I Was In A Car Accident Now What?

I Was In A Car Accident Now What

Even with amazing advances in automotive safety, the number of car accidents is rising, with more than 2.3 million crash injuries reported annually throughout the U.S. American roadways are busier than ever, and not just in big cities. With so many cars on the road, it’s no surprise the average driver can expect to be in three or four accidents during their lifetime. Utah has its share of car accidents with over 62,000 car crashes that injured more than 26,000 people in one year. Yet, when an accident happens, it always seems to come out of the blue. One minute you’re safely driving along, and the next minute you’re on the roadside, stunned by a sudden collision. Recovering from injuries and losses after a car accident can be difficult and expensive. Your financial recovery will hinge on the success of your auto insurance claim. You can’t always avoid being hit by a negligent driver, but you can build a strong insurance claim if you know what to say and do, and what pitfalls to avoid after a car accident.
What you need to know if you’ve been in a Utah Car Accident
Here are some steps toward building a strong auto insurance claim.

Stop, Check for Injuries, Call 911

Immediately stop as close to the accident site as you safely can. Check to see if anyone is injured, then call 911.
Tell the 911 dispatcher:

Location: Emergency responders can get there faster if they know where to find you, so tell the dispatcher the road you’re on, which direction you were heading, the nearest intersecting street names or mile markers, GPS coordinates, or any landmarks that will help describe your location.
Injuries: Tell the dispatcher if anyone is injured or asking for medical help.

Hazards: Accidents scenes can be dangerous, with commotion around the wrecked cars and closely passing traffic. Tell the dispatcher if anyone is trapped, if there are overturned vehicles, or if there are hazards in the area like leaking fuel or downed power lines.

Drivers are legally required to immediately notify police in the event of an accident involving injuries, death or property damage. Drivers in Utah are also obligated to provide “reasonable assistance” to the injured after an accident. Reasonable assistance means helping the injured as best you can, and arranging for them to be transported for medical treatment. This obligation is typically fulfilled by calling 911 to ask for police and rescue services. Finally, drivers are required to provide their name, address, car registration and proof of insurance information to all other persons involved in the crash, unless that information has already been given to the investigating police officer. Your injuries from a car accident may be painfully obvious, like broken bones or bad burns. But injuries from car accidents aren’t always easy to see, even potentially life-threatening injuries like head trauma or internal bleeding. Shock and distress can mask your symptoms. Some injury symptoms may not fully develop until hours or even days after the crash. Never refuse medical treatment at the scene. Tell emergency responders about any symptoms you’re experiencing, no matter how mild. If paramedics want to transport you to the hospital, let them take you. If you’re not taken directly to the hospital from the accident scene, make sure you’re seen by a medical provider as soon as possible after the accident. If your primary provider isn’t available, go to the nearest urgent care center or hospital emergency department. Refusing or delaying medical treatment after an accident can seriously undermine your insurance claim when the insurance company argues that your injuries were not caused by the collision.

What if I hit a parked car or other property?

If you’ve hit a parked car or other property, like a street sign or utility pole, you must stop immediately. Try to locate the person in charge of the property and provide your name, address and the registration number of the car you were driving. If you can’t find the property owner, leave a note with your name, address, and the car’s registration number.

Police Accident Investigations

Police are usually dispatched to auto accidents where there are injuries, fatalities, traffic is blocked, or there are reported hazards. In busy jurisdictions, an officer may not be available to respond to non-injury accidents like fender-benders. Police officers are highly trained in accident management and investigation. The investigating officer is authorized to:
• Secure the accident scene
• Coordinate care and transport of the injured
• Gather evidence and determine fault
• Conduct sobriety tests
• Issue citations
You can try telling the police your side of the story, but the officer on the scene doesn’t have to stop and listen. Police have a job to do. If the officer tells you to wait or gives you any other instructions, you should cooperate. If the officer determines you’ve violated Utah traffic laws, you may be cited. While you can try to talk the officer out of giving you a ticket, once it’s issued you should accept the citation. Accepting a traffic citation is not an admission of guilt. Dispute the ticket in traffic court, not at the accident scene. The easiest way to obtain a copy of the report for your accident is to visit the Utah Department of Public Safety Accident Report Database.

Start Gathering Evidence

Accident scenes change quickly. When cars are towed, and the drivers and witnesses leave, they may be taking valuable evidence with them. Use the short window of time right after an accident to begin collecting critical evidence, before it’s gone. The evidence you collect from the accident scene will strengthen your insurance claim, especially when the accident was caused by a negligent driver. You’ll need proof the other driver did something wrong or failed to act responsibly.

Start by collecting key information from the other driver:
• Name and address
• Vehicle registration information
• Driver’s license information
• Insurance information
Passengers: Ask for passengers’ names, addresses, birth dates, telephone numbers, work numbers, and any other contact information. Occupants of the other vehicle are not required to talk to you, but you can make detailed notes for yourself about how many passengers were in the other car, approximate ages, what they looked like, how they were behaving, and what you heard them say.

Vehicles: Look for the make, model, year, license plate number, expiration date, and vehicle identification number (VIN) for each vehicle in the accident. The VIN can normally be found on the left corner of the dashboard near the windshield, or inside the door jamb of the driver’s side door. Don’t enter another vehicle without permission. The VIN may also be found on the driver’s insurance card.

Diagrams: Create a drawing of the accident scene showing the position of the cars before and after the crash, and the direction they were heading. Show road conditions, like ice or construction areas. Add notes about the weather, traffic, blinding sunlight, and anything else that contributed to the accident. Using your phone, tablet or any other device to take pictures and videos at the scene can greatly help your claim. Walk around the scene, taking as many pictures and videos as you can from different angles. Photographs and video footage can reveal important details of the vehicles and crash site. Sometimes, pictures or sound-enabled videos can capture how the drivers and passengers were behaving, admissions of fault, signs of drug or alcohol intoxication, and other important factors that will have a tremendous bearing on your insurance claim. Photographs and videos can be compelling evidence, making it harder for those involved to change their story after the accident.

Witnesses are not legally required to talk to you, but you can try to speak with any potential witness long enough to find out if they saw anything helpful to your claim. If you have a cooperative witness, get their name and contact information, and ask if they’ll write down what they saw. Have the witness sign and date any written statement. Be ready for the unexpected with our free Car Accident Information Form. Keep a copy with a pen in your car, in the same place you stash your insurance and registration cards. You’ll always be prepared to collect the evidence you’ll need for a successful insurance claim.

Notify Your Insurance Company

Your auto insurance policy is a legal contract between you and your insurance company. The insurance company should defend you when you’re in an accident, but you must do your part. Your obligations under the policy include telling your insurance company when an accident happens. Take a close look at your insurance policy. Almost every policy has a Notice of Occurrence and Cooperation clause. The clause means you agree to tell your insurance company when you’re in an accident, and you agree to cooperate with their accident investigation. The clause will have wording like this: “Insured (you) agrees to notify the insurer (your insurance company) of any accidents and thereafter comply with all information, assistance, and cooperation which the insurer reasonably requests, and agrees that in the event of a claim the insurer and the insured will do nothing that shall prejudice the insurer’s position…” You are obligated to notify your insurance company of every accident, even if the accident wasn’t your fault or no one seems to be hurt. Your insurance company can still protect you, even when the accident wasn’t your fault. For example, when the other driver doesn’t have insurance, or changes their story and decides to blame you for the crash. By promptly reporting the accident, you give your insurance company the best chance to protect your interests if someone from the other car decides to hire a lawyer or begins to complain of injuries hours or days after the collision. Failure to notify your insurance company is a breach of your contract that could lead the company to raise your premiums, decline to renew your policy, or even cancel your insurance policy.

There are plenty of mobile device applications that make starting a car accident claim faster and easier. Depending on the app, you can:
• Gather information from the other driver and passengers
• Collect car registration and insurance information
• Pinpoint the location of the crash
• Gather witness information
• Create diagrams of the accident scene
• Take photographs and videos
• Notify your insurance company

Submit Driver’s Accident Report

Drivers involved in a car accident in Utah may be required to complete and submit a written accident report form, in addition to the crash report documentation prepared by the investigating police officer. Drivers who are physically incapable of preparing a report will be excused from the reporting requirement during the period of incapacity. If the driver of the vehicle involved in the accident is incapacitated, and was not the owner of the vehicle, the owner is required to submit the accident report within 15 days of being made aware of the accident. You must report the accident if the accident resulted in injury, death, or property damage that appears to be more than $1,500 within ten (10) days. Forms are available from local law enforcement agencies or court offices.

Understanding No-Fault Insurance

Utah relies on a no-fault car insurance system. Under the no-fault system, each driver involved in a crash relies on their own car insurance to pay medical bills, out-of-pocket expenses, and lost wages resulting from a crash. No-fault insurance does not pay for pain and suffering. Auto insurance policies issued in Utah must provide personal injury coverage in accordance with the state’s no-fault laws, as well as liability coverage for bodily injury and property damage claims. Finally, the insurance company is obligated to provide uninsured motorist coverage and underinsured motorist coverage, unless the policyholder rejects those coverages in writing. Utah relies on a no-fault car insurance system. Under the no-fault system, each driver involved in a crash relies on their own car insurance to pay medical bills, out-of-pocket expenses, and lost wages resulting from a crash. No-fault insurance does not pay for pain and suffering.

Learn About Comparative Negligence

Drivers in Utah are subject to modified comparative negligence rules, meaning each driver will be held liable for damages sustained in the accident in proportion to each driver’s percentage of fault. In other words, when you’ve been in a Utah car accident, you can pursue the other driver for compensation for your damages, so long as the other driver was more to blame for the accident than you. If you are equally to blame, you won’t be able to recover any financial compensation from the other driver or the other driver’s insurance company. Under Utah’s comparative negligence laws your eligibility for compensation from the other driver or the other driver’s insurance company will depend upon your portion of blame for the accident. The insurance company will decide your share of blame for the accident before paying any claims. If the other driver’s insurance company thinks you are equally to blame for the crash, you won’t get a dime. Whether the insurance company decides you are eligible for partial compensation or none at all, if you don’t agree with their determination you will need an attorney to reach an appropriate settlement amount.

When You Need an Attorney

When you’ve been in a car accident, there are some injury claims you’ll be able to settle on your own. Other claims require the skill of an experienced injury attorney to persuade the insurance company to pay what your claim is worth. Before deciding to face the insurance company on your own, think about the type of injuries you’ve suffered, and what it will take to get the insurance company to pay. Experienced personal injury attorneys have the skill, knowledge and legal tactics to convince the insurance company to pay the amount you deserve for your injuries, pain and suffering.

How much will an attorney charge?

You won’t have to pay anything to find out how a personal injury attorney can help you. Most reputable attorneys offer accident victims a free initial consultation. Before your first meeting with an attorney, gather all your accident-related documents, including your medical records, police report, your notes, photos, and records of any communication you’ve had with the insurance company. After listening to your account of the crash and reviewing your documents, the attorney will discuss your claim’s value, how long it could take to settle, and if you’ll need to file a lawsuit. Personal injury attorneys are usually paid on a contingency fee basis, meaning that your attorney’s fees will be paid out of your insurance settlement or court award. Contingency fees can range from 25% up to around 40% of your gross settlement amount or court verdict. If your attorney can’t settle your claim or loses your case in court, you won’t owe any fees.

Utah is a no-fault insurance state. However, Utah car accident victims can file separate lawsuits in small claims court for their property damage and personal injury claims. While the rules in small claims court are more relaxed, and plaintiffs don’t generally need an attorney to handle a small claims case, the Utah Department of Insurance suggests you speak to an attorney before filing car accidents claims in small claims court.

Statute of Limitations

A statute of limitations is the legal deadline for an accident victim to either settle their insurance claim or file a lawsuit. If you miss the statute of limitations deadline, you lose your right to pursue your claim with the at-fault driver or the driver’s insurance company. The Utah statute of limitations for personal injuries and property damage from a car accident is three (3) years. The statute begins to run on the accident date.

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When you need legal help for your personal injuries and car accident in Utha, please call Ascent Law LLC for your free consultation (801) 676-5506. We want to help you.

Michael R. Anderson, JD

Ascent Law LLC
8833 S. Redwood Road, Suite C
West Jordan, Utah
84088 United States

Telephone: (801) 676-5506

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ATV Accident Lawyer Magna Utah

ATV Accident Lawyer Magna Utah

In 2017, Magna, UT had a population of 28.3k people with a median age of 29.9 and a median household income of $58,137. Between 2016 and 2017 the population of Magna, UT grew from 27,553 to 28,257, a 2.56% increase and its median household income grew from $55,545 to $58,137, a 4.67% increase. The population of Magna, UT is 63.6% White Alone, 31.4% Hispanic or Latino, and 2.58% Two or More Races. N/A% of the people in Magna, UT speak a non-English language, and 90.1% are U.S. citizens. The median property value in Magna, UT is $160,500, and the homeownership rate is 75.4%. Most people in Magna, UT commute by Drove Alone, and the average commute time is 22 minutes. The average car ownership in Magna, UT is 2 cars per household. The economy of Magna, UT employs 13.9k people. The largest industries in Magna, UT are Manufacturing (2,438 people), Retail Trade (1,477 people), and Health Care & Social Assistance (1,474 people), and the highest paying industries are Mining, Quarrying; Oil & Gas Extraction ($49,844), Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing; Hunting, &; Mining ($48,828), and Information ($48,750). Median household income in Magna, UT is $58,137. Males in Magna, UT have an average income that is 1.53 times higher than the average income of females, which is $41,859.

The income inequality in Magna, UT (measured using the Gini index) is 0.484, which is higher than the national average. Households in Magna, UT have a median annual income of $58,137, which is less than the median annual income of $60,336 across the entire United States. This is in comparison to a median income of $55,545 in 2016, which represents a 4.67% annual growth. 11.5% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Magna, UT (3.22k out of 28k people) live below the poverty line, a number that is lower than the national average of 13.4%. The largest demographic livings in poverty are Males 6 – 11, followed by Males 35 – 44 and then Females 25 – 34. The Census Bureau uses a set of money income thresholds that vary by family size and composition to determine who classifies as impoverished. If a family’s total income is less than the family’s threshold than that family and every individual in it is considered to be living in poverty. The most common jobs held by residents of Magna, UT, by number of employees, are Office & Administrative Support Occupations (3,148 people), Production Occupations (1,492 people), and Construction & Extraction Occupations (1,259 people). Magna is a mid-sized city located in the state of Utah. The city has a population of 27,553 people. Magna has a population density of 3,512 people per square mile. This would be considered well above the national population density level. If we look at the most recent Census, Magna is known to have a predominantly White population. The next two most common races are Asian and American Indian and Alaskan.

Additionally, more than a quarter of the populations of Magna are of Hispanic or Latino origin, and 20% of the population also speaks Spanish. The median age of all Magna residents is 30, which is well below the national average. This is a good indication that this city could be ideal for young singles. If you are looking for a family friendly city, Magna might be a good fit as 71% of the populations over 15 years old are married, and 44% have kids who are 18 years old or younger. To ensure a positive experience before relocating to any new city in Utah, you will probably want to make sure that you check all of the most important boxes. Using the livability score which includes data from categories like crime, weather, education, employment, housing, you can easily compare the best places to live in Magna and also determine if there are any nearby cities that might be a better match for your lifestyle. You can also compare Magna to Utah and the national average. With a livability score of 63/100, Magna is ranked #20,114 in the United States and #230 in Utah. If we probe a little deeper into each category within the livability score, we see that Magna has higher than average grades for the following: housing (B+). The bad news for Magna, there is some categories for which it does not rank well, this includes: crime (D-), education (F) and employment (D). Based on multiple factors including: median home and rental prices, appreciation rates and home affordability, Magna has received high marks in the housing category. Based on these calculations, the apartment rental and real estate market appears to be very healthy. Assuming that Magna meets all of your requirements, the next most important item to examine is the affordability of real estate in Magna.

Everything else becomes a lot less important if it turns out that home prices in Magna are simply unattainable. Median real estate prices in Magna come in at $150,600, which is 32.9% lower than the Utah average. The home price to income ratio compares the median home prices to the median household income. In Magna, the home price to income ratio is 2.7, which is 25% lower than the Utah average. Year over year appreciation rates for homes in the Magna area were 17.4% and the 5 year appreciation rates came in at 10.8%. Knowing the appreciation rates for any area is a quick and easy way to determine if you will see a solid return on your investment.

All-Terrain Vehicle (ATV) Safety

All-terrain vehicles (ATVs) are off-road vehicles often used for recreation. In most states, it’s legal for older kids and teens to ride them, even without a driver’s license. But with the thrills come major safety risks. ATVs can be unstable and hard to control, particularly at high speeds. Rollovers and collisions happen often, and some of these are fatal. Injuries from riding ATVs are common too and can mean an emergency-room visit. As a result, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) discourages kids and teens ages 16 or younger from driving or riding on ATVs. If you decide to let your child ride an ATV, make sure he or she follows safety precautions and understands how to safely operate the vehicle. While this helps to reduce the risk of injury or death, the only way to truly keep kids safe is to prevent them from riding ATVs.
ATVs are motorized vehicles that are meant to be used off-road or on dirt roads, not on paved roads or highways. They usually have four large balloon-style tires, with a seat in the middle that a rider straddles while steering by the handlebars. There are still some three-wheeler ATVs around, but manufacturers stopped making them in 1988 due to concerns about stability and safety. Weighing more than 600 pounds, ATVs have large, powerful engines that allow them to reach speeds of 65 mph or more. They have a high center of gravity and no roll bars, safety cages, or seatbelts, meaning they can tip easily, throw riders and passengers off, or even roll over on top of riders. This can cause serious injury or death, usually because of head injuries. Other common injuries include cuts, scrapes, broken collarbones, and broken arms and legs.

There are no federal regulations or age limits when it comes to riding ATVs. Instead, each state has its own guidelines and laws. Some states require ATV riders to be 16 years old and have a safety certificate. Other states allow kids as young as 10 to ride ATVs as long as they’re supervised by an adult with a valid driver’s license. The AAP does not recommend ATV use for children and teens 16 or younger. ATVs can be too large for smaller kids to handle safely, even if it’s legal for them to be riding them. Safely operating an ATV requires the driver to make quick decisions, such as speeding up, slowing down, or shifting his or her weight in response to changes in the environment. Kids under 16 are unlikely to be able to make these choices or have the skills to carry them out. If your child does ride an ATV, make sure you understand and follow the rules of your state. Visit the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) online for this information. This applies even if your child won’t be steering the ATV. Many states don’t allow passengers to ride unless the ATV is specifically designed to carry two people.

Safety Guidelines

Kids age 16 and younger should not ride an ATV.
Anyone who does ride an ATV should follow these tips before and during riding:
• Take a safety training course to learn how to operate an ATV safely, and only ride an ATV that’s right for your size and age. Visit the ATV Safety Institute’s website for information.
• Always wear an approved helmet and eye protection. In many states, helmets and eye protection are required by law, particularly for kids.
• Wear long pants, long sleeves, gloves, and over-the-ankle boots to help prevent scrapes and cuts.
• Only ride during daylight hours.
• Always ride at a safe speed on a designated ATV trail.
• Know basic first aid to treat minor injuries, and be able to get help in an emergency.
It’s important to never do the following while riding an ATV:
• Never ride on a three-wheel ATV.
• Never ride while drinking alcohol or using drugs.
• Never ride on paved surfaces or public roads (except to cross them).
• Never exceed the number of passengers recommended by the manufacturer.

• Never let kids and teens drive an ATV with a passenger.
ATV riding will always be risky and because they’re fun, many kids and teens will want to try them. There are no guarantees that kids won’t get hurt, even with precautions and protective laws in place. But by making sure that riders follow safety rules and know how to use ATVs safely, parents can do their best to help protect them from being injured.

ATV Theft Insurance

Homeowners are often surprised to learn that their homeowners’ insurance policy will not typically cover their ATV in the event it is stolen. With the chances of ATV theft growing and the cost of a new ATV reaching five figures, making sure your ATV investment is safe and secure is a major concern. Here are a few steps to reduce your risk.

• ATV theft insurance is usually required by the bank only if the ATV is fully financed, but you might want to consider it as an addition to your standard ATV insurance policy just to be safe.

• Keep photos, receipts and serial numbers for all repairs and purchases related to the ATV.

• Don’t park the ATVs where everyone can see them; instead, park the ATVs in a garage or shed and cover them.

• Check up on your ATV, even when it is stored away. “Out of sight, out of mind” is an old adage that emphasizes how easy it is to forget about your ATV during the off season or when it is not in use. It can be weeks before you even know it’s missing, which greatly reduces the chance of catching those responsible for the theft.

• Chain and Lock. Although there isn’t a perfect solution to ATV theft, making the process of stealing it more difficult can greatly reduce the risk of stolen property. Use a chain and/or lock, even when storing in the garage or shed. Although ATVs are expensive items, most thieves prefer easy targets.

ATV Insurance Cost

On average, your ATV insurance can cost anywhere from a few hundred dollars to over a thousand dollars per year. The cost for ATV insurance varies per owner depending on a number of factors, including:
• The state you live in
• Your driving history
• The make and model of your ATV
• What you use it for
• How much coverage you purchase

Magna Utah ATV Accident Attorney Free Consultation

When you need legal help with an ATV Accident in Magna Utah, please call Ascent Law LLC for your free consultation (801) 676-5506. We want to help you.

Michael R. Anderson, JD

Ascent Law LLC
8833 S. Redwood Road, Suite C
West Jordan, Utah
84088 United States

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ATV Accident Lawyer Midway Utah

ATV Accident Lawyer Midway Utah

Historically, the first Anglo-Americans to visit the area just east of Mount Timpanogos were members of a fur-trapping brigade led by Etienne Provost in 1824. For many years, the valley was referred to as Provo or upper Provo; the river running south through the valley still bears the name of that explorer but the town became known as Midway City. A wagon road completed through Provo Canyon in 1858 brought the first settlers to the area. In the spring of 1859, many more families began moving farther to the west along Snake Creek. Two small communities were established, called the Upper and Lower Settlements. One was later named Mound City because of the many nearby limestone formations. In 1866, Indian hostilities grew and territorial governor Brigham Young encouraged settlers to construct forts for protection. The two small settlements reached an agreement to build a fort halfway or midway between the two existing communities thus the beginning of our modern day town named Midway. It was in the 1860s and 1870s that a large number of Swiss families arrived with names such as Gertsch, Huber, Kohler, Probst, Zenger, Durtschi, and Abegglen, among others, some still are found in Midway today. Midway was incorporated June 1, 1891.

From the beginning, Midway’s industry was based on livestock and farming; however, as the town grew so did the need for building materials. In the early 1850s sawmills were built with three main operators: Henry T. Coleman, John Watkins, and Moroni Blood. In 1861, John H. Van Wagoner constructed the first commercial gristmill. Soon followed retail stores, one of which was the Bonner Mercantile Store. Later other retail stores were built by Henry T. Coleman and Simon Epperson. As the town grew so did the need for additional stores a confectionery and grocery store, blacksmiths, livery stables, boarding houses, and other businesses soon fulfilled the growing town’s booming economy. Nearby mines, particularly those in Park City, also began to play an important economic role in many Midway households, and did so into the late 1960s. Because of the many ninety-degree-pluses hot water springs or ‘hot pots’ in the Midway area, several resorts were developed including Schneitter’s Hot Pots (now the Homestead) and Luke’s Hot Pots (now the Mountain Spa); both were established in the 1880s. Important civic improvements were made in the 1930s and 1940s. A concrete sidewalk program began in 1938, and the Midway Recreation Center, usually referred to as the “Town Hall,” was dedicated in June 1941 which is now the center of many community events including the famous Swiss Days held each fall.

Midway Swiss Days brings thousands of people to its tiny town. it was originally called Harvest Days and was established in 1947 through the efforts of Luke’s Hot Pots Resort owners Joseph B. and Pauline S. Erwin and a number of local enthusiastic supporters. The club became known as the Midway Boosters and continues today to play a role in many city improvements and activities. Although agriculture is still a significant industry, recreation has fast become an important aspect of Heber Valley’s economy. Local recreation attractions include golf courses, Deer Creek Reservoir, Wasatch Mountain State Park nationally known Homestead Resort and the Olympic Venue Soldier Hollow. Soldier Hollow is home to world-class cross-country skiing, tubing and soon will add one of the State’s largest golf courses to its venue. As the world changes so does the community and as the world discovers Midway and its charm, we hope we have captured some of the past and preserved all of those future visitors and citizens of Midway to enjoy.

What You Need to Know and Do after an ATV Accident

In case you didn’t know, ATV stands for “All Terrain Vehicle” and there are many uses for them besides fun. People use them to plow farms, plow snow, and even to transport materials. And the accidents that come from ATVs are from these uses as well as recreational ones. In the United States, alone, ATVs are responsible for 100,000 injuries and 650 deaths every year but think about how many more people get on ATVs when they’re on vacation? Yet most of never even think to stop about the risks and injuries that happen from ATVs. The next time you find yourself with an ATV and you’re asked to sign some kind of contract before riding one, learn about what some of the most common ATV injuries are, how to legally protect yourself, and what to do if you ever find yourself in need of injury lawyers.

Before Going ATV Riding

In many states, you must register an ATV if you buy one and you must have insurance if you want to ride it out on the open road. In addition, some states also require special licenses for the driver and there are strict age restrictions on who can ride one. For instance, some states require children under a certain age (usually 16) to ride with supervision, which is probably a good idea because ATVs are responsible for about 77 children’s deaths per year, according to the Consumer Product Safety Commission. Of course, if you choose to not follow the law, no one will ever know but if you ever find yourself in an accident, you won’t have any legal protection and you can be charged for not following state regulations. Always check with your local DMV before buying or riding an ATV.

ATV Insurance

While some states require you to have ATV insurance before riding one, some don’t, which leaves many ATV users to think they probably won’t need one. But we’ll tell you this: most ATV users who get into accidents never thought they would need one too. Those who had it were glad they did and those who didn’t regret it. Depending on the type of ATV insurance you buy, it can cover a range of damages and risks. Some cover bodily injuries, some cover property damages, some cover collision damages, and some cover all. In a worst case scenario, you can end up in an accident where you hurt yourself or someone else severely and you would have to pay thousands of dollars for medical expenses and property damages. Even if you just have a medical ATV insurance, it would cover your entire medical expenses, otherwise, your health insurance will be your only safety net. At the end of the day, the choice to get ATV insurance or not is up to you but as with most auto insurances, some coverage is better than no coverage.

After ATV Accident

Right after an accident, you should seek medical help as soon as possible. Even if you feel fine, there can be internal or delayed injuries that you can’t see or feel until later on. Go and get yourself checked out in the hospital just to be safe.

Among those who reported being in ATV accidents, the most common injuries were:
• Arms and hand (29%)
• Head and neck (27%)
• Legs and feet (22%)
• Torso (20%)
• Other (2%)
But keep in mind; you can have one or multiple injuries when you get into a 4-wheeler accident.

Brain Injuries: Of all the ATV injuries, brain injuries are probably the most worrisome because you cannot see them from the outside and sometimes symptoms might take up to days or even years to show up. This makes the cause of the injury difficult to trace and it poses a problem if you end in court. Traumatic brain injury, memory loss, and permanent concussions are some of the more severe injuries that can happen to ATV crash victims. Children are especially more susceptible to brain injuries because their bodies are smaller and the impact of the crash can harm them more.

Spinal Cord Injuries: Spinal cord injuries are another type of damage to look out for if you’re ever in a four-wheeler accident. Aside from being painful, spinal cord injuries can be devastating because they can cause a person to become disabled. They can lose their ability to walk, to move, and drastically change the quality of the person’s life. A less experienced but similar injury in its potential affect on your life is one that causes hip pain, which can be easily overlooked initially.

Seek Medical Attention: Regardless of severity, all ATV injuries should be examined. If you ever get into an ATV accident, never underestimate the amount of damage it can do to your body. Always go to the hospital as soon as possible to get your whole body checked out. Recovery from ATV injuries is both time-consuming and expensive. Furthermore, it can put you out of work for weeks, months, or even years. If you’re looking into getting legal compensation for your injuries, make sure you keep formal documents of all your injuries and doctor’s visits.

Document Wreckage: If possible, make sure you get pictures of the accident. This means pictures of the vehicle, the environment, and any visible injuries on yourself and anyone in your party. These pictures will serve as evidence and give you leverage if you do end up going to court. You’ll also want to obtain a police report in case you end up needing a lawyer.
Get Names of Witness: If you end up crashing into another vehicle or someone else’s property, or even your own, get the names of everyone that is involved. If it’s another vehicle, make sure you take down their license plate number, contact information, and insurance information. For insurance and legal purposes, you’ll need all of this information in case any of your information is called into questioned and needs to be investigated. If the other party involved is unwillingly to cooperate, do not try to force them. Call the police and take down whatever information you can. Take pictures of their license plate if it’s there. You are also not legally bound to answer any of their questions.

Get Legal Help

One study of an ATV accident in Midway found six victims permanently damaged and needed $11.5 million dollars to pay for basic long-term skilled care until they’re 65 years old. Without legal representation, the six victims involved would not have been able to get the money they were entitled to care for themselves and their families. Even if your accident doesn’t bring about such extreme consequences (and we hope it doesn’t), you might be entitled to legal compensation for whatever damages happened to you. Vehicle accidents of any kind can cause a lot of mental, physical, and financial stress on the victims and the victims’ families. After you get the medical treatments you need, find a lawyer that specializes in vehicle accidents to get a free review of your accident. ATV injury lawyers are especially knowledgeable in this area and will be able to quickly access your case.

Even if the cause of your accident is unclear, get a lawyer’s opinion on the accident. What if the manufacturer of your ATV had a recall for your ATV years ago but the seller never informed you? What if the road your accident happened on had caused several other accidents? Our point is, you don’t know what you don’t know and a lawyer will be able to help you find out.

Notify Your Insurance

If you have ATV insurance, notify the company and send in all the necessary documentation to file a claim as soon as possible. In situations where another party was involved, make sure you get the names and contact information of the other people. If you have evidence to prove it was the other party’s fault, get their insurance information and notify their insurer. If, however, you don’t have evidence but strong reasons to believe it was the other party’s fault, you’ll need to get a lawyer.

Have Fun But Be Prepared

We do not mean to scare you about riding ATVs but we do think it’s important that you are aware of their dangers and are prepared if you ever find yourself in an ATV accident. To put things into a healthier perspective, deaths account for less than one percent of all 4-wheeler accidents. Most ATV injuries are not fatal and most victims heal from them. But the emotional, physical, and mental scars that are left can take a toll on the injured person. If you suspect you have any emotional or physical traumas from an ATV or vehicle accident, don’t be afraid to get in touch with one of our ATV injury specialists for a free case review of your accident. All-terrain vehicles (ATVs) are 3-wheel and 4-wheel motorized vehicles designed for off-road riding. ATVs are used for both fun and rescue, as they provide quick and easy access in off-road areas. Unfortunately, every year, many people including children are severely injured in ATV accidents. Some victims suffer fatal injuries.

According to the most recent available Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) statistics, more than 100,000 ATV injuries occurred in a single recent year, with 25 percent of those injuries affecting children under the age of 16. CPSC reports that, on average, 568 adults and 144 children die in ATV crashes every year. ATVs have a high center of gravity and are prone to roll over. Riders can be trapped underneath these vehicles that weigh up to 600 pounds. They are not designed for use on public roads, and drivers often fail to see ATVs, which can result in collisions. As with motorcycle riders, ATV riders have no protection whatsoever from the vehicle in an accident only whatever protection their protective gear provides them.
Many different factors may contribute to ATV accidents, including:
• Vehicle defects.
• Improper positioning on the vehicle.
• Too many riders on the vehicle.
• Lack of protective gear.
• Operating an ATV at unsafe speeds.
• Riding on paved roads.
• Operating an ATV under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
• Negligence of other drivers.

Types of Injuries in ATV Accidents

Since ATV riders are virtually unprotected, a range of serious injuries can result from accidents. Of the more than 100,000 ATV injuries that occurred in one recent year, the CPSC reports that there were:
• 31,400 arm and hand injuries (29 percent).
• 29,300 head and neck injuries (27 percent).
• 23,100 torso injuries (22 percent).
• 22,800 injuries to the legs and feet (21 percent).
• 1,300 other injuries (1 percent).
Particularly when riders do not wear helmets, traumatic brain injury can be a devastating result of ATV accidents. Crushing injuries, torso injuries and paralysis caused by spinal cord injuries are common when ATVs roll over. Fractures, contusions and abrasions are also common. In the most tragic cases, ATV accidents result in death.

Who May be Liable for an ATV Accident?

Liability for an ATV accident depends on what caused the accident and how it occurred. If the accident and injuries were caused by the faulty design of the vehicle, the ATV manufacturer may be liable. If a driver who failed to see an ATV on the road caused the accident, that driver may be liable for the ATV riders’ injuries. An ATV passenger injured in an accident caused by the negligence of the operator may be entitled to a claim for damages against the operator.

If you have been injured in an ATV accident due to the negligence of another person or because of faulty manufacturing of the vehicle, speak with a Long Island four-wheeler injury attorney as soon as possible. You may be entitled to file a claim for compensation for the injuries you have suffered. Our knowledgeable motor vehicle accident attorneys can evaluate the circumstances of your accident and advise you as to whether you have a case, who could be liable and what damages you may be able to claim. We handle accident cases on a contingency fee basis, and you will pay us no fees up front when you work with our firm. Call Ascent Law LLC now for a free consultation. We respond to messages as soon as possible, and we can come to you if you are in the hospital or unable to travel.

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ATV Accident Lawyer Layton Utah

ATV Accident Lawyer Layton Utah

Layton was named in 1885 for Christopher Layton, a soldier in the Mexican War (1846–47) who settled in Salt Lake valley and raised one of Utah’s first alfalfa crops. The city was once a shipping and processing centre for surrounding irrigated farmlands producing vegetables and sugar beets, but it now is largely suburban, with many of its farmlands given over to housing developments and commercial buildings. It has food-processing industries (flour, sugar, canneries) and is a commercial centre for the adjacent Hill Air Force Base. Layton was settled in the 1850s as an outgrowth of Kaysville, and is named after Christopher Layton, a Latter-day Saint colonizer and leader. It was included in the boundaries when Kaysville was incorporated as a city in 1868, but by the 1880s many Layton residents wanted to separate from the city. They challenged Kaysville’s authority to tax their property, claiming they received no municipal services. This dispute reached the United States Supreme Court in 1894 as the case of Linford v. Ellison, which was decided in favor of the Layton property owners. The separatist movement finally succeeded in 1902, when Layton became an independent unincorporated area. After further growth it was made an incorporated town in 1920.

The town’s population increased slowly; up until 1940 it was about 600. The creation of Hill Air Force Base to the north in 1940, followed shortly by the United States’ entry into World War II, led to a dramatic population increase. War workers streamed into the area; the 1950 census counted 3,456 people. Layton became a city, transformed from a farming town to a residential community. Growth slowed after the war, but Layton continued to develop as a suburban bedroom community, as those not employed at the Air Force base began commuting to the Salt Lake City or Ogden areas. The city continued to expand geographically, annexing surrounding parcels of land, including the adjacent town of Layton and city of East Layton. In 1985, Layton passed Bountiful to become the most populous city in Davis County. Layton is located in the northern portion of the Wasatch Front, approximately 25 miles (40 km) north of Salt Lake City and 15 miles (24 km) south of Ogden. It is bordered by Clearfield to the northwest, Hill Air Force Base to the north, South Weber to the northeast, the Wasatch Mountains to the east, Kaysville to the south, Great Salt Lake wetlands to the southwest and Syracuse to the west. According to the United States Census Bureau, Layton has a total area of 22.2 square miles (57.4 km2), of which 22.0 square miles (57.0 km2) is land and 0.15 square miles (0.4 km2), or 0.78%, is water. The climate in this area is characterized by hot summers and cold winters.

Great Salt Lake effect snow is common in the winter. As of the census of 2010, there were 67,311 people, 18,282 households, and 14,771 families residing in the city. The population density was 2,823.9 people per square mile (1,090.1/km²). There were 19,145 housing units at an average density of 924.6 per square mile (356.9/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 89.91% White, 1.61% African American, 0.53% Native American, 2.08% Asian, 0.27% Pacific Islander, 3.09% from other races, and 2.52% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 6.96% of the population. There were 18,282 households out of which 48.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 67.4% were married couples living together, 9.7% had a female householder with no husband present, and 19.2% were non-families. 15.2% of all households were made up of individuals and 3.5% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 3.19 and the average family size was 3.59. Population was 35.1% under the age of 18, 12.1% from 18 to 24, 30.3% from 25 to 44, 16.8% from 45 to 64, and 5.7% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 27 years. For every 100 females, there were 101.7 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 100.1 males. The median income for a household was $52,128, and the median income for a family was $57,193. Males had a median income of $40,409 versus $26,646 for females. The per capita income for the city was $19,604. About 5.0% of families and 5.6% of the population were below the poverty line, including 7.0% of those under age 18 and 4.0% of those ages 65 or over.

Layton City has a council/manager form of government with 290 full-time employees. The Layton City Council is composed of five members and a mayor. All members are elected by the residents of the City during a municipal election held every two years. Each seat consists of a four-year term. Council member terms are staggered. Two members and a mayor are elected at one time, and two years later the other three members are elected. The Mayor and Council are responsible for setting city policy and the City Manager is responsible for the day-to-day operations.

Layton has an extended branch of Weber State University and is part of Davis School District. The city has three high schools, five junior high schools, and thirteen elementary schools.

High schools
• Layton High School (est. 1966) – Davis School District
• Northridge High School (est. 1992) – Davis School District
• NUAMES—Northern Utah Academy of Math, Engineering & Science (est 2004) – an early college charter high school that works in partnership with Weber State University.

Junior high schools
• Central Davis Junior High
• Legacy Junior High
• North Davis Preparatory Academy
• North Layton Junior High
• Shoreline Junior high
Layton’s major retail district includes the Layton Hills Mall, Cinemark and AMC movie theaters, Davis Conference Center, and “Restaurant Row”, nicknamed such due to the large number of national chain restaurants located along its one-mile stretch. Layton’s City Center includes the city offices, police station, and courthouse. Located nearby are Layton Commons Park, Davis Arts Council, Davis County Library Central Branch, Edward A Kenley Centennial Amphitheater, Heritage Museum of Layton, Layton Surf ‘N Swim, and Layton High School.

What to Do When You Are In an ATV Accident

ATVs, or all-terrain-vehicles, are ridden by children and adults throughout the state. When an accident happens on an ATV, it can be a challenge for the injured person to determine who was at fault in the accident. ATV accidents can be every bit as serious as a car accident. ATVs can travel at high rates of speed, and the riders can be thrown from their vehicles or injured in rollover accidents, causing severe injuries. Even with the proper protective gear, ATV riders can suffer serious and permanent injuries.

Are Your Injuries Covered?

When you’re in an ATV accident, you generally want to determine if your injuries are covered by any insurance policy. Unlike cars, however, ATVs are not usually covered by a vehicular insurance policy that will compensate victims of accidents. Instead, the victim will need to determine if there is some other type of insurance policy. If the accident was caused by a defective condition in the land, the victim may be able to seek compensation from the property owners’ insurance. Defective conditions in the land could include something that causes the vehicles to crash. If the accident was the result of the property that the riders were operating on, then the property owners’ insurance may apply. However, if the accident was merely caused by driver error, the victim will have to try to determine whether the negligent ATV operator was covered by some type of insurance policy. They may be covered by a homeowner’s insurance policy that will be available to the victim if the accident met conditions delineated in the policy. In the alternative, the owner of the ATV could also be liable. If the owner of the ATV should not have allowed the rider to use the ATV because they were a minor or were otherwise incapable of operating the vehicle, then the owner of the ATV could also be liable.

Seeking Damages

Lastly, the victim could seek damages by suing the responsible party personally. However, it is extremely difficult to get adequate damages from a private individual who is not covered by an insurance policy. All-terrain vehicles, commonly known as ATVs, are used across the country for work and play. Farmers and farm laborers use ATVs in order to keep track of livestock and grazing areas, inspect and maintain farmland, check and haul supplies to crops, and more. Many people also use ATVs for recreation on family farms, in off-road and mountainous areas, as well as in rural and coastal terrain. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), which maintains injury statistics for ATVs, has documented a total of 14,129 reported ATV-related deaths during the period from 1982 to 2015. In 2015 alone, the CPSC estimates that nearly 98,000 people received emergency room treatment for ATV-related injuries.

Traumatic Brain Injury

Some of the most serious non-fatal ATV injury problems include traumatic brain injury (TBI), permanent concussions, neurologic injuries, spinal cord injuries, neck injuries, fractures and dislocations, in addition to chest and abdominal injuries. TBI can occur when an ATV rider hits his or her head in an accident, crash, or rollover. Often, the person involved in the crash may not even appear to be injured. People injured in non-fatal ATV accidents can suffer catastrophic, life-changing medical problems. Treatment for ATV injuries can be costly and extensive. Head and spinal cord injuries often require extensive, ongoing physical therapy and rehabilitation.

ATV Dangers

The most common type of injury cause involves the ATV flipping or rolling. When this happens, an ATV driver and passenger can be thrown from the vehicle, or even pinned down by it. Many people don’t realize that, in general, ATVs are not designed to carry passengers in the back. Doing so can put both passengers and the vehicle operator at an increased risk for an accident. According to U.S. Department of Labor Occupational Safety and Health Administration, ATVs lack the general stability of other vehicles, and are not meant to be driven on regular paved roads. Because children often lack the physical strength, cognitive abilities, and fine motor skills to operate ATVs properly, their risk for injury is greater than that of adults. Studies have found that adolescent and teenage ATV riders have more severe injuries and more head injuries than any other age group. Although there are state and federal laws, as well as codes and standards for all terrain vehicles, the fact remains that serious non-fatal ATV injuries and deaths can and still occur.

Cost of Medical Treatment and Long-Term Care from ATV Injuries

Treatment for ATV injuries can be costly, extensive, and often involves life-changing therapies and rehabilitation. A study by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) examining ATV injuries in Alaska concluded that six Alaskans permanently disabled in ATV accidents might require as much as $11.5 million to cover the cost of basic long-term skilled care, assuming each disabled ATV injury victim lived until they were 65 years-old. In addition to physical damages, mental impairment and emotional damage suffered by many victims of life-changing ATV injuries may be severe. Similarly, TBI victims will require a lifetime of chronic care, together with extensive rehabilitation and the use of expensive assistive technologies, including augmentative and alternative communication devices.

ATV Safety Tips

To reduce your risk of injury, follow these safety tips:
• Always wear an approved helmet, appropriate footwear and other protective gear when driving an ATV.
• Do not allow ATV drivers to carry passengers.
• Ensure that all ATV drivers read and understand the vehicle’s operating manual, including any limitations associated with the ATV and the terrain where it will be used.
• Check local and state regulations governing ATV use.
• Make sure that all ATV drivers and riders get safety training and practice experience operating an ATV.
• Never let young children drive an ATV.
• Never drive an ATV under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
• Make sure that you have at least one working communications device with you when you drive or ride an ATV so you can call for help in an emergency.

Get Your ATV Injury Case Evaluated

There are state and federal laws about ATV safety that manufacturers and sellers of ATVs must observe. If you or a loved one has experienced ATV-related injuries, you should first receive medical attention. Then, you may want to have an experienced attorney evaluate the merits of your case. You may be entitled to compensation for expenses and damages caused by your injury.

All-terrain vehicles (ATVs) are off-road, motorized vehicles with bench or bucket seats. Originally, ATVs were used for agricultural purposes and other work-related uses such as border patrol, emergency medical response, law enforcement, and small scale forestry activities among others. However, over the course of several decades, they have become increasingly popular for recreational use. Unfortunately, they are not the safest form of entertainment. Laws pertaining to ATVs vary by state. In Layton, the Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles regulates ATV’s. State law requires that all ATVs operated on public land be titled, all riders under 16 must wear a helmet and eye protection at all times, and the use on ATV’s on paved roads is prohibited.

Fortunately, there are several steps you can take to prevent you or your loved one from being injured in an ATV accident. The CPSC provides the following safety tips for the use of ATVs:

• Do not drive ATV’s on paved roads (ATVs are designed to be used off-roads).
• Do not allow children under 16 to drive or ride an adult ATV.
• Do not drive ATV’s with a passenger or ride as a passenger.
• Always wear a helmet and other protective gear such as eye protection, boots, gloves, long pants, and a long-sleeve shirt.
• Take a hands-on safety training course.

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Michael R. Anderson, JD

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8833 S. Redwood Road, Suite C
West Jordan, Utah
84088 United States

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ATV Accident Lawyer Alpine Utah

ATV Accident Lawyer Alpine Utah

Alpine settlers worked hard and although they were very poor in worldly goods their faith was strong. They had been blessed with good crops for three years and life was beginning to look a little brighter. The crops of 1854 were very promising and they were looking forward to a bounteous harvest. One day the sky suddenly darkened. People rushed outside to see what the matter was. A cloud of swarming insects flew toward the fields, settled on the crops and began their destruction. The people tried all kinds of ways to destroy or drive the insects off. They fought until they dropped with exhaustion, but in no avail. The insects just moved slowly on, devouring nearly everything in their path. For ten years the settlers were tried with this plague of crickets and grasshoppers. It was a struggle to save enough of the crop for seed for the coming year and a meager existence for the families. Some of the people nearly starved to death and many of the animals died. Several settlers left Alpine for other locations where the insects weren’t so bad. The cattle had been able to winter out in the low hills most of the time before but, with the deep snow and intense cold, added to the lack of crops for feed, nearly all the animals died. Money was scarce and even if you had some, grain could only be bought in a very few places. Many of the men had to go away to work. Some logged, some worked on the railroad or took any job they could get. Several families had to go to other communities to live.

By 1857 there were about forty families calling Alpine home. Alpine, though still a small community facing many problems, did her share to help. The communities or wards furnished the supply of food, a little clothing, bedding and other necessities to those who were the teamsters and maybe an ox or team to make up the four head required for each wagon. Each wagon carried one thousand pounds of flour to help both the people along the way and those brought back with them. Albert Marsh also made the trip in 1863 and brought back twelve people in his wagon. During the year of 1864 not many emigrants came because of the Civil War, but a complete team and wagon and two teamsters, James Freestone and James Hamilton, made the trip. In 1866 two fully equipped wagons and teamsters Ephraim Healey and Charles Silver wood went, and in 1868 two more fully equipped wagons and teamsters Frederic C. Clark and Jacob S. Beck responded. Only fifty wagons were in this train, it being the last group to make the trip because the east and the west were then united by rail, and it was much quicker, cheaper, and more comfortable to come by train. Mountain ville, or Alpine, was granted a city charter January 19, 1855, but the first twelve years of the city’s records are missing so most of the history thus far has been taken from journals, church records, diaries, personal histories, biographies, county and state records, newspaper clippings and early settlers’ recollections. During the year of 1868, the city was farming around 650 acres of land and according to records the quality of produce was very good. Aliens had a grist mill at the mouth of American Fork Canyon, and there was a saw and shingle mill in Dry Creek Canyon. Now many people were building outside the walls of the city’s fort.

The family of Thomas Fields Carlisle had been the first to move out. He lived in the fort about six months. Not liking the confinement, he moved to the southeast part of the settlement where he owned a great deal of property. Peace having been established with the Native Americans, other people was getting anxious to return to their own property. As they continued to leave the fort, they were confronted with a serious lack of roads because some people began closing off the lanes through their property. Others had to take long detours to reach their homes from the main road. It was the responsibility of the city council to do something about the problem. For the next thirty or forty years there was a battle between land owners and council members to establish city streets. As the city continued to grow other problems emerged, one being the distinction between the city and the church. To early days it was very common for the mayor and the bishop to be the same man, and most city government was carried on with a church outlook. For example, in city minutes recorded December 18, 1867, we find: “Resolve that this council hold them responsible for the amount of wheat paid out by the Bishop for services done on the meeting house, whenever it be called for. The ward now being duly incorporated the matter of giving the Church some property was again taken up March 27, 1882, by the city council.

At the meeting held January 23,1883, Don C. Strong and the city council discussed exchanging land to permanently locate the line between Lot 1, Block 8 and said Don C. Strong, owner of Lot 2, Block 8. On motion the mayor appointed W. J. Strong, George Clark and R. E. Booth a committee to locate the corners and lines of land asked for by the school trustees. The next week their report was accepted. A deed was made, accepted by the Council, signed by the Mayor, T. J. McCullough, and the Recorder, S. W. Brown, and presented to the Trustees. At the turn of the century, the population of Alpine had increased to 520 which brought many changes and improvements. A creamery was built by the dairymen to care for the milk before hauling it to Salt Lake. Electric lights and a telephone were installed. a rural free delivery mail route was established. The Alpine Co-op Store burned down. Two new stores were built. The conflict over roads for nearly forty years was partly resolved. An Amusement hall was built in 1906. The people had been considering a culinary water system for some time which was started about 1910. The first basketball team was organized in Alpine. Additional ground was purchased for the cemetery. The land was surveyed and divided into lots and fenced. All these and probably more, as well as the usual affairs of the city, kept the city fathers busy. As the pioneers had plodded westward, they were dismayed at the lack of trees on the landscape. Word was sent back to those following to bring seeds, cuttings and seedlings which they did. In 1860 three wagonloads of cuttings and tiny seedlings were brought into Salt Lake valley from Omaha, Nebraska. Others were brought in later from California and distributed among the people. From these, other cuttings were taken and passed on, and the barren hills and valleys took on a new look.

Thus during the 1860s Alpine was landscaped with trees. All the streets in the main part of town were edged with rows of Lombardy poplar trees about six feet apart. Many division lines between properties also had rows of the stately trees, and other varieties were planted on the lots. Entering Alpine from the south or looking down from the cemetery hill or surrounding mountains was a beautiful sight to behold. By the 1940s Alpine was nearing the century mark, and its appearance was showing signs of neglect. A new generation was growing up that didn’t have the pride their forefathers had had in keeping up their premises. Many older buildings and fences were greatly in need of repair, and discarded machinery and other debris needed removing. At a meeting held May 6, 1944, the city council decided something should be done to try to encourage the citizens to clean and fix up their lots. To help in the project, the city offered to furnish the material to those who would put a sidewalk in front of their lots. Very few took advantage of the offer. Some did make attempts at cleaning up the debris and discarding or repairing the fences but with little effect. In February of 1946, the city bought their first road patrol or scraper to help keep the roads level.

It was purchased from the county but had been used in Alpine for years. All roads in the city at this time were still dirt and gravel and could become very uneven, especially during winter or stormy weather. In March of 1946, the city purchased property now known as Grove Flat, northeast of town where the bowery is located, originally homesteaded in 1864 by Joseph Bateman and called Bateman’s Grove. When the City consolidated the water, for some reason Bateman lost his water rights and was unable to farm the ground. It was later sold to the Clark brothers, and they built a large corral there for holding and cutting out their sheep. Many people felt the zoning ordinances were unfair since Alpine was such a small city and did not need regulations as did larger cities. For some reason, the ordinances were not enforced at this time like they should have been, even though books had been printed and stored in the vault at the city hall. On September 16, 1957, Lloyd Canton was appointed building inspector a thankless job because many thought it was nobody’s business what, how, or where people built. Many would not accept the fact that a building inspector was for their own protection. Problems had been building up in the city and at the first meeting, January 8,1962, the new council felt the full impact. Twenty-eight people crowded the room with requests, many involving more money than a whole years revenue. The previous council had already taken out an anticipation bond, and the city finances were nil right then. The requests were tabled with the understanding that there were more important problems which needed immediate attention in the city and these problems had to be taken care of first. The requests would be considered later. During the month of January, subdivision maps came in for parts of the town.

Not being acquainted with the good and bad points of the proposals, it was necessary for the council to hold up the building permits until information could be obtained. A new Alpine City Board of Adjustments was appointed and organized June 11, 1962, when they met under the direction of city council representative, Jennie Wild. Dewey Bennett was appointed chairman, Max Buckner, vice chairman and Joanne Beck, secretary. The appointments were set up this way so that as one person retired each year a new member was added. Their name was placed at the bottom of the list. As a result the information and workings would be carried on through the knowledge of the majority of members. The subdivision ordinance, which had been setup several years previous, had not been enforced. It was now put into effect to protect the rights and property of established citizens as well as newcomers. Strict animal control standards, temporary permits for trailer houses, development of adequately sized and shaped building lots and procedures for establishing business were enforced. This put quite a damper on the influx of people as many were coming to Alpine at that time to get away from the laws being enforced where they had been residing. Not understanding the situation, many local citizens accused the council of hindering progress. Had the council not acted when they did, Alpine could have quickly and easily turned into a very undesirable city. During 1962, a city library was established and a recreation committee appointed. The newly organized Lion’s Club provided a big, fat, jolly Santa Claus who toured the city on the bright, red fire truck and ended up at the city hall with treats for the kiddies. This made a happy climax for the year. People from Highland and individuals from some large subdivisions between Alpine and Salt Lake County tried to get Alpine to furnish them culinary water. Since the city was already having trouble keeping the higher elevation areas supplied with water during the summer, the council notified the Utah County Surveyor, that the City did not intend to sell water outside the city limits. With only one marshal for Alpine, and he having to make a living out of town, the city council members were deputized to act as peace enforcement officers in the Marshal’s absence. This had its funny side. Some of the few offenders that were approached didn’t think the council had the authority to make an arrest or enforce the law. Somewhere along the line the offenders had not been educated that even a citizen can make what is legally termed as a “citizen’s arrest.”

The Alpine beautification program was launched in 1965, with a city population of 904, under the direction of Utah County, Joel C. Barlow, and Mayor Ronald Strong with Councilman Ronald Devey, Jay Singleton, Van Burgess, Eldredge Warnick and Councilwoman Jennie Wild. William Devey and Valere Hegerhorst were chosen by the council to co-chair the program, which in its first year accomplished a tremendous improvement. An estimated number of five hundred residents turned out on two separate weekends, with many out of town companies furnishing their equipment to demolish burn and clear away old homes, barns and sheds. Fences were rebuilt, dead trees removed, vacant lots cleared of debris. The sides of the streets were cleaned of litter and then mowed. The economy of Alpine, UT employs 4.25k people. The largest industries in Alpine, UT are Retail Trade (508 people), Health Care & Social Assistance (485 people), and Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services (482 people), and the highest paying industries are Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services ($78,824), Professional, Scientific, & Management, & Administrative & Waste Management Services ($73,229), and Transportation & Warehousing, & Utilities ($72,222).
ATV Accident Lawyer

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ATV Accident Lawyer Bountiful Utah

ATV Accident Lawyer Bountiful Utah

Bountiful is a suburb of Salt Lake City with a population of 43,568. Bountiful is in Davis County and is one of the best places to live in Utah. Living in Bountiful offers residents a sparse suburban feel and most residents own their homes. In Bountiful there are a lot of parks. Many families and young professionals live in Bountiful and residents tend to be conservative. The public schools in Bountiful are highly rated.

Can You Sue For An ATV Accident Injury Or Wrongful Death In Bountiful Utah?

Although all-terrain vehicles, also known as ATVs, are often used for fun outings and are popular sport vehicles, they can be quite dangerous and may lead to serious injuries in the event of an accident. Like any personal injury claim, the viability of a case depends on the facts surrounding the accident that caused the injury. Some of the more significant injuries that can result from these types of wrecks include:
• Traumatic brain injuries (TBIs)
• Broken bones
• Burns
• Lacerations and bruises
• Paralysis
• Death
If you were injured in an ATV accident, or if your family member passed away, you may be able to file either a personal injury claim or a wrongful death claim to fight for the compensation you and your family need.

Different Kinds of Damages in ATV Accidents

Injuries from ATV accidents can be severe because, like bicycles or motorcycles, there is hardly any external protection for riders of these vehicles. Just as in a car accident, someone who is at fault for your injuries in an ATV crash can be held responsible for compensating you for your medical bills, lost wages as a result of your injury, the loss of your ability to return to a similar level of employment, and the costs of repairing or replacing any damaged property. Additionally, you can sue for non-economic damages such as your pain and suffering and, in some wrongful death situations, the loss of consortium you experience from being deprived of your spouse. Finally, there are some ATV accidents that may lead to extra compensation known as exemplary damages. Utah Practice and Remedies Code §41.008 allows for this extra compensation in cases in which the at-fault person exhibited extremely negligent behavior. For example, even though an ATV is very different from a car or truck, it is still illegal to operate such a vehicle while intoxicated. If you are injured in an ATV accident in which the driver was drunk driving, the court may decide to punish the at-fault driver for their willful disregard for your safety and the safety of others.

Possible Defendants in ATV Accident Cases

• Drivers: The driver of the at-fault vehicle, be it the ATV you were riding on, another ATV, or a totally different kind of vehicles like a car or truck, can be at fault for your injuries if they are the primary cause of the accident. If they were distracted by texting and driving, for example, they would be held liable. Since the passage of House Bill 62, texting and driving is illegal throughout Texas.
• Manufacturers and Designers: If the ATV accident in which you were injured is the result of a faulty product, the manufacturer or designer of that product can be held liable for your injury. In order for this to be the case, typically you must show the following three facts to be true:
 The product was defective.
 The defect caused your accident and subsequent injuries.
 The ATV was not significantly altered since its sale.
• The Property Owner: In certain cases, the owner of the property where your accident occurred can be held responsible for your injury. Maybe you or your loved one operated the ATV in a reasonably safe manner and encountered some dangerous part of the property of which you were not made aware. As long as you were on the property legally, you may be entitled to compensation.

Compassionate Care from Your ATV Accident Injury Lawyers

A lawyer can never say definitively whether someone does or does not have a good lawsuit without knowing all of the specific facts involved in your individual situation. But generally, the answer to this question is yes. Off-road vehicles and ATVs are very different than cars in many respects. They do not (for the most part) have doors, windows, airbags, regular steering wheels or pedal brakes . . . nor do they operate normally on the roadways running in and around. Thus, they are not treated exactly like cars when it comes to personal injury or wrongful death lawsuits in the courts. However, with all of this said, there are also many similarities. Primarily, the accidents that happen on off-road vehicles or ATVs are caused by some of the same factors as those in regular cars or trucks: driver error, driving while intoxicated, mechanical errors, and much more. Thus, there are some wrecks in these vehicles that can be treated the same legally. The best way to know what type of case you are dealing with, and what legal rights you may have as a result in a court of law, is to speak with an experienced attorney who has dealt with similar cases before. There is very rarely a substitute for knowledge, expertise, and real-world experience. If you or a family member has been injured or even killed in an accident involving an off-road vehicle or ATV and you think that the accident was not your fault, we recommend that you contact an attorney as soon as possible. Your lawyer can guide you along the way of deciding whether you have a case, and if applicable, helping you to file and prosecute it. Most good attorneys will offer you a free, no-obligation consultation in their office as a way for you to decide if they are the right one to handle your case. If you choose to go forward, you will likely have to pay nothing unless you win your case. So really, there is very little risk at all for you to take action.

Settlements, Compensation and Hiring a Personal Injury Lawyer

While all-terrain vehicles (ATVs) are safely used and enjoyed by thousands of Americans each year, they also can be extremely dangerous. Recreational ATV accidents claim more than 700 lives annually and injure another 135,000, according to the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC). About one-third of fatalities and injuries each year are to children under 16 years old. In the workplace, ATV accidents claim the lives of about 11 people a year and injure another 163, according to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). ATV accidents can result in a traumatic brain injury. The most common of these is a closed head injury. ATV accidents can occur for a variety reasons; many are due to negligence on the part of one of the drivers.

Victims harmed because of ATV negligence are entitled to compensation to finance their medical expenses, and to address their pain and suffering. An ATV accident is legally defined as any situation with an ATV that results in property damage, injury and or/death. These accidents are usually caused by the negligence of one of the drivers. Victims of ATV accidents cannot obtain compensation without first proving negligence to an insurance company or court. To prove negligence, victims must show that the ATV accident:

• Caused harm
• Was caused by another party’s carelessness
• Is the fault of that party, who is therefore responsible for compensation
In cases where more than one party is at fault, liability is distributed based on the estimated percentage of fault. In legal terms, this concept is known as comparative negligence.
Compensation can be awarded in order to cover a variety of expenses, including:
• Lost Income
• Lost Prospects
• Medical Expenses
• Physical & Psychological Pain
• Property Repairs
These values are determined by insurance companies and juries, which normally use predetermined formulas. Some states have no-fault insurance laws, which are intended to minimize claims from less significant accidents, as well as encourage prompt compensation for medical expenses and lost income. However, these laws can sometimes prevent victims from receiving other types of compensation. For this reason, many people in no-fault insurance states seek the services of personal injury attorneys. If you have been the victim of an ATV accident, a personal injury attorney can provide you with examples of settlements and court awards related to ATV accidents.

Factors Contributing to ATV Accidents

Many factors contribute to ATV accidents. Most fall into two categories: operator behavior and equipment failure.
• Operator Behavior: Operator behaviors, including those listed below, lead to many ATV accidents.
• Driving without proper training: ATV safety education certificates and a valid driver’s license are required by very few states and then only on ATV-designated public roads. This means that many ATV operators do not have formal training. Lack of training can lead to serious mistakes, especially while crossing rough terrain, climbing steep slopes or traveling on paved roads (ATV tires are not designed for pavement). These mistakes can lead to a collision with another motor vehicle, collisions with stationary objects or other non-motorized objects or a non-collision accident, such as a rollover. If you have been involved in an accident caused by an untrained or inexperienced ATV operator, you may be entitled to compensation.
• Hauling a passenger(s) or load against manufacturer’s recommendations: Many ATVs are not meant to carry a load or additional passengers. Adding a passenger or load increases the vehicle’s weight and hinders the vehicle’s maneuverability, increasing the likelihood of a rollover. Though all ATVs are manufactured with published weight limits, an untrained or inexperienced operator may not realize the dangers associated with an overload.
• Allowing children to operate adult-size ATVs: Most serious ATV accidents involving children happen while they are operating adult-size ATVs. Adult-size ATVs have engine sizes and speed limits that require more strength, ability and experience than most children possess. The ATV industry recommends:
• Engines under 70 cubic centimeters (cc) for children 6 to 12 years of age
• Engines 90 cc and under for children 12 to 16 years of age
• Engines over 90 cc only for ATV operators age 16 and older
ATVs designed for children can be adjusted for maximum speed limits. The following speed limits are recommended by ATV manufacturers:
• Fifteen miles per hour for children ages 6 through 11
• Thirty miles per hour for children over age 12
In addition, the ATV industry recommends that a child be supervised by a responsible adult while operating an ATV. This also is the law in many states. If your child has been injured as a result of operating someone else’s adult-size ATV or operating someone else’s ATV without adult supervision and without your permission, a personal injury attorney can help you determine if your child is eligible for compensation.
• Driving on public roads: ATVs are rarely allowed to operate on public roads because of the possibility of a collision with a motor vehicle. Where ATVs are permitted, ATV equipment requirements may be imposed, including:
 Headlights & taillights
 Brakes
 Muffler
 Spark arrester
Government negligence can be present when an ATV accident happens on a public road. For example, if a road sign warning of an intersection or other hazard is missing, obscured by foliage or faded for an extended length of time, a government entity may be liable. There are specific rules and time limits for filing an ATV accident claim against a government entity. For more information, contact an ATV accident attorney.

 Driving under the influence of alcohol, drugs or medications: In most states, operating an ATV under the influence of alcohol or drugs is a criminal offense and, therefore, prosecuted in a criminal court. However, a civil suit against the alleged drunk driver can be filed and compensation obtained, regardless of the verdict in the criminal case. In some cases, the accused will retain an attorney to fight DUI charges to protect his or her legal rights
 Other dangerous behaviors: Driving on paved roads, driving over terrain that is too rough and /or steep and traveling too fast for the terrain are also common contributing factors leading to ATV accidents.

ATV Equipment Failure

Some ATV accidents and resulting injuries are caused by equipment failure. Common equipment failures leading to an ATV accident and injury involve the following:
 Throttle
 Brakes
 Tires
 Steering mechanisms
 Suspension
 Lighting equipment
A defective helmet also would constitute a design failure. A flaw might be present in the chinstrap, the outer shell of the helmet or the cushioning liner and padding inside the helmet. Helmets that do not meet U.S. Department of Transportation standards should not be worn. Equipment failure often is due to negligence on the part of someone involved in the manufacture or maintenance of an ATV. Victims of defective equipment or poor workmanship are eligible to file personal injury claims and earn compensation. Many well-known class action lawsuits are filed against manufacturers of products with design flaws. Victims can also pursue legal action against technicians or service shops when faulty repairs lead to equipment failure. If you suspect equipment failure or an ATV manufacturing defect contributed to an ATV accident in which you or a loved one were involved, be sure the ATV is preserved so that it can be used as evidence in a trial, if necessary. You should also consider contacting a personal injury attorney to determine your legal rights.

When You Might Need a Personal Injury Attorney

While some ATV accident claims are handled through insurance companies, many victims choose to seek out the services of a personal injury attorney, who can help them reach a settlement with those responsible or file a lawsuit seeking compensation for their suffering. Auto accident attorneys with experience handling ATV accident lawsuits can thoroughly evaluate your case and help file claims against negligent drivers, manufacturers or technicians.
The assistance of an attorney may be necessary if:
 The insurance company refuses to fully compensate you for medical expenses, property damage, lost income, psychological pain and/or lost prospects. This situation is most common in no-fault insurance states.
 You are experiencing prolonged delays in settling the claim.
 Your claim is denied by an insurance company or a government entity.
 The negligent party is not insured.

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Michael R. Anderson, JD

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What To Do After A Slip And Fall Accident

What To Do After A Slip And Fall Accident

In the moment an emergency arises, it can sometimes be difficult to know how to respond and what to do. Though car accidents are, without a doubt, the most common of problematic situations in St. George and other cities in Utah, in today’s day and age, the frequency with which harmful slip and fall incidents take place is alarming.

With that in mind, it’s imperative that people, regardless of whether they’re old or young, know how to appropriately take control of a slip and fall situation, even as victims.

For starters, it’s key that you or a loved one remain calm and collected. Seek immediate medical help so that your overall health is addressed and an official paramedics report can be filed. Any lawyer will tell you that when injuries go without proper treatment and documentation, a claim’s potential takes a huge hit.

Secondly, the various reports provided by medical doctors can only do so much. Believe it or not, it’s up to you to do a bit of reporting, as well. Take images of the location where you fell or anything else that might have caused the untimely happening. Also, collect the names of those who were present, as well as their corresponding addresses and telephone numbers.
After arriving home, change out of the clothing you were wearing at the time of the accident and place it in a safe place, seeing as how it might need to be used at a later date as evidence. Once everything preparatory has been taken care of, contact an experienced personal injury lawyer in St. George or elsewhere to help legally set the record straight.

Can You Get In A Slow Speed Accident?

Many people believe that slow speed accidents are uncommon and only happen in parking areas. Although, that is true for the most part, it’s safe to say that slow speed accidents happen during anytime and anywhere.
You might be in traffic, at a fast food drive-through or even in a school zone. Car accidents in these areas are surprisingly very common due to rear end and pedestrian collisions. You should be aware of these car accident cases and learn how to avoid them.

Its five in the evening and you’re in traffic jam on southern Salt Lake City highway; you’re feeling hungry and beat-up from the workday. You decide to put your car in park as you take a sip from your drink. You feel a sudden jerk as your car moves forward.

You’ve been rear ended by a distracted driver. The driver was failing to maintain speed, and you may have had better luck if you didn’t have your car on park. Thankfully, you have your heroic lawyer on speed dial.

It’s unlikely for you to experience serious injuries while backing up—you were only moving at a mere five miles per hour. Your car might take the blame, leaving you with a slight dent. Your auto insurance company will be able to cover the cost depending on your coverage. Your lawyer will be on your side if you had any injuries, no matter the extent, during this car accident.

Pedestrian Accidents

There is a valid reason as to why the schools speed limits are 20 or slower. It all comes down to being aware of your surroundings and being able to come to a complete stop quickly. Car accident cases that include pedestrians usually cause injury for both parties. That’s why you would need to hire a lawyer.

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Car Seats Can Be Dangerous

Car Seats Can Be Dangerous

For mothers and fathers in Utah, a child’s safety is the number one priority on the road. And as an auto accident lawyer knows, protection against the dangers of driving is an even greater concern when children are at a younger age and are subject to additional seating requirements. As stated by U.S. News, “According to federal safety guidelines, babies must ride in a semi-reclined, rear-facing position in order to keep their heads upright and airways open.”

However, a new study conducted by The Ohio State University College of Medicine has found that car structures don’t align with car seats about 42 percent of the time.

This is troubling news for parents, because in the event of an auto accident, if seats aren’t fitted properly, children could be at greater risk for injury. A lawyer in Sandy Utah or another location would advise parents to make sure seats fit properly before making such an important purchase.

Researchers in the study took measurements of 61 different vehicles and tested a total of 59 different car seats in over 3,600 combinations, according to U.S. News. “It might look great on the shelf and have all these great safety ratings, but if it doesn’t fit in your vehicle then it may not be the best option for you,” said Julie Bing, research engineer on the project with Ohio State.

Often, in order for a car seat to fit properly, parents must shove pool noodles behind gapping spaces and figure out other tricks to ensure a child’s safety.

An auto accident lawyer in Salt Lake City would recommend parents take the proper precautions before buying and installing a car seat to certify safety. According to U.S. News, some hospitals host programs to help parents “fit seats before they take newborns home,” and most stores will let customers test merchandise out before making a purchase.

BE A SAFE AND CONFIDENT MOTORCYCLIST

The statistics are clear: Motorcyclists are 30 times more likely to die in a motorcycle accident than people in auto accidents. Those can be intimidating odds. The good news is that those odds can be turned in motorcyclists’ favor through safety, knowledge and confidence. Whether you’re a retiree who has been riding for 50 years or a lawyer from Salt Lake City buying your first bike, there’s always more you can do to be a safe and confident motorcyclist.

Motorcycles are getting faster and more powerful every year. One simple way to help avoid a motorcycle accident is to find the right bike for you. That lawyer from Salt Lake City may be tempted to buy the biggest hog on the lot, but all prospective motorcyclists should be cautious not to buy more bike than they can handle.

Take a seat on your bike. You should be able to easily rest both of your feet flat on the ground without having to stand on your tiptoes. Make sure you can comfortably reach your handlebars and all controls. Find a bike with antilock brakes. Having antilock brakes reduces the likelihood of being in a motorcycle accident by 37 percent. Be careful not to buy a bike that is too heavy. If it feels like it might be too heavy, then it probably is.

The Motorcycle Safety Foundation offers riding courses that teach basic and advanced riding techniques as well as emergency maneuvers. The courses are offered at thousands of locations from Salt Lake City to the East Coast, so chances are you’ll find one near you. Besides helping you feel more confident, some states offer insurance discounts and accelerated licensing as incentives to take a safety course. Completing a course is also a source of protection should you need to hire a lawyer after a motorcycle accident.

Riding without a helmet makes you 40 percent more likely to suffer a fatal head injury, so wear a helmet. Also wear gloves, pants, jackets, over the ankle footwear, bright colors and eye protection.

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Spinal Cord Slip and Fall Injuries

From West Jordan, Utah to the East Coast, spinal cord and slip and fall injuries occur with an impressive degree of regularity. I’ve seen as a slip and fall lawyer, that the National Spinal Cord Injury Statistical Center estimates that up to 34 people suffer from a serious spinal cord injury every day. Regardless of age, spinal cord injuries are going to be serious matters, even if a lawyer needn’t be involved.

That said, when both identified and treated promptly, oftentimes, physical damages can be limited. However, due to the fact that many elderly Americans are unable to properly care for themselves and require the services of professional caregivers, when negligence abounds, spinal injuries undoubtedly worsen.

Spinal Cord Slip and Fall Injuries

In September of this year, an interesting study was published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal. The study closely examined 1,440 patients who’d recently experienced a spinal cord injury.

Shockingly, the study revealed something very interesting—a sharp increase in the rate at which senior patients were dying in hospitals after spinal injuries. Even more concerning, due to a limited physical state, the spinal injuries of senior citizens tended to be less severe than their younger counterparts.

While researchers admit that a number of factors could play a role in such a finding, caregiving negligence can’t by overlooked as a potential culprit. Needless to say, if you or a loved one hasn’t received the appropriate care for a slip and fall or spinal cord injury, consider speaking with a personal injury lawyer in West Jordan, Utah or elsewhere, as soon as possible.

MEDICAL INSURANCE’S EFFECT ON PERSONAL INJURY CLAIMS

Some of the most common damages in a personal injury case are medical bills. It is commonly accepted in Utah and everywhere else that if a person or business causes injury to someone, then the responsible party should be liable for resulting medical bills.

These medical bills, however, can make personal injury claims a little more complicated. Some think that when health insurance companies pay for medical expenses it means that the victim is already taken care of. In reality, most claims include the cost for medical expenses whether insurance is involved or not— this leads to a financial discrepancy. If the victim does get money back from the offending party then they can receive double the money needed to pay for medical expenses. If they don’t file for damages including medical bills then the liable party ends up not paying for anything.

As mentioned before, in most cases, medical expenses from auto accidents and other things are included in the damages claim. However, the insurance company is able to submit something called a lien. This basically says that if their customer receives reimbursement from the claim, then the money should go to the insurance company since they paid for the majority of the cost.

Making sense of this situation can be difficult for many people in Utah and outside the state. A personal injury lawyer can help clients determine the best course of action in claims for auto accidents or whatever they may be.

Free Initial Consultation with a Slip and Fall Lawyer

When you’ve been injured, call Ascent Law for your free consultation (801) 676-5506. We want to help you.

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