Motorcycle Accidents

Motorcycle Accidents

Motorcyclists who are involved in an accident get injured 80% of the time. Those are very high odds. Obviously, you want to do everything you can to avoid a motorcycle accident, but sometimes the poor decisions of other motorists make them impossible to avoid. Despite improvements in technology and education about motorcycle safety, the rate of motorcycle accidents has not improved over the last ten years, and in recent years, has trended upwards.

Interestingly, older, more experienced motorcyclists are more likely to die from their injuries than younger, less experienced riders. This is true despite older riders wearing more safety equipment. In fact, riders between the ages of 16 and 39 accounted for 42% of motorcycle crashes between 2006 to 2015, while riders between the ages of 40-65 accounted for 58% of motorcycle crashes. We can debate about why these numbers are so, but the key point is motorcyclists of all ages are vulnerable to serious injury or death from the negligence of other drivers.

By far, the most common cause for motorcycle accidents is the other driver’s failure to yield the right-of-way to the motorcyclists. Other causes include improper turning, vision obstruction, following too closely, and driver distraction. Despite a common misperception among the public, most motorcycle accidents are not the fault of the motorcyclists. Instead, the majority of accidents are caused by the negligence of the driver of a motor vehicle. Drivers have a false sense of security and are more likely to take risks and participate in distracting activities while driving, such as cell phone use, dialing the radio, putting on makeup, and eating. The average motorcyclists, however, understands the increased danger of motorcycle riding and has a heightened awareness of his or her surroundings.

At Jensen Law, we are aware of the bias against motorcyclists when it comes to determining who is at fault for an accident. Oftentimes, witnesses say a motorcyclist was speeding when he or she was driving at or under the speed limit. Studies show that the sound of the motorcycle’s engine leads other motorists to overestimate the speed of a motorcycle by 10-20 mph. Speed estimates can be even more inaccurate depending on the age of the rider, the type of motorcycle, and the direction of the motorcycle. If witnesses falsely claim you were speeding before an accident, this may cause the insurance adjuster to deny your claim. You will need an experienced attorney to help combat the biases that motorcyclists confront after an accident.

If you’ve been in a motorcycle accident due to the negligence of another person, please contact our law firm to discuss compensation.

Tell us what happened. We can help.

Serving all of Utah, Idaho & Wyoming

Call or message us to let us know how we can help. We are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and we would be happy to come to you.

Send us a message