Utah Motorcycle Accident Attorney
Helping the Injured in Provo, Salt Lake City & More
If you’ve recently been injured in a motorcycle accident, you may be dealing with the stress of serious injuries as well as financial hardships. Motorcycle accidents are much more dangerous than passenger vehicle accidents due to the driver’s lack of protection and restraints. Victims usually have to pay much more for medical care than victims in car accidents. If you were involved in an accident while riding a motorbike, it is in your best interests to contact Jeff Metler, a trusted Utah motorcycle accident attorney. Attorney Jeff Metler and his team are well-versed in the legal proceedings necessary to get you compensation for your injuries and believe that no one should suffer because of the negligence of another. Since 2004, our firm has proudly helped clients throughout Utah recover from serious motorcycle accidents as well as other motor vehicle accidents.
Why Motorcycle Related Injuries Are Serious
A motorcycle weighs (at most) half of a standard passenger vehicle. The immense amount of physical force behind any type of impact on a motorcycle can easily throw a person off their bike and cause devastating injuries. Additionally, motorcyclists don’t have safety features that occupants of passengers have, from seat belts and airbags to the outer exterior of a car. Injuries to the femur, or thigh bone, are extremely common in a motorcycle crash, as well as various other severe injuries to the head, neck, spine, extremities, and more.
It is important that you seek immediate medical attention after any type of motorcycle accident, even if there is an apparent lack of injury. It is very important to make sure you consult a medical professional even if you feel fine, as many serious injuries are not instantly visible, or might appear minor. If you were thrown from your bike and landed on your back or were struck by something, for instance, you may think you’re only experiencing bruising on your back, only to later find out that you sustained a spinal cord injury.
Symptoms of potentially severe spinal cord or head injuries include:
- Muscle weakness
- Loss of muscle movement in chest, arms, or legs
- Loss of feeling in chest, arms, or legs
- Loss of bowel and bladder function
- Loss of consciousness
- Nausea or vomiting
- Difficulty sleeping
- Problems with speech
Spinal cord injuries often lead to paralysis, or the loss of function in one or more body parts, while head injuries can result in permanent brain damage and may impact the way you think and communicate. Some people with these disabilities can no longer ride their motorcycles, work, or even take care of their children. Utah motorcycle accident lawyer Jeff Metler is familiar with these types of accidents, and he knows the effect they can have on not only your body, but your finances, your stability, and your family.
Recovering Damages from a Motorcycle Crash
With the help of a trustworthy legal guide, you can recover compensation
for the substantial damages following your motorcycle accident. You will
need the help of a Utah motorcycle accident attorney to determine the
amount and type of damages you are entitled to. Then, they can aggressively
fight for your rights in pursuit of a winning claim.
Some of the damages that Attorney Jeff Metler can help you recover include:
- Medical bills
- Mental anguish
- Loss of capacity to earn a living
- Accommodations for acquired disabilities
In some cases, punitive damages can be obtained in a motorcycle accident
case. These are damages awarded to a victim as punishment. These can be
obtained in cases involving willful disregard for others on the road,
such as reckless driving or drunk driving.
In the tragic event that a motorcycle accident results in the loss of a loved one, damages for wrongful death can be pursued.
Who Is Liable for Damages After a Motorcycle Crash?
When a motorcycle accident involves drivers and passengers of other vehicles on the road, often a driver of another vehicle is to blame. Because motorcyclists can easily be missed due to their small stature, distracted drivers often collide with them when making lane changes or cut them off when attempting turns. All drivers owe a duty of care to others on the road, including motorcyclists, who have many of the same rights as vehicle drivers. When they’re on their phones, eating or drunk while driving, they’re behaving in a negligent manner.
Liability can also fall onto several other parties after a motorcycle crash, including:
- Government agencies: Motorcycles are more likely than other vehicles to lose control over bumpy or uneven surfaces. In crashes caused by broken roads and loose gravel, the entity responsible for maintaining and fixing roads can be held liable for damages. In many cases, the party is a local government organization or agency.
- Motorcycle manufacturers: Sometimes it’s the motorcycle itself that has a defect or dangerous problem and contributes to accidents, such as the brake system, pedals, lighting systems, and wheels. In these cases, the manufacturer or designer of the motorcycle or motorcycle part may be responsible for carelessness.
Why You Need a Utah Motorcycle Crash Attorney
Motorcycle crash statistics in the United States have been on a steady incline for the past 10 years. If you have been in an accident, you should always contact motorcycle accident lawyer Jeff Metler before talking to any of the other party’s attorneys or insurance claim adjusters. Because victims are likely facing a legal issue for the first time, insurance adjusters know they can take advantage of their vulnerability and offer them a low settlement. Jeff and his team know how much our clients truly deserve and can protect you from these insurance companies.
Injuries sustained in a motorbike accident are often very expensive due to a long healing process, rehabilitation, and the need for medical equipment for extended periods of time. Don’t let your life be adversely affected more than it already has. As a Utah motorcycle accident lawyer, Jeff Metler and his team have a comprehensive understanding of the legal process you will be facing in your endeavor to recover compensation for your physical injuries and property damage.
Call (801) 349-1009 to speak with Jeff Metler today. Jeff is a motorcycle accident attorney committed to building strong relationships with his clients.