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Let the motorcycle accident lawyers at Christensen & Hymas help you claim financial compensation if you’re the victim of an accident. Most drivers do not keep a proper lookout for motorcyclists, making motorcyclists some of the most vulnerable drivers on the road. If you are a motorcyclist, you need a motorbike lawyer on your side who understands your situation and who has legal experience protecting the rights of motorcyclists across Utah.

Our attorneys Ken Christensen and Russ Hymas are experienced motorcycle attorneys who will fight to get fair compensation for you if you have been injured in a motorcycle accident. With our No Fee Guarantee, we promise that if we don’t win your case, you don’t pay.

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Protect Yourself and Your Rights After a Motorcycle Accident

There are over 8 million motorcycles registered in the United States and make up only 3% of registered vehicles. Motorcyclists are a minority on the road. Because of that, many drivers do not give them proper road respect.

While motorcyclists make up a small percentage of drivers, they make up 10 to 14% of vehicle accident fatalities. Over 80,000 motorcyclists are injured in accidents every year. Over 4,500 lose their lives. The tragic truth is that around 80% of the time, it’s not the motorcyclist’s fault. 

Our attorneys for motorcycle accidents in Utah want to help you protect yourself and your rights after a motorcycle accident.

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What Can Legal Advocates Do for My Motorcycle Accident Case?  

A legal advocate can help you exercise your rights and ensure that you get the compensation that you deserve. Our full-service motorcycle crash legal advocates can assist with:

  • Making police reports and claims through the insurance company
  • Preserving evidence and handling communications with witnesses
  • Speaking to the insurance company so that you don’t have to
  • Determining the value of your case
  • Helping you identify types of compensation that you may have missed
  • Identifying unique issues present in motorcycle accident cases to ensure you have the evidence that you need
  • Building the evidence and a legal strategy that’s tailored to your case
  • Preparing legal documents
  • Evaluating settlement offers and mediating an appropriate case resolution
  • Speaking in court hearings and presenting your case at trial
  • Collecting your settlement
  • Explaining the legal process and giving you confidence in the proceedings

Our lawyers are here to be your legal advocates from start to finish so that you can focus on yourself and your recovery. We have the experience to know how to handle a motorcycle accident claim and the legal know-how to give you the customized, compassionate representation that you deserve. Don’t leave it to chance. With our advocates, you know you’re taking the right steps to receive the compensation that you deserve.

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Why Do You Need a Motorcycle Accident Lawyer?

Without an experienced lawyer, you may not get the monetary compensation that you deserve. In addition, the legal process may take longer and have extra frustration that you don’t need. You need a motorcycle accident lawyer to make sure you receive the full amount of your compensation quickly. A motorcycle accident lawyer is thoroughly versed in the special issues impacting motorcycle accident cases. They know how to build evidence of fault. If your case goes to trial, they know how to select a jury that will be fair and open-minded in motorcycle accident claims.

Even with a great case, there are specific steps that you have to take in order to bring your case and receive your compensation. A motorcycle accident lawyer knows what to do, and they know what not to do. Let us help you handle your case with the legal precision and determination that you deserve while you focus on your health and well-being.

I Was in a Motorcycle Accident, Now What?

When you’re in a motorcycle accident, you may wonder—now what?! You probably sustained a serious injury because motorcyclists do not have the protection of a large vehicle surrounding them. Knowing what to do after being involved in a motorcycle accident can be overwhelming and stressful. Our motorcycle accident lawyers explain what to do when you are in a motorcycle accident.

  1. Call 911. Serious injuries need to be treated immediately. Of course, the severity of injuries can vary, but emergency personnel should always be called if anyone has any injuries. The police will accompany emergency vehicles. Police should prepare an accident report that you’ll use to file your insurance claim.
  2. Document the Scene. If possible, take pictures of the crash scene. Write down whatever you can remember about what happened. Pictures and documentation help determine who is at fault. Also, it can be used to show that your injuries were the result of the crash. Along with documentation, you should also get the contact information of other drivers or vehicles that were involved. Get personal contact information as well as insurance company details so that you may file the correct claims with the right companies.
  3. Find Witnesses. Finding witnesses is vital to your case. Victims may be stunned or in shock after the accident and won’t be able to remember exactly what happened. Witnesses may fill in the gaps and help give a clear picture of what actually happened. Try to get witness contact information so that your legal counsel can contact them for more information.
  4. Seek Medical Attention. Even if you don’t see any immediate damage to your body, you should still get checked out by a doctor. There may be internal injuries or pain that could develop over time as the adrenaline from the accident wears off. The most important thing to remember is that you should always see a medical professional after an accident.
  5. Hire an Attorney To Handle a Motorcycle Crash Case. Unfortunately, fair compensation can be lost in the dispute of who is at fault. An attorney can handle your motorcycle accident case to make sure that you are treated fairly. You have nothing to lose as consultations about your case are free of charge. Christensen & Hymas has knowledgeable attorneys who can help you through the difficulty of injury and the legal claims process. 

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Motorcycle Accident Statistics

Motorcyclists face greater risks than most drivers during accidents. Organizations like the National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration (NHTSA) and the Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA) have researched patterns regarding motorcycle accidents to combat fatalities. Traffic Safety Facts from the NHTSA state that:

  • During weekdays, most motorcyclists are killed from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m., followed by 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
  • During the weekend, the highest death rate is from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., followed by 9 p.m. to midnight.
  • 58% of fatalities occur to riders wearing helmets, while 42% occur to victims who are not wearing helmets.
  • Motorcyclists of all ages have been found to be driving without a license at the time of an accident.

The Governors Highway Safety Association reports that:

  • 35% of fatal motorcycle crashes involve speeding. That’s a higher rate than the 23% of passenger car accidents that are speeding-related and 19% for light truck drivers.
  • Helmets prevent 37% of motorcycle operator fatal injuries in a crash and 41% of fatal passenger injuries.
  • 29% of fatally injured motorcycle riders have a blood alcohol concentration above a .08.

Christensen & Hymas encourages all motorcyclists and drivers to be safe while operating a motor vehicle. Accidents can be devastating and cause unforeseen consequences and heartache for everyone involved. To avoid accidents, motorcyclists are reminded to wear the proper reflective riding gear to be sure drivers are able to see them. In addition, motorcyclists should wear a helmet.

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Utah Motorcycle Laws

Motorcycle laws protect riders and others on the road. Here are the motorcycle laws that you need to know.

What Laws Govern Riding a Motorcycle in Utah?

According to the Utah Motorcycle Operator Manual, riders must:

Sitting and Passengers

  • Sit in a normal position
  • Carry only passengers if the bike is built for more than one person
  • Ensure that passengers do not obstruct their vision or control 
  • Have both hands on the handlebars at all times

Helmets

Lane Sharing, Splitting, and Filtering

  • Motorcycle lane sharing or splitting is not allowed in the state of Utah.
  • Lane filtering is legal in the State of Utah if certain conditions are present. The road must have two or more adjacent lanes in the same direction of travel with a total speed limit of 45 mph or less. The movement must be made safely at no more than 15 mph with the other vehicles stopped completely.

Equipment

  • Handlebars may be no more than shoulder height
  • The bike must have a headlamp and a tail lamp
  • There must be brakes and a horn
  • Passengers must have footrests

motorcyclist obeying laws by not sharing or splitting lanes

Laws for Motorcycle Accident Insurance and Claims

A motorcycle must specifically be listed on a driver’s insurance policy in order to be covered. A person’s personal injury protection (PIP) policy does not cover the driver of a motorcycle. However, the driver can seek similar coverage if the insurance company offers it. This no-fault insurance policy covers any passengers on the motorcycle.

Is Failing To Wear a Helmet Evidence of Negligence in a Motorcycle Accident Claim?

No, failing to wear a helmet is not evidence of negligence in a motorcycle accident claim. If a person is involved in an accident, the act of not wearing a helmet does not mean they were negligent. Failing to wear a helmet cannot be admitted against the motorcycle driver as evidence of negligence.

Motorcycle Negligence and Case Examples

Negligence on the part of the motorcyclist can impact the outcome of a compensation claim. In one case, two boys were riding a scooter built for one rider. A driver did not see them and turned right into them. The boys were injured, so they sued the driver. However, because the law required them to only have one person on this particular scooter, they lost their case.

In another case, a motorcycle passed a large truck turning left. Another car traveling in the opposite direction had already started to turn left. The motorcycle hit the back of the car and sued. The jury found him 100% negligent because it was his duty to approach the intersection with caution.

With all of the specific regulations and the confusing nature of insurance coverage, you may feel overwhelmed at the idea of dealing with your accident. Our attorneys can help. Please call us at 801-506-0800 for a free consultation. We’ll take care of the insurance companies so that you can focus on healing and recovery.

Motorcycle Safety and Maintenance Guide

Motorcycle safety and maintenance are important for all riders. Careful attention to safety and maintenance can save lives. Here is a list of tips for taking care of your bike.

Motorcycle Safety Training

Confidence on a motorcycle takes practice. Begin by getting the proper license to be a rider. Motorcycle licenses are required for all those who wish to ride a motorcycle. The Utah DMV provides motorcyclist information that includes topics such as:

  • Wearing the right gear
  • Knowing your motorcycle
  • Knowing your responsibilities
  • Basic vehicle control
  • Keeping your distance
  • Situational awareness
  • Handling intersections
  • Making yourself seen
  • Avoiding crashes
  • Dangerous surfaces
  • Mechanical problems
  • Flying objects
  • Passengers & cargo
  • Earning your license
  • Wear the proper gear: Wear all the gear, all the time.
    • Helmet: Required for riders under age 21; recommended for everyone
    • Visors and goggles: Eye protection shields you from wind, rain, insects, or dust
    • Protective clothing: Clothing should be substantial and protect your shoulders, knees and elbows. The legs of your pants should cover the top of your shoe, preferably with leather or denim. Wear long sleeves or a jacket of durable material
    • Gloves and gauntlets: Wear gloves. Full-fingered gloves are best.
    • Motorcycle boots: Boots should be made of leather and cover the ankle bone.
  • Ride unimpaired by alcohol or other drugs: Driving under the influence is against the law and extremely dangerous.
  • Ride within your own skill limits: Know your limitations and act cautiously at all times when riding.
  • Be a lifelong learner: You never stop learning when you’re a part of the motorcycling community. Pay attention to rule changes and take refresher rider courses to keep you up-to-date with safety and motorcycle improvements.

woman riding a motorcycle safely with a helmet

Motorcycle Maintenance Guide

Knowing your motorcycle and how to maintain it is very important for safety. If your bike is not running properly, you may encounter issues that could potentially lead to accidents down the road. Below is a list of recommendations for maintaining your ride.

  • Follow the recommendations in your manuals: The motorcycle manufacturer wants you to know how to use and maintain your bike. Read it, study it, memorize it.
  • Breaking in your bike: The most important miles on your bike are the first few hundred, then the next couple thousand. Ride gently as you break in your bike.
  • Oil changes: Get regular oil changes. Oil ensures that your vehicle components don’t grind. If you ride in dirty or dusty areas, change it more often. Make sure you use the correct oil!
  • Clean or change your air filter: Change your air filter about once a month. An air filter is important to the cylinders in your bike’s engine.
  • Check your tire pressure: Making sure you have the correct air pressure in your tires will help the handling of your bike and your fuel consumption. Check your tire pressure once a week and add or drain as needed.
  • Grease your bearings: All riders should keep their bike well lubricated. On some new bikes, the bearings are maintenance-free, but others need regular care. Even if you are consistent about greasing your bearings, eventually, they will need to be replaced. Check them regularly.
  • Watch your drivetrain: Don’t forget your drivetrain—the chain, belt or shaft that transfers power from your transmission to your rear wheel. Depending on what type of final drivetrain you’re running, you’ll want to keep an eye on chain stretch, sprocket wear, belt cracking, and the oil in the shaft housing. Chain drive systems generally are the most maintenance-intensive.
  • Check your battery terminal and wires: A new battery starts dying the second you start using it. The life of the battery depends on how well you keep it. Use a trickle charger to keep it charged while not in use.
  • Get quality parts: When looking for parts to fix your bike, make sure to get great parts that will help your bike run smoother and won’t give you problems down the road.

You may think that your ride doesn’t need maintenance, but ultimately it saves money on costly repairs. Our attorneys for motorcycle accidents help those who have been injured in a motorcycle accident that was caused by another’s negligence or reckless behavior. Call us to discuss the compensation that you deserve for the pain and suffering you have endured.

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Motorcycle Safety and Accident Resources

The following motorcycle accident resources can assist you with safety and accident response:

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) provides motorcycle safety resources and initiatives. NHTSA studies traffic patterns and accident data in order to create recommendations and provide resources that improve the safety and efficient use of the roads.

Ride to Live Utah

Ride to Live Utah provides tips for improving your skills whether you’ve been riding for two months or two decades. They provide access to rider education, rider routes, and more.

Motorcycle Safety Foundation

The Motorcycle Safety Foundation contains various articles and links related to motorcyclists and motorcycle safety. Browse through the numerous aspects of motorcycle riding and how human factors, environmental factors, social factors, and motorcycle factors affect your riding experience and safety.

Motorcycle Riders Foundation

The Motorcycle Riders Foundation is chiefly concerned with issues at the national and international levels that impact the freedom and safety of American street motorcyclists. They are also committed to educating rights advocates to improve effectiveness at state and local levels.

American Motorcyclist Association (AMA)

The American Motorcyclist Association (AMA) is the world’s largest motorcycling organization. The AMA advocates for motorcyclists’ interests in local, state, and federal government, the committees of international governing organizations, and the court of public opinion. The association promotes competitive motorsports competitions and recreational activities or events. It also provides a compilation of relevant state laws.

Bikers Rights

Bikers Rights contains articles relating to motorcycle care and performance. It also features issues and legislative developments for motorcyclists across many states in America.

Motorcycle Accident Victims

Motorcycle Accident Victims (M.A.V.) provides assistance to motorcycle accident victims. The purpose of the organization is to provide resources and help to victims who are injured through no fault of their own. They rely on donations and fundraisers to help victims in their time of need.

Insurance Institute for Highway Safety

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) is an independent, non-profit, scientific, and educational organization dedicated to reducing the losses, deaths, injuries, and property damage from crashes on the nation’s roads. The Highway Loss Data Institute (HLDI) shares and supports this mission through scientific studies of insurance data representing the human and economic losses resulting from the ownership and operation of vehicles.

University of Utah Health Care

The University of Utah health care system has specialist spinal cord care that offers you the most comprehensive rehabilitation program in the region. The program begins in the acute hospital and supports you throughout your inpatient stay, outpatient therapies, follow-up care, and beyond.

Utah Valley Regional Medical Center

The Utah Valley Regional Medical Center gives locations for physical therapy services as well as classes and events.

Motorcycle Accident FAQs

Here are answers to your motorcycle accident FAQs from our motorcycle accident lawsuit team.

As a motorcycle rider, what should I do after an accident?

If you’re a motorcycle rider in an accident, you should stay calm and get to a safe place. Call 911 and ensure that you and anyone else who is injured receives medical treatment. Take note of the vehicles involved in the accident. Take photos if you can. Get the other driver’s name, address, phone number, and most importantly, insurance information. Call your insurance company as soon as possible.

motorcycle rider in an accident getting help from police

I have been badly injured from a motorcycle accident caused by another driver, what can I do?

If you have been badly injured from a motorcycle accident caused by another driver, speak with a personal injury lawyer for motorcycle accidents to pursue a claim for compensation. They can 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 and the legal process.

What Is Motorcycle Medical Payments Insurance?

Motorcycle Medical Payments Insurance is insurance that helps cover the medical-related expenses you or a passenger incur from a motorcycle accident, even if you’re at fault. It may cover things like deductibles, prescriptions, home care, co-pays, and more. It doesn’t cover the medical costs to treat injuries to others you may have caused when riding your motorcycle.

If the motorcycle accident was partly my fault, can I still recover damages in Utah?

For motorcycle accidents in Utah, there is a comparative negligence policy that follows a 50% 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 happened, and you might not have noticed some of the events. Let the investigation resolve the question of whose fault the accident was and get a personal injury lawyer to help your case.

Which insurance coverage will I use if I’m in a motorcycle accident?

If you’re in a motorcycle accident, you may use your insurance, the other party’s insurance, or your own health insurance. There may also be employer insurance or workers’ compensation available to you as well as a third-party legal claim. An attorney for motorcycle accidents can help you determine what insurance to use and if the insurance company is paying you fairly.

Attorneys To Help You With Your Motorcycle Accident

Despite all you can do to drive defensively, sometimes, nothing can prevent an accident. At Christensen & Hymas, we protect motorcyclists who have been injured due to another person’s negligence. Our attorneys for motorcycle accident compensation will fight to get you the monetary payment you deserve to cover your medical and motorcycle expenses, your lost wages, and the pain and suffering you endured because of your accident.

We are here to help. If you have any questions about our services, feel free to call us at 801-506-0800 or order one of our free accident books.

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