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Watch Out Car Accident Predators

January 22, 2024
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Illegal Solicitation Practices

If you’ve been in a car accident in the last year or two, you’ve probably felt the onslaught of certain law firms and medical groups knocking down your door to solicit your business. Shockingly, one Utah law firm even left a marketing gift on the porch of the family of a young man who had been killed in a motorcycle crash within a few days of his death. See Utah law firm apologizes after marketing gift upsets grieving family.

When you are in the middle of grieving the loss of a loved one, the last thing you want are vultures circling looking for how they can profit. Some of us in the personal injury community have been working to end this predatory practice. 

The Utah Supreme Court just amended the Utah Rules of Professional Conduct for lawyers, and starting May 1, 2024, the rule will prohibit lawyers from directly soliciting your business within 30 days of your car accident. Utah Rules of Professional Conduct, 7.1. This will give family members some breathing room after the loss of a loved one or a car accident. The penalty for lawyers found violating this rule could be loss of their license to practice law.

How Do These People Find You?

Another concerning practice is how these groups obtain your contact information. Police reports aren’t usually available for about 10 days following a collision, and it’s illegal for a lawyer to obtain a police report unless they have been hired to represent one of the parties identified in the report. UCA § 41-6a-404. Therefore, somewhere along the line from the moment of the accident until the time of contact, someone is selling or disclosing your personal information. If you are contacted by one of these groups to whom you did not give your contact information, demand to know how they learned of your accident and got your contact information and inform them that they are operating in violation of the law. UCA § 76-10-3201.

After the loss of a loved one or the chaos of a car accident, most people feel overwhelmed and not sure what they should be doing next. They need someone they can trust to help them get them where they need to go. If you have been in a car accident and are looking for a lawyer you can rely on, call us the lawyers at True North Injury Law at 801-849-3664 to schedule your free consultation.

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