A motorcycle accident is often more treacherous than an auto accident; there is no such thing as a fender bender when a motorcycle accident occurs. These accidents can involve serious injuries and have devastating results. Although motorcyclists are often stereotyped as reckless and fast drivers, it’s negligent automobile drivers who cause most motorcycle accidents. With little regard or respect for motorcycles, automobile drivers place motorcyclists at greater risk for serious injuries in a motorcycle accident.
No matter how safe riders are on their motorcycles, there are still many factors that can lead to accidents. The low profiles of motorcycles compared to cars and trucks makes them more difficult for many drivers to see, especially those who aren’t paying close attention to their surroundings. Each year, thousands of motorcycle accidents are caused by inattentive drivers turning in front of motorcycles because they don’t see them. State and local governments are responsible for keeping roadways in good condition and free from hazards like potholes and loose asphalt or gravel, which can be dangerous for riders. Riders often travel together in groups, but these groups must practice good communication to prevent riders from colliding or moving into other riders’ lanes of travel.
As a rider, you know there’s nothing more freeing than the sensation of two wheels on the open road. Unfortunately, other drivers are often distracted or simply not paying attention when driving near motorcycles and that can lead to serious accidents and injuries.
According to the Salt Lake Tribune, motorcycle accident fatalities have dropped significantly in the past few years. Looking at data from 2013, the number of fatalities dropped 7% nationwide and 10% in Utah from the year before. Experts have pointed to helmet laws, information about the dangers of riding while intoxicated, and available safety courses as possible causes for the drops. The weather and economy are other possible explanations.
However, Utah motorcycle accident statistics can be somewhat deceiving because many people in our local communities have had their lives turned upside down by serious crashes which left them dealing with catastrophic injuries and the loss of loved ones. For those who have been involved in a Utah motorcycle crash, the associated costs are very real; medical bills, lost wages from missed time at work, ongoing care, disability, and very real instances of physical pain and emotional suffering.
Victims of motorcycle accidents have the same rights as any other injury victim. It is an urban legend that motorcycle accidents are not covered by insurance companies because of the risk involved in operating one of these vehicles. This is inaccurate. Victims of motorcycle accidents have the same rights to compensation as any other injury victim.
If you or a family member have been in a motorcycle accident, and you think a personal injury claim is appropriate, you can trust in our years of experience with these difficult cases to help you navigate through this difficult process to a fantastic result.