When auto accident victims are interested in filing legal action against those responsible for the harm they have suffered, the Salt Lake City, UT auto accident lawyer representing their interests must prove three foundational elements for their case to be successful. First, it must be proven that those serving as defendants in the personal injury lawsuit owed a so-called legal “duty of care” to the victim. This is usually the easiest legal element to prove in a car accident case, as every motorist on the road is required to drive safely under the law. Therefore, if you were hit by another motorist, both you and that other motorist owed each other a legal duty of care simply by choosing to operate your vehicles.
Second, it must be proven that the defendants in the lawsuit “breached” their legal duty of care by acting negligently, recklessly, or dangerously in an intentional way. This element is generally harder to prove than the first one. However, the experienced legal team at Rasmussen & Miner has significant experience uncovering the truth and clarifying the details present in accident scenarios. Therefore, you can trust that a Salt Lake City, UT auto accident lawyer at our firm will not provide you with a full case evaluation until our team feels confident that we can provide you with enough information to allow you to make an informed decision about your legal options. We may have to do a little investigating before we can understand issues of fault in your case and give you an informed estimate of how much your case might be worth. However, in the end, you’ll be provided with the information you need to knowledgeably determine whether you should file legal action at this time.
Finally, it must be proven that an accident victim’s injuries resulted directly from the responsible party’s breach of duty. Most of the time, when accident victims’ injuries result directly from their collisions, this is not a particularly tough element to prove.
What if I Just Want to Settle with the Other Driver’s Insurance Company?
If you’re not interested in filing legal action because it doesn’t seem “worth it” or seems too stressful, know that our firm’s Salt Lake City, UT auto accident lawyer team can help to ensure that you receive a fair settlement from any and all insurance companies involved in your case. Unfortunately, as insurance companies are for-profit enterprises, they often act to protect their bottom line at the expense of accident victims. Thankfully, our firm understands how to negotiate with insurance companies efficiently and effectively to better ensure that our clients receive the maximum amount of compensation to which they’re entitled under the circumstances.