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Can You Recover Damages Even if You Are Partially at Fault for a Utah Car Accident?

No two car accidents are the same. Sometimes the inciting incident is cut and dry: a reckless driver was speeding and didn’t hit the brakes soon enough. Other times the cause may not be so clear. Weather conditions can make it hard to steer or you may not check your blind spot in time to see an oncoming vehicle. Car accidents are not always the product of one driver’s negligence; occasionally more than one party is at fault. 

If you were in a Utah motor vehicle accident where you share at least some of the blame, it is possible to still receive damages for your injuries. The dedicated team at Feller & Wendt have helped car crash victims get the compensation they rightfully deserve for many years and would like to do the same for you. 

Determining Liability for a Car Accident in Utah 

Utah is a no fault state, meaning your own personal injury protection (PIP) insurance will cover your medical expenses and any other accident-related bills, regardless of liability. If you are in an accident where there is one negligent party, you will first have to exceed the maximum amount of PIP coverage required to move forward. In Utah, this is $3,000. Similarly, if you meet the state’s definition of “extreme” injuries, you can begin the process of filing a claim to pursue additional damages and compensation. Extreme injuries can include paralysis, permanent disfigurement, dismemberment, or permanent disability. 

Once you have met the qualifications, a personal injury lawyer can help you file a claim and begin determining liability. This is done through the gathering of evidence such as eye witness testimonies, traffic camera footage, medical reports, and police reports. 

What Are Possible Damages When You Are Partially Responsible for a Utah Car Accident? 

Even if you are partially responsible for the accident, you still may be eligible for compensation. Utah follows a comparative negligence law, which means you still receive damages if you do not exceed the 50% limit for plaintiff liability. If you are partially responsible and do not exceed the 50% liability limitation for the accident, you can proceed with receiving a portion of the damages. If you are at 50% or more, you exceed the defendant, which leaves you unable to recover any damages. 

For a car accident in which you meet the comparative negligence law requirements, you may be eligible to receive compensation for lost wages, medical bills, physical therapy, and more. A car accident lawyer will ensure you are filing on time and going after the most possible compensation available. 

Speak With a Prestigious Utah Car Accident Attorney Today

PIP insurance is put in place to help with navigating the aftermath of a car crash. Sometimes, even if you are partially at fault, it is not enough. Do not let your medical bills continue to stack up without calling a professional personal injury lawyer today. Feller & Wendt has dedicated years to helping people recover the damages they deserve and can do the same for you. 

Let us do the heavy lifting while you focus on recovering with friends and family. Even if you are partially liable, you still are owed compensation for your injuries. To speak with a knowledgeable and compassionate lawyer and begin the process today, please give us a call at (801) 499-5060 or fill out our contact form. We will happily explain your legal options and the best possible route to take for your case. All initial consultations are free, and we do not charge unless you win.

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