If you or a loved one has been injured in a motorcycle accident, you need to speak with a Utah motorcycle accident attorney now. You pay us nothing… until we win. Call for a free consultation with an injury lawyer.
What should I do after a motorcycle accident?
The steps that Utah motorcyclists take after an accident are incredibly important.
Get medical care
Motorcyclists need to go to the hospital after all accidents. The road is not a soft landing spot and adrenaline often covers up any injury suffered in a motorcycle crash. All cases are stronger with medical records.
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Take photos after accidents
- Take photos of all vehicles involved
- Take photos of the road
- Take photos of any visible injury
Insurance companies will research your public social media profiles. Anything you post can and will be used against you. Motorcyclists should not post on social media after motorcycle accidents. Great cases have been lost due to bad social media posts.
Do I have an injury case?
Not all motorcyclists have good injury cases. After a motorcycle crash, victims should contact a few attorneys. This is the best way to quickly learn how good your case is.
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Utah’s statute of limitations for motorcycle cases
A statute of limitations is a strict time limit law. Motorcyclists lose their rights if they wait too long before settling their case or filing a lawsuit. In Utah, the statute of limitations for motorcycle cases is four years from the date of the accident. However, the time limit can be even shorter if governmental entities are involved. This law is unforgiving so don’t delay.
Who pays for your medical bills?
Motorcycles are an expensive hobby, and unfortunately, a motorcycle injury makes it even more expensive.
Utah personal injury protection coverage
PIP or personal injury protection coverage is mandatory on vehicle insurance policies in Utah, except for motorcycle policies. Sometimes referred to as “no-fault” insurance, this portion of your policy helps with your medical bills, lost wages, and lost household services if you are in an accident. Your motorcycle accident lawyer should immediately investigate whether you have this insurance coverage or not.
Liens for medical treatment
If you have suffered any motorcycle injuries, some medical providers will agree to provide medical treatment if you sign paperwork saying that they will get paid back after you get a settlement. Good personal injury lawyers have established relationships with medical providers who are willing to treat motorcyclists on a lien.
Who pays for my motorcycle?
Unfortunately, motorcycles almost always get damaged during motorcycle accidents. As long as the at-fault person has insurance coverage, you can always ask their insurance company to pay for your bike. But, you’ll have to wait for their insurance company to accept fault.
You may also be paying for insurance coverage on your motorcycle. If you are, then you have the option of asking your own insurance company to pay for the damages. This option is usually faster, but, you will probably have to pay a deductible.
What kind of compensation can I get for my motorcycle injury?
Damages represent the losses and inconveniences that you sustained as a result of your injuries. There are economic and non-economic damages.
Economic losses are often easy to calculate. Things like medical bills and lost wages have a specific dollar amount attached to them. However, something like the value for your lost earning capacity is an economic damage that is a little trickier to calculate.
Non-economic damages are often thought of as your pain and suffering damages. Good motorcycle accident lawyers will use the following to value your non-economic losses:
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- The type and severity of your injuries
- Your mental and physical pain and suffering
- Your scarring and disfigurement
- How your life has been impacted
- How likely your injuries are to continue to impact your life and for how long
The importance of an accident report
For all motorcycle crashes in the United States, it is essential to call law enforcement officers. They will then investigate and write an official report. Police reports are an unbiased third-party description of the accident. They usually state:
- The name of all involved drivers
- The road where the accident took place
- The date and time of the accident
- The damage to the vehicles involved
- The injuries sustained by anyone involved (things like a head injury, road rash, spinal cord injuries, etc.)
- Whether citations were issued
Your chances for a successful motorcycle case greatly increase if you have a police report.
Are motorcycle accident lawyers helpful?
We may be biased, but, yes… motorcycle accident lawyers are helpful for you and your case. A good attorney will make sure your medical needs are taken care of. Having a lawyer makes the insurance company take your claim seriously. Just the threat of a lawsuit can be a game changer for getting the compensation that you deserve.
What if I wasn’t wearing a helmet?
Utah law mandates that anyone under the age of 21 must wear a helmet that complies with federal safety standards. Utah law also states that the insurance company cannot use the fact that you were not wearing a helmet against you in your claim.
But, the insurance company will fight like crazy to try to sneak that fact into any lawsuit. If they succeed, the result can be quite damaging to your case.
Motorcycles and helmets belong together. We strongly urge all Utah motorcycle riders to wear a helmet for their own personal safety.
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What if I wasn’t hurt in the accident?
If a rider doesn’t have a motorcycle injury after a crash, then they don’t have a personal injury claim. But, as discussed above, bikers can get their motorcycles replaced or repaired through their own insurance or through the liable party’s insurance company. If you have any questions about your rights or the recovery process, give us a call and we’ll help answer any question.
What if I’m partly at fault?
Motorcycle accidents, like auto accidents, can be complicated. Even if a motorcyclist thinks the accident was their fault, it’s still worth talking to attorneys about the case. Why?
Because In Utah, a motorcyclist can still get money even if they’re partly at fault… as long as they are less than 50% to blame. The recovery will then be reduced by the percentage your fault in the motorcycle accident.
Insurance companies know this is confusing and often take advantage of bike riders. Good motorcycle accident lawyers wield the law to fight insurance companies for you. Don’t lose your rights, get an advocate and maximize your recovery.
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How does the whole legal process work?
Pursuing a personal injury claim is complicated, especially as you recover from your motorcycle accident injuries. Your main focus should be your health.
When you hire a Utah motorcycle accident attorney, they will seek the compensation you deserve while you focus on healing from your injuries.
Motorcycle accident attorneys will gather information about the facts of your case. This might include:
- The police report
- Your medical records
- Any relevant evidence on the other party’s negligence
- Reports from subject matter experts
- Witness testimony
Armed with information to support your claim, your Utah motorcycle accident lawyer will likely send a demand letter to the other motorist’s insurance company. This letter will include details about the accident, the other party’s negligence, as well as your injuries and damages.
From here, motorcycle accident lawyers work to negotiate a fair settlement with the other side’s lawyers or insurance representatives. Your attorney will let you know when they think the settlement offer is as high as it will go.
Your lawyer will give you the option of accepting the settlement offer. However, it is always best to listen to their advice. Your attorney may recommend that you pursue mediation.
What is mediation?
Mediation is a strategy that many attorneys utilize when settlement discussions stall. A neutral, third-party attorney comes in and tries to get one side to go higher and one side to go lower. The mediator will advocate for both sides.
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Experience has shown that this is a great way to get a common motorcycle accident to settle. However, neither side is required to do anything during a mediation. It is just a mutually agreed upon way for both sides to try to get a deal done.
What is arbitration or litigation?
Some cases just don’t settle for fair value without going through a more formal legal process. Arbitration is where a neutral, third-party lawyer acts as the judge and jury for your case. This is a more formal process than mediation, but, less formal than a full blown lawsuit.
It is important that the chosen arbitrator has a track record for being fair and neutral. Not all arbitrators are created equal.
Litigation is when your lawyer files a lawsuit (a complaint). There are many rules that your attorney has to follow when starting a lawsuit. Once the lawsuit is filed, the next thing that happens is the other side’s lawyer will respond to the lawsuit.
Then, both sides will start discovery. This is when both parties asks each other formal questions and perform interviews, etc. This process is slow.
The common belief among lawyers is that most some cases will never get full value without going all the way to a jury verdict. However, this can be dangerous because a jury could always decide to give you no recovery at all.
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How do I pay for my motorcycle accident attorney?
Some injured individuals believe that they must have thousands of dollars to pay for a Utah motorcycle accident attorney. At Creekside Injury Law, we only get paid if you get paid. You are not required to pay anything upfront as we work on a contingency fee only.
When and if your case settles or you receive a court award, a percentage of your award will go towards paying your legal fees. This makes it possible for anyone to seek legal assistance after sustaining injuries in a motorcycle accident.
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A skilled motorcycle accident lawyer is only one call away. We are here to help injured motorcyclists recover the compensation that they are entitled to for their injuries. Our team has the experience and legal expertise required to pursue a motorcycle accident claim from your initial case evaluation all the way to the courtroom and every step in between.
Your right to file a lawsuit is time-sensitive, call, or contact Creekside Injury Law today to find out how we can help after your motorcycle accident.