Layton Car Accident Lawyer
For over 25 years, the attorneys at Feller & Wendt, LLC have helped car accident victims in Utah get the compensation they deserve. Every Layton car accident lawyer at our firm aggressively pursues settlement negotiations but is also ready to take your case to trial, if necessary, to see justice done on your behalf. If a car accident left you injured, the attorneys at Feller & Wendt, LLC will fight to protect your rights.
What to Do After a Car Accident in Layton, UT
It is important you remain at the scene and get a police report of your accident. You should seek medical attention even for seemingly minor injuries to ensure they are not worse than you suspect and to document them.
You will need to exchange information with the other driver, including getting his or her name, address, phone number, and their insurance policy information, including the insurance company and policy number. However, keep conversation with the other driver to a minimum and avoid speculating on fault at this time.
If possible, take photos of the accident scene including pictures of all cars involved, your injuries, and anything that might have contributed to the accident. Get the contact information of any witnesses to the accident, as well.
Causes of Utah Car Accidents
Car accidents occur so frequently we often take them for granted as being just an unfortunate part of life. According to the Utah Department of Public Safety, in 2017, Utah roads saw 273 fatalities, with 11 of those occurring here in Davis County. However, in almost every case, the negligence of a driver who failed to take the proper safety precautions is the cause of the accident.
While the term car accident is commonly used, Feller & Wendt understands that accidents don’t just happen. They are caused when a driver makes a conscious decision to violate the safety rules that protect our entire community, which is why we refer to them as car crashes or collisions.
These collisions are, very often, caused by someone acting in a negligent manner or breaking the law. Motor vehicle collisions are preventable events that cause devastating injuries, the responsible parties should be held accountable.
Speed is the most common cause of accidents. Whether the driver was going faster than the posted speed limits or was simply driving too fast for the conditions, speed leads to accidents which result in serious injuries and even death.
Drunk driving is another common cause of accidents. Drivers who get behind the wheel while under the influence of drugs or alcohol are a danger to themselves and others. Drunk driving is not only illegal, it disregards the safety of everyone on the road.
Failure to yield is a broad classification for many accidents that occur on the road. This includes a driver changing lanes unsafely, drivers failing to stop at red lights or stop signs, and drivers respecting the rights of oncoming traffic before making a turn. When drivers do not take these basic safety precautions, drivers and passengers in the other cars involved pay the price for injuries and mental and emotional anguish.
Despite the efforts in recent years to make drivers aware of the dangers of distracted driving, and Utah state laws banning texting and driving, many drivers still engage in this careless and dangerous activity. Tragically, in 2017 crashes involving distracted driving killed 21 people. If you suffered injuries caused by any of the aforementioned negligent acts, a Layton car accident lawyer at Feller & Wendt, LLC can help you start the recovery process.
Compensation for Car Accident Injuries in Utah
Utah is a no-fault state, one of the few states to implement this policy. If you are involved in an accident, your own insurance’s personal injury protection (PIP) policy will cover your medical bills and any other expenses you have related to your injury. The law requires every driver to carry at least $3,000 PIP coverage.
In certain circumstances, however, the law allows you to seek compensation beyond the coverage provided by your insurance. If your medical bills are more than $3,000 or you suffer a permanent disability, impairment, disfigurement, or dismemberment, you may pursue compensation outside of your insurance.
In such cases, you may pursue compensation for medical bills, lost wages due to missed time from work, and compensation for mental and emotional anguish. For more information about recoverable damages in a car accident in Utah, speak with a Layton personal injury lawyer.
Contact the Layton Car Accident Attorneys Today
To schedule a free legal consultation, contact the attorneys at Feller & Wendt, LLC as soon as you’re able to after your accident. When you call, you will speak to one of our lawyers, not an associate or paralegal. We will listen to your story and explain your options. Should you decide to put us to work for you, you pay no fee up-front, and no fees unless you win. Call our office at (801) 499-5060 and let us help you get the compensation you need.
“When my wife got in car accident Feller and Wendt was the greatest to work with. We didn’t have to deal with any insurance company’s or doctor bills. I would highly recommend them. They are very professional. They answered any questions we had and returned calls in a timely manner. -Tim”