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Motorcycle Accident Lawyer Salt Lake City UT
Motorcycle crashes represent a particularly dangerous type of traffic accident, often with far more serious injuries than a typical car wreck. Statistics show that, even though motorcycle accidents made up only a small percentage of total crashes in Utah, their proportion of the total crashes that involved a fatality is disproportionately higher. With accidents that are so often so dangerous, riders should know what steps they can take to keep safe, as well as what they should do in the unfortunate event that they end up involved in a serious accident. If you have been injured in a motorcycle crash, contact a motorcycle accident lawyer in Salt Lake City UT for help.
What Rules Are There for Driving a Motorcycle in Utah?
As with all motor vehicles, following the rules of the road and practicing defensive driving are key to a safe, enjoyable ride. However, Utah law places restrictions on riders beyond those of a normal car. The law requires:
· All motorcycle drivers must obtain a motorcycle license
· A motorcyclist must change lanes before passing a vehicle
· Motorcyclists to refrain from lane splitting, or driving between two lanes of traffic
· Proper seats and footrests if the motorcycle is carrying a passenger
· A motorcyclist must keep both hands on the handlebars at all times
Do You Really Need to Wear a Motorcycle Helmet?
Riders can also take further steps to ensure that they stay safe. Helmets, while not required by law in Utah law for those riders over the age of 21, can decrease the likelihood or severity of head trauma, a common cause of death in motorcycle accidents. A Salt Lake City UT motorcycle accident lawyer knows that although a helmet may not be required by law, wearing one could save your life in an accident.
What Steps Should You Take After an Accident?
The steps to take after a motorcycle accident very much resemble those taken after a car crash:
Check on everyone involved in the crash to see if anyone needs immediate medical attention.
· Call 911, to inform them of the accident; do this even if no one has been seriously hurt since you should still report the accident to the police.
· Collect as much contact information as you can from the other people involved in the crash, especially a phone number, license plate number, driver’s license number, and insurance information
· Document the scene of the accident. If you have a camera or a camera-phone handy, get pictures of the scene, as well as the individual vehicles involved. If you don’t have a camera available, try to take some pictures of the damage to your bike once you get home.
· After you’ve spoken with the police and made your report, contact your insurance company to report the accident. They may ask you for an interview to provide them with the details of the accident. Make sure not to provide this information without first consulting with a lawyer.
If you’ve recently been injured in a motorcycle accident, contact an experienced Salt Lake City UT motorcycle accident lawyer from Rasmussen & Miner today.