Weber County Motorcycle Accident Lawyer
A serious motorcycle accident is a physically, emotionally, and financially devastating experience that can have deeply traumatic effects on you and your loved ones for many months or years after the crash. This is especially true in cases where the motorcyclist was driving responsibly, but fell victim to the careless or even aggressive actions of another motorist.
If you, your husband or wife, or one of your parents or children was injured in a motorcycle crash in Weber County, or if one of your loved ones was a victim of wrongful death, compensation may be available for the resulting medical bills, funeral bills, lost earnings, lost benefits, and other losses resulting from the crash. With skill and tenacity, an experienced Weber County motorcycle injury attorney like Darwin Overson can help you fight to recover the compensation you deserve. Call Overson Law at (801) 895-3143 to talk about your claim in a free and confidential legal consultation today.
Weber County, Utah Motorcycle Accident Statistics: Injuries and Fatalities
Motorcycling is a popular pastime in Weber County, which is veined with major roads and highways like I-15, I-84, SR-39, SR-134, and SR-158. Unfortunately, even the most cautious and experienced of motorcyclists can be hurt or killed on these or other roads if another driver makes careless decisions behind the wheel of their car, van, truck, or SUV.
According to the Utah Department of Public Safety, Weber County had some of the highest numbers of injuries and fatalities resulting from motorcycle crashes in 2014. That year, only Utah County and Salt Lake County had higher numbers of motorcycling injury victims, and only Salt Lake County had more motorcycle-related fatalities.
Weber County accounted for 88 out of the 1,043 motorcyclists who were injured statewide in 2014 (over 8%). Sadly, Weber County was also the location of six out of the 45 reported fatalities (over 13%). Compared to many other areas of the state, these are alarmingly high figures.
Who Will Pay for My Medical Bills if I Have Been Injured in a Motorcycle Crash?
Disturbingly, the actions of other drivers were found to be a cause or contributing factor in many of the Utah motorcycle crashes that were reported in 2014. To provide some examples of how other drivers’ mistakes can lead to injuries and deadly crashes, the 2014 report on motorcycling accidents by the Department of Public Safety revealed that:
- Failure to yield was a factor in more than 40% of injury crashes.
- Making improper turns was a factor in almost 10% of injury crashes.
- Driving with obscured vision was a factor in over 9% of injury crashes.
- Following too closely (tailgating) was a factor in nearly 9% of injury crashes.
- Distracted driving was a factor in 4.5% of injury crashes.
- Improper lane changes were also a factor in 4.5% of injury crashes.
- Failure to stay in the proper lane was a factor in almost 3% of injury crashes.
- Exactly 1% of injury crashes were hit and run accidents, where the driver simply left the scene of the accident immediately after striking the motorcyclist, without stopping to render aid.
Additional errors by other drivers which caused or contributed to accidents included:
- Ignoring traffic lights or street signs
- Driving defective vehicles
- Driving under the influence of drugs, alcohol, and/or prescription medications
- Making improper stops
- Parking improperly
- Reckless driving
- Aggressive driving
As the data from the report indicates, there are many cases where crash victims are not at fault for their accidents. If you or your loved one’s motorcycle-related injuries were caused by the actions of another driver, the driver or their insurance company may be liable for your expenses and financial losses. With aggressive representation by an experienced personal injury attorney in Weber County, you may be able to get compensated for various medical expenses, such as:
- Casts and crutches
- Hospital admission
- Medical devices, like wheelchairs or oxygen machines
- Prosthetic devices
- Stitches and sutures
Compensation may also be available for your pain and suffering, the income and benefits you have lost, and your anticipated future losses. For example, you may be able to recover compensation for costs that are expected to arise from future medical procedures, or losses from the long-term effects on your earning capacity.
Experienced Ogden Motorcycle Accident Injury Attorney Representing Crash Victims
Darwin Overson is proud to represent injured bikers in Weber County, including Ogden, Roy, Plain City, Pleasant View, Riverdale, Washington Terrace, Harrisville, Farr West, Hooper, and other communities in the Weber County area. With over 33 years of experience representing numerous victims of motorcycle wrecks, you can feel confident that your case will be in the capable hands of a knowledgeable attorney who is dedicated to pursuing justice for every client.
If you were hit by a car, truck, or other vehicle while riding your motorcycle and suffered an injury as a result, or if you lost a loved one to the careless actions of another driver, we can help you explore your legal options. To set up a free legal consultation, call the law offices of Overson Law at (801) 895-3143.