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Auto Accidents: Determining who is at fault?
In the case with nearly all personal injury claims, one question comes to the mind of every person involved in an injury accident: Who is at fault? The answer can make all the difference in whether compensation is made available. In Utah and elsewhere, the guilty party usually pays for damages, so naturally this question is of the utmost importance.
Depending on the case, any number of factors may determine fault. Whether it’s for wrongful death or any other type of claim, it’s always going to depend on the situation. The injured party—represented by an experienced personal injury attorney—should expect its retained lawyer to investigate all the facts, visit the scene of the accident, talk to witnesses, gather medical records etc.
Statistically, whether you consult the Utah Department of Public Safety or any one of America’s many insurance companies, you’ll always hear that summer is the most dangerous time to drive. Specifically the months of June, July and August have the highest mortality rate due to auto accidents. While this may seem contradictory to what most people would think, there are many valid reasons that explain this phenomenon.
Following a catastrophic personal injury, it is so important that your medical record tells the story of your injury accident. Your catastrophic injury medical record begins to be created the moment you first seek treatment following an accident. (If you have a preexisting condition that is exacerbated by the injury accident, then your medical record should encompass all treatment you received for this preexisting condition, as well.) One of the tasks of the injury victim is to build as thorough of a record as possible. The more complete the medical record, the greater the likelihood is that the victim will be able to recover compensation.
When a negligent driver injures a pedestrian or the occupant of a vehicle, he can often be held liable for injuries and damages. When the negligent driver is found guilty of hit and run, i.e. leaving the scene of the accident, he or she may be charged with a crime and be held responsible for punitive damages (which are “extra” damages to punish the driver for having left the scene)
If you have been injured by a drunk driver who left the scene, contact the Salt Lake City DUI hit and run lawyers at William Rawlings & Associates. Our Firm attorneys have extensive experience and have hundreds of vehicle accident cases, including cases involving drunk driving, wrongful death and hit and run. Contact the experienced legal staff of William Rawlings & Associates following a DUI hit and run accident. Call 801-553-0505 24/7.
We write most of our blogs assuming the reader has had an accident, is now injured and answer questions about why you need a Utah Car Accident Attorney. But what if you have never had a serious car accident. The thought may occur—what would it be like? Would the airbag help or hurt me? Would I be injured? It may have not been a deciding factor in your choice of car, but your car is designed to protect the passengers first even if it means the vehicle sustains more damage.
Have you recently been injured in a car accident in Utah? Unfortunately, far too many people find themselves in this situation and all too often it is because of preventable recklessness. Things can get even more complex when the other driver is lying about how the accident happened. The other driver might even lie at the scene of the accident!
When attorneys representing defendants in personal injury cases argue that plaintiffs have obtained too much treatment, they refuse to fully compensate the plaintiff for the costs of that medical treatment. Quite as often, defense attorneys also argue that a plaintiff’s lack of treatment shows that they were not really injured, and refuse to fully compensate the plaintiff for the pain and suffering that was endured. So what is a prospective plaintiff to do?