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Auto Accident Lawyer Salt Lake City UT
While most commercial drivers operate their vehicles safely, a percentage of serious accidents result from negligence on the part of a driver or from contributing factors such as company policies that encourage their drivers to take risks in order to deliver products on time.
At the law office of Rasmussen & Miner in Salt Lake City, our lawyers serve as advocates for people injured in accidents caused by commercial vehicles. We will protect your interests and hold the commercial driver and their employer accountable for the full damages you have suffered.
What is a Commercial Vehicle?
Generally, all vehicles are consider a “commerical vehicle” when it is titled or registered to a company. Vehicles that are designed to carry more than 16 passengers are considered a commercial vehicle.
Examples of commericial vehicles include somes types of vans and semi trucks, buses, trains, taxis, coaches, trailers.
Was the Driver’s Employer at Fault?
Commercial drivers include not only delivery vehicles and couriers, but also business people who rent cars while on company business. Employers may be responsible for their employee’s actions, even if the employee was driving his or her own vehicle.
An example of employer responsibility is Domino’s Pizza promising delivery within 30 minutes or the pizza was free. By encouraging its employees to drive fast, Dominoes placed other people at risk. People injured by Domino’s drivers recovered millions of dollars in damages.
Dealing with Insurance Companies
Commercial drivers are required to carry large insurance policies. As a result, if you are injured in a commercial vehicle accident that was not your fault, there will be a significant amount of insurance to cover your damages. However, insurance companies will not pay this money willingly.
Insurance companies typically offer you only a portion of the money you may actually be due for your medical expenses, pain and suffering, lost wages, disability, and other losses. The adjustor will also pressure you to settle early — perhaps before the full extent of your disability is even known.
Before you sign anything or make any statement, you should get the advice of an experienced personal injury attorney.
Free Attorney Consultation
Come in with questions, leave with confidence that your commercial vehicle accident case will be handled properly. Call (801) 363-8500 or fill out the contact form on this Web site to schedule a free initial consultation with a lawyer at our Salt Lake City office.