In 2021, there were 5,732 injuries from single-vehicle accidents in Utah. A driver is responsible for operating with care when getting behind the wheel. However, many drivers allow distractions inside or outside their vehicle to take their attention away from the road. All it takes is a split-second mistake for disaster to strike.
There are also situations where a driver is being careful but an accident occurs due to another party’s negligence. If you are hurt in a Utah car accident because someone else endangered you, it’s time to consult with a Taylorsville, UT, attorney about the event. At Fielding Law, we know that not every single-car crash is the driver’s fault. We find the answers and hold negligent parties responsible for the harm they cause.
A single-vehicle accident is as it sounds, an accident involving only one motor vehicle. Most of these crashes are caused by driver error. As with two-vehicle impacts, negligent actions are key contributors to why people wind up with wrecked vehicles and serious injuries. These are common causes of accidents with only one vehicle involved:
If you are liable for an accident, check your insurance policy for exclusions and exceptions regarding coverages.
Drivers and passengers get hurt when others make mistakes that affect safety on roadways. In addition to the driver, these are parties that may have a part in causing a single-vehicle accident:
It is essential to work with an attorney when there are liability issues. Utah law allows you to seek damages related to intangible losses (under specified conditions) caused by another party.
If you are a passenger injured by an at-fault driver in a single-vehicle accident, you are eligible to seek damages from the driver’s insurance policy. Unfortunately, you may be out of luck if the driver is uninsured. If a party other than the driver was responsible for your injuries, you could seek compensation for your losses through the at-fault party’s insurance.
If your damages exceed what an insurance policy covers, you should talk with an attorney about filing a personal injury lawsuit. You may have a cause of action to pursue non-economic damages. Often, intangible losses, such as pain and suffering, emotional and mental anguish, and diminished quality of life, are ongoing issues.
All Utah residents are required to have car insurance protection. The state follows the “no-fault” insurance system, meaning drivers file claims with their insurance companies after accidents. Personal injury protection pays for medical expenses, lost wages, and other out-of-pocket losses for anyone covered by the policy. Utah law requires no-fault PIP coverage of at least $3,000. No-fault claims do not cover pain and suffering or any non-monetary damages resulting from an accident.
Filing a third-party claim with an at-fault party’s insurance company requires that certain thresholds necessary to seek damages are met. Pain and suffering are covered under a larger group of “non-economic” damages. Compensation for non-economic damages is intended to make a person “whole” for losses suffered from injuries caused by another party. These factors are considered when determining the amount of damages to award a plaintiff:
Before filing a lawsuit, you must prove another party is liable for your injuries. You must also exceed the limits of your PIP insurance coverage and recover from your policy, except in cases of:
An attorney presents evidence to support the recovery of non-economic damages when negotiating with insurance companies and other legal teams.
If you are a Taylorsville, UT, driver injured because of negligence, you may have a case for damages. There are several reasons drivers may be hurt in single-vehicle crashes by the actions or inactions of others:
While single-vehicle accidents are caused by other parties, finding proof is challenging. An attorney knows where to begin looking and how to expose hidden details that can prove your case.
If you get hurt in a Taylorsville, UT, car accident, you must establish another party’s fault for your injury to proceed with a personal injury lawsuit. The law looks for four essential elements to be present:
You need to clearly show that another party did not act with the reasonable care that is expected under the circumstances, and furthermore, that it was the party’s failure to exercise reasonable care that was the cause of your injury. You do not have legal standing without proof that these four elements exist. Fielding Law has experience building rock-solid negligence cases for our clients.
In the case of a single-vehicle accident caused by another party, you need an accident attorney to establish who is liable for your injuries. When you have a case, these are other essential matters your lawyer handles:
Fault assignments are often tricky in single-vehicle accidents when other parties are involved. You need an attorney to protect your rights throughout the legal process.
At Fielding Law, our clients are the number-one focus of our practice. Car accidents change lives in ways that seem incalculable. It is our job to see that you are made “whole” as defined by the law when you are injured due to negligence. We look at the whole picture of your current and future losses to decide on fair compensatory damages.
We don’t want to make an already difficult time even harder on you, so we offer you a free case evaluation. Additionally, we work on a contingency fee basis, so you don’t pay fees unless you win. Get the help you need today. We have 24/7 availability.