Summit County Car Accident Lawyer
It’s easy to feel overwhelmed in the aftermath of a serious car accident, but you don’t have to deal with the legal work of getting compensated on your own. Car accident attorney Darwin Overson will stand by your side to represent you in settlement negotiations so that all you have to worry about is getting the rest you need to recover.
Contact a Utah Car Accident Injury Attorney for a Free Legal Consultation
Time and time again, Darwin has witnessed greedy insurance companies try to take advantage of vulnerable accident victims, looking for flimsy excuses to downplay injuries and deny fair coverage. Darwin does not stand for this sort of mistreatment of injury victims. He will fight aggressively in tireless pursuit of the maximum compensation possible – even if that means going to court. With more than 33 years of legal experience, you can trust Darwin to protect you and your family’s best interests.
To set up a confidential free legal consultation with Darwin, call the law offices of Overson Law at (801) 895-3143. Darwin handles car accident cases across Summit County, including Coalville, Park City, Summit Park, Snyderville, Kamas, Francis, and other local communities throughout the Summit County area. Types of accident claims Darwin works on include:
- Chain Reaction Accidents
- Head-On Collisions
- Intersection Accidents
- Lane Change Accidents
- Multi-Vehicle Pileups
- Parking Lot Accidents
- Rear-End Collisions
- Rollover Accidents
- Side-Impact Collisions (Broadside/T-Bone)
Determining Fault for a Car Crash: Who is Liable for a Collision in Utah?
There are two types of states when it comes to auto insurance: fault states and no-fault states. Utah is one of 12 no-fault states.
In no-fault states like Utah, it does not matter which driver was responsible for causing the accident. In either case, the injury victim first turns to his or her own insurance company, which is where the term “no-fault” comes from. A claim you make with your own insurer is described as a “first-party” claim, while a claim made against another person’s insurer is called a “third-party” claim.
Your insurance will cover your medical bills up to a threshold of $3,000. However, if your injuries result in expenses greater than $3,000 – which, unfortunately, is often the case in serious car accidents – you may have a personal injury claim against the at-fault driver’s insurance company. Even if your injury costs do not exceed the $3,000 threshold, you may still have a claim if your injuries resulted in:
- Dismemberment (amputation/loss of limb)
While many claims are resolved out of court via settlement negotiations, litigation – going to court with a lawsuit – may become necessary if negotiating fails to yield an acceptable settlement offer for the injury victim. Backed by decades of experience handling car accident claims and lawsuits throughout Utah, attorney Darwin Overson knows precisely what types of tactics insurers try to wield against injury victims who are simply trying to get fair compensation. As your attorney, Darwin will fight tooth and nail to defend your legal rights and prevent you from falling victim to bad faith insurance tactics. Darwin handles every case with a single objective in mind: obtaining the greatest possible compensation for you and your family.
Common Injuries Caused by Automotive Accidents
Unfortunately, car safety features like airbags and seat belts are not always able to prevent devastating injuries, which can occur even in low-speed collisions. Common injuries caused by vehicular accidents include:
- Bone Fractures – Different types of bone fractures include compound fractures, simple fractures, transverse fractures, greenstick fractures, and oblique fractures. Darwin has handled countless claims where a car accident victim suffered a broken wrist, broken collarbone, broken arm, broken leg, broken ribs, facial fracture, or other fracture injury after striking the steering wheel, being ejected from the vehicle, or being hit by an object inside the vehicle.
- Back Injuries and Spinal Cord Injuries (SCI) – Back injuries can affect muscle tissue, nerves, and/or bone. The spinal cord is a bundle of nerves running from the brain to the lower back, while the spinal column is a stack of vertebrae and intervertebral discs, which can bulge or rupture (herniate) when damaged. If the spinal cord is severed, the victim can become paralyzed. Bruising and lacerations, which may require stitches, are also common.
- Whiplash – Whiplash, also called a cervical strain or cervical sprain, is a soft tissue injury caused by rapid overextension of the neck, typically seen in rear-end collisions. “Cervical” refers to the neck, while a strain is a stretched or torn muscle and a sprain is a stretched or torn ligament. Whiplash can cause neck pain, back pain, headaches, dizziness, vertigo, and tinnitus (ringing ears).
You shouldn’t be responsible for paying the price for another driver’s carelessness. If you, your spouse, your child, or other loved ones were injured in a Summit County car crash, you should speak with an experienced car accident lawyer about your family’s options for seeking compensation. Call the law offices of Overson Law at (801) 895-3143 to set up a free and completely confidential legal consultation. Darwin Overson is available 24 hours a day, including nights and weekends, to help you and your loved ones figure out the next steps.