KSL reports that motorcyclist Christopher Sly, a 40-year-old man from Harrisville, broke both his legs and received possible head injuries, even though he was wearing a helmet.

When an SUV made an unsafe U-turn, cutting off Sly’s path of travel, the motorcycle crashed into the driver’s side at about 45 mph. The police saw no skid marks, indicating that Sly did not brake before hitting the SUV. Sly was thrown over his motorcycle and is now in the the Ogden hospital with compound fractures in both legs. Sly is in “pretty serious condition,” according to police. The 26-year-old driver of the SUV, Kent Redford, received a ticket for the U-turn. The motorcycle was jammed underneath the SUV, and the vehicles had to be pulled apart.

Motorcycle accidents have been on the rise in Utah, and Weber County Sheriff Captain Tyler Greenhalgh says, “People just need to be aware of motorcycles; they’re hard to spot sometimes and hard to notice, and stuff like this shouldn’t happen, doesn’t need to happen.”

We at Christensen & Hymas sincerely hope that Christopher Sly recovers quickly from his injuries. We also want to encourage every motorcyclist to always wear a helmet, regardless of the length of the trip. Drivers can be unpredictable, and fatal accidents can happen within seconds. This accident show just how fast things can go wrong.

If you or someone you know has been injured or killed in a motorcycle accident at the fault of another, Christensen & Hymas can help you seek the compensation you deserve. Please call us at 801-506-0800.

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