The beautiful scenery and natural attractions such as Zion, Arches, and Bryce Canyon attract bikers to Utah from all over the world. Unfortunately, a ride through nature and the open road can quickly turn into a tragic situation when a negligent driver collides with you and your motorcycle. While most motorcyclists practice additional safety precautions and wear protective gear, motorcycles still expose riders to dangerous elements. The lack of safety features and smaller size of motorcycles can leave riders susceptible to devastating injuries or even wrongful death. If you or a loved one were involved in a motorcycle accident, you need a legal representative on your side to protect your best interests and fight for the maximum compensation possible. During your no-obligation consultation with a motorcycle accident lawyer at Flickinger Sutterfield & Boulton, we can help you decide whether you have a strong case. We can meet the needs of clients throughout the state of Utah. Schedule your complimentary case review today by calling (801) 341-8424 or contacting us online.
What to Do If You Are in a Motorcycle Crash
If you are involved in an accident, your first priority should be to receive the medical attention you need. Depending on the circumstances of the crash, the other party involved in the crash and their insurance company will try to negotiate a settlement and put you at fault for the accident. Rather than settling for compensation from an insurance company, you should hire a lawyer who can help you determine the full extent of your injuries, determine liability, and quantify all damages sustained in the collision. While many insurance companies assume fault based on stigmas surrounding motorcyclists, our legal team is dedicated to protecting your rights.
The Alarming Statistics
According to data compiled by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), over 4,500 motorcyclists were killed in collisions in 2013 alone. Additionally, statistics presented by the NHTSA provide some disturbing insights about motorcycle accidents such as:
- 50 percent of fatal crashes were caused by a collision with another motor vehicle
- 34 percent of accidents involved speeding
- Fatalities have increased by 16 percent since 2004
Due to their low visibility, reduced stability, and lack of robust safety features, motorcyclists are 29 times more likely to die in accidents than motor vehicle drivers.
Types of Motorcycle Accidents
The extent of the damages caused by motorcycle accidents will largely depend on the types of vehicles involved and the circumstances that caused the accident. While a majority of motorcycle accidents involve a collision with another vehicle, other accidents are caused by a single vehicle. When a motorcyclist loses control or crashes into a non-moving object, this can also result in extensive injuries. Additionally, equipment failure can lead to crashes and be grounds for a product liability case. Other types of collisions can involve large trucks or buses, which have strict regulations and a different set of laws which a lawyer can help you navigate.
Wearing a helmet can dramatically reduce your risk of head and brain injury. However, in the state of Utah, riders over 21 are not required to wear helmets.
Although the NHTSA and other agencies have determined that helmet use can reduce the risk of death in an accident, the state of Utah does not require helmets for motorcycle drivers over the age of 21. According to the NHTSA, approximately 715 lives could have been saved in 2013 if all motorcyclists wore helmets. This means that the risk of head injury and death is much higher in our state than in other areas.
Potentially Devastating Consequences
At Flickinger Sutterfield & Boulton, we see this scenario time and time again. Sadly, many motorcycle accidents result in catastrophic injuries including:
- Head and brain injuries
- Broken bones
- Neck and back injuries
- Spinal cord injuries
- Loss of limbs
- Permanent disfigurement
These catastrophic injuries can require ongoing medical attention, expensive long-term treatment, and affect your ability to work, now and in the future. Our legal team has experience working with medical experts and financial planners who can help us determine the full extent of your injuries and pursue the maximum compensation possible. Although no amount of compensation completely help you overcome the traumatic event and the injuries sustained, it can help reduce the financial burden on your family and help you return to your normal life as best as possible.
We have the necessary resources to help you achieve satisfactory results and get back to a sense of normalcy as soon as possible.
Unfortunately, motorcycle accidents can also lead to the wrongful death of a loved one. Depending on your case, you may be eligible to receive compensation for funeral expenses, pain and suffering, and loss of income caused by the death of a loved one.
How a Lawyer Can Help
Typically, there is no personal injury protection (PIP) insurance for motorcycles, bullet bikes, ATVs, and other recreational vehicles. This means that the only compensation you may be able to recover is through a personal injury claim. A lawyer can help you determine the cause of the accident and establish liability. As motorcyclists are often disadvantaged and negatively portrayed by drivers and their insurance companies, an attorney can help you defend your case and achieve the maximum compensation possible. In addition to gathering witnesses and experts that support your case, we can help you receive a proper medical diagnosis and effective treatment to begin the road to recovery.
Begin Your Recovery
To speak with a motorcycle accident lawyer about what actions to take next, schedule a free, no-obligation consultation with our attorneys. We have helped many clients achieve successful outcomes in all types of collision cases. Our firm has the resources to help you achieve satisfactory results and get back to a sense of normalcy as soon as possible. Schedule your consultation by contacting our team online or calling us directly at (801) 341-8424.