Provo Car Accident Lawyer
Fighting for the Compensation You Deserve
If you were recently involved in a car accident in Provo, Utah or surrounding areas, you are entitled to financial compensation for your damages. Under the state’s no-fault car accident system, you can recover for certain losses, such as medical expenses, regardless of who was to blame. In some cases, you may also be eligible to step outside the no-fault system and file a personal injury claim to seek supplementary compensation for other damages, such as pain and suffering.
Filing a car accident claim in Utah can be difficult, time-consuming, and stressful. When you turn to Jeff Metler, Attorney at Law, you can rely on our team to handle the details of your case so that you can focus on what matters most: healing.
Common Causes of Car Accidents
Every year, motor vehicle accidents injure and kill thousands of people throughout the United States. Sadly, the vast majority of these collisions are entirely preventable; they occur only because other motorists are negligent.
Some of the most common specific causes of car accidents include:
- Distracted driving, including texting while driving
- Speeding, including driving too fast for current conditions
- Aggressive or reckless driving, including road rage
- Driving under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs
- Failure to obey traffic control devices, such as traffic signals
- Failure to yield the right of way to other vehicles, pedestrians, or cyclists
- Unsafe and/or unlawful turns, passing, and merging
- Poor conditions, such as inclement weather or nighttime driving
- Driving the wrong way, including on one-way streets
- Inexperienced and/or teenaged drivers
In some cases, car accidents occur not because of a driver’s negligence but due to the wrongful conduct of a third party. For example, an auto defect or poorly designed roadway might contribute to or cause a crash. In such cases, the appropriate auto manufacturer, engineer, construction company, etc. could be legally liable for any damages suffered by victims.
Filing a Car Accident Claim in Utah
As previously mentioned, Utah is a no-fault state when it comes to car accident claims. This means that all motorists in the state are required to carry minimum amounts of personal injury protection (PIP) coverage. After an accident, you can file a PIP claim with your auto insurance provider and receive compensation for certain out-of-pocket expenses, including medical treatment, following the crash. You do not need to prove that the other driver was negligent or otherwise at fault to file a PIP claim.
However, PIP coverage is limited. It only covers certain financial losses, and it does not provide any relief for non-economic damages, such as pain and suffering. To recover compensation for such losses, you will need to step outside the no-fault system and file a claim or lawsuit directly against the at-fault driver.
To step outside the Utah no-fault car accident system, there are several things you must prove:
- The other driver (or liable party) was 50% or more at fault for the accident, AND;
- You sustained $3,000 or more in medical expenses related to the accident, OR;
Your injuries meet the state’s “serious injury” threshold,
meaning they resulted in at least one of the following:
- Permanent impairment or disability
- Permanent disfigurement
If you are found to be 50% or more at fault for the accident, you cannot bring a claim against another party for damages under the state’s modified comparative negligence rule. Even if you are able to file a claim, but you share some of the fault, your total recovery will be reduced by your at-fault percentage. So, if you are found to be 20% at fault for the crash, you can only recover up to 80% of the total amount you would have otherwise been eligible to receive.
In Utah, you are only required to carry $3,000 in PIP insurance. This is typically not nearly enough coverage for medical bills, lost wages, and other damages following a serious collision, meaning it is often necessary to pursue additional compensation by going outside the no-fault system. This can be very challenging without the help of an experienced attorney. We strongly recommend that you reach out to a qualified Provo car accident lawyer, like Jeff Metler, for help with your case.
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Getting back on your feet after a devastating motor vehicle accident can be extremely difficult. When you are focused on getting appropriate medical care, repairing or replacing your vehicle, managing everyday expenses while out of work, and physically recovering from your injuries, the thought of filing a PIP or personal injury claim can seem downright daunting.
That’s where Jeff Metler, Attorney at Law comes in. An accomplished and highly regarded trial lawyer, Jeff Metler has personally handled thousands of complex personal injury cases, including motor vehicle claims involving catastrophic injuries, wrongful death, and more. He is here to guide you through the process of seeking fair compensation for your losses and is ready to fight tirelessly for the justice you deserve.
Jeff Metler, Attorney at Law offers free initial consultations and contingency fees. This means there are no out-of-pocket expenses when you work with the firm; instead, you only pay if/when our team recovers compensation for you.