A car accident can change your life in the blink of an eye. Even minor crashes can result in costly property damage, while a high-speed collision has the potential to cause emotionally, financially, and physically debilitating injuries, such as spinal cord injuries (SCI), traumatic brain injuries (TBI), internal bleeding, and broken bones. It’s never easy to navigate the stressful aftermath of a car crash, but you should know that Utah accident victims have a right to pursue compensation for injuries inflicted by careless and negligent drivers.
To learn more about your legal options in a free and completely confidential consultation, call attorney Jay Sheen at (801) 618-3580. Backed by more than 33 years of legal experience representing injury victims and their loved ones in the Salt Lake City area, Jay will present you with a clear and honest assessment of your case so that you can make an informed decision about how you wish to proceed with your matter.
Types of Car Accident Cases Attorney Jay Sheen Handles
If you or one of your loved ones was injured in a car accident for which you were not at fault, Jay may be able to help you recover compensation for your lost wages, your medical bills, and other expenses related to your injuries. With decades of knowledge to draw upon, Jay is amply prepared to tackle even the most complex and challenging of multi-vehicle accident claims. Should your claim be denied, Jay is more than prepared to take your matter to court with an aggressive litigation strategy.
Jay handles all different types of automotive accidents in Salt Lake City and the surrounding area, including but not limited to:
- Distracted Driving Accidents
- Drunk Driving Accidents
- Fatigued Driving Accidents
- Head-On Collisions
- Lane Change Accidents
- Multi-Vehicle Pileups
- Rear-End Collisions
- Side-Impact Collisions
While crashes and collisions can occur in any location, the high speed limits, tendency toward aggressive driving, and frequently congested traffic conditions of highways make them common crash sites. Many of the claims Jay handles involve major roads and highways in the Salt Lake City area, such as:
- SR-67 (Legacy Parkway)
Negligence and the UT No-Fault System: What Injury Victims Must Prove to Get Compensated
When a Utah resident is injured in a car accident, he or she has a few options with regard to obtaining compensation. Rather than immediately filing a lawsuit, most people will initially make an insurance claim, which may resolve the matter without litigation becoming necessary.
All states adhere to one of two basic auto insurance systems: the fault system, which is more common, and the no-fault system, which only a dozen states utilize. Utah happens to be one of them – but how does that affect injury victims?
In a fault state, the injured party will generally file a claim called a “third-party claim” with the other driver’s insurance company, at which point they must prove the other driver was at fault for the accident in order to be compensated. In no-fault states like Utah, injury victims are generally compensated through their own insurers, called a “first-party claim,” regardless of which driver caused the accident (hence the “no-fault” designation).
If a driver in a no-fault state like Utah sustains minor, temporary injuries for which the medical care is valued at $3,000 or less, he or she seeks compensation following this process. However, the victim may instead opt to file a lawsuit if his or her injuries cost more than $3,000, as is frequently the case considering the high costs of surgery, ambulance rides, hospital stays, and other medical necessities.
Additionally, the victim may file a lawsuit if his or her injuries are severe enough to meet certain thresholds. These thresholds vary from state to state, but in Utah, include permanent disability, permanent disfigurement, permanent impairment, and dismemberment (amputation/loss of limb).
If the accident victim decides to file a lawsuit, he or she has the “burden of proof,” meaning he or she must be able to prove certain facts relating to the other driver’s negligence in order to be awarded compensation. These facts are that:
- The other driver failed to take reasonable measures to avoid causing preventable injury – for instance, this might involve running a red light, speeding excessively, failing to yield right-of-way, sending text messages instead of paying attention to the street, or following another vehicle too closely.
- The accident was a result of the other driver’s actions (or failure to act as necessary).
- The plaintiff suffered harm as a result of the accident which occurred.
If these points can be proven, the victim may be awarded compensation for present and anticipated medical bills, losses to income, pain and suffering, and other damages.
Contact a Salt Lake Car Crash Lawyer Today
If you, your spouse, or one of your family members was hurt in a car crash or hit by a car in the Salt Lake City area, you can turn to accident lawyer Jay Sheen for skilled and experienced legal representation. However, it’s important that you act quickly. Rigid legal deadlines restrict the amount of time in which a claim may be filed, leaving injury victims little recourse when the deadlines expire. Call Jay at (801) 618-3580 today to set up a free and confidential legal consultation about your accident.