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.
Car crash injuries can cause lasting damage
Even if you drive carefully and take steps to minimize your risk, you can be severely hurt in a motor vehicle. Common injuries that can change a life include broken limbs, damage to the spine or back, penetrating trauma and head injuries. If your injuries require hospitalization, you'll be facing not only steep medical bills but also lost wages.
In some cases, your injuries may prevent you from ever returning to your former line of work. Another driver taking a moment to send a text message while on the road could cause damage that will affect you and your entire family.
It can take weeks or months to physically recover from an accident. In cases with spinal or brain damage, you may never fully recover. Your mobility and even your personality can change in an instant. Worse still, you may experience emotional and mental fallout from the crash as well.
It isn't uncommon for those in severe accidents to develop post traumatic stress. You may also develop an aversion to getting into a motor vehicle or survivor's guilt if someone you love was killed in the accident. Years of therapy, which can be expensive, may be needed in these cases.
An attorney can look out for you after a crash
It can be hard to deal with doctors, insurance companies and your recovery after an accident. Your attorney can help you focus on your recovery by handling the negotiations and conversations with insurers. You don't have to handle this all on your own. Speak with an experienced Utah personal injury attorney as soon as possible after a serious motor vehicle accident.