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Utah Motorcycle Accident Lawyer

Utah motorcycle accident lawyer

We at ReshLaw Accident & Injury have tremendous experience representing Utah residents involved in motorcycle accidents. Explore further information about our services provided below, and contact us to arrange a free case consultation with our Utah motorcycle accident laywers.

How Our Utah Motorcycle Accident Law Firm Can Help You

How our motorcycle accident law firm can help you

At ReshLaw Accident & Injury, our experienced Utah motorcycle accident lawyers understand motorcyclists' unique challenges in accidents. We are steadfast in aiding you in navigating the complex legal process, working diligently to build a strong case, and seeking maximum compensation for your injuries, lost wages, and other damages. Our team will communicate with insurance companies, gather evidence, and, if necessary, represent you in court to protect your rights.

If you have incurred severe injuries as a motorcycle rider, you can count on us to help you. We can work with you on your motorcycle accident claim.

Utah Motorcycle Accident Statistics

Motorcycle accidents are a serious concern in Utah. According to the Utah Department of Public Safety, in a recent year, there were 1,068 motorcycle accidents, resulting in 41 fatalities and 1014 injuries. These accidents can have life-changing consequences for riders and their families.

For this reason, you need to depend on us in case you have been involved in a motorcycle crash. We represent motorcycle riders following motorcycle crashes and work alongside you in your pursuit for maximum recovery for your injuries.

Utah Motorcycle Laws

Utah motorcycle laws

Utah has specific laws in place to protect motorcyclists and promote safe riding. Some of the key Utah motorcycle laws include:

  • Riders and passengers must wear helmets if under 21 years of age.
  • Motorcycles must have working headlights, taillights, and turn signals.
  • Riders must hold a valid motorcycle endorsement on their driver's license.

If you have questions about motorcycle injury accident claims, reach out to us to schedule a consultation.

Common Causes of Motorcycle Accidents in Utah

A few of the most prevalent culprits of motorcycle accidents in Utah include:

Error With the Driver

Error with the driver

Driver error is a leading cause of motorcycle accidents. This can include:

Equipment With Flaws

Defective motorcycle parts or equipment can contribute to accidents. Examples include:

  • Faulty brakes or suspension systems;
  • Tire blowouts or tread separation; or
  • Malfunctioning electrical components.

Hazardous Road Situation

Hazardous road situation

Dilapidated road conditions can increase the risk of motorcycle accidents, such as:

  • Potholes or uneven surfaces;
  • Loose gravel or debris on the road; or
  • Inadequate signage or poorly marked construction zones.

Most Common Injuries That Utah Motorcycle Accident Victims Suffer

Motorcycle accidents often lead to serious injuries due to the lack of protection for riders. Some common injuries include:

  • Broken bones and fractures
  • Traumatic brain injuries
  • Spinal cord injuries and paralysis
  • Road rash and skin abrasions
  • Internal organ damage

What to Do Right After Your Utah Motorcycle Accident in Utah

What to do right after your motorcycle accident

After a motorcycle accident in Utah, it's essential to take the following steps to protect your rights and ensure that you have the best chance of receiving fair compensation:

  1. Seek medical attention promptly, even if you feel fine: People rarely walk away from motorcycle accidents. However, even if you feel fine, your health and safety should always be the top priority after an accident. Some injuries may not present symptoms immediately. Seeing a doctor immediately is crucial.
    • Get checked out by a medical professional.
    • Follow all medical advice and treatment plans.
    • Keep records of all medical visits and treatments received.
  2. Get in touch with the police and create an accident report: Having an official record of the accident is essential, as this can be valuable evidence in your case.
    • Provide accurate and detailed information to the responding officer.
    • Once the police report is available, request a copy for your records.
    • Review the report for accuracy and address any discrepancies.
  3. Make sure the officer collects information from the other drivers involved, including their contact information and insurance details: This information will be necessary when filing a claim or pursuing a lawsuit.
    • Driver's name, address, and phone number;
    • Driver's license number and vehicle registration information; or
    • Insurance company name and policy number.
  4. Capture photographs or videos of the accident scene for documentation: Visual evidence can be a powerful tool in proving negligence and showing the extent of the damage. Take:
    • Photographs of vehicle damage and any skid marks or debris;
    • Images of your injuries, if visible; or
    • Pictures of the overall accident scene, including traffic signs and signals.
  5. Obtain contact information from any witnesses: Witness statements can help corroborate your version of events and strengthen your case. Include:
    • Each witness's name, address, and phone number; or
    • Brief written or recorded statements from witnesses, if possible.
  6. Avoid discussing the accident or admitting fault to anyone: It's essential not to say anything that could be used against you later.
    • Refrain from making statements about who is at fault.
    • Avoid conversations with insurance adjusters without legal representation.
    • Avoid posting on social media the details of the accident.
  7. Contacta Utah motorcycle accident lawyer for legal advice and representation: An experienced attorney can steer you through the intricate legal process and help you pursue the compensation you deserve.
    • Seek a free consultation to discuss your case.
    • Hire a lawyer with experience in motorcycle accident cases.
    • Make sure your attorney is updated on any developments in your medical condition or other relevant information.

Proving Negligence for Your Utah Motorcycle Accident

To successfully recover compensation for your motorcycle accident, it's imperative that you prove to the court that the other party was negligent. This typically involves demonstrating the following elements:

  1. The defendant owed you a duty of care to operate their vehicle safely.
  2. The defendant neglected that duty by acting recklessly or carelessly .
  3. The neglect of duty directly caused your motorcycle accident and injuries.
  4. You incurred damages, such as medical expenses, lost wages, and pain and suffering.

Statute of Limitations for Motorcycle Accidents in Utah

In Utah, the statute of limitations for personal injury claims, which includes motorcycle collisions, is generally four years from the time of the collision Utah Code § 78B-2-307. You must file your claim within this timeframe; otherwise, you may lose your right to pursue compensation.

An experienced Utah motorcycle accident lawyer can assist you in ensuring that you meet all deadlines and requirements for your case.

Damages That Utah Motorcycle Accident Victims Can Recover

Motorcycle accident victims in Utah may be eligible to recover various damages to help them cope with the consequences of the accident. These damages can include:

  • Medical expenses, both current and future: Motorcycle accident victims may necessitate extensive medical treatment, such as surgeries, hospital stays, physical therapy, and medication. They may also need ongoing medical care in the future, particularly for severe injuries. Compensation for medical expenses can help victims cover these costs.
    • Emergency room visits;
    • Surgeries and procedures;
    • Hospitalization and inpatient care;
    • Physical therapy and rehabilitation;
    • Prescription medications;
    • Medical equipment and assistive devices; and
    • Long-term care and home health services.
  • Lost wages and reduced earning capacity: If a motorcycle accident results in injuries that prevent the victim from working or limit their ability to work, they may be legally entitled to indemnity for lost wages and reduced earning capacity.
    • Lost income during recovery;
    • Loss of future earnings if unable to go back to work;
    • Reduced earning capacity due to physical or cognitive limitations; and
    • Vocational rehabilitation and retraining expenses.
  • Pain and suffering: Compensation for pain and suffering can help motorcycle accident victims address the physical pain and discomfort they have experienced as a result of their injuries.
    • Chronic pain from injuries;
    • Discomfort during recovery; and
    • Pain caused by necessary medical treatments or surgeries.
  • Emotional distress: Motorcycle accidents can cause significant emotional trauma, such as anxiety, depression, and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Compensation for emotional distress can help victims address the psychological effects of the accident.
    • Anxiety and depression;
    • PTSD symptoms;
    • Fear of riding or being near motorcycles; and
    • Sleep disturbances and nightmares.
  • Loss of enjoyment of life: Severe injuries can drastically change a victim's lifestyle, preventing them from enjoying hobbies, activities, and social interactions they once enjoyed. Indemnity for loss of enjoyment of life can help address this aspect of their recovery.
    • Inability to participate in hobbies or sports;
    • Reduced social interaction and isolation; and
    • Difficulty maintaining relationships with friends and family.
  • Property damage: Compensation for property damage can help motorcycle accident victims repair or replace their motorcycle or other personal property damaged because of the accident.
    • Cost of motorcycle repairs or replacement;
    • Damage to personal belongings, such as helmets or clothing; and
    • Towing and storage fees.
  • Punitive damages: In certain situations, punitive damages could be granted if the at-fault party's actions were particularly egregious or reckless. These damages are intended to penalize the defendant and discourage someone from engaging in the same behavior in the future.
    • Drunk or drugged driving;
    • Excessive speeding; and
    • Intentional acts of aggression or road rage.

Schedule an Initial Consultation With Our Utah Motorcycle Accident Lawyer at ReshLaw Accident & Injury

Schedule an initial consultation with our motorcycle accident lawyer

If you or a loved one has been injured in a motorcycle accident in Utah, seeking legal representation at the earliest opportunity is crucial.

Contact our skilled Utah motorcycle accident lawyers at ReshLaw Accident & Injury for an initial consultation to discuss your case, understand your rights, and learn how we can help you pursue the compensation you deserve.

Utah Motorcycle Accident FAQS

Some of the most common questions our clients ask us include:

What is my Utah motorcycle accident case worth?

The value of your motorcycle accident case depends on various factors, such as the severity of your injuries, the extent of your medical expenses, lost wages, and the impact on your quality of life. An experienced Utah motorcycle accident attorney can help you assess the potential value of your case.

Should I accept a first settlement offer from an insurance company?

Taking the starting settlement offer from an insurance company without consulting a Utah motorcycle accident lawyer is generally not advisable. Insurance companies often try to settle quickly and for less than what your case may be worth. An attorney can help you negotiate a fair settlement that covers your needs.

Is it okay to speak with insurance companies after my Utah motorcycle accident?

You should be cautious when speaking with insurance companies after a motorcycle accident. It's essential to avoid admitting fault or discussing details of the accident that could harm your case. It's best to consult a Utah motorcycle accident attorney before speaking with insurance companies to protect your rights.

Can I still recover damages even if I am partially liable for my motorcycle accident in Utah?

Yes, Utah follows a modified comparative negligence rule Utah Code § 78B-5-818. This means that you can still recover damages as long as you are less than 50% at fault for the accident. However, your compensation will be reduced by your percentage of fault.

Is no-fault insurance coverage available for motorcycles in Utah?

No, Utah's no-fault insurance laws do not apply to motorcycles. This means that motorcyclists must seek compensation for their injuries from the at-fault party's insurance company rather than relying on their own personal injury protection (PIP) coverage as they would in a no-fault system.

Is lane filtering or lane splitting legal in Utah? 

Lane filtering is now legal in Utah. Lane splitting is illegal in Utah. What’s the difference? 

Lane splitting is simply riding a motorcycle in between lanes of slow-moving or stopped traffic in the same direction. There are not nearly as many prerequisites to lane splitting. Lane splitting is illegal in Utah. 

Lane filtering is intended to provide motorcycles with a “safety pocket” when encountering stopped traffic. To lane filter, ALL of the following criteria must be met: 

  • Lane filtering must occur on a roadway with two or more lanes in the same direction. 
  • Lane filtering is only legal while traffic is stopped. Once traffic is moving, the motorcyclist must return to a travel lane as soon as possible. 
  • Lane filtering is only legal on roads where the speed limit is 45 MPH or less. 
  • Lane is never legal on Freeways or On/Off ramps. 
  • A lane-filtering motorcycle cannot travel more than 15 MPH. 

While motorists do not always appreciate the practice of lane filtering or lane splitting, motorcyclists have rights. We have successfully handled many lane filtering cases in Utah. 

Contact Utah’s lane filtering lawyer for a free consultation regarding an accident involving lane filtering.   

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