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Upcoming motorcycle rides and events that are happening all over Utah! We want you to be informed and mark these amazing events on your calendars!

Carvention Car-Truck-Motorcycle Show

February 23, 2018 – February 25, 2018 at the Salt Lake County Equestrian Center

  • All proceeds with go to the Utah 1033 Foundation which provides immediate financial help to families of fallen law enforcement officers. Registration for bikes is $15 and cars are $25.
Kelly’s 12th Annual Frosty Balls plus Bike Blessing by Pastor

March 4, 2018 at Golden Spike Harley Davidson in Riverdale, UT at 9:00 a.m

  • Breakfast will be provided at 9:00 a.m. Pastor will conduct a bike blessing at 10:00 am. Then registration for the Frosty Balls ‘N’ Headlites Love Ride ‘N’ Social at Golden Spike Harley Davidson. Registration is $15 and proceeds go to Best Friends.
The Fallen Sons Ride

March 10, 2018 at Brew Monkey Coffee House at 9:00 a.m.

  • Partnered with Huntsman Cancer/Be the Match this ride benefits Figs Caskets having helped the Demented Family with two of their sons.
40th Annual Polar Bear Ride

March 18, 2018 at Eventos Paulo at 9:00 a.m.

  • The 40th anniversary of the annual Polar Bear Ride. The proceeds of the tickets, extra poker hands, and everything else will go to the Make-A-Wish Foundation here is Utah!
Classic Car Show & Motorcycle Ride

March 24, 2018 at Blues Street BBQ Co. at 5:00 a.m.

  • In conjunction with the Spring Break-out Group Ride, Dr. Timster will be hosting this event where there will be good food, good times, and good people!
Spring Break-out Group Ride!

March 24, 2018 at Blues Street BBQ Co. at 5:00 a.m.

  • In conjunction with the Classic Car Show & Motorcycle Ride, we will be joining together for good food, good vehicles, good times, and good friends. Hosted by Dr. Timster!
Gypsy Caravan Tattoo & Motorcycle Show

April 21, 2018 at Addictive Behavior Motor Works at 10:00 a.m.

  • This event highlights tattoo artists in the craft as well as creates an event where bikers can come and ride for a children’s charity. All proceeds go to a specific children’s charity. Come to this event to exhibit tattoos and bikes!
OHV Annual Veterans Ride

April 21, 2018 at the Utah State Capitol Building at 8:00 a.m.

  • Save the date! This is a partnership event with the State of Utah, Utah State Parks, Utah Department of Natural Resources, Utah Veterans Administration, the Utah RZR Crew and many others to be named.
Antelope Island Ride & BBQ

April 22, 2018 at Clearfield High School in Clearfield, UT at 10:00 a.m.

  • Season kick off with a ride to Antelope Island and then to Mark’s for a BBQ
Northern Utah Autism Program’s Annual Charity Bike Ride

May 5, 2018 at Golden Spike Harley Davidson at 9:00 a.m.

  • Free admission, but donations are greatly appreciated. Raffle prizes, food, escorted motorcycle ride, lots of fun, and some great music. Come to the Golden Spike Harley Davidson to be a part of this amazing event!
National Motorcycle Anti-Profiling & Freedom Day

May 17, 2018 at the Utah State Capitol at 7:00 p.m.

  • The main purpose of this event is to come together and fight for the rights of motorcycle riders.
Vets Helping Vets Poker Run

May 19, 2018 at Veterans Park in Cedar City, UT at 12:00 p.m.

  • Details to be announced
7th Annual Wasatch Front Motorcycle Swap Meet

June 9, 2018 at VFW post in Salt Lake City, UT at 1:00 p.m.

  • All makes, models and years! All things motorcycle is going to be there! $5 flat rate entry fee!
7th Annual First Responders Tribute Ride

June 10, 2018 at Legends Vintage Motorcycles in Springville, UT at 2:00 p.m.

  • Immortal Knights PSMC raising money for the Blue Haven Foundation. Entry fee is $5.
Ride the Brainwave

June 23, 2018 at Salt Lake County Equestrian Center at 7:00 a.m.

  • 5K, motorcycle ride, RZR ride, concerts and so much more! Money raised will go to families that need help with medical bills, funerals, and other expenses.
Ride to Fight Suicide

June 30, 2018 at Golden Spike Harley Davidson in Riverdale, UT 9:00 a.m.

  • Ride will start in Riverdale, UT and finish at Lorin Farr Park in Ogden, UT where there will be a car show and a band. Food will also be provided.
CVMA 49-3 Hosts Ride for the Utah Fallen

August 4, 2018 in Logan, UT at 8:00 a.m.

  • The Misfits CVMA 49-3 along with Cache Valley Veterans Association and G.E. have teamed up to conduct this ride to establish the Cache Valley Veterans Resource Center. All proceeds will be given to the Cache Valley Resource Center. $25 per bike and $15 for additional passengers.
2nd Annual Pin-Up Bike Rally

August 23 – August 26, 2018 at The Amphitheater at Studio/Ranch in Tooele, UT at 11 a.m.

  • Hot spot for motorcycle enthusiasts for amazing bands, good food/drinks, vendors, contests, camping and other entertainment!

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Most of the time when you hear about car accidents or motorcycle accidents it is accompanied with a “oh he was drunk driving” or “he was high when he was driving his father’s car”. What we don’t talk about enough is “distracted driving”. There are many things that can constitute distracted driving; texting and driving is one as well as just fiddling around with your radio while driving. Anything that brings your eyes away from the road is considered distracted driving.

Why Distracted Driving is so dangerous:

Highway and freeway speeds can range from roughly 60MPH to 80MPH. If you are driving at a speed of about 55MPH and you look down at your phone, you essentially drive the length of a football field before you even look up from your phone. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), 3,477 people were killed in distracted driving related accidents in 2015 alone. Distracted driving is almost like driving while under the influence because your main focus is not on the road. When you aren’t looking at the road there is no way for you to react to what is happening around you. The people around you cannot control what you do or how fast your car is coming at them. If people could control other people, there would be no accidents.

How to Prevent Distracted Driving:

There are many simple things that you can do to decrease the amount of distracted driving that occurs. Here are a few things that you can do to prevent distracted driving within your own vehicle:

  1. Put your phone in a place where you can’t see it
  2. Don’t eat or drink while driving
  3. Don’t do your makeup on the way to work
  4. Make sure that your passengers are aware that you can’t have distractions
  5. Make sure your front seat passenger takes care of the radio if you are listening to the radio

Of course, there are so many things that you can do to prevent distracted driving but these are a few of the more obvious and basic things you can do.

What We See at Utah Bike Law:

In 2015, Utah Bike Law, LLC took many cases involving vehicle accidents. About 60-70% of those cases involved distracted driving. These are staggering numbers and most of these accidents could have been prevented. Just focusing on the road is the most important thing that you can do while driving.

You can also make other people aware of how important it is to be fully focused on the road. The NHTSA has put out several videos to stress how important it is to not text and drive or to drive distracted. It is so important to keep our roads safe and drivable.

Utah Bike Law and its attorneys are licensed to practice law only in the State of Utah and maintain offices in Salt Lake City, Utah. No attorney client relationship is established by simply visiting this website.

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Motorcycle crashes are not something to glaze over. Around 5:30 p.m. on January 18, 2018 a man was killed in a motorcycle crash. He was riding his motorcycle when he crashed into the side of a car in an intersection. The motorcycle rider was thrown from his motorcycle. This crash happened in American Fork.

We give our deepest sympathies to the family of this man that was killed. It is hard to lose a loved one under those circumstances. Make sure you are always aware and alert to motorcycle riders in the upcoming warmer months.

Utah Bike Law and its lawyers are not representing any of the parties mentioned in this article at the time the article was posted. Our information source is cited in the article. If you were involved in this incident or a similar incident and have questions about your rights and options, call us or another reputable law firm. Do not act solely upon the information provided herein. Get a consultation. The best law firms will provide a free consultation. Utah Bike Law and its attorneys are licensed to practice law only in the State of Utah and maintain offices in Salt Lake City, Utah. No attorney client relationship is established by simply visiting this website.

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Here at Utah Bike Law, we are motorcycle riders ourselves. We pride ourselves in knowing motorcycles personally. We want you to be able to enjoy riding in Utah as much as we have so we have found some roads that other bikers from Utah have rated some of the best.

Mexican Hat to Bryce Canyon

It has been suggested that this ride is better if you go from Mexican Hat, UT and travel west to Bryce Canyon. It has also been suggested that you travel in the spring or fall for this ride because it is not too hot and the conditions of the roads is pretty good. Bryce Canyon is one of the many natural wonders of Utah. Camping and hiking there is an amazing experience. Make sure you get your camping permits in advance you can camp at this amazing canyon.

Bryce Canyon Back Roads Motorcycle Route from Ogden, UT to Salt Lake City, UT

This route would be perfect if you are commuting from Ogden to Salt Lake or the other way around. This route misses all major highways and runs through some scenic places. The Wasatch Mountains are the mountains that you would pass through during this ride. It takes you through some smaller neighborhoods and through some less known reservoirs.

Mount Nebo Loop

For this route, you would start in Payson, UT, which is more in the northern region of Utah. From there you would travel south to end up on West Canyon Road. From that road, it’s smooth sailing from there! The views are stunning, as you will see forests, red rock canyons, and some lakes. You can’t go wrong going on this road. In fact, this is one of the only roads in the United States to be declared one of the few DOT Scenic Byways.

Old Highway 91 from St. George to Mesquite, Nevada

This road is in Southern Utah and will lead you farther south to Mesquite, Nevada. This road used to be the road that you take you to Las Vegas before the I-15 was installed on that area of land. It is an amazing ride with great open road and you will be going through some mountains. It might be a tad mundane in the beginning because there is nothing to see for the first part of the road; but winding roads come up in the mountains and you will have an amazing view.

The Logan Canyon Run

This particular ride will bring up to Northern Utah. For this ride, you will start in Logan, UT. After starting in Logan, it’ll be a 55-minute ride to Bear Lake. Along the way, the scenery is breathtaking. There are meadows, mountaintops, and winding roads on this route and the canyon that you will be riding through plethora of trees and rock formations that it is something that you shouldn’t miss. Once you get to Bear Lake, there are a few things that you should try. Bear Lake is locally famous for their raspberry shakes and the lake festivities that take place there. Make sure to grab a shake and lay out on the beach!

Logan Canyon

Of course there are more roads that would be amazing to bike but we found that these ones were the most popular by people that have been to Utah and live here. From Northern Utah to Southern Utah, there will always be roads to explore. There are so many natural beauties in Utah that it was hard to narrow down which of the roads we wanted to tell you about. Here at Utah Bike Law, we want you to have the best experiences on your motorcycle!

Disclaimer:

Utah Bike Law is a law firm and its lawyers who ride represent motorcycle riders and their families across Utah including the counties and cities of Beaver, Box Elder, Cache, Carbon, Daggett, Davis, Duchesne, Emery, Garfield, Grand, Iron, Juab, Kane, Millard, Morgan, Piute, Rich, Salt Lake, San Juan, Sanpete, Sevier, Summit, Tooele, Uintah, Utah, Wasatch, Washington, Wayne, Weber, American Fork, Beaver, Bountiful, Brigham City, Cedar City, Delta, Draper, Duchesne, Fillmore, Heber, Kamas, Kanab, Kaysville, Layton, Lehi, Logan, Moab, Murray, Nephi, Ogden, Orem, Park City, Price, Provo, Richfield, Riverton, Roy, Salt Lake City, Sandy, South Jordan, St. George, Tooele, Vernal, West Jordan, and West Valley City. Utah Bike Law and its attorneys are licensed to practice law only in the State of Utah and maintain offices in Salt Lake City, Utah. No attorney client relationship is established by simply visiting this website.

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Getting gifts for your loved ones during the Christmas season can sometimes be a challenge. The person you are shopping for could have a hobby that you really don’t know anything about! You may have a friend or loved one that knows and loves everything about motorcycles. Motorcycle lovers have a specific niche of gifts that they would like to receive. Let us give you some ideas on where to start!

  1. Motorcycle Cleaning Kit

Who doesn’t like to have their bikes clean? You can get your loved one a motorcycle cleaning kit for Christmas. You don’t want your buddies to poke fun at your bike because it is not as pristine as theirs. It is not only for making their bike look clean or shiny but the cleaning kit that you give them can make sure that the insides of their bikes are clean too! When things are dirty, they don’t work as properly as they should. Keeping the inside of a bike (or a car) clean can also improve the ride that your loved ones go on! You could even get them “On-The-Go” cleaning kits.

  1. Motorcycle Tool Kit

It’s never a bad thing to have tools in your garage! Tools are very practical but can be expensive. Instead of buying your loved one a brand new set of larger tools, it might be better to buy them an emergency motorcycle tool kit. This might be considered more of a “manly” gift but you can give these tools for anyone! Minor breakdowns can be easily remedied when your loved one can have the tools on hand that you gave them for Christmas.

  1. Motorcycle Furniture

Motorcycle furniture is a great gift to get for your biker! Whether it be a night stand that is made of motorcycle tires and motorcycle handle bars or a coffee table made out of medals and gears, you need to find something personal for your loved one. This present is very personal, which can make it that much more special to those that you are giving it to. This present might be on the little pricey side but it makes a great and thoughtful gift to someone that you love! We found an Etsy Store that has great motorcycle furniture for you!

  1. A Project Motorcycle

This is the ultimate gift to give your loved one who is a motorcyclist. This one could be a little harder to obtain but this is the gift that will make you their favorite person. Pawnshops, yard sales, auctions, or even the side of the road you could find a rusty, broken down motorcycle to repair. It would be even better if you were able to find a rare motorcycle. Taking that piece of metal that can no longer be ridden and turning it into a masterpiece that is all your own is a one of a kind feeling. A project motorcycle along with the tools will be the perfect gift combination!

  1. SPOT Satellite GPS Messenger Unit

Your loved one can get into trouble anywhere that they are traveling. Motorcyclists are smaller than cars so if your loved one is involved in a crash and ends up in an area that has limited visibility, they can use the SPOT Satellite GPS Messenger Unit. If they are also in an area where there is limited to no service and they need help, having this device on hand will ensure that they will get the help they need in an emergency. You can show the person you love that you care about their safety this holiday season!

Here at Utah Bike Law, we want you to find the best gifts for your bikers. Gifts have to be special and personal and we want to give you a resource to find those gifts! Be the best gift giver in your family, group of friends, or biker group! We hope you have an amazing holiday!

Utah Bike Law is a law firm and its lawyers who ride represent motorcycle riders and their families across Utah including the counties and cities of Beaver, Box Elder, Cache, Carbon, Daggett, Davis, Duchesne, Emery, Garfield, Grand, Iron, Juab, Kane, Millard, Morgan, Piute, Rich, Salt Lake, San Juan, Sanpete, Sevier, Summit, Tooele, Uintah, Utah, Wasatch, Washington, Wayne, Weber, American Fork, Beaver, Bountiful, Brigham City, Cedar City, Delta, Draper, Duchesne, Fillmore, Heber, Kamas, Kanab, Kaysville, Layton, Lehi, Logan, Moab, Murray, Nephi, Ogden, Orem, Park City, Price, Provo, Richfield, Riverton, Roy, Salt Lake City, Sandy, South Jordan, St. George, Tooele, Vernal, West Jordan, and West Valley City. Utah Bike Law and its attorneys are licensed to practice law only in the State of Utah and maintain offices in Salt Lake City, Utah. No attorney client relationship is established by simply visiting this website.

 

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Motorcycle Attorney Fees – What You Need to Know.

Every injured motorcyclist that has had the misfortune to be involved in a motorcycle accident has probably complained that their attorney’s fees for handling the motorcycle injury case were too high. As a practicing trial attorney I agree—sometimes attorney fees are too high—let me explain.

I had a biker come into my office complaining that his lawyer (not me) was gouging him on the attorney fee to handle his motorcycle injury case that he had been involved in the year prior. He had his fee agreement between him and this other attorney. Essentially the contract read as follows:

Attorney fee will be calculated as follows:

  • If case settled within 2 weeks – 25%
  • If case settled within 6 weeks – 35%
  • If case settled within 12 weeks – 40%
  • If case settled within 24 weeks – 45%
  • If case settled within 48 weeks – 50%
  • If trial is necessary – 60%

It had taken this other attorney just short of a year to get the case settled so the attorney fee was 50%–FIFTY PERCENT! So you might be asking yourself, “Is that attorney fee too high, too low (I doubt it), or just right (to quote Goldilocks)?” Let’s talk about it…

First of all, the attorney fee comes right off the top, meaning, in this case, because the case was settled for $50,000, the other attorney made $25,000—right off the top. This, my friends, is an unfair fee! It is unfair and the structure of the agreement overall is unfair for a number of reasons:

  • The pressure to settle the case based on time virtually ensures that the case will not be settled for full value.
  • Seldom do cases settle quickly—especially where there may be some fault on the motorcyclist. The low percentages are probably used as an inducement for the client to “sign” with the lawyer.
  • The 60% fee, if trial is necessary, virtually guarantees that the client would receive very little money, if any at all, after all the smoke clears.
  • It is just too damn high!

We routinely see attorney fees for handling motorcycle injury cases ranging from 38% to 45% regardless of whether the case is settled early or goes to trial. The fee at Utah Bike Law is 33%–regardless of how quick or how long it takes to settle the case or whether we decide to take you case to trial. We think this is fair because cases seldom settle quickly; we meticulously prepare every case; and, if necessary, take cases to trial.

We prepare every motorcycle accident case as if the case were going to trial. We do this because that is the only way to convey to the insurance companies that we will take nothing less than full value for the claim. If your attorney is not ready, willing, and able to go to trial you will never receive the full value of your case in settlement. By “ready” we mean the attorney/law firm has the resources. By “willing” we mean the attorney has experience and a love for trial work. By “able” we mean the attorney has actually tried cases in court and won. This is because insurance companies know the attorneys that are, and are not, ready, willing, and able to take your case to trial. The insurance companies in Utah know that George Tait at Utah Bike Law is always ready, willing, and able to take any case to trial. In so doing we charge a reasonable fee to secure the best settlements and verdicts for our clients.

Utah Bike Law is a motorcycle injury law firm and its lawyers who ride are dedicated to representing injured motorcycle riders and their families. If you or a loved one were involved in a motorcycle crash anywhere in the United States we invite you to call for a free confidential consultation. There is no obligation and you are not charged any fees whatsoever unless we recover money for you.

Photo Credit: https://www.corlessbarfield.com/2017/02/proposals-for-settlement/

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It’s midafternoon and you’re cruising down the highway on your new motorcycle, loving the feel of the fresh air whipping across your face. You’re lost in your thoughts and the gorgeous Utah scenery when suddenly; you hear a siren behind you. It takes a moment before you realize that a police car is stopping you.  But why?

If you’re biking in Utah (and if you aren’t you should be!) you need to have a basic familiarity with Utah motorcycle laws. The last thing you want to deal with on your ride is a chat with a local policeman.  The laws are straightforward and easy to follow once you know them.

Utah Safety Gear Laws

Unlike many other states with “universal” helmet laws, Utah law only requires the use of a helmet for motorcycle drivers and passengers who are under the age of 21 (see Desert News and here. Utah law sets out very specific requirements on the types of helmets that are considered suitable for minors to wear when on motorcycles. You best bet is to shop at a store familiar with Utah motorcycle laws who can help you buy a helmet that complies with Utah law and also provides the most head protection.

Even though Utah law doesn’t mandate helmets for adults, it is always a good idea for all bikers to wear helmets for protection in case of an accident.  Traumatic brain injury is a common outcome of motorcycle accidents and a helmet can help protect against serious injury or even death.

Utah law does not require that motorcyclists use eye protection but it is recommended for safety and for riding enjoyment. A faceshield that is impact-resistant helps protect your face in a crash and keeps dirt, rain, insects, and wind from hitting your face and eyes. Goggles are the next best option as they will help keep your eyes from watering and won’t blow off while riding. Like helmets, the best advice is to try several types on for size and fit before deciding and always opt for the maximum amount of protection.

Utah Motorcycle Licensing Requirements

Under Utah Traffic Code 53-3-202, you must test for and receive a motorcycle endorsement on your Utah driver’s license in order to operate a motorcycle on public roads.  If you are at least 16 years old and hold a current valid Utah license, you can apply for a temporary learner permit by taking a written test and paying a fee. The learner permit is valid for six months after which you can take a riding test to obtain the motorcycle endorsement.

The type of motorcycle that you use to test is important as it might limit your riding options in the future. The size restrictions are:

0 = 90 cc or less

2 = 249 cc or less

3 = 649 cc or less

If you are tested on a motorcycle with 650 cubic centimeters or more than you will have no restriction on your license and you may ride any size motorcycle.

Utah Traffic Laws

For the most part, motorcycles are subject to the same laws as cars and trucks on the roadway. There are some important laws specific to motorcycles, however, that are important to know:

  • A motorcycle can only pass a vehicle in front of them by changing lanes;
  • Motorcycles cannot ride more than two side-by-side in one lane;
  • Passengers can only ride on bikes that are designed to carry more than one person;
  • Motorcycles are permitted to use the High Occupancy Vehicle (HOV) lanes;
  • Motorcycles cannot “lane share” or ride between rows of vehicles or lanes of traffic; (there has been some discussion in the legislature about changing this law);
  • A motorcyclist must not carry anything that would prevent him or her from keeping both hands on the handlebars;
  • Motorcycles are entitled to full use of a lane; and
  • The driver must signal a turn at least two seconds before executing the turn.

For more details regarding Utah traffic motorcycle laws, you can consult Utah’s Motorcycle Operator Manual.

Before biking, make sure you have the proper safety gear and a motorcycle learner’s permit or endorsement on your license as well as proof of insurance. Get familiar with the Utah traffic laws pertaining to motorcycles. And then, there’s nothing left to do but enjoy the ride!

At Utah Bike Law we’re Utah bikers who help the Utah biking community with all of its legal needs. If you’ve been involved in a motorcycle accident and have any questions, please reach out by calling 801-487-6454 or visiting us online to find out more about how our experienced, knowledgeable attorneys can help you.

Utah Bike Law is a law firm and its lawyers who ride represent motorcycle riders and their families across Utah including the counties and cities of Beaver, Box Elder, Cache, Carbon, Daggett, Davis, Duchesne, Emery, Garfield, Grand, Iron, Juab, Kane, Millard, Morgan, Piute, Rich, Salt Lake, San Juan, Sanpete, Sevier, Summit, Tooele, Uintah, Utah, Wasatch, Washington, Wayne, Weber, American Fork, Beaver, Bountiful, Brigham City, Cedar City, Delta, Draper, Duchesne, Fillmore, Heber, Kamas, Kanab, Kaysville, Layton, Lehi, Logan, Moab, Murray, Nephi, Ogden, Orem, Park City, Price, Provo, Richfield, Riverton, Roy, Salt Lake City, Sandy, South Jordan, St. George, Tooele, Vernal, West Jordan, and West Valley City. Utah Bike Law and its attorneys are licensed to practice law only in the State of Utah and maintain offices in Salt Lake City, Utah. No attorney client relationship is established by simply visiting this website.

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As a motorcycle law firm we attend a lot of bike rallies and events throughout Utah. Many motorcycle manufactureers of accessories of all manner and make often approach us and want us to promote their product. We have declined to do so because to endorse one makes the others not worthy. With all that said we are ready to endorse this one company–Viking bags.

Viking motorcycle backpacks

Over the years I have personally used and my friends have used Viking Bags–their quality can not be matched and their products are produced in the United States. Here is their backpack–a particularly good product for sport bikers–we tried it–we like it.

Motorcycle backpack at Viking

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Getting people to notice commercials about motorcycle safety is as challenging as hoping people will watch your video about paint drying.

Australia may be onto something here.

Australian Motorcycle Safety Campaign! - YouTube

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You will never be in a motorcycle crash – right?

Hopefully you’re right!

We hope that every motorcycle ride you have is great but you have to hope for the best and plan for the worst.

If you are in a crash, or witness a crash, or have friends in a crash, here is quick checklist so you know what to do.

This checklist does not include everything of course but it hits the most important things you need to know.

  • Remain Calm

What’s done is done – survey the scene and be careful. Look out for traffic and downed power lines. You do not want to become a victim yourself rushing to the scene. If you can think about protecting the downed rider(s) from oncoming traffic do so but do not put yourself at risk.

  • Call 911

Injuries are often significant and can be life threatening – call 911 ASAP – don’t hesitate – make the call – seconds might mean a life. Don’t worry about the costs – if they do not transport there is no cost. They are the experts – they can look after bleeding, fractures, and breathing problems. Administer first aid if you can while waiting for the ambulance. Any 911 call will also dispatch the police.

  • Document the scene of the crash

You or someone else will probably have a cell phone. Take video of conversations – do a panoramic picture of the crash scene – take pictures. Take lots of pictures some distance and then getting closer. Instead of taking notes just talk while you are shooting video on your phone describing what you are taking video of. Don’t forget to get pictures of the injuries if you can and it is appropriate.

  • Keep your mouth shut

What we mean by this is try to avoid speaking with the offending driver – it just simply will not get you anywhere probably resulting in an argument or confrontation. Do speak with the police and answer their questions the best you can and then keep quiet. If you are taken to the emergency room decline answering any questions while you are on any narcotics.

  • Keep track of stuff

Do not throw away your damaged riding gear – take lots of pictures too. Keep track of the work you miss and all appointments you go to. Keep a diary of what happens answering the questions – who, what, where, when, and why. For example if you follow-up with your orthopedic surgeon for a fracture note the physician’s name, when you went, what he/she said, and why you went.

  • Contact a motorcycle lawyer

The rule of thumb here is “sooner the better.” We will be able to contact witnesses before the offender’s insurance company does. Our team will be able to secure evidence and go to the scene of the crash documenting evidence that may well disappear with time – like skid narks for example. Investigators will take pictures and see if there are witnesses that saw something that was not noted by the police – like nearby storekeepers for example. We will also look for street or store video cameras that may have captured the crash. If you need us, call 24/7/365 – at 801-487-6454 or shoot us an email.

Utah Bike Law is a motorcycle injury law firm and its lawyers who ride are dedicated to representing injured motorcycle riders and their families. If you or a loved one were involved in a motorcycle crash anywhere in the United States we invite you to call for a free confidential consultation. There is no obligation and you are not charged any fees whatsoever unless we recover money for you.

I have been a motorcycle rider for over 30 years and an attorney representing injured bikers for over 14 years. I have also been a registered nurse giving me a unique appreciation for the motorcycle injuries you sustained helping convince the insurance companies to pay a fair value for your claim. My law practice focuses on representing injured and killed motorcycle riders and their families. We can help you with medical bills, getting your bike fixed and getting you the money you deserve from the person that caused the crash. Utah Bike Law and its attorneys are licensed to practice law in the State of Utah and can help you find a motorcycle attorney across the United States.

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