The Salt Lake City car accident attorneys at Eisenberg, Cutt, Kendell & Olson are not a mill that churns out case after case. We take on a limited number of complex cases that involve permanent injuries and wrongful death, requiring attention to all details and unique issues related to the claim.
Every case we take on is handled with dedication and diligence.
Injured in an auto accident? Seek compensation with our car accident attorneys in Salt Lake City. Call (801) 901-3470 for a free consultation today!
Do You Need an Accident Lawyer After a Crash?
In any of the following cases, you will likely need to see an attorney in order to successfully move on with your life after an accident.
When someone causes an accident and they do not have auto insurance, it can be difficult for them to cover your bills. Most likely, you will need to have an attorney file a lawsuit against them to either force them to settle with you or win a judgment in court awarding you a fair amount of compensation.
While an individual at-fault for an accident may be carrying enough insurance to be obeying the law, a bad enough car crash can send medical and property damage bills well past their insurance limits. Whatever their insurance will not cover becomes their responsibility, requiring the skills of a Salt Lake City car accident lawyer to bring a lawsuit to court for a judge to decide how much they need to pay.
Driving under the influence and getting into a crash has far more serious consequences for the offending driver than just a regular car accident. If a drunk driver hits you, there is a good chance that you can be awarded pain and suffering awards in addition to having your medical bills paid for and your car repaired or replaced.
Judgments stemming from a DUI accident cannot be discharged in bankruptcy, meaning you should be able to collect, over time, even from bankrupt individuals.
Any crash arising from the other driver being negligent (texting and driving, drag racing, etc.) is usually grounds for a lawsuit if insurance does not cover everything. Judges typically look unfavorably towards people who drive dangerously on purpose, sometimes leading to a quick settlement, or possibly a judgment in your favor at the end of a court case.
Bringing a lawsuit against an individual is a time consuming and fairly complicated process. Let our car accident lawyers in Salt Lake City handle every aspect of your case.
Give them a call at (801) 901-3470 to set up a free consultation.
Car Accidents and Utah No-Fault Insurance
Utah’s “no-fault” car insurance laws mean that if you are injured in an accident or lose work income, you first go to your own car insurance for compensation. When can you file a claim with the at-fault driver’s insurance?
In order to get compensation from the other driver’s insurance you:
- Need to have over $3,000 in medical bills
- Must have a serious injury
- Must be determined to be less than 50% at fault in the accident
- Will need to file the claim within a certain time period
At Eisenberg, Cutt, Kendell & Olson, our experienced attorneys understand how to build a strong case for our clients. We will do our best to win you the settlement you need to compensate you for your losses.
Utah Car Crash Statistics
In 2015, the latest year for which the Utah Department of Public Safety has concluded its annual “Crash Summary” report, “there were 60,012 reported traffic crashes on public roadways in Utah.” That’s an astonishing average of over 164 reported crashes every day. The injuries resulting from these crashes vary from minor “fender bender” property damage situations to injuries resulting in permanent disability or death. In 2016, deaths from car crashes hit a 9-year high with 280 people killed.
The Responsibilities of Drivers
The rules that apply to operators of motor vehicles are in place to keep everyone safe. For example, according to the Utah Driver Handbook, drivers are required to keep a safe following distance, and should “keep at least 2 seconds between your car and the vehicle in front” of you.
Unfortunately, people often become complacent and forget about how fast they are traveling and/or misjudge distances. This frequently leads to avoidable collisions, which can have devastating consequences.
Passenger Injured in a Car accident?
A serious injury to a passenger can present some unique issues and may alter how a case is pursued. Depending on the situation, the car accident may be the fault of the driver of the vehicle in which the passenger was riding at the time of the crash. In other situations, the crash may be the fault of another driver. Other times it is a combination of fault from many people.
In any event, the important issue is that all steps are taken to be sure that the injured person is fully and fairly compensated. At Eisenberg, Cutt, Kendell & Olson, our Salt Lake City car accident lawyers have successfully navigated through these issues many times. Being successful in these claims requires experience and close attention to the details of the crash. Giving close attention to a case requires us to be selective about the cases we take. Our car accident lawyers in Salt Lake City generally take only passenger injury cases where the injuries are severe.
Questions You Should Ask Your Car Accident Attorney
Getting as much information as possible will help you make an informed decision and help ensure the best possible outcome for your case. Before hiring a car accident lawyer, consider asking them some of the questions listed below:
- Do you specialize in car accident cases?
- Have you had experience with cases similar to mine?
- What is your typical settlement range?
- How are your fees structured?
- What legal details are you prepared to handle for me?
- Will I have any out-of-pocket expenses?
Your Legal Advocate and Spokesperson
At Eisenberg, Cutt, Kendell & Olson, we know each client and each injury is distinct, and we do our best to understand each client’s individual case. To do this, our firm must be selective of the cases we take. Using this approach, our team of lawyers has had tremendous success in representing victims of car crashes.
Our results include a $16.4 million dollar jury verdict in favor of a victim of a trucking crash, as well as numerous other settlements and jury verdicts of 6, 7, and 8 figures. We have obtained these results in cases litigated all over the country.
Our results are no accident. Our car crash lawyers in Salt Lake City have spent years studying how best to represent individuals injured in car crashes and their loved ones. We have done dozens of focus groups, interviewed and worked with hundreds of physicians and other healthcare professionals, and spent many hours on our feet in courtrooms advocating on behalf of car crash victims.
If you've been hurt, we're ready to hear your story. Contact us today to request a free case evaluation with our team.