Provo Truck Accident Lawyer
Crash statistics show that thousands of truck accidents happen every year in Utah. Unfortunately, many of these accidents cause disabling injuries or the wrongful death of the victim. If you or one of your family members was injured in a truck accident in Provo, or if a loved one was wrongfully killed in a fatal commercial vehicle accident, you have a right to pursue justice and compensation for your losses. To speak confidentially about your Provo truck accident injury claim in a free legal consultation, call the law offices of Overson Law immediately at (801) 895-3143.
Dangerous Highways and Major Roads in Provo, UT
With a population of more than 112,000, Provo is the third largest city in Utah. Because Provo is a major commercial area featuring multiple highways, state routes, and other major roads, commercial truck drivers are constantly passing through Provo while transporting materials and equipment to other locations. There are constant opportunities for devastating semi-trailer accidents to occur on major Provo roads and highways, which include:
- N 500 W Street (North State Street)
- SR-114 (Center Street)
- US-189 (University Avenue)
What Causes Semi-Trailer and 18-Wheeler Accidents in Utah?
The frustrating, heart-wrenching reality is that most truck accidents are entirely preventable with safer, more attentive driving. In most truck accident cases, it is revealed that the trucker made careless decisions behind the wheel which caused the crash to occur. The victim of a commercial trucking accident in Utah can get compensated if his or her 18-wheeler accident lawyer can show that the trucker’s actions – or in some cases, lack of action – caused the crash or collision to happen.
The Utah Department of Public Safety tracks annual statistics on the leading causes of vehicular accidents in Utah. The most common driving errors that caused accidents in Utah in 2015, including truck crashes, included:
- Following too closely (“tailgating”).
- Making improper lane changes.
- Failing to yield.
- Making improper turns.
- Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
- Failing to stop at red lights.
Driving while fatigued (drowsy driving) is also a common problem that leads to avoidable commercial trucking accidents. Trying to complete fast turnarounds, truckers will frequently violate the hourly limits that are there to protect drivers and their passengers. These limits require drivers to stop and rest after a certain number of hours have been exceeded, but unfortunately, these crucial safety regulations often go ignored in the interest of efficiency.
In most cases, driver error is the primary factor that causes or contributes to a crash. However, there are also cases where other parties may be liable for the victim’s injuries or wrongful death. For example, a truck equipment manufacturer may be liable for a crash that was caused by defective truck parts. In other instances, the trucking company who hired the driver may also share liability.
How Much is My Truck Accident Case or Settlement Worth?
In order for a Utah injury victim to be compensated for an 18-wheeler crash or semi-trailer accident, it is necessary to prove that the driver, trucking company, or other parties took improper actions or made careless errors. The legal term is “negligence,” which describes a failure to take timely, appropriate actions in order to reduce the chance of a foreseeable accident. It may be possible to prove that the trucker who hit you or your loved one was negligent by analyzing various pieces of evidence, such as witness statements, medical records, vehicle maintenance and inspection records, photographs or video footage of the accident, and forensic analysis of the wreckage.
There are two ways to get compensated for a truck accident in Utah if the accident occurred due to negligence:
- Negotiating a personal injury settlement out of court.
- Litigating the case (going to trial), which may become necessary if the party at fault will not admit liability or refuses to make the victim a reasonable settlement offer.
Financial compensation (“damages”) may be recoverable for expenses and losses resulting from the accident, including hardships and costs that are expected to arise in the future. To provide a few examples, trucking accident victims may be able to receive compensation for:
- Diminished Future Earning Capacity
- Lost Earnings
- Medical Bills
- Pain and Suffering
It is impossible to estimate the worth of your case without first discussing the details, such as the nature of the injuries, the type of treatment you received, and the extent to which the injury has affected and will continue to affect your life. We can discuss your personal injury claim confidentially when you contact Overson Law for your free consultation.
Provo Truck Accident Attorney for Wrongful Death and Personal Injury Claims
Darwin Overson is a Provo commercial trucking accident lawyer with more than 33 years of experience handling personal injury and wrongful death lawsuits involving head-on collisions, rear-end collisions, highway accidents, lane change accidents, intersection accidents, rollover accidents, and many other types of crashes in Utah County. Darwin knows the tactics trucking companies and insurance companies use to avoid compensating victims of negligence, and will fight to see that the parties at fault do not evade responsibility for the pain and destruction their actions have caused. Darwin will answer your questions, protect your best interests, take care of your legal documents, and work diligently to maximize the value of your case.
If you suffered an injury from an accident with a semi-trailer or passenger truck, please do not hesitate to contact Overson Law at any time of day or evening to set up a free legal consultation. We handle claims involving broken bones, traumatic brain injuries (TBI), back injuries, spinal cord injuries (SCI), whiplash and other soft tissue injuries, “road rash” injuries, lacerations, burn injuries, nerve damage, hand injuries, facial injuries, paralysis, and more. Call (801) 895-3143 for your free consultation about getting compensated for a truck crash in Provo.