Auto Accident Attorneys in Midvale, UT
Offering Experienced Car Accident Counsel in Salt Lake County
Car accidents occur for many reasons: driver error, negligence, manufacturing defects, and dangerous weather. No matter the specific cause or result of a collision, speak with a Midvale auto accident lawyer at Haskins James and we can help you sort out your rights and your options moving forward.
Our team is here to help you deal with the insurance company and any issues related to the full and fair payment of your claim. Instead of accepting an unfairly low settlement or dealing with unnecessary delays, put Haskins James in your corner and rest easy knowing that your interests are fully protected.
Call (801) 850-0155 today for a free car accident case review.
At-Fault, Negligent & Aggressive Drivers
Driver negligence is much more common than you might think. All it takes if a lack of attention in that split-second before the accident. This can be caused by:
- Talking to a passenger or child
- Changing a CD or radio station
- Applying make-up, shaving, or other personal grooming
- Eating or drinking
- Talking on the phone
- Driving while tired/fatigued
- Disregarding the weather or traffic conditions
Any of these factors may be enough to prevent the normally quick reaction time needed for changing traffic conditions, such as sudden braking in stop-and-go traffic or avoiding an object or animal in the road.
More serious negligence occurs when traffic or criminal laws are violated, such as:
- Disobeying traffic signs and signals
- Driving above or even well below the posted speed limit
- Failing to signal while turning or changing lanes
- Driving under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs
- Texting or other handheld cell phone use
Recklessness & Intentional Wrongdoing
Sometimes the at-fault driver is more than merely negligent. He or she may have acted recklessly or even intentionally. A reckless driver acts with conscious disregard for the probable consequences of the his or her actions. Road rage incidents often involve reckless behavior, and they can escalate into intentional behavior. Road rage can be extremely dangerous, leading to injuries and criminal charges. Aggressive drivers are a serious threat to the safety of others, and if they cause a wreck, their liability is usually apparent. The difficulty lies in identifying them and proving fault.
Determining Fault in a Car Accident
You may have a sense of who caused a car accident, but a determination of legal fault can be surprisingly complicated and involve questions about who acted when, which laws governed the situation, witness recollections, and the like.
Even if the driver of the other car was clearly negligent, you must still prove that his negligence caused your damages. Police and car accident reports, including witness statements and photos can help, but even then, many car and auto insurance companies will contest what appears to be clear liability and force you to prove it.
In taking on a claim for a client injured in a Midvale or Salt Lake County car accident, our team will work to determine and prove the cause of the accident. We work with accident reconstruction specialists, private investigators, forensic experts, and other skilled professionals to build the strongest cases to support our clients’ auto accident claims.
Drunk Driving Accidents
In the U.S., driving under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs (DUI) accounts for about 40% of reported traffic accidents. Someone dies every 30 minutes in an alcohol-related car crash, and someone else is injured every 2 minutes in a drunk driving accident. Almost half of the traffic accident fatalities in the Salt Lake area are speeding related, and most of those are also alcohol related.
Drunk driving can lead to both criminal charges and a civil lawsuit. In addition, the business that sold alcohol to the drunk driver may be held liable if it served the driver when he or she was visibly intoxicated. Dram shop laws that hold bars or restaurants accountable for overserving do not, however, not take any responsibility away from the driver who drove his or her car while intoxicated.
If you have been in a car accident involving alcohol or drug use by the other driver, come in and let us explain your legal rights in these circumstances.
Car Accident Injuries & Compensation
At Haskins James, we help drivers and passengers injured in car accidents recover damages from the at-fault party or parties. Damages, also referred to as financial compensation, may include money that is paid to a victim to compensate him or her for physical injuries, such as broken bones, spinal injuries, and head injuries, and for physical pain and mental and emotional suffering, which is often referred to as pain and suffering. Damages may also be sought to pay for the victim’s medical bills that arose as a result of the car accident, in addition to reasonable future medical bills. If the victim requires rehabilitative services or accommodations, such as physical therapy or a ramp leading to the home, these costs may be recovered. The car accident victim also may recover lost past and future wages. Compensation for damage to personal property may also be recoverable.
If you have been injured in a car or any other type of motor vehicle accident, it is best to keep a daily dialog documenting how the injury is affecting you, both emotionally and physically. This can be of great assistance when it comes time to show the effects of the accident.
Contact Our Midvale Car Accident Lawyers
Recent reports indicate that approximately 6 million traffic accidents with more than 30,000 fatalities take place annually throughout the U.S. One of these days, you or one of your family members might be involved in a tragic car accident, requiring representation by skilled and experienced attorneys.
Millions of car accident victims don’t know how to file a lawsuit and barely know their most important legal rights. This is one of the main reasons why they need to count on a competent attorney who will act in their best interest. If you are currently in this position, start by contacting a trustworthy Midvale car accident lawyer to discuss the particularities of your case and to get an objective point of view from a real expert. Find out everything there is to know about your legal rights and your real options.
We offer free consultations around the clock, so profit from this amazing opportunity to obtain much-needed information, allowing you to evaluate your own case in a realistic manner.
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