Forty-eight motorcyclists were killed in Utah in 2018. This record-breaking number represented a staggering 24 percent increase from 2017, when 38 bikers were killed. This is the fastest increase in the history of the state. State officials are urging motorcycle riders to take a motorcycle skills class. Ninety-three percent of bikers killed in crashes had never taken a skills class. Amongst other tips, the class gives ample instruction on how to avoid inattentive drivers.
Proper safety instruction is important when it comes to avoiding motorcycle accidents. As Utah motorcycle crash attorneys and bikers ourselves, we urge all bikers to participate in training classes regularly. Less experienced bikers are sure to learn many skills that will improve their ability to ride safely. More advanced riders can contribute to the group by sharing their stories of experiences on the road.
Utah Motorcycle Accident Lawyers Serving West Valley City, Provo, Salt Lake City, and Beyond
Bikers in Utah and throughout the country are urged to be aware and vigilant because motorists often fail to notice them. Motorcycle riders are especially vulnerable because, other than a helmet and some protective gear, there is nothing to shield their body in the event of a crash. This means that injuries are often severe and may include fractures, neck and spine injuries, and brain damage. With such catastrophic injuries on the line, it pays to ride with care. As bikers ourselves, we would never give up the opportunity to ride regularly, but we always wear helmets and take a motorcycle safety class each year.
After a crash, you or your loved one likely face a stack of medical bills. This is in addition to your pain and suffering and uncompensated time away from work. It is easy to feel like your financial pain is even greater than your physical pain. Although we cannot mend your injuries, we can help you recover fair compensation. With appropriate compensation you will be able to pay your medical bills and cover your other losses. Reach out to us today at 1-800-MOTORCYCLE to learn more.
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Motorcycle Injuries in Salt Lake City, Provo, and Beyond
No matter where in the country you may be, if you are struck while riding a motorcycle, you are in for a world of hurt. Motorcycle riders do not have the benefit of a steel frame surrounding them that automobile drivers have. That means that when crashes occur, bikers receive the brunt of the injuries. Passenger cars have airbags and are tested to improve safety when auto accidents occur. Motorcycles do not offer this level of protection. Even in a low-speed crash, injuries can be severe. Serious injuries happen often. Some of the most common motorcycle accident injuries are concussions, broken bones, road rash, neck and spinal cord injuries, and soft tissue damage.
One of the most devastating motorcycle accident injuries is a head injury or traumatic brain injury. Sometimes referred to as concussions, these injuries can result in life-long disabilities. In Utah, not all bikers wear helmets. That means that concussions are even more common as the head is exposed to impact. But traumatic brain injury can still occur, even when a helmet is worn. This is why all bikers who have been in a motorcycle accident should be assessed for the signs of a concussion.
Early signs of a concussion can sometimes be overlooked. Mild concussions do not cause a lapse in consciousness. Instead, they can cause a headache, some confusion, and the inability to concentrate. Unfortunately, these symptoms can be overlooked in the initial trauma after a motorcycle crash. But in the hours and days following the crash, symptoms of a concussion can be more pronounced.
Overlooked injuries are one of the reasons we recommend that all bikers involved in a motorcycle crash be seen by a physician as soon as possible. Although emergency room bills can be high, especially when imaging tests like xrays and MRIs are involved, the price paid is worth it if they can prevent future pain, suffering, and disability.
Insurance companies are eager to settle your personal injury claim for far less than you deserve. In fact, their offer to settle your case may not even be enough to cover your medical expenses. In addition, police reports may be skewed and biased against bikers. And your medical records may not clearly express the degree of pain and suffering you have experienced. For all of these reasons, you should speak with a motorcycle accident attorney as soon as possible.
At the Law Firm of Kass & Moses, we represent bikers who have been injured in motorcycle crashes in Salt Lake City, Provo, West Valley City, and beyond. We put the needs of bikers first and do not back down until we have helped you receive a settlement that is fair and just. We seek to recover not just for your losses, but also for the pain and suffering you have experienced, your time away from work, and any disabilities.
Do not let just anyone handle your motorcycle accident claim. We have decades of experience going head to head against the insurance company. We represent motorcycle accident victims with pride and put their needs first. Call today to speak with a Utah motorcycle accident lawyer and learn about the compensation you can expect to receive in your case.
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Utah Motorcycle Law
Requirements for legally riding a motorcycle vary from state to state. The Kass & Moses team can confidently answer your questions about the specifics of Utah’s motorcycle laws. Below are a few rules of the road that every local rider should keep in mind:
- Bikers under 21 years of age are required to wear an approved motorcycle helmet.
- Eye protection and windscreens are not required under the law.
- Lane filtering, or passing another vehicle that is stopped in the same lane going the same direction, is allowed.
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