Motorcycle Accident Lawyer Salt Lake City UT

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Motorcycle Accident Lawyer Salt Lake City UT

When you have been injured in a motorcycle accident, it is only natural that you would want the best motorcycle accident lawyer Salt Lake City UT has to offer. Rasmussen and Miner, Attorneys at Law, is a law firm composed of experienced, knowledgeable personal injury lawyers who have handled countless motorcycle accident cases. We offer compassionate representation and have won our clients huge settlements and compensatory damages to ensure that they are made whole again. If you choose us, you can rest assured that we will work diligently to do the same for you.

Is There A Helmet Law?

In Utah, you are only required to wear a helmet while you ride a motorcycle if you are under the age of 18. If you are 18 or older and did not have on a helmet, even if you sustained a head injury, this fact cannot be used against you in a personal injury to reduce your recovery amount. But your recovery amount may be reduced if you have not yet reached the age of majority and you sustained a head injury from the motorcycle accident. If you have not yet reached the age of majority and did not have on a helmet, but you sustained an injury that a helmet would not prevent anyhow, then this fact becomes less relevant in the eyes of the law, and should not be cause for a reduction in your recovery amount.

However, it is always safer if you wear a helmet. Even the most experienced of riders get distracted or have an accident, and a helmet can save your life after you meet a nasty collision.

Lane Filtering

A motorcyclist is lane filtering when s/he weaves in between two lanes of traffic, which are all going one direction, when traffic has slowed down or come to a standstill. Many motorcyclists do this to get ahead of traffic. As a motorcyclist, you are permitted to lane filter in Salt Lake City Utah, but only under specific conditions. You may lane filter if:

  • The miles per hour is 45 or less
  • You are not on the freeway
  • You are not riding above 15 miles per hour
  • There is more than one traffic lane going in the same direction as you
  • The cars you are filtering between are stopped

Although it is lawful, lane filtering can be dangerous, especially for new riders. Even if the injuries you sustained are severe or life-threatening, you may be partially to blame if you did not follow lane filtering guidelines or if you were reckless or negligent during your attempt at lane filtering. To learn more about how negligent or reckless lane filtering may impact your recovery amount, contact the best motorcycle accident lawyers Salt Lake City UT has to offer.

Can I Ride with My Child?

Yes, all motorcyclists are permitted to ride with any passenger of any age so long as you and that passenger are abiding by Utah motorcyclists laws. If your passenger is under 18, then s/he needs to wear a helmet, even if you do not need to wear a helmet. Also, in order for you to ride with a passenger lawfully, your motorcycle must have a passenger seat and footrest. 

If your passenger was injured during your ride, contact motorcycle accident lawyers in Salt lake City UT Rasmussen and Miner.