Motorcycle Accident FAQs
Motorcycle riders face greater risks when involved in an accident with an automobile due to its smaller size and the tendency of the rider to be thrown from the bike upon impact. Wearing a helmet and following the listed speed limit reduces the risk of head injury. In addition, protective clothing, such as boots and leather jackets can help shield the body against major injuries to the skin. It is also of great importance that all road users avoid distracted driving and drunk driving. To save yourself and others from an accident, do not ride if you are tired, drowsy or ill. If, despite your best intentions and preparations, you got in an accident here are some frequently asked questions that may help you deal with the situation.
As a motorcycle rider, what will I do after the accident?
Stay calm and move away from the vehicle or go to a safe place. Call 911. Take note of the vehicles involved in the accident, take photos if you can. Call also your insurance company as soon as possible. Get the other driver’s name, address, phone number, and most importantly, insurance information. Seek medical attention even if you feel fine. Injuries or pain might bother you later.
I have been badly injured from a motorcycle accident caused by another driver, what should I do?
It is best to seek the help of an experienced personal injury lawyer to help you process your claim while you focus on recuperating. Your lawyer will process the compensation claim on your behalf more efficiently and this will save you from the pitfalls of insurance claims.
What Is Motorcycle Medical Payments Insurance?
This insurance helps cover the medical-related expenses you incur from a motorcycle accident, even if you’re at fault. It doesn’t cover the medical costs to treat injuries to others you caused when riding your motorcycle.
If the accident was partly my fault, can I still recover damages?
In Utah, there is a comparative negligence policy that follows a 50 percent rule. Your fault should be less than 50% to be able to get compensation. Do not admit anything on the scene of the accident to the police or to an insurance adjuster. You might not be in the best shape to analyze what had happened and you might not have noticed some of the events. Let the investigation resolve the question on whose fault the accident was and get a personal injury lawyer to help you in your case.
Which insurance coverage will I use if the accident was my fault?
If you have a motorcycle accident and you caused the accident, then it will be in your best interest to you use existing health insurance to pay your bills. Use your Personal Injury Protection (PIP) if your medical insurance has been exhausted. For a thorough discussion of this recommendation, read here. Avail of the liability coverage of the other driver to pay for your medical cost if the accident was not your fault. There might be other questions on motorcycle accident that you want answers. Call Christensen & Hymas at (801) 506-0800 with your concerns regarding your personal injury claims. We have knowledgeable lawyers that can help you through this process. To read more about motorcycle accidents, read our article, “Motorcycle Accidents“.
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