Motorcycle accidents are common in Utah, most often due to no fault of the riders. Frequently, motorcycle accidents are simply a result of drivers’ failure to look out for motorcycles. Too many times, motorcycle accidents result in serious injury or death for the motorcycle operator. This is often because of the lack of visibility of motorcyclists.
Unfortunately, many people ignore the rights and privileges of motorcycle riders and cause accidents. To deal with such accidents, riders need motorcycle accident lawyers that will aggressively defend their rights. They need motorcycle wreck lawyers that go to court, as high as they need to go, to repair the harm caused by careless drivers. Christensen Law has vast experience and knowledge in litigation and personal injury and knows how to maximize results in these cases. We don’t give in or take a low and unreasonable offer. We work hard to help you get the money you deserve.
If You Are The Victim of a Motorcycle Accident, You may be entitled to compensation for:
- Medical bills
- Lost wages
- Future economic losses
- Past, present and future pain and suffering
- Emotional distress
Motorcycles offer very little protection compared to other vehicles. This leaves riders at risk and vulnerable to serious injuries and death. Dangerous road conditions, such as potholes, wet roads, uneven roads or debris, can easily cause the motorcyclist to be involved in an accident.
Additionally, the research shows that motorcycle accidents are more likely to lead to fatalities than other vehicle accidents.
Serious injuries from motorcycle accidents include:
- Spinal cord injuries, including paralysis
- Brain injuries
- Broken bones
Often, it’s other motorists who cause motorcycle accidents. Many motorcycle accidents take place at intersections when a vehicle makes a left-hand turn striking the motorcyclist going straight with the right of way, causing the motorcyclist to strike the side of the turning vehicle. Passenger vehicles that carelessly change lanes, fail to properly stop, or negligently merge into traffic, may place motorcyclists at great risk of harm.
Even if you are not completely free from fault, you may be able to recover from a motorcycle accident. Sometimes, one or more parties can be at fault for the same accident. The possible percentage of fault for each involved party is what a motorcycle accident lawyer studies to best represent his or her client. If an opposing driver breached the “duty of care” owed to other drivers or violated a traffic law, causing the motorcycle accident, they may be liable for the damages, even if the motorcycle operator made some mistakes, too.
Local Utah Law
Utah motorcycle law uses a standard called modified comparative negligence. That is fancy lawyer speak to say that an injured party can only bring a claim against another party for negligence if their own negligence is less than 50%.
So, if John is driving and is 50% at fault, then John can’t recover from Mark.
But if John is 49% at fault, John can recover damages from Mark. It takes smart, aggressive, and strategic lawyers to fight for their clients and win difficult cases.
A motorcycle wreck lawyer will hire an accident reconstructionist to assist in determining the percentage of fault for each party involved in an accident. The attorney will often also hire medical experts to determine the extent of the injuries and damages.
Proving fault and extent of injuries can become complicated when negotiating with insurance companies and their hired defense attorneys. It’s important to contact us immediately after a motorcycle accident to best handle the legal aspects of your case.
Utah motorcycle helmet law only requires a helmet for those under 21. Not wearing a helmet plays no role in determining liability.
Christensen Law is a powerhouse litigation firm with unrivaled service and a proven track record. We are the motorcycle accident lawyers that aim to fight for those who have been harmed and make things right for them. Let our team of experienced trial lawyers fight for you! If you or a loved one has been injured in a motorcycle accident, call us at 1 801-303-5800 for a FREE CONSULTATION. Let us give you peace of mind and help you with your motorcycle accident today.