According to one report on the State of Utah, there is a car accident every 10 minutes, a car accident injury every 23 minutes, and a car accident-related fatality every 36 hours. These sobering statistics highlight how dangerous driving on Utah’s roadways can be. Salt Lake City itself has suffered many fatalities on highways including 600 West, 3900 South, and I-15.
If you or someone you love has been involved in a car accident, you may have questions about what you should do next. We understand that the days and weeks after a car accident can be stressful. The car accident attorneys at Fielding Law will stand by your side during the legal process following your accident and help you regain control of your life. Contact our office in Salt Lake City today to set up a free initial consultation, or fill out the online evaluation form.
You may wonder if it’s really necessary to call a lawyer after being involved in a car crash. While it’s true that you don’t have any legal obligation to hire an attorney after an accident, there are many benefits to having representation on your side.
Consider some of the following ways a lawyer can help after your car accident:
Car accidents can occur anywhere, at any time, and in a variety of different situations. The following are just some of the many different types of car accidents the personal injury lawyers at Fielding Law have experience in handling:
Hundreds of car accidents happen every day in the United States for a variety of reasons. While most of these are minor, there are still thousands of people that die in car crashes each year. Listed below are some of the most common causes of car crashes, along with tips to prevent them.
Distracted driving: This is the number 1 cause of accidents each year. Distracted driving includes anything that diverts your attention from the roadway. It includes such activities as texting, programming your GPS, adjusting your stereo, eating, or applying makeup while driving. While behind the wheel, your complete focus should be on driving safely and paying attention to potential hazards.
Speeding: Everyone has probably been guilty of speeding at some point, but this doesn’t mean that it’s okay or safe to do so. Driving over the posted speed limit, or too fast for road conditions is one of the leading causes of accidents. Fatalities can be reduced when more people abide by the speed limit.
Drunk driving: Sadly, while most people are aware that drinking and driving is dangerous, it doesn’t always stop them from doing so. Drunk driving is the cause of severe accidents that could’ve been avoided. Alcohol impairs a driver’s judgment, reaction time, and reasoning abilities. If you’re going to drink, make sure you have a designated driver.
Reckless driving. These types of drivers tailgate, weave in and out of traffic, drive well over the speed limit, and drive in an aggressive manner. They put themselves and others at risk. If you spot a driver like this on the roadway, it’s best to increase your space cushion and avoid them if possible.
Inclement weather conditions. Driving in rain, fog, sleet, and snow can be hazardous. Certain weather conditions reduce visibility and make the road surface slick. Slick roads can reduce traction and cause drivers to lose control of their vehicles. Reduce your speed when driving in inclement weather, and pull over until weather conditions improve if necessary.
Defective parts/ design defects. At times, a driver isn’t to blame for an accident. It may be a problem with the vehicle itself. Watch for recalls on vehicle parts, and make sure to take your car in for regular maintenance.
Car accidents affect people in a variety of ways. Some injuries are far more severe than others. Some of our clients’ injuries heal in a few days or weeks, while others sustain devastating injuries that alter their lives forever.
The following are some common injuries that we have helped our clients obtain compensation for:
It’s important to seek medical attention after your accident even if you feel fine. After an accident, heightened emotions and adrenaline could mask your symptoms. You could unknowingly have whiplash, internal bleeding, or other serious injuries. It’s always best to err on the side of caution.
The attorneys at Fielding Law in Salt Lake City are dedicated to helping our clients obtain maximum compensation for their injuries. We will aggressively seek damages for:
If you or a loved one has been injured in a car accident, you need an experienced attorney on your side. Insurance companies may try to get to you to take a quick settlement offer that is much less than what you deserve, but you shouldn’t be forced into this when you could receive a larger sum.
Let us negotiate with the insurance company on your behalf. We will use our resources, knowledge, and expertise to get you the justice and compensation you deserve. Our firm works on a contingency fee basis, which means we don’t get paid until you receive compensation.
As your lawyers, we will sit down with you to help you explore your legal options. We truly care about our clients and recognize that each case is unique. That’s why we will patiently listen to you before making our recommendations on how to build your case.
Fielding Law car accident lawyers have an office conveniently located right here in Salt Lake City. Call today to schedule a free consultation or fill out the online evaluation form.