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Utah Motorcycle Accident Lawyer

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We specialize in serious motorcycle accident cases. We understand how devastating a motorcycle crash can be for victims and their family members. We have helped our clients who had shoulder surgeries, hip surgeries, serious brain injuries and even a leg amputation after a motorcycle accident. 

Parker Eads was riding his motorcycle to college in Utah County. It was the first week of school. He had a green turn signal and was just making a simple left-hand turn onto campus when a truck ran a red-light and hit him on the left side of his bike and leg. His leg was crushed. Parker had a dozen surgeries, but his right leg ultimately had to be amputated below the knee. We were there with Parker at the hospital when the doctor came in and told him it needed to be amputated. We were there with Parker every step of the way. Just like we were there for Parker and his family, we will be there for you after your motorcycle accident. 

Recovering from your injuries and obtaining a settlement for your damages is our top priority, but we also help with your property damage claim. As a motorcyclist, your property damage claim should not be treated like a car accident claim. Motorcycles have custom parts and paint jobs. We have helped the insurance companies see the full value of our client’s Harleys, choppers, cruisers and adventure bikes. 

Our experienced motorcycle accident lawyers will fight to get fair compensation for you. With our No Fee Guarantee, we promise that if we don’t win your case, you don’t pay.

Learn your Rights. Get Answers. Contact us now to schedule your no-obligation consultation.

What damages can you recover after a motorcycle accident?

Riders injured in a motorcycle crash due to another person’s negligence may claim compensation for their losses. However, to get the maximum compensation you deserve, you must take legal action with a personal injury claim.

What is your claim worth? Motorcycle riders can seek compensation for:

  • Medical expenses
  • Future medical care
  • Cost of repairs for your motorcycle
  • Lost wages
  • Loss of future earning capacity
  • Pain and suffering
  • Loss of quality of life
  • Repaired or replacement of your motorcycle

In some cases, you may claim punitive damages if the responsible party acted in a willfully malicious way (Utah Code Annotated § 78B-8-201). Working with an experienced law firm that handles motorcycle accident claims can help you get the maximum compensation for your injuries and suffering.

Contact our team to schedule a free consultation to see what your case may be worth.

What are common motorcycle accident injuries?

Because motorcyclists are particularly vulnerable, motorcycle accidents typically result in more severe injuries than other motor vehicle crashes. Victims who survive these collisions often suffer serious injuries that can dramatically impact their lives.

Some common motorcycle accident injuries include:

  • Traumatic brain injury (TBI)
  • Spinal injury
  • Broken bones
  • Burn and road rash
  • Internal bleeding and organ damage
  • Lacerations, cuts, and scrapes
  • Amputations
  • Permanent disfigurement
  • Chronic anxiety or depression
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)

Motorcycle accident victims shouldn’t have to worry about paying for medical treatment when the accident was not their fault. Our lawyers are ready to fight for your rights – so you can focus on your recovery and get your life back on track.

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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 you deserve. Our full-service law firm 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 you need
  • Building the evidence and a legal strategy 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
  • Ensuring you take legal action before the statute of limitations expires

Our lawyers are here to be your legal advocates from start to finish. We have the experience and the legal know-how to give you the customized, compassionate representation you need.

Schedule a free consultation with Good Guys Legal today to see how we can help you get justice.

Motorcycle Accident FAQs

Have questions? We have answers. Our motorcycle accident attorney Utah team answers your frequently asked questions here.

According to the Utah Motorcycle Operation Manual (MOM) published by the Motorcycle Safety Foundation (MSF), the top five reasons motorcycle accidents occur are:

  1. Speeding
  2. Failure to stay in the proper lane
  3. Following too closely
  4. Swerving or other evasive actions
  5. Other improper driving

In the State of Utah, motorcyclists must signal their intention to turn or change lanes for at least two seconds before making the change. Also, all motorcycles manufactured after January 1, 1973, are legally required to have turn signals (Utah Motorcycle Operation Manual).

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.

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, saving you from the pitfalls of insurance claims and the legal process.

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

For motorcycle accidents in Utah, there is a comparative negligence policy that follows a 50% rule. Your fault should be less than 50% to claim compensation. Do not admit anything at the scene of the accident to the police or an insurance adjuster. Let the investigation resolve the question of fault and work with a personal injury lawyer to strengthen your case.

If you’re in a motorcycle accident, you may use your insurance, the other party’s insurance, or your 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 pays you fairly.

The Utah Department of Transportation (UDOT shared that motorcycle accident fatalities have increased by 40% compared to the previous five-year average. If you lost a loved one to a motorcycle crash, you may qualify to bring a wrongful death claim on your loved one’s behalf. The statute of limitations is shorter for fatal accidents.  Please call us today to preserve your case. 

While you’re not obligated to hire an attorney, working with a motorcycle accident lawyer can help you get the maximum settlement for your injuries. The legal process can be complex, and you may fail to claim all the damages you’re entitled to after a crash. If you don’t hire an attorney, you may miss out on the full amount you deserve.

Despite all you do to drive defensively, sometimes nothing can prevent an accident. At Good Guys Legal, we protect motorcyclists who have been injured due to another person’s negligence. Our attorneys will fight to get you the monetary payment you need to cover the full value of your damages.

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

Sources:

Motorcycle Safety Foundation (MSF). (2014). Motorcycle Operator Manual 17th Edition.

Steinbrecher, L. (2022). Motorcycle fatalities up 40% in Utah; UDOT trying to find out why

UCA § 78B-8-20 1 (2011)

Utah Accident Books