FAQs About Utah Motorcycle Accidents

Motorcycle Accident Lawyer Salt Lake City UT

A motorcycle accident lawyer Salt Lake City UT clients recommends understands that the injuries sustained in motorcycle crashes are often more extensive than those in other types of vehicle accidents. The following are some FAQs that the legal team at R hears. Contact us for more detailed information and to discuss your case.

What Is the Difference in Medical Expenses for Motorcycle Accidents and Other Vehicle Accidents?

According to several studies, on average, motorcycle accident victims end up with almost double the medical bills that other vehicle accident victims face. National statistics reveal that almost 80 percent of motorcycle accidents cause serious injury or injury to the rider. Because there is nothing protecting the motorcyclist from the full brunt of the vehicle impact, there is a larger risk of severe injury. Many motorcycle accident victims are left with permanent disabilities because of the accident.

What Kind of Damages Can a Motorcycle Accident Victim Pursue in a Personal Injury Claim?

Because of that lack of protection mentioned above, the injuries suffered by a motorcycle accident victim are often catastrophic, requiring extensive recovery time and medical care. Some of the most common damages a motorcycle accident lawyer can include in a claim or lawsuit include:

  • Past, current, and future medical bills
  • Loss of income, including loss of future income if the victim is permanently disabled
  • Pain and suffering
  • Mental anguish
  • Permanent disability
  • Disfigurement
  • Scarring
  • Loss of life enjoyment

Are Motorcycle Helmets Effective in Preventing Injury?

It is estimated that a Department of Transportation (DOT) certified helmet is almost 70 percent effective in preventing head injuries in the event of a motorcycle accident. It is important to realize, however, that a victim can still sustain serious brain trauma, even with a helmet. Brain trauma can occur if the brain is rattled or hits the inside of the skull during the crash.

Even though there is still some risk, evidence shows that helmets do prevent brain trauma. In one study conducted by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), in one year, almost 1,200 lives were saved because the rider was wearing a helmet at the time of the accident. Tragically, the NHTSA also found that almost 750 riders who were killed in motorcycle crashes would have survived if they had been wearing a helmet.

My Loved One Sustained a Serious Brain Injury in a Motorcycle Accident. What Legal Options Do We Have?

Under Utah law, if the other driver was at -fault, a motorcycle accident lawyer can file a lawsuit on behalf of the victim against that driver. Even if the motorcyclist was partially at fault for the crash, as long as that fault was 50 percent or less, the victim can still sue the other driver under Utah’s comparative negligence law.

What Steps Should a Motorcycle Accident Victim Take Immediately Following a Crash?

The first thing a victim should do is seek medical attention right away, even if they think they only have minor injuries. It is not uncommon for serious injuries to have delayed symptoms. These injuries include brain injuries, injuries to organs or other internal injuries can have no symptoms until the situation becomes dangerous.

Once you have seen a medical professional, your next step should be to call Rasmussen & Miner and meet with a dedicated Utah motorcycle accident lawyer for a free case evaluation.