Washington County Motorcycle Accident Lawyer
Nothing beats cruising down the scenic roads of Washington County on your Harley-Davidson. Between Kolob Terrace Road, Snow Canyon Drive, and Old Highway 91, there are plenty of dazzling sights to take in and experience from the freedom of the open road. Unfortunately, even motorcyclists who are highly experienced and ride with caution can be seriously injured or even killed when another driver decides to get intoxicated, play with their smartphone, or makes other errors behind the wheel.
If you were hit by a car while riding your motorcycle in Washington County, or if one of your loved ones was killed by another driver, you should talk to an experienced St. George motorcycle accident lawyer, like Darwin Overson, about your family’s legal options. Bringing more than 33 years of experience to every case he handles, Darwin is here to help you fight for the justice and compensation you deserve for all the hardships you have been put through. Call the law offices of Overson Law at (801) 895-3143 to discuss your accident claim with Darwin in a free and confidential legal consultation.
Washington County, Utah Motorcycle Crash Statistics: Fatalities and Injuries
With 89 crashes reported, Washington County had the fourth highest number of motorcycle accidents in Utah in 2014. According to the Utah Department of Public Safety (DPS), 69 people were injured and five people were killed in Washington County motorcycle wrecks that year. By comparison, only 15 people were uninjured by crashes. Unfortunately, the likelihood of injury or death is high when a motorcycle accident occurs, for several reasons:
- Motorcycles do not have walls, seat belts, or airbags to protect riders and passengers.
- Their small size makes motorcycles vulnerable to other vehicles, which are heavier and bulkier.
- Drivers often fail to see or even check for motorcycles.
- Motorcycles are more prone to crashing when they encounter debris or defects in the road, such as potholes that should have been repaired.
In 2014, there were 18 traffic-related deaths in Washington County. That means motorcycle crashes accounted for more than 27% of Washington County’s auto accident fatalities, despite making up only 2.2% of Utah’s vehicular accidents that year.
How Much Compensation is Available from a Motorcycling Injury Settlement?
In many instances, Utah motorcycle accidents occur because another driver, such as the driver of a truck, car, van, or SUV, operates their vehicle with negligence or recklessness. According to the DPS, some of the contributing factors to motorcycle crashes were other drivers – not motorcyclists – making the following errors:
- Failing to yield the right of way
- Tailgating (following motorcycles too closely)
- Making improper turns
- Driving while distracted by smartphones, radio stations, food, drinks, or other distractions
- Making improper lane changes
- Backing up improperly
- Disregarding traffic signals (e.g. running a red light)
- Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs
- Parking improperly
- Driving recklessly
- Driving aggressively
If your motorcycling accident was caused by another driver, compensation may be available through a third-party claim, which is a claim that you make with the at-fault driver’s insurance company. When you contact Overson Law for your free consultation, we can review your claim and explain the benefits and compensation that may be available to you. Our Utah personal injury law firm has helped numerous accident victims recover compensation for current and future medical bills, lost income, pain and suffering, and other damages.
Some states place predetermined limits on the amount of compensation that injury victims can obtain through lawsuits. However, Utah does not cap economic damages, or compensation for financial losses. With regard to liability insurance, which helps pay for the victim’s expenses when the policyholder causes an accident, all Utah drivers are required to carry, at bare minimum, the following types and amounts of coverage:
- $25,000 for personal injury
- $65,000 for personal injury (per accident)
- $15,000 for property damage
Even if the driver who hit you was uninsured or underinsured, or if you were the victim of a hit and run accident with an unknown driver, there may still be means of obtaining compensation. Darwin Overson is ready to fight aggressively for the benefits you deserve, even if that means taking your case to court.
Experienced St. George Motorcycle Accident Attorney Handling Personal Injury Claims
If you, your husband or wife, your child, or one of your parents was injured in a motorcycle accident in Washington County, don’t struggle with the financial impacts on your own. Get legal help from a knowledgeable and aggressive Washington County motorcycle accident attorney who has decades of experience handling a wide range of personal injury claims, such as claims involving:
- Whiplash Neck Injuries
- Broken Bones
- Road Rash
- Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBI)
- Spinal Cord Injuries (SCI)
- Nerve Damage
- Amputation Injuries
- Wrist and Hand Injuries
- Ankle and Foot Injuries
- Leg Injuries
- Facial Injuries
- Permanent Scarring and Disfigurement
- Burn Injuries
- Crush Injuries
- Degloving Injuries
- Back Injuries
- Wrongful Death
Darwin Overson represents injured bikers and passengers who were hurt in motorcycle accidents in St. George, Hurricane, Ivins, La Verkin, Santa Clara, Hildale, Enterprise, Toquerville, and other communities throughout the Washington County area. To set up a free legal consultation, call the law offices of Overson Law at (801) 895-3143.