What is My Motorcycle Accident Claim Worth in Utah?
Legal Disclaimer: The following values are based on prior cases and should not be interpreted to imply or guarantee that your personal injury claim or lawsuit will have a similar resolution. The circumstances of every accident and the resulting injuries are very different, and only after reviewing your matter in a detailed legal consultation can an attorney give legal guidance. Moreover, a jury will determine the final value of your case.
If you or one of your family members was injured in a Utah motorcycle accident, you should seek immediate legal assistance from a knowledgeable and experienced personal injury lawyer, like Darwin Overson of Overson Law. If your accident was caused by another driver, a defective motorcycle part, or a defect in the road, you could be able to get compensated through a settlement or lawsuit. To learn more about your legal options as an injury victim, call the law offices of Overson Law at (801) 895-3143 for a free consultation.
What Types of Injuries Can a Motorcycling Accident Victim Be Compensated For?
Motorcycle accidents frequently result in wrongful death or serious personal injury due to factors like a lack of seatbelts, a lack of airbags, a lack of protective walls, vulnerability to larger vehicles, and vulnerability to road defects such as potholes. While motorcycle crashes are not as common as car accidents, they are disproportionately likely to cause partially or totally disabling injuries to one or more victims.
Though legal action cannot heal an injury, it can potentially lead to the recovery of compensation, relieving the stress, worry, and anxiety caused by medical bills and loss of income resulting from disability. If you were not at fault for your injuries, you should not be expected to shoulder the full burden of your care expenses.
Depending on the situation, compensation is available to Utah injury victims for an array of injuries, losses, and expenses. Many motorcycle accident claims involve one or more of the following serious injuries:
- Whiplash Neck Injuries
- Spinal Cord Injuries (SCI)
- Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBI)
- Broken Bones
- Facial Injuries
- Scarring and Disfigurement
- Severe Road Rash
- Soft Tissue Injuries
- Cuts and Lacerations
- Bruises and Contusions
- Internal and External Bleeding
- Limb Amputation
- Degloving Injuries
- Nerve Damage
How Much Compensation Can You Get from a Utah Motorcycle Injury Lawsuit or Settlement?
There are two basic ways a motorcycle crash victim can obtain compensation. One way is to make an insurance claim, which may lead to an out-of-court settlement, or a sum the at-fault party’s insurance company agrees to pay rather than going to trial. If the insurance company will not settle the claim, Overson Law can aggressively argue your case at trial. When a jury determines that a personal injury victim should be compensated, the amount is called an award.
Some states place limits on how much compensation a motorcycle injury victim can receive. Fortunately, Utah is not among them. Utah does not limit compensation for “economic damages,” which are financial losses like medical bills and earnings or benefits you lost because of your injuries. Anticipated expenses, such as the cost of future surgeries, are also included in this calculation.
“Non-economic damages,” which try to compensate physical and emotional harm to the victim, used to be limited in cases that involved death caused specifically by malpractice. However, these limits were ruled unconstitutional in 2015, and malpractice is not a factor in motorcycle accident cases.
Utah requires all motorists, including motorcyclists, to carry certain amounts of liability insurance. If someone causes an accident that injures another person, their liability insurance will step in to help pay for the accident victim’s reasonable medical expenses. All drivers in Utah are required to carry:
- At least $25,000 for physical injury (for crashes where one person is injured)
- At least $65,000 for physical injury (for crashes with multiple injury victims)
- At least $15,000 for property damage
We will aggressively pursue the largest settlement possible for your injuries. If your care costs exceed the at-fault driver’s policy limits, we can seek other sources of financial compensation, such as underinsured motorist coverage.
Motorcycle injuries have led to compensation amounts ranging from several thousand dollars, to several million dollars. It ultimately depends on the severity of your injuries, your medical expenses, the factors that led to the crash, the effects on your earning capacity, and many other variables. We will fight to maximize the value of your claim.
Review Your Claim in a Free Consultation with a Utah Motorcycle Crash Lawyer
If you were hurt in a motorcycle accident in Utah, you may have a right to get compensated depending on the cause of the crash or collision. This applies regardless of whether you were operating the motorcycle or riding as a passenger. Whether the accident took place on a rural road, a city street, or a busy highway, count on Darwin Overson to bring decades of legal experience to the investigation of your accident.
Darwin handles motorcycle crash injury claims in Salt Lake City, West Valley City, Orem, Provo, Ogden, Layton, Taylorsville, Bountiful, Spanish Fork, and many other locations throughout the state of Utah. If your injuries have made it difficult or impossible for you to travel, Darwin is happy to come to your town or city to discuss your claim and provide support. To find out whether you might have a motorcycle injury case, call the law offices of Overson Law at (801) 895-3143 today.