Motorcycle Incidents

Motorcycle incidents are every driver’s fear and without the protection of an enclosed vehicle, a motorcycle accident can result in serious, sometimes life-altering injury. Frequently called an accident, motorcycle incidents are often not an accident at all and are instead due to negligence by one or more drivers. As personal injury attorneys, our role at Johnson Livingston is to help prepare you if you one day find yourself involved in a motorcycle incident, and represent you if you, unfortunately, are hurt or sustain damage to your motorcycle during a crash.

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Do I Need a Personal Injury Attorney for a Motorcycle Accident?

 

Yes. Hiring a personal injury attorney after a motorcycle accident is highly recommended. With many stereotypes surrounding motorcyclists, after a motorcycle accident, people often make the assumption that the motorcyclist is at fault due to speed or lack of visibility. A personal injury attorney can help mitigate this mentality very quickly.

You want to hire an attorney as soon as possible after your incident. Many of the reasons our motorcycle cases have been so successful are that we have been able to get surveillance footage from local businesses. Oftentimes, local businesses only store their camera footage for a few days at most before it is taped over with the next day’s footage so you want your lawyer to look into any available footage of your crash as soon as possible before it’s lost.

What to Do if You’re in a Motorcycle Accident?

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Call 911 If you are able to, call 911. Motorcycle accidents can result in injuries or a damaged phone, either of which may inhibit you from being able to call 911. If you see a witness, ask them to call 911. If you are a witness to a motorcycle accident or drive-by after an accident has happened, immediately call 911 to report what you see as the driver may not have been able to call.

If you are involved in a motorcycle crash, you will want to file a police report to have the accident on record. When calling 911, it may be a good idea to request emergency services so you can be medically evaluated. After an incident is not the time to be tough or say that you are fine. If you are feeling any pain, or discomfort or have any scratches or bruising, you will want this to be included in the report as it is more difficult to tie any injuries or damage back to the accident if you are medically treated by a doctor at a later time or date.

Obtain your copy of the police report once it is available or have your personal injury attorney acquire your copy as this report and any evidence that is collected on the scene will be necessary for your case.

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Get contact information of any witnesses Get the name and phone number of any witnesses to your incident. While we understand this may be difficult or impossible due to injury you will want to be able to get the testimonies of what bystanders saw during the collision. 

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Seek medical attention Even if it feels like a minor cut, scrape or bruise, make sure that any pain or marks that have resulted from the crash are documented by the police/EMTs so that they are on record.

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Take photos This is not the time for selfies, but rather this is the time to take any photos of the damage to your motorcycle, damage to other vehicles involved, the surrounding area, and anything that may have resulted in the motorcycle incident such as potholes, black ice, etc.

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Schedule a free consultation with a personal injury attorney Finding the right personal injury attorney to represent you is important for you to feel comfortable and to get the best result out of your case. It is our top priority to make sure that you are taken care of, understand your rights, and are equipped with the knowledge to make the right decisions for yourself when hiring a personal injury attorney. We are here to serve you so you can focus on healing from your injuries and get the resources you need to make that happen.

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Establish your case If you retain Johnson Livingston as your attorney, will we begin sourcing the information for your claim including witness information, doctor’s reports surrounding treatment, photos from the incident, any available surveillance footage, etc. that will help us form your case. This information will help us prepare a demand letter and any additional paperwork needed to support your claim. When you hire a personal injury attorney, you can focus on your rest and recuperation as it is our responsibility to monitor this claim and follow up with any necessary parties involved for the additional information needed and navigate the negotiations that will follow.

How to Prevent a Motorcycle Crash

 

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Drive Where You're Legally Allowed

While it can be tempting to weave in between cars to get ahead at a traffic light or pass cars more quickly on the highway, driving between vehicles is known as lane splitting and is illegal in the state of Utah.

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Wear Protective Gear Including a Helmet

While wearing a helmet and other protective gear will not prevent a motorcycle crash, it will keep you as safe as possible in the event that you are involved in an accident. Helmets will help to prevent head injury and protective gear including thick pants, long sleeves, gloves and motorcycle boots will provide coverage from exposed skin to help cut down on scrapes.

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Add a Camera to Your Bike or Helmet

Cameras don’t stop accidents, but they can help identify the cause of them. A rise in motorcyclists mounting cameras to their bike has helped provide attorneys with key evidence for example if an at-fault driver was not paying attention and caused the crash.

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Be Safe

It sounds like a no-brainer, but driving as responsibly as possible is important to show that you are doing your part to be a safe driver. If you are involved in a motorcycle crash, showing that you did everything you could to protect yourself and others will be helpful for your case.

How Drivers Can Prevent Motorcycle Injury

 

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Watch for Motorcycles

Keep your eyes on the road and be aware of your surroundings at all times and pay special attention when changing lanes. Allow motorcyclists to safely pass you. Do not tailgate them and leave ample space around them in the event you have to brake quickly.

We Focus on The Details of Your Bicycle Incident Case So You Can Move Forward

 

At Johnson Livingston, we take our jobs personally. Our attention and passion has been and always will be focused on our clients. We give each case everything we’ve got. We care about the results our clients receive and we work hard to get to know our clients, their challenges, injury, and their ability to recover and live a good life. We are here to take your motorcycle injury and any other injuries you sustained through another’s negligence seriously.

By putting our clients’ needs first we focus on doing what we do best and share your story based on facts and evidence. We communicate with you through every step of the process, making it easy for you to focus on getting better while we focus on your case. To do our best work and successfully tell your story, we rely on full disclosure and honesty from each of our clients.

Motorcycle incident cases can take more time than other personal injury cases because the details tend to be more complex. We want to ensure that your needs are being fully met. The good news is, that we won’t give up on your case, we will do what’s best for you, no matter what it takes we will stand for you and for your rights.

Pricing and Compensation from Case?

Call: (801) 948-9670

Text: (801) 683-5359

When a claim settles, our fee is 1/3 of the settlement value.

For cases that are filed in court, or litigated, our fee increases to 40% of any money awarded.

Our fees are standard in the Utah personal injury marketplace.

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