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What Are My Rights After A Vehicle Accident?

A Utah Accident Attorney Will Help Protect Your Legal Rights


Under Utah law you and each of your fellow drivers has a duty to use reasonable care to avoid injuring other people or damaging property.

Negligence is failure to use reasonable care and "negligent conduct" is conduct that does not use reasonable care.

Examples of negligent conduct include: running a red light, failing to stop for a stop sign, speeding, failing to pay attention to traffic stopping ahead of you and running into the rear of another vehicle.


If you have been injured by the negligent conduct of another, you are entitled to compensation.


In Utah, compensation for injuries is divided into two categories: general damages and special damages.

General damages may be based on:

  • Pain

  • Discomfort

  • Suffering, both mental and physical

  • Probable duration and severity of the suffering

  • The extent to which you have been prevented from pursuing the ordinary affairs of your life that you previously enjoyed

  • Your life expectancy is a factor in the calculation of general damages


Special damages include:

  • Lost wages

  • Future lost wages and loss of future employment opportunity

  • The reasonable value of medical care which was necessary


You are entitled to have your vehicle repaired or replaced (if it is totaled).


You have a right to a rental vehicle while yours is being fixed.

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