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Most motorcycle riders involved in accidents suffer catastrophic injuries. These are very high odds. Despite trying to do everything to avoid motorcycle accidents, the poor decisions of other motorists make them impossible to avoid. Despite advancements in technology and education about motorcycle safety, the rate of motorcycle accidents has increased over the last ten years and, in recent years, has trended upwards.

Interestingly, older, more experienced motorcyclists are more likely to die from injuries than younger, less experienced riders. Riders between the ages of 16 and 39 accounted for 42% of motorcycle crashes between 2006 and 2015, while riders between 40 and 65 accounted for 58% of motorcycle crashes. We can debate about why these numbers are so. Still, the critical point is motorcyclists of all ages are vulnerable to severe injury or death from the negligence of other drivers.

By far, the most common cause of motorcycle accidents is the other driver’s failure to yield the right-of-way to motorcyclists. Other causes include improper turning, vision obstruction, following too closely, and distracted driving. Most motorcycle accidents are caused by the negligence of other vehicle drivers.

If you or your loved one has been injured in a motorcycle collision in Utah, contact Parker & McConkie to speak with one of our Utah motorcycle accident lawyers so we can evaluate your case. We offer free consultations and work on a contingency basis, which means you pay nothing unless we recover compensation for you. Call us at
(801) 845-0440.

How Our Utah Motorcycle Accident Law Firm Can Help You

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After a traumatic motorcycle incident, our Utah motorcycle accident lawyers understand what you’re going through. We represented injured people to obtain just compensation from insurance companies and those who caused them harm. Our Utah motorcycle accident attorneys want to keep our clients focused on the healing process while removing as much stress as possible, so they don’t feel overwhelmed or alone.

Here’s how our Utah motorcycle injury attorney can help you:

1. Look into the incident

Our legal team will collect and get a police report, examine any images or videos of the crash scene, and talk to relevant witnesses.

2. Create a claim

Following our client’s recovery from injuries, we will compile a detailed medical record of your injuries sustained.

3. Come to an agreement

Our personal injury lawyers will write a demand letter to the at-fault party’s insurance company. Following that, the bargaining process begins.

4. Take your case to court

If both parties cannot come to an agreement regarding the settlement amount, you have the right to bring your case to court. We will also represent your case in court on your behalf.

What Should You Do Right After Your Utah Motorcycle Accident?

  • Secure yourself and go to a public, safe location

The aftermath of a collision can be exceedingly hazardous. Almost 62% of accidents include fuel leaks and spills, resulting in flames. If it is safe to do so, stay at the accident scene or as close to it as feasible.

  • Make a 911 call

Any motorcycle collision that results in injuries should be reported immediately, and an ambulance should be requested if necessary.

  • Obtain first-aid treatment

Should bring anyone involved in a motorbike accident to the nearest hospital emergency room. As soon as possible, get medical assistance.

  • Report the accident

Make a call and report the accident. A police report will detail the motorbike accident events and identify the people involved and any witnesses.

  • Obtain the services of a Utah motorcycle accident lawyer

Consult an attorney about your case before talking to an insurance adjuster. Most insurance companies will not want to pay out as much money as possible for your motorbike accident claim. The insurance adjuster may persuade you to accept a lower settlement to maximize their profits. That is why you need to hire a Utah Motorcycle Accident Attorney to protect you against cold-hearted insurance companies, so you can receive reasonable compensation for your injuries.

Why Do Motorcycle Accidents Happen in Utah?

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Here are three common motorcycle accident injuries causes:

A. Error with the Driver

Most motorcycle accidents occur when a passenger automobile drives in front of a motorcycle, collides with the rider while changing lanes, or crashes into the biker at a stoplight.

The following are common reasons for a driver failing to see a motorcycle:

  • Speeding
  • Inattention
  • Distraction
  • Blindspot

B. Equipment with Flaws

Motor part defects unnoticed by the manufacturer can result in an accident.

C. Hazardous Road Situation

  • Roads that are not well maintained
  • A lack of adequate signage for road closures
  • Spills of liquids
  • Streets and highways that have been poorly designed

Most Common Injuries That Utah Motorcycle Accident Victims Suffer

A motorcycle accident could result in minor and severe injuries. Even if a motorcycle rider is wearing a protective gear, a collision with another vehicle can result in various injuries. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, motorcyclists are 28 times more likely than passengers to die in an accident. The following are the most common injuries from motorcycle accidents in Utah:

  • Fractured bones
  • Head injury
  • Fractures of the skull
  • Traumatic brain injury
  • Injuries to the spinal cord
  • Internal injuries
  • Laceration
  • Paralysis
  • Road rash
  • Scarring and deformity

In the event of a fatal accident, the deceased’s family members may be able to file a wrongful death lawsuit. If a family member has died due to a motorbike accident, seek legal assistance from a reputable Utah wrongful death lawyer.

Damages That Utah Motorcycle Accident Victims Can Recover

Parker & McConkie’s Motorcycle Accident Attorneys will provide unending assistance for the entire process of any Utah motorcycle crash injury victims in obtaining total compensation for all of their damages, including:

• Medical expenses

• Rehabilitations

• expenditures

• Lost wages

• Property damage

• Pain and suffering

Who Can Be Liable for Your Utah Motorcycle Accident Injuries?

Your Utah motorcycle injury attorney will need to show that another party’s negligence caused the incident for you to collect the compensation you deserve.

The following are examples of liable parties in a motorbike accident:

  • Another passenger
  • A truck or a car driver
  • The entity in charge of road maintenance
  • The defective parts’ manufacturer
  • The mechanic who worked on your motorcycle

Why Choose Parker & McConkie Utah Motorcycle Accident Attorneys for Your Motorcycle Accident Claim?

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Parker & McConkie can assist you with your case. Here are some reasons why you should choose Parker & McConkie Utah motorcycle accident law firm:

• We’ll inform you about your legal options;

• Suggest a plan of action;

• Throughout the compensation process, we will always be there to assist you;

• We have more than 40 years of experience in Utah personal injury law;

• We will make every effort to achieve a favorable outcome in your situation;

• We offer a free consultation and don’t charge anything unless we win;

• We have a successful track record;

• Available at all times of the day and night;

• We’ll obtain medical assistance for you; and

• We’ll negotiate with insurance firms on your behalf.

Our Utah motorcycle injury lawyer at Parker & McConkie will work hard to remove as much stress from your life as possible so you can focus exclusively on your recovery. We’re not going to stop until you’ve been fairly paid for all that’s owed you.

Utah Motorcycle Accident FAQs

Here are some of the most commonly asked questions about motorcycle injury accident claims by our clients.

What is my Utah motorcycle accident case worth?

Depending on the form and extent of your injuries, as well as other factors in your case, you might be entitled to compensation for the cost of some or all of the following:

  • Transport of mergers;
  • Medical assistance in an emergency;
  • Hospitalizations;
  • The expense of surgery;
  • Medical imaging and testing;
  • Anesthesiologists and other medical professionals;
  • Medications on prescription;
  • Physical therapy;
  • Rehabilitation;
  • Lost wages and benefits;
  • Pain and suffering; and
  • Emotional distress.

What is the statute of limitations for a motorcycle accident claim in Utah?

In Utah, personal injury claims have a four-year statute of limitations from the date of the accident or injury.

You may lose your claim for financial compensation if you do not file a lawsuit within this time frame. A motorcycle accident lawyer can assist you in taking the necessary steps before your time runs out.

You may extend the time you have to act in some instances. Your lawyer can explain how those exceptions may apply to your situation.

Can I still recover damages even if I am partially liable for my motorcycle accident in Utah?

If you’ve been injured in a motorcycle accident in Utah, it’s not uncommon for motorcycles to be blamed for a portion of the accident’s cause. If you are partially at fault in a motorbike accident, you can still seek compensation from the opposing party if your percentage of blame is less than 50%. These scenarios are pretty fact-specific, based on what you did, what the other motorist did, and how the accident happened. Talk to a motorcycle wreck lawyer to know more!

Can I recover damages if my motorcycle accident was due to bad roads?

You might have a claim if you were hurt in a motorbike accident in Utah because of substandard roads or poor road maintenance. These aren’t straightforward claims to make. There must be wrongdoing on the government entity accountable for that route. Suing the government is difficult, but it is possible under the right circumstances. If you believe your injury was caused by poor road conditions or poor maintenance, speak with a personal injury lawyer as soon as possible.

Should I accept a first settlement offer from an insurance company?

In some instances, the first settlement offer is accepted out of fear of a lesser offer. In most cases, insurance companies will make a low-ball offer hoping that you will accept it and go on. In other instances, victims accept the first offer from an insurance company because they’ve heard horror stories about cases taking months or even years to resolve. The first offer is usually accepted to minimize long wait times and receive payment fast. You may be tempted to get it over with and accept the first settlement offer that comes your way, but this could end up costing you in the long run. First settlement offers are usually much lower than what you are truly entitled to receive. A motorcycle accident attorney can help you get the amount you deserve after a motorcycle accident.

Is it okay to speak with insurance companies after my Utah motorcycle accident?

A motorbike accident can be one of the most life-altering events you will ever have. Riders on motorcycles have little to no protection from accident impact forces. Motorcyclists are far more likely to incur serious injuries or die in accidents than passengers in enclosed passenger vehicles. It’s reasonable to expect that if you’ve recently been in a motorbike accident, you’ll be able to make an insurance claim to recover your property damages, pay for the medical treatment you’ll need, and replace the income you’ll miss while you recuperate. However, things are rarely that straightforward, and one should approach each insurance claim with extreme caution. We advise you not to speak to any insurance companies if you have not yet talked to a motorcycle accident attorney.

Why should I hire a motorcycle accident injury attorney?

At Parker & McConkie, we are aware of the biases against motorcyclists when determining who is at fault for an accident. Oftentimes, witnesses say a motorcyclist was speeding when driving at or under the speed limit. Studies show that the sound of the motorcycle’s engine leads other motorists to overestimate the speed of a motorcycle by 10-20 mph. Speed estimates can be even more inaccurate depending on the rider’s age, the type of motorcycle, and the direction of the motorcycle. If witnesses falsely claim you were speeding before an accident, this may cause the insurance adjuster to deny your claim. You will need an experienced attorney to help combat motorcyclists’ biases after an accident.

If you’ve been in a motorcycle accident due to another person’s negligence, don’t hesitate to get in touch with Parker & McConkie to discuss how we can help you get fair compensation.

Contact an Aggressive Utah Motorcycle Accident Lawyer Today for a Free Consultation

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When you hire a Utah Motorcycle Accident Lawyer from Parker & McConkie, you hire an EXPERIENCED team whose credentials ensure you will receive the best legal counsel possible, regardless of the type of bicycle crash you may have experienced.

Parker & McConkie’s Utah motorcycle accident attorneys are familiar with the courts. They know how to apply the laws, rules, and processes to achieve the best possible results for our clients.

 We fight aggressively for our clients, but we never lose sight of the fact that our primary purpose is to secure the best results for them, whether that means waging procedural fights or representing them in front of a court or jury. We put forth much effort on behalf of our customers, outlining their alternatives and keeping them informed about the progress of their cases.

Our Utah law office offers a free consultation to our clients and works on a contingent fee basis. In other words, we only charge legal fees if and when we obtain compensation. As a result, we have a solid motivation to win your case and obtain the highest compensation for you.

Contact us now at (801) 845-0440 to schedule a free consultation!

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