Area of Practice
As the most populated county in Utah, Salt Lake County is home to some of the most congested highways in the state, including the I-15, I-180, and a number of major state highways. Consequently, motor vehicle accidents are frequent and hundreds of people are affected every year.
If you or a loved one have been injured or killed on the road, an auto accident attorney at Flickinger Sutterfield & Boulton in Provo, UT, can help you secure the compensation you need to recover from your loss. Contact our practice today for a free initial consultation.
Auto Vehicle Accidents in Utah: Understanding the Basics
Utah is a “no-fault” state in which residents are required to purchase a special no-fault rider on their auto-insurance policies or PIPs (personal injury protection). As a result, their insurance covers them for all medical bills, wage loss, and other expenses resulting from a motor vehicle accident, regardless of who is at fault. Consequently, most motor vehicle accident cases are pursued when the compensation is not enough to cover all these expenses. This no-fault policy is not available for recreational vehicles, such as motorcycles or ATVs. In those cases, victims typically only receive compensation from personal injury lawsuits.
Types of Accidents
Our attorneys have experience with a wide range of different types of accidents. Among the most common are car, truck, and motorcycle accidents.
Due to the high number of cars on the road, these types of accidents happen frequently. While all Utah residents are required to have PIP insurance, the aftermath of a car accident is expensive, and coverage may not always be enough. In some situations, a driver’s insurance claim is even denied. Our attorneys can help you pursue damages from either a negligent or drunk driver, or your insurance company.
Because of the sheer size and weight of trucks, they are often much harder to control at high speeds. As a result, truck accidents have a much greater risk of life-changing and fatal injuries. While there are a number of potential causes, trucking companies are most often liable. Our lawyers have the experience to investigate and represent cases involving truck commercial vehicles, driver error or fatigue, and faulty maintenance.
It is essential that you discuss your situation with a legal professional before giving a statement or signing a settlement after an accident.
If you have been involved in an accident with a commercial vehicle, be sure to speak with an attorney as soon as possible. While the company’s insurance adjusters and investigators will try to settle the matter out of court, it is essential that you discuss your situation with a legal professional before giving a statement or signing a settlement with a company after an accident. In some cases, there may be also be a deadline for notifying a company or agency of your intent to file.
Motorcycle accidents often result in catastrophic, life-altering injuries for motorcyclists, particularly because the law in Utah does not require helmets. It is not unusual to see head, brain, back, or spinal injuries after such accidents, as well as broken bones and severe road rash. Because PIP is not available for recreational vehicles, legal claims are often the only source of compensation for motorcyclists injured in an accident.
In addition to car, truck, and motorcycle cases, our attorneys have represented a multitude of different auto accidents, including:
- Drunk driving (DUI)
- Bicycle hit-and-runs
- UTA bus accidents
- ATV rollovers
- Boating accidents
- RV/motorhome accidents
- Multiple vehicle accidents
- Motor vehicle and train collisions
It is important that you know your rights and get the right representation, especially when dealing with government vehicles, such as buses and trains.