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Were you in a collision with someone with minimum insurance?

Getting into an accident is a terrifying experience. One moment you're headed somewhere, and the next, you're hurt, and your vehicle is damaged. While you may drive thousands of times with no issue, every time you drive you risk an accident. When one finally does happen to you, you probably assume right away that your motor vehicle insurance will take care of you. After all, you've probably had a policy and paid a premium without any major claims for years. Money is probably the last thing you're worried about in the immediate aftermath of an accident, but it could still become a serious issue.

Utah requires no-fault insurance policies for all drivers. That means that if a driver is complying with the law, the vehicle has a policy with at least some coverage for both property damage and personal liability for injuries to others. The fact that both of you have insurance is a good thing. Getting into an accident with someone who doesn't have insurance can cause some serious issues for you financially. Just because the other party was insured, however, doesn't mean that the coverage will be enough to adequately compensate you after a serious accident.

Texting and Driving "Textalyzer": Does it keep you safe or violate your right to privacy?

There is no national ban on texting and driving, however, many states including Utah have created laws banning texting and driving. Even though a recent poll suggests that 90% of American drivers agree that texting and driving is unsafe, The Federal Communications Commission reports that:

Bicycle Safety Tips

Now that the weather is warming up, people are dusting off their helmets and pulling out their bicycles for transportation as well as recreation. And just like drivers have to adjust to the first snow covered road, seasonal cyclists need a refresher of the rules of the road. In many states, including Utah, bicycles are considered vehicles and cyclists must follow all of the same traffic rules and regulations as motor vehicles. Read here for Utah state bicycle laws.

Injuries from motor vehicle crashes can affect you for years

Every day, millions of Americans get behind the wheel of a car. People in Utah are no exception to that rule. Across the state every day, there are roughly 164 motor vehicle accidents.

In most cases, these accidents result in minor injuries or property damage. However, roughly 2.4 percent of these accidents result in incapacitating injuries or deaths. That means that several people in Utah have their lives forever changed by a motor vehicle accident every day.

Calling an attorney may not be the first thing you think of after a serious motor vehicle crash, but it's an important step to take. When you suffer serious injuries in a crash caused by someone else's negligence, distraction or intoxication, taking steps to legally protect yourself and your financial future is wise.

An attorney can do a lot more than just file a civil lawsuit, though that may prove to be necessary. Your attorney can help you document your injuries, negotiate with insurance companies and review any settlement offers to help ensure that you are receiving fair treatment and compensation.

Road Trip Safety Tips

Spring break and warmer weather means road trip season has begun. There is nothing like loading up the car with your gear and your favorite people and hitting the open road in search of adventure. But we all have that story of the time we were stranded by the side of the road because the tire blew out and we didn't have a spare, or the three extra hours tacked onto the length of the trip from driving in circles in the desert after our phone battery died and we lost our GPS. Those stories make for amusing anecdotes at a dinner party, but aren't too funny in the moment.

4 ways to spot a distracted driver

Imagine driving to work and traffic slowly comes to a stop. You apply the brake and come to a halt, dreading the long wait until traffic starts to move again. Unfortunately, the driver behind you was too busy texting his boss that he was going to be late and failed to notice that the cars in front of him were not moving. Now, you have a nasty case of whiplash and a car that vaguely resembles an accordion.

You cannot help but wonder if there was some way you could have avoided the accident. In this case, it is really too late to worry about what you could have done. Instead, the tips below might help you avoid another collision with a distracted driver. After a car accident with a negligent driver, you should speak with an experienced personal injury attorney in the Salt Lake City area to find out if you can file a claim for compensation.

4 emotional issues you could experience after a car accident

You're heading home from a long day at the office, driving in rush hour traffic, when someone tries to run a red light - everyone's in a hurry at 5:30 - and hits your car. Your physical injuries are significant, but they'll heal.

While you may deserve compensation for your medical bills, pain and suffering, lost wages, and other damages, it's important to note that the issues you'll face after the car accident could go far beyond just the physical injuries. Medical experts note that you could deal with any of these psychological and emotional issues in the aftermath of a car accident:

Slope Safety for Skiers and Snowboarders

Skiing and snowboarding are some of Utah's most cherished recreational activities. But they can also be dangerous. Skiing and snowboarding accidents happen all the time, it's just a part of the game. Sometimes, those accidents can cause injuries that are not your fault. In these cases, you may be entitled to some compensation. Handy & Handy Law, in Salt Lake City, knows just how to help you.

Never just "walk away" after being hit by a car while cycling

Every morning before work, you wake up to log some miles on your road bike. You have been training for the last few months for the annual century ride in the spring. Usually, traffic is not very heavy, so you have become a little too complacent about the risk of cycling every morning.

Why should you be worried? You wear all the proper gear, including a top-of-the-line helmet and reflective gear, and your bicycle is lit up like a Christmas tree. In addition, you always ride in the bike lane. Unfortunately, taking every available precaution will not keep you safe from every driver. At some point, there could be that one driver who did not see you in the blind spot, or the motorist who was too busy checking his email on his phone to pay attention.

Accidents & Self Driving Cars

Imagine that you're on a cross country road trip in your brand new self-driving car. It's hour six with only two hours to go. You've been enjoying the scenery, maybe a book and pleasant conversation with your fellow passengers. Suddenly, a large deer crosses your path and the vehicle's brakes lock. Will you be able to react fast enough?

Self-driving cars may sound like something straight out of Blade Runner, but these automated vehicles have been road legal since 2011. Google, Tesla and even mainstream manufacturers like BMW and Toyota are preparing self-driving cars for the road. Currently, eight states and the District of Columbia have addressed laws and concerns specific to driverless cars. While there aren't many on the road yet, 2016 saw the first incident of a fatal accident in a self-driving vehicle. Considering the 1.25 million people who die each year from collisions, one fatal accident in five years is not a bad track record. However, there are deeper implications to this technology.

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