Salt Lake City Motorcycle Accident Lawyer
Holding Irresponsible Drivers Accountable in Utah
A motorcycle, by design, provides its rider with a thrilling travel experience but offers little protection during a crash. Each year in the United States, approximately 2,000 people are killed in motorcycle accidents and 50,000 motorcyclists suffer serious physical injuries.
If you or a loved one has been seriously injured in a motorcycle accident, you should consult with an experienced Salt Lake City motorcycle accident lawyer who is familiar with helping injured motorcyclists. At Cutt, Kendell & Olson, we fight for motorcyclists who have been harmed by others around the road and have recovered millions of dollars in relief for their injuries.
Causes of Motorcycle Accidents
A majority of motorcycle accidents involve another vehicle and are caused by a driver's failure to yield the right-of-way or observe the motorcyclist on the road, to begin with. Nearly 70 percent of motorcycle accidents occur at intersections where visibility has been compromised.
Secondary conditions contributing to motorcycle accidents include:
- Weather, including rain, snow, hail, “black ice” and other extreme conditions leading to reduced visibility and unsafe driving conditions.
- Road hazards including debris, oil slicks, puddles, potholes, and uneven pavement contribute to a dangerous riding environment.
- Motorcycle defects such as fuel system leaks, present an increased risk of fire in the post-crash phase.
Motorcycle Accident Statistics
Based on current statistics, roughly 80 percent of motorcycle accidents in the United States end in injury or death compared to only 20 percent of automobile accidents. Additionally, motorcycle accident fatality rates have been on the rise since 2003 with the most recent statistics showing an increase of 55 percent.
Injuries to Motorcycle Riders
Based on current trends, if you are hit by a car while riding a motorcycle you are three times more likely to be gravely injured, and 14 times more likely to be killed than an individual injured by an accident involving two cars.
The following are common injuries sustained in a motorcycle accident:
- Traumatic brain injury
- Spinal cord injury and paralysis
- Road rash and lacerations
- Broken bones and loss of limb
Fighting Bias. Securing Justice.
You should be aware that motorcycle accidents are treated differently than those involving other motor vehicles. A palpable amount of intolerance exists against motorcycle riders in many parts of the United States.
The Salt Lake City motorcycle accident lawyers at Cutt, Kendell & Olson will fight against this prejudice to recover damages for your serious injury. If you or someone you care about has been hurt in a motorcycle accident in Salt Lake City, UT, the time to start exploring your injury claim options is now.