Salt Lake City Car Accident Lawyers
Don’t Settle for Less Than Your Auto Accident Case is Worth
Our Salt Lake City car accident attorneys take every client and every claim seriously. While some law firms pride themselves on the number of cases they handle, you won’t see us bragging about a prohibitive caseload. We believe in quality over quantity.
Cutt, Kendell & Olson takes on a limited number of complex cases that involve permanent injuries and wrongful death, and we put in the time and hard work necessary to help our clients maximize their compensation.
After having your life turned upside down in a car accident, you need an attorney who is fully on your side. We handle every case with dedication and diligence.
Utah Car Crash Statistics
In 2020, the latest year for which the Utah Department of Public Safety has concluded its annual “Crash Summary” report, there were 53,196 reported traffic crashes on public roadways in Utah. Over 23,000 people were injured, and 276 died. This number marks an increase in fatalities for the first year since 2016.
Some common factors in car accidents are teenage or older drivers, holiday travel, speed, and driver distraction.
When Can I File Against the At-Fault Driver in a No-Fault State Like Utah?
Because Utah is a no-fault state, you can only file a claim against the other driver’s insurance if you:
- Have medical bills exceeding $3,000;
- Have a serious injury; and
- Hold less than 50% of fault in the accident.
Before you turn to the other party’s insurance for help with medical bills and lost wages, you must first file a claim with your personal injury protection (PIP) insurance. For property damage, however, you can immediately file a claim against the at-fault driver’s insurance policy.
The intricate rules surrounding insurance claims in Utah may be confusing, especially if you are just looking for assistance after a serious accident. At Cutt, Kendell & Olson, our experienced attorneys are here to help you understand your rights and options.
Filing Claims for Passenger Injuries
A serious injury to a passenger can present unique issues, but if you were injured while riding in someone else’s vehicle, you do have the right to compensation. We can help you determine the best method of pursuing it. Depending on the situation, fault may rest with the driver you were riding with, another driver, or multiple individuals.
No matter the circumstances, our attorneys can help you determine the best way to recover compensation. We have successfully navigated insurance claims and car accident lawsuits for hundreds of clients.
Our team limits our caseload so we can give each client the attention they deserve. If you suffered serious injuries as a passenger in a car crash, reach out to our team to see if we can help you.
Do I Need an Accident Lawyer After a Crash?
Insurance companies may not require you to work with a lawyer when you want to file a claim, but having a representative who is dedicated to your case and knows how the claims system works can help you maximize your compensation. Especially if you are dealing with one of the following situations, you should reach out to an attorney for assistance.
When someone without insurance causes an accident, it can be hard to find the compensation you need for your injuries. Our attorneys can help you explore options like uninsured/underinsured motorists coverage. We can also help you file a lawsuit against the at-fault party to compel them to pay what they owe you.
Serious accidents may result in property damage and medical bills that greatly exceed Utah’s insurance minimums, leaving victims wondering where to turn for the additional compensation they need to recover. In Utah, the amount not covered by an at-fault driver’s insurance becomes their responsibility. We can bring a lawsuit asking a judge to decide how much they need to pay.
Driving under the influence and getting into a crash has far more serious consequences for the offending driver than just a regular car accident. If a drunk driver hits you, there is a good chance that you can be awarded pain and suffering awards in addition to having your medical bills paid for and your car repaired or replaced.
Additionally, judgments stemming from a DUI accident cannot be discharged in bankruptcy, meaning you should be able to collect, over time, even from bankrupt individuals. If the at-fault driver attempts to dodge their responsibility to you, our attorneys can protect your right to compensation.
Any crash arising from another driver’s negligence (texting and driving, drag racing, etc.) provides injury victims with grounds to file a lawsuit if their injuries and damages exceed their PIP coverage. Judges and juries typically look unfavorably on those who knowingly make dangerous choices while driving. This may lead to a quick settlement, or possibly a judgment in your favor at the end of a court case.
Questions You Should Ask Your Car Accident Attorney
Getting as much information as possible will help you make the best decision when it comes to who should represent you. Here is a list of questions that can help you determine whether the attorney you’re talking to has the experience and work ethic necessary to pursue the best outcome in your case:
- Do you specialize in car accident cases?
- Have you had experience with cases similar to mine?
- What is your typical settlement range?
- How are your fees structured?
- What legal details are you prepared to handle for me?
- Will I have any out-of-pocket expenses?
At Cutt, Kendell & Olson, we have won over $500 million for past clients and have served many individuals who were referred to us by judges and even other lawyers.
Our award-winning attorneys have earned the trust of the legal community, and we want to earn yours as well. Please reach out to us for your free consultation.
Your Legal Advocate and Spokesperson
At Cutt, Kendell & Olson, we know every client and accident is unique, and we do our best to understand each client’s individual case. Our attention to detail and carefully managed workload have helped us prevail in car accident cases all over the country.
We’ve been serving accident victims since 2000, and our trial attorneys have spent that time studying the best way to represent car crash victims.
Aside from the experience that comes from litigating hundreds of cases, we have conducted dozens of focus groups and interviewed and worked with hundreds of physicians and other healthcare professionals. When you work with Cutt, Kendell & Olson, you can be confident your team will do everything possible to maximize your outcome.