company.
Jay Sheen brings over three decades of legal experience to every case he handles, so you can feel confident that you and your family are represented by a highly knowledgeable attorney who understands the nuanced legal questions and considerations that arise in wrongful death claims. He has obtained favorable settlements and verdicts for numerous clients who lost loved ones in fatal vehicular accidents.
Jay understands that you are likely going through a very hectic and disorienting period with much on your mind, and can come to your location to make the process easier for you and your family. Jay represents the children, parents, spouses, and close relatives of accidental death victims in Salt Lake County, Utah County, Weber County, Wasatch County, Summit County, Cache County, Morgan County, Rich County, Tooele County, Box Elder County, and other locations throughout the state of Utah.
Compensation for Fatal Car Accidents in Utah
Auto accidents are a leading cause of death, not only in Salt Lake City and Utah, but throughout the United States. Accidents can occur anywhere, from small rural backroads to busy interstate highways like I-15, I-70, I-80, or I-84. Any type of accident can cause fatal injuries, and a thorough investigation is needed to determine how and why the crash occurred. Jay Sheen possesses the skill, the experience, and the technological resources that are needed to analyze all types of fatal crashes, including:
- Accidents at dangerous intersections
- Chain reaction accidents
- Fatal motorcycle accidents
- Fatal pedestrian accidents
- Fatal truck accidents
- Head-on collisions
- Highway accidents
- Lane change accidents
- Parking lot and parking garage accidents
- Rear-end collisions
- Rollover accidents
- Side-impact collisions (“T-bone” accidents)
- Sideswipe accidents
- Accidents caused by automotive defects, such as faulty brake systems
- Accidents caused by road defects or road design defects, such as problems with signage or traffic lights
- Accidents caused by distracted driving or text messaging
- Accidents caused by drunk driving or driving under the influence of marijuana, prescription pills, methamphetamine, cocaine, or other drugs
- Accidents caused by speeding, running red lights, or ignoring stop signs
Because Utah is a no-fault state for car accidents, it is likely that you will have to initially file a claim with your own insurance company. Personal injury protection (PIP) coverage can help to pay for some of the expenses related to the accident, including medical expenses and expenses related to the funeral and burial. However, if your expenses exceed PIP limits, additional compensation may be recoverable. For example, you may be able to make a claim with the negligent driver’s insurance company. If the insurance company refuses to settle, it may be necessary to go to trial.
Utah does not cap, or limit, the amount of compensation that is available for surviving loved ones of wrongful death victims in car accident cases. The amount of compensation for wrongful death in a car accident depends on factors like the resulting expenses, the nature of the accident, the effects on your family, and the extent to which the accident victim, referred to as the “decedent,” was providing care and financial support.
Contact a Salt Lake City Car Accident Lawyer for Legal Help
You are likely in a state of deep shock if you have recently lost a loved one in a car, truck, motorcycle, or bus accident. Fighting against an insurance company, and worrying about how you will pay for accident-related expenses, are the last issues you should have to deal with right now. Jay Sheen can help lighten your burden by fighting to recover the compensation you need to take care of your family as you go through this difficult time.
Whenever you are ready to discuss what happened, Jay Sheen will be available to help you understand your options and rights in a free and completely confidential legal consultation. To talk about your Utah car accident claim confidentially and free of charge, contact the law offices of Overson & Sheen at (801) 618-3580.