Motorcycle Accidents

Motorcycle accident statistics show that motorcycle accidents typically account for a disproportionately high number of catastrophic traffic accidents resulting in brain injury, broken bones, paralysis, and death. Tragically, the vast majority of Utah motorcycle accidents were unavoidable by the motorcyclist who was injured or killed but could have been easily avoided by the other vehicle’s driver, whose negligence was the cause of the accident. The experienced personal injury attorneys at the Ault Firm understand the complex aspects of Utah motorcycle accident cases, including:

  • Motorcycle accident reconstruction
  • Utah vehicle laws pertaining to motorcyclists
  • Motorcycle design and manufacturing issues (resulting in product liability)
  • Roadway design and architecture as it relates to motorcyclists

In most motorcycle – motor vehicle accidents, a negligent or inattentive automobile driver is at fault. Some of the common types of collisions include:

  • A driver swerving directly in front of or into a motorcyclist
  • A driver pulling into an intersection or out of a driveway into the path of an oncoming motorcycle
  • A driver’s failure to follow posted traffic laws or yield proper right of way to a motorcycle
  • A driver’s failure to see a motorcyclist when changing lanes or passing other motor vehicles
  • A driver who is temporarily impaired by drugs or alcohol, or otherwise distracted by text messaging or cell phone usage

Most motorcycle riders don’t understand the physical and financial consequences of being involved in a motorcycle accident until it is too late. There are several safety tips that will enable a rider to stay as safe as possible, including always wearing a helmet that is appropriately sized, as this will greatly improve the chances of survival in a serious accident.  Also, proper clothing is considered a must when it comes to riding safely.  As an additional precaution, the Motorcycle Safety Foundation also recommends that riders adopt the “SEE” System in order to navigate traffic safely. The “SEE” system reminds bike owners to:

  • Search around you for potential hazards
  • Evaluate any possible hazards, such as merging traffic
  • Execute the proper action to avoid the hazard

Unfortunately, even the most observant riders cannot completely avoid the safety threat posed by negligent drivers. It is said that there are two types of motorcycle riders: those that have been in an accident, and those that will be in an accident.  According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, over one hundred thousand riders are injured in motorcycle accidents every year, thousands of whom lose their lives as a result of their injuries. Sadly, all too many of these collisions could have easily been prevented if it were not for the negligence of other drivers who failed to share the road with motorcyclists.

If you have been injured in an accident while on a motorcycle, contact the experienced and aggressive Utah personal injury attorneys at the Ault Firm to schedule your free consultation.