There’s nothing like riding past the majestic Wasatch Mountains on the back roads winding from Salt Lake City to Ogden. But while motorcycles have become an American icon of freedom and individuality, the same qualities that have made them so popular — their breathtaking speed, lack of confinements, and nimble maneuverability — can also make accidents extremely dangerous for even the most skilled and experienced riders.
If you or one of your loved ones was injured in a crash that was caused by a careless driver, a motorcycle defect, or a defect in the road, turn to accident lawyer Jay Sheen for aggressive legal representation. Depending on what caused you to crash, you could be entitled to compensation for your medical bills, the wages you have lost, and other hardships you’ve been burdened with because of your injuries. With more than 33 years of experience, Jay Sheen is ready to fight hard to protect your legal rights as an accident victim.
To set up a free, completely confidential legal consultation about your accident, call Jay at (801) 618-3580. He proudly serves residents of Salt Lake City and the surrounding communities.
Common Injuries Caused by Motorcycle Accidents
Even though passenger vehicles are packed with crucial safety features like seat belts, airbags, and sturdy, protective frames, car accidents still cause tens of thousands of injuries and hundreds of deaths every year in Utah. Because motorcycles don’t include any of these life-saving features, accidents have disproportionately high rates of death and injury for riders and passengers. The only things standing between a motorcyclist or passenger and debilitating personal injury are a helmet, a sturdy pair of boots, and a thin layer of leather.
According to the Utah Department of Public Safety, there were 1,179 motorcycle crashes statewide in 2014. Sadly, most resulted in death or injury, especially among riders in the 50 to 54-year-old age range. While car accidents were more common, they resulted in injuries only about 30% of the time. Motorcycle accidents were not as frequent, but resulted in injuries more than 80% of the time, meaning four out of five riders will be hurt when a crash occur. Motorcycle crashes also had higher fatality rates than car crashes: 3.8%, as compared to 0.4% for passenger vehicles.
When injuries do occur, they are often severe with long-term medical repercussions. In many cases, riders are left permanently disabled, unable to return to the careers they have worked so hard to cultivate over the years. Some examples of injuries frequently seen in motorcycle crash victims include:
- Bone fractures
- Crush injuries, especially to the legs and feet
- Dental injuries, such as chipped or knocked out teeth
- Facial injuries, such as a broken nose or broken cheekbone
- Internal bleeding
- Limb amputation
- Scarring and permanent disfigurement
- Severe lacerations
- Skin abrasion, colloquially known as road rash
- Soft tissue injuries
- Spinal cord injuries (SCI)
- Traumatic brain injuries (TBI)
- Whiplash and other neck injuries
Did a Careless Driver’s Negligent Actions Cause You to Crash?
All motorists have toward each other a legal responsibility called the duty of care, which simply means that drivers should obey traffic laws and take normal safety precautions to reduce the risk of causing a preventable accident. Unfortunately, people do not always drive as carefully as they should. When a driver fails to take the necessary actions to avoid causing a crash or collision, and a motorcyclist is harmed as a result, the injury victim may be entitled to compensation for the driver’s negligent acts.
Driver negligence can take many different forms, such as running a red light or driving while intoxicated. According to the Department of Public Safety, errors by drivers other than the motorcyclist were a contributing factor in more than 500 injury crashes and more than 20 fatal crashes in 2014. All of the following driver errors were reported as contributing factors to fatal or injury crashes:
- Aggressive driving
- Backing up/backing out without checking the road adequately
- Distracted driving (e.g. text messaging, applying makeup, eating food)
- Driver fatigue/falling asleep at the wheel
- Driving with an obstructed field of vision
- Failing to stay in the correct lane
- Failing to yield the right-of-way
- Following too closely
- Improper parking
- Improper stopping/braking
- Making improper lane changes
- Making improper turns
- Reckless driving
- Vehicle defects
Even the driver’s psychological state can be a factor. “Driver emotional prior to crash” was listed as a contributing cause in two property damage crashes and two injury crashes. Jay Sheen will scrutinize the tiniest details of the circumstances leading up to your accident, calling on experts and analyzing physical evidence in a vigorous effort to prove that the other driver was responsible for your injuries.
Let a Utah Motorcycle Accident Lawyer Fight for You
If you, your spouse, or one of your family members suffered a serious motorcycling injury in the Salt Lake City area, you deserve fair compensation for your losses. Call attorney Jay Sheen at (801) 618-3580 right away for a free and confidential consultation about your case.