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Understanding your Rights
 

Each year, roughly a half million people are hospitalized due to vehicle crashes, and the wrecks cause more than $150 billion in medical and property-damage costs. If you were injured in an automobile, motorcycle, or truck accident that wasn't your fault, call Brett Pearce without further delay. The driver who caused the accident could be liable for compensation, or you may sue the vehicle maker if the vehicle was defective and that caused the accident.


Your legal rights

Laws that define your rights in a vehicle crash vary from state to state, but Utah law allows you to file legal claims against the responsible people. You will need to prove the responsible driver operated the vehicle irresponsibly. Proving fault can be difficult sometimes, which is why the law has established a guideline for awarding compensation to the injured drivers: comparative negligence. If several people caused the accident, Utah law protects the victim and you can hold the responsible party/parties accountable and demand compensation for your injuries. If you were partly at fault in the accident you may still be able to get some compensation if the other driver’s fault was greater than yours.

If you believe the accident was caused by a safety defect in your vehicle or the vehicle that hit you, you may be able to file a lawsuit against the vehicle manufacturer. For instance, SUV rollover accidents have been the subject of many lawsuits against auto manufacturers. Accidents also can be caused by faulty repairs or defective parts such as safety door locks.

You may win compensation for past and anticipated future physical pain, mental anguish or physical impairment, medical bills (both those you've already gotten and those you may get in the future), and loss of wages and wage-earning potential.


If you are injured

If you were injured in a vehicle crash, take these steps to preserve your rights:

  • Call the police to get a report filed documenting what happened.
  • Exchange insurance information with other drivers involved and get their driver's licenses and vehicle license numbers.
  • Talk to witnesses and get their contact information.
  • Notify your insurance company of the crash.
  • Photograph your vehicle, and obtain a property-damage estimate.
  • Keep records of the medical diagnosis of your injury and your medical bills.

Taking action

Your insurance company or the other driver's insurance company may offer you a settlement, but beware of early settlement offers, as the full extent of your injuries may not be known right away. Some companies will want to settle the case out of court by coming to an agreement with you regarding how much you should be paid to cover injury-related expenses. Consult with Brett Pearce to weigh whether a lawsuit or negotiated settlement might be the right course of action for you.

Utah Auto Accident Lawyer Brett Pearce

If you have been in an auto, motorcycle or truck accident, you may recover money from one or more insurance companies. You must act quickly after an accident occurs, because what you do can impact your potential damages. Brett Pearce is an experienced personal injury attorney well-versed in Utah law and he will make sure that you do not lose your legal rights to compensation.

Automobile accidents can lead to a tidal wave of insurance forms, reports, medical bills, etc.

Some injuries may not show themselves until sometime after a car accident. By not seeing a doctor, you risk delaying your treatment and further injury.

Important Things You Should Do When an Accident Has Occurred:

  • Insist that a report be filed with the police, sheriff or highway patrol
  • Obtain the name, address, insurance information, vehicle license number and driver's license number of everyone involved in the accident. Also get the names, addresses and telephone numbers of all witnesses
  • Photograph the accident scene, including all vehicles involved (before repairing) and any visible injuries (e.g., cuts, bruises)
  • Talk to no one about the accident or injuries except your doctor or lawyer, especially not an insurance adjuster
  • DO NOT SIGN anything without talking to a personal injury lawyer first. Truthful statements made in an attempt to be helpful can easily be misinterpreted and turned against you
  • Get medical attention immediately and tell your doctors exactly how the injury occurred. Describe all symptoms and complaints
  • Be sure to report memory problems, confusion or disorientation, however minor these things may seem at the time

Brett Pearce has over 22 years of experience in Utah law, the legal system and the way insurance companies work, he can help you navigate through this process. His first 13 years as a trial attorney were spent as an insurance defense lawyer. The experience gave Brett Pearce insights into the inner workings of the insurance industry that cannot be gained elsewhere. For the last 10 years, he has helped victims of auto accidents collect generous settlements. He will let you put his experience to the test by working for you on a contingent fee basis. In plain terms, this means that he only get paid when you get paid. He only wins if you win.

Call Brett Pearce right now about your personal injury case. If you prefer, you can email him using the contact form on this website.

 

  6 Things Accident Victims Need to Understand 

  1. Don't Wait - Too many claims are lost because injured people don't know their rights and the Statute of Limitations passes. In Utah, the statute of limitations for many injury cases is 4 years from the date of the accident. However, medical malpractice cases are 2 years, and some cases are only a year. It is important not to lose your rights, so call Brett Pearce Attorney at Law today. If you call after hours or on the weekend, your call will be forwarded directly to Brett’s cell phone and he will call you back when he is free to do so. All consultations are free with no strings attached. You can also chat with Brett any time about your case for free. Don't wait, call him now.
  1. Get Pictures - Make sure you document your injuries by taking photos at each stage of your recovery. In addition, make sure to get photos of damage to your car or photos of the place you were injured as soon after the injury as possible. Don't let your car be repaired or get a cast taken off until you have pictures of it. Having the photographic evidence of a dangerous tripping condition, a badly wrecked car, or how bad you looked after your accident can make all the difference in getting fair compensation for your injuries.
  1. Get Medical Treatment - If your injuries are severe enough to need medical treatment, make sure you get it and follow through with your doctor's recommendations. Insurance companies love to point out when injured people wait before getting treatment or don't go back to the doctor until much later. Gaps in your medical treatment can harm your case because the insurance company can argue that something else happened to cause your injuries and they aren't responsible.
  1. Get Witnesses - Get the names, phone numbers, and even email addresses of any witnesses to your accident. Not only are they necessary further down the road if your case goes to trial, but talking to witnesses shortly after the accident will help them have a better recollection of what happened. This is especially important if a police officer or EMT could be a witness. They see many accidents, and you want them to remember you and the circumstances of your accident.
  1. Get Bills & Wages Paid Now - Injury cases can take months or years to resolve, but you don't have to wait to get your bills paid from your car accident. In Utah, every car insurance policy is required to have Personal Injury Protection (PIP) coverage. Your own insurance pays for your medical bills and some of your lost wages immediately (usually $3,000). PIP usually pays immediately, hassle-free, so you don't have to have collectors hounding you until your case is resolved. If you have bills from your car accident, let us help you get them taken care of right now.
  1. Be Reasonable - You may have heard attorneys claiming they can get you big money for your injury, and they may be right. But as the old saying goes "if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is." The same goes for injury cases. If you were in a car accident, and you weren't badly injured, you won't be getting a six-figure settlement. By the same token, if a car accident was your fault, or if you tripped and fell over your own feet, you probably don't have a good case. But if you've been injured in the last 4 years and it’s someone else's fault, we can probably help you. In the last 10 years, Brett Pearce has helped many injured victims recover generous settlements. He won't promise you a big check if you don't have a good case, but he will promise to do his best to get you fairly compensated for your injuries, pain, and suffering, and make sure your future expenses are taken care of.
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