Utah is a beautiful state, full of rivers, canyons, and breathtaking rock formations. You may enjoy taking in these spectacular views from the back of a motorcycle. While a motorcycle is a thrilling means of transportation, though, it comes with certain dangers.
Sadly, motorcycle accidents occur even when motorcyclists wear their helmets and protective gear, obey all traffic laws, follow the legal speed limit, and do everything else right. Often, other motorists, perhaps drivers of cars or trucks, are to blame for catastrophic motorcycle accidents.
If you or a loved one have been involved in a motorcycle accident, the personal injury lawyers at Fielding Law are here to help. We have assisted many motorcycle accident victims and their families obtain maximum compensation for their injuries. Call us today to set up a free consultation, or fill out the online evaluation form.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reported that a motorcyclist is 28 times more likely to die in an accident than a passenger in a standard vehicle, per mile traveled. The danger is all too real and close to home. Right here in Salt Lake City, reports show that motorcycle-related deaths are on the rise.
After a motorcycle accident, your emotions will be running high, and it will likely be difficult to remain calm and make sense of what just happened. However, the steps you take immediately following the accident can be crucial to your case.
First of all, avoid saying or doing anything that may be considered an admission of guilt.
Adherence to the following steps will safeguard you against further injuries and protect your legal rights:
Standard vehicles protect passengers with two tons of metal, seat belts, and airbags. Motorcycles, on the other hand, offer little protection against the surrounding elements. It is easy to understand why motorcyclists often sustain traumatic injuries in accidents, including the following.
A TBI occurs when an external force traumatically injures the brain. Many times, these types of injuries are devastating, leaving victims permanently disabled and in need of rehabilitation. A study recently conducted by the NHTSA reported that out of 104,472 motorcyclists injured in crashes, 15 percent of rides wearing a helmet and 21 percent of riders not wearing a helmet suffered a TBI.
Just as in a standard vehicle, a motorcyclist can suffer whiplash when the motorcycle is struck from behind. In more severe cases, the impact of a collision can damage a motorcyclist’s spinal cord, leaving them paralyzed. These types of injuries are devastating and leave victims with not only physical but also emotional distress. A person with a spinal cord injury will often need therapy and rehabilitation for the rest of his or her life.
This occurs when a driver is thrown from the motorcycle and slides across the pavement. The extent of a person’s injuries may depend on what type of riding gear he or she was wearing at the time of the accident. Mild cases of road rash consist of scrapes and bruises, while more severe road rash injuries include gashes and abrasions that require skin grafts to prevent infection and nerve damage.
In collisions, drivers can be thrown from their bikes and onto the pavement. This fall can result in broken feet, legs, arms, and wrists as the rider tries to brace themselves for impact.
If you are a new motorcycle driver, it is recommended that you take a motorcycle safety training course. Make sure to get plenty of practice learning how to handle the bike in various weather conditions before taking to the open road. Don’t underestimate the importance of wearing safety gear.
When you’re riding, remember that you may not be visible to the cars and trucks on the road. This is especially the case with semis and tractor-trailers; since they have larger blind spots, make sure to maintain a safe following distance. When approaching a side-street, you must assume that other drivers are going to pull out. Be prepared to slow down or even stop if necessary.
When you file a personal injury lawsuit in Utah, you may be eligible for different types of compensation depending on the extent of the injuries you suffered. As your attorneys, we will fully investigate your case and determine what compensation to seek on your behalf.
After your motorcycle accident, your focus should be on healing rather than on dealing with insurance companies and worrying about financial matters. The legal team at Fielding Law has years of experience handling motorcycle accident cases. We are experienced in dealing with insurance companies and ensuring that our clients get the financial compensation they are due.
During your initial consultation, we will carefully listen as you relate to us the details of the accident. We will then develop a plan specific to your case to ensure that you get proper compensation for your injuries. At Fielding Law, we have the knowledge, experience, and resources to handle your case. Not to mention that we have access to experts including accident reconstructionists and medical professionals.
Don’t let greedy insurance companies take advantage of you after your accident. The motorcycle accident attorneys at Fielding Law will fight to get you just and fair compensation for your injuries. Contact us at our Salt Lake City office today, or fill out a free online consultation form.