Most Utahns are familiar with that distinctive metal on metal sound, synonymous with morning and afternoon traffic, heard above the ‘road rage request hour’ and the horns of angry rush hour roadies. It’s usually followed or accompanied by rubberneckers and confusing lane changes, or worse, lane blockages. Wrecks are sadly a staple of city and rural living, and even the most cautious driver, bicyclist or runner cannot always avoid a motor mishap. Some are lucky enough to escape with minor scratches and bruises, but many are all too familiar with the sites of ambulances and scrap metal that litter the edges of the road signaling that something serious and dangerous has just occurred, possibly to them. For those less fortunate, the careful attention and assistance from an injury lawyer in Utah will make a world of difference.
According to a recent Utah study, an average day in Utah holds 143 motor vehicle crashes, which involve an average of 353 people. With that type of numerical equation it is hard to escape the marching line of tow trucks pulling twisted and dented automobiles to the salvage yard. There are a number of reasons why car accidents happen in Utah. Weather gets most of the blame for dangerous roadways, since most Utah crashes are caused in the winter months due to icy roads and snow that debilitates even the best Utah drivers at times. Luckily, since Utah has some of the strictest alcohol laws in the United States, these accidents are rarely (comparatively) caused by inebriated individuals. However, the unique roads and rocky landscapes lend our vehicular crashes and personal injuries on the road to a jostling high rate. For those who have experienced such misfortune, an attorney in Salt Lake City may be able to turn that misfortune into a fair settlement. According to the Utah 2011 crash summary, Utah crashes are down from the seventies decade; this is countered in the rising rate of drivers on the road and advanced traveling systems in comparison to the seventies. No matter how you slice it, serious injuries are taking place everyday. An experienced Utah personal injury attorney can help.
A personal injury is categorized as the endured pain or loss of an individual based on the negligence of another individual. Sense a lot of gray area in that sentence? That’s not surprising. Personal injury cases are one of the most represented cases in the United States, and Utah is no exception. Utah lawyers are contacted each and every day by individuals who are confused over a case regarding personal injury or loss. This lends the said individual to the mercy of insurance companies and opposing parties. While it may seem like the more financially responsible option is to weather the personal injury storm alone, one quickly finds that the expertise of a Utah lawyer is a welcome light in an otherwise darkened tomb of piling bills and unanswered questions. That’s not to say that any attorney can represent you the way you deserve. Personal injury cases can be quite the quandary and it takes an experienced and well-learned attorney in Salt Lake City to understand how to get the answers and monetary amounts that you deserve.
In a personal injury moment, one loses an array of personal effects, including, but not limited to, lost wages and property. You don’t have to deal with emotional distress and medical expenses that tempt you to consider remortgaging your home, after a personal injury. Whether an accident was your fault or not, it’s important to retain the counsel of a Salt Lake City Utah lawyer who knows how to deal with the complications surrounding a personal injury case.
An accident injury is not something that is restricted to the roads, although accidents on roadways are the number one location for these types of cases. Medical related injuries are all too common with the new development of drugs and equipment used to treat diagnosis over the last few years. A qualified injury lawyer in Utah can help regardless of whether the injury or loss was due to a road accident or malpractice. A recent news story regarded the medical treatment of a young man who suffered from depression. Without fully diagnosing and considering the proper routines before making a prescription, the doctor put the young man on a relatively new type of drug. Sadly, the young man encountered a reaction that debilitated his body’s ability to function and he fell into a coma, dying a few days later. His mother recounted the story to the media, about how irresponsible the doctor had been. Although it is a sad story, it is not that uncommon. The negligence of even a physician can cause life altering and fatal conditions to an innocent victim.
Although it’s easy to feel small against a large corporation or powerful unit of people, don’t forget that your health and emotional stability should never be an optional part of your life. Utah lawyers, specifically those at Shumway Van & Hansen, thrive on helping these individuals, the ones who think the problem is too big, find that they can have a voice and a case against someone or something seemingly bigger than them.
In addition, it’s no secret that Utah ranks rather high on the list of the most recreational states; it is home to the daredevil climbers of Moab and the skiing enthusiasts of the Cottonwood Canyons amongst others. In a nation whose waistband is steadily increasing, it’s a nice moniker that Utah has gained as a fit and weight conscious state. Utah has been named one of the healthiest states in the past few years as far as exercise and quality of life goes. It’s easy to be a recreational enthusiast when one is surrounded by beautiful landscapes, which can draw even the most reclusive den-mongers out into the open land and air—regardless of the smoggy inversion. With more activity and more opportunities for risks to be taken, it’s inevitable that injuries will occur. With this certainty, it is necessary to know an attorney in Salt Lake City you can count on. Many bikers are familiar with the negligence of a motor vehicle operator who fails to share the road. These can often times lead to dire circumstances. Finding a injury lawyer in Utah familiar and experienced in these types of cases is the first step to heading down the road of financial and physical recovery.
It’s no surprise to those who have suffered a personal injury that dealing with the insurance companies can be enough of a headache that you may end up settling just to forfeit the endless game of phone tag and negotiations. There’s no shame in being one person against many. That’s why you should seek the counsel of an experienced lawyer in Utah. An experienced Salt Lake City Utah lawyer, familiar with the tactics used by insurance companies can help you get the help you desperately need in an emotionally and physically trying time.
Although, not all personal injuries can be prevented, there are a few steps to consider when on the road. First, always wear your seatbelt. According to a recent study in Utah, passengers who did not wear their seatbelt were forty times more likely to encounter fatal injuries than those who did wear their seatbelt. In addition, over 102 lives were saved in 2011 alone because of seatbelt restraints. Always follow the speed limit, they are put into place for a reason. For every ten miles per hour that a motor vehicle operator is over the speed limit, the risk of death is doubled. Also, minimize, if not completely eliminate any cell phone activity while at the helm of a motor vehicle. Studies have shown that texting while driving may be more impairing than driving while intoxicated, but don’t try that either.
A personal injury can mean many things and they can occur in the most unlikely places. One thing is certain, if you feel that you have experienced loss due to the negligence of another individual, you should seek representation from a qualified lawyer in Utah. A certain amount of injury is going to occur, that’s life. However, that doesn’t mean that you should suffer unrightfully for a situation that could have been prevented with the help of some of skilled Utah lawyers.
If you have experienced a personal injury, or believe you may have experience a personal injury, contact the attorneys at Shumway Van & Hansen. The personal injury lawyers at Shumway Van & Hansen would be happy to answer any questions you may have in regards to your potential case. We are a firm with a few risk takers as well, so we understand that living life means enduring a certain amount of loss, but within a reasonable bound. If you have been injured don’t hesitate to call and consult for free with one of our attorneys. We have attorneys in the Salt Lake City areas and surrounding areas who will not overlook your time and money and will instead treat your adoption process as what it truly is, your personal step into a new and wonderful transition. For a free consultation, contact the law firm of Shumway Van & Hansen by calling us at (801) 478-8080. We are located at 8 E 300 S #550, Salt Lake City, Utah 84111. We would welcome the chance to speak to you regarding your unique legal situation.