West Jordan Car Accident Lawyer
If you or someone you care about has been injured in a car accident caused by someone else’s negligence or recklessness, a West Jordan car accident lawyer from Handy & Handy can assist you with obtaining compensation. A car accident can happen at any time and lead to devastating injuries and fatalities. While money will not relieve your pain and suffering, recovering compensation through settlement or verdict at trial can ease your financial worries and cover your medical bills and lost wages if you are unable to work.
The West Jordan car accident lawyers at Handy & Handy can assist you with building your car accident claim, and guide you through the Utah personal injury claim process from start to finish. We have an in-depth understanding of the laws governing car accidents in Utah and how insurance companies handle car accident claims.
Call us today at (801) 264-6677 for a free case evaluation.
How The West Jordan Car Accident Lawyers at Handy & Handy Can Help
We will handle all aspects of your car accident claim, so you can focus on treating and recovering from your injuries. We will evaluate your case thoroughly and choose a strategy to resolve your claim with the best possible outcome for you and your family.
The at-fault driver’s auto insurance carrier will attempt to settle your claim for as little as possible. If the insurance carrier is not willing to offer you a fair amount to settle your claim, it may be necessary to file a personal injury or wrongful death lawsuit to recover the compensation you deserve.
Our lead attorneys have valuable experience handling complex personal injury cases, gained from working for one of Utah’s largest personal injury firms. This enables us to bring the in-depth experience of a large law firm, but with the care and attention of a small firm.
The West Jordan car accident lawyers at Handy & Handy have the skill, experience, and tenacity to go up against large insurance companies and win. Contact us to request a free case evaluation, and to discuss the best course of action to take in your case. Call us today at (801) 264-6677.
Why Hire a Car Accident Lawyer in West Jordan?
The laws governing car accidents in Utah are complex, and strict deadlines and procedures apply to filing a personal injury lawsuit. Any mistakes made during the process can seriously jeopardize your claim. Working with an experienced West Jordan car accident lawyer can help ensure that things are done properly and on time.
Utah is a no-fault state with regard to car accident damages. This means that you must first file a claim against your own Personal Injury Protection (PIP) car insurance coverage to cover your injuries. Then, if your medical bills exceed $3,000, or you have suffered a qualifying, serious injury, you have the following options:
- Filing a claim against the at-fault driver’s auto insurance
- Filing a claim against your own uninsured/underinsured auto insurance policy, if the at-fault driver has no insurance or not enough to cover your remaining damages
- Filing a personal injury lawsuit against the at-fault driver
The more serious your injuries and the greater your property damage, the more your case is worth. But also, the more fervently the liable insurance companies will fight to limit or deny your claim.
Modified Comparative Negligence in Utah
Utah follows the concept of Modified Comparative Negligence with regard to car accidents. As such, you can be partially at fault for an accident and still recover compensation for your damages. However, your recovery will be reduced by your own percentage of fault. Moreover, if your percentage of fault is 50% or greater, you will be barred from recovering any compensation.
For example, if a jury awards you $40,000 for your injuries and pain and suffering, but also finds you 20% at fault, you will only be able to recover $32,000 of the $40,000 you were awarded. Moreover, had the jury found you 50% at fault, you would have been unable to recover any of the $40,000 awarded to you.
Insurance companies are well aware of modified comparative negligence in Utah, and will therefore do everything they can to place as much blame for the accident on you as possible. Insurance companies are also notorious for making smaller settlement offers to car accident victims who are not represented by an attorney. For these reasons and more, it is important to have an aggressive personal injury attorney representing you in your car accident claim.
Our West Jordan car accident attorneys will:
- Ensure that fault is allocated properly in your case and you are treated fairly by the liable insurance companies
- Help you pursue a lawsuit against the at-fault driver and their auto insurance carrier if necessary, and
- Help recover the maximum amount possible for your claim.
Compensation a West Jordan Car Accident Lawyer Can Help You Recover
If you suffered injuries in a car accident in West Jordan that was caused by someone else’s negligence or recklessness, you may be entitled to recover compensatory damages to cover all of your losses, both economic and non-economic.
Economic losses are those that can be easily quantified and expressed in dollars. This includes expenses, such as:
- Medical, therapy, and rehabilitation costs;
- Lost wages and income, and loss of future earning capacity; and
- Property damage, such as the cost to repair or replace your vehicle
Non-economic losses are those that cannot easily be quantified and expressed in dollars, including, but not limited to:
- Pain and suffering (physical and emotional);
- Loss of enjoyment of life;
- Scarring and disfigurement; and
- Wrongful death
Punitive Damages: A court may also award you punitive damages in cases where the defendant’s conduct was particularly blatant or egregious. These damages are meant to punish the defendant, and to deter others from the same or similar conduct in the future.
Consult With a West Jordan Car Accident Attorney From Handy & Handy
If you or a loved one was injured in a West Jordan car accident, let the West Jordan car accident attorneys at Handy & Handy ease your worries. We will take care of all the legal work, communicate and negotiate with the liable insurance companies on your behalf, and walk you step-by-step through the process.
Call Handy & Handy today at (801) 264-6677, so we can protect your rights and get you the compensation you deserve. We have more than 35 years of combined experience providing personal service and tenacious representation in all personal injury matters in Utah. Let us use our experience and expertise to help you.