Motorcycle Accidents As of 2007, there were over 6 million registered motorcycles in the United States. As the popularity of motorcycles has continued to increase, so has the rate of accidents and fatalities. Over 40,000 motorcycle riders died in accidents in 2010, and the number of motorcycle fatalities in Utah is currently at a 5-year high. It is also unfortunate that 80% of multi-vehicle accidents involving a motorcyclist are not the rider’s fault. As particularly exposed drivers, these accidents can leave a motorist seriously or even fatally wounded. Although we cannot always prevent an accident, Christensen and Hymas can help injured motorcyclists recover fair compensation for their medical expenses, loss of wages, and pain and suffering. Below are articles to help injured motorcyclists become more familiar with the legal process following an accident and assist them in deciding for themselves what is best for their situation. We sincerely hope that this information will be a benefit to your recovery and claims process. I Was in a Motorcycle Accident, Now What? Here are five steps to take after an accident that will benefit your safety and your personal injury claim: Call 911 Document the Scene Find Witnesses Seek Medical Attention Hire an Attorney To access the full article, click the link above. Motorcycle Laws According to Utah law, a motorcyclists must sit in a normal position and cannot have a passenger behind them unless the motorcycle was specifically designed for two people. The driver must have both hands on the handle bar and cannot ride in between lanes, share a lane, or pass another vehicle in the same lane. Wearing a helmet is not mandatory with few exceptions—although it’s a good way to lower the risk of traumatic brain injury (TBI) and other severe injuries. To read more about motorcycle and insurance laws that are relevant to injured motorcyclist claims, click the link above. Motorcycle Accident FAQs After experiencing an accident and perhaps sustaining injuries, you will certainly have questions about the best way to financially and physically recover. Our FAQ article, which can be accessed through the link above, provides the answers to 5 common questions regarding motorcyclist accidents and injuries. Motorcycle Accident Resources The following are resources that we have collected to benefit those who are seeking more information, medical services, laws, group support, and safety information pertaining to Motorcycle accidents and injuries: Biker Highway National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Wheels in Motion Motorcycle Safety Foundation Motorcycle Riders Foundation American Motorcyclist Association Bikers Rights Motorcycle Accident Victims Insurance Institute for Highway Safety University of Utah Health Care National Spinal Cord Injury Association Utah Valley Regional Medical Center For more information, click the link above. Motorcycle Accident Statistics Organizations like the National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration (NHTSA) and the Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA) have researched patterns in motorcycle accidents and fatalities to improve safety on the roads. For example, on weekdays, most motorcyclist fatalities occur from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m, with the second most fatalities occurring between 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Also, wearing helmets prevented 37% of motorcycle operator fatal injuries and 41% of passenger fatal injuries in 2008. Knowing the facts about motorcycle safety helps riders make informed decisions before riding into the street. Contact Us We are here to help. If you have any questions about our services, feel welcome to continue browsing our pages, order one of our free accident books, or call us at 801-506-0800 and schedule a free initial consultation. We aim to provide you with personal, compassionate service as the experienced attorneys at Christensen and Hymas fight for your rightful compensation.