Tooele County Car Accident Lawyer
Getting into a car accident can turn your life upside down. You suddenly find yourself bombarded with difficult legal and financial questions about auto insurance, medical bills, and accident compensation, all at a time when you simply want to rest and recuperate from your injuries. You may be entitled to compensation for your expenses, but you don’t have to fight for it alone. Tooele car crash attorney Darwin Overson can help. Call the law offices of Overson Law right away at (801) 895-3143 to set up a free legal consultation regarding your claim today.
Utah I-80 Auto Accident Attorneys Handling Insurance Claims in Tooele County
Darwin Overson is a skilled and highly knowledgeable personal injury lawyer handling a wide variety of car accident claims in Tooele County, Utah, including:
- Accident Types
- Crosswalk Accidents
- Head-On Collisions
- Intersection Accidents
- Lane Change Accidents
- Low-Speed Collisions
- Parallel Parking Accidents
- Parking Lot Collisions
- Rear-End Collisions/Tailgating Accidents
- Side-Impact Collisions (T-Bone Collisions)
- Injury Types
- Abdominal Injuries
- Ankle and Foot Injuries
- Back Injuries
- Broken Bones/Bone Fractures
- Bulging and Herniated Discs
- Contusions (Bruises)
- Crush Injuries
- Dental Injuries
- Hand and Wrist Injuries
- Head Injuries
- Hip Injuries/Pelvic Fractures
- Internal Bleeding
- Lacerations (Cuts)
- Neck Injuries
- Scarring and Disfigurement
- Shoulder Injuries
- Spinal Cord Injuries (SCI)
- Sprains (Torn Ligaments)
- Strains (Muscle Tears)
- Torn Rotator Cuffs
- Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBI)
Darwin handles claims in Grantsville, Wendover, Ophir, Stockton, Vernon, Rush Valley, Erda, Dugway, Stansbury Park, and other locations in and around the Tooele County area.
Tooele County Car Crash Statistics: Injuries, Fatalities, and Property Damage
Car accidents claim hundreds of lives and inflict tens of thousands of injuries annually in Utah. According to the most recent crash data compiled by the Department of Public Safety, Tooele County reported 11 fatal accidents (with 15 fatalities), 277 injury crashes (with 406 injuries), and more than 700 property damage only (PDO) accidents in 2014 alone. About 8% of Tooele County vehicular accidents involved collisions with animals, and about 12% involved out-of-state drivers.
While car accidents can occur anywhere in Tooele County, major roads like highways tend to have higher crash numbers due to risk factors like lane congestion, aggressive commuters, and high speed limits. Some of the more common car accident sites in the Tooele County area include:
Unfortunately, most accidents occur because of preventable driver errors. Some common examples include:
- Distracted driving (e.g. texting while driving).
- Driving the wrong way down a one-way street.
- Driving while intoxicated by drugs or alcohol.
- Excessive speeding, especially in a school zone or residential area.
- Failing to obey traffic signs.
- Following too closely behind another vehicle (tailgating).
- Ignoring stop signs or red lights.
- Making unsafe or illegal maneuvers like illegal U-turns.
When an accident is caused by a careless error, the driver at fault may be liable for compensating the injury victim. Fault is determined with help from evidence such as photographs, video footage, eyewitness testimony, and analysis of the wreckage. Though generally inadmissible in court, police accident reports can also be very useful during settlement negotiations.
How Much Compensation is Available for Injury Victims?
Utah is a no-fault auto insurance state. This means accident victims generally turn first to their own insurers for compensation, regardless of which driver caused the crash. A claim you file with your own insurer is called a first-party insurance claim. Only once the limits of your Personal Injury Protection (PIP) coverage have been exhausted may you attempt to hold the other driver liable by making a third-party claim with their insurer. Utah requires all motorists to carry at least $3,000 in PIP benefits.
You may also make a third-party claim, regardless of your expenses, if you suffered specific kinds of serious injuries. These injuries include:
- Dismemberment (Limb Amputation)
- Scarring and Disfigurement
You may be able to negotiate an out-of-court settlement with assistance from an aggressive Tooele car crash lawyer. However, if the at-fault driver’s insurance company will not make an adequate settlement offer, you may wish to consider filing a lawsuit against the negligent or reckless driver who injured you.
Personal injury compensation is also described as “damages.” Economic damages (special damages) compensate the victim’s financial losses, including medical bills and loss of income, while non-economic damages (general damages) attempt to compensate the victim’s pain and suffering. Utah does not limit economic damages. Non-economic damages were formerly limited only for wrongful death involving malpractice, but these limits, called “damages caps,” were ruled unconstitutional in 2015.
Schedule Your Free Legal Consultation with a Utah Personal Injury Attorney
Backed by more than 33 years of experience, Tooele County auto accident lawyer Darwin Overson will be there to provide you and your family with aggressive, strategic, results-oriented legal representation. Call Darwin at (801) 895-3143 right away for a free legal consultation about getting compensated for your accident.
Darwin will compile and analyze medical evidence, interview witnesses, take care of your paperwork, obtain police reports, and negotiate with the insurance company. With Darwin on your side, all you have to worry about is recovering from the accident – and you’ll never pay any fees unless our Utah personal injury firm obtains compensation for you.