If you’ve been involved in a truck accident in Utah, be aware that an experienced attorney is the best way to navigate the often confusing legal system to protect your rights and receive compensation.
Because of the sheer size of trucks, and the vulnerability of motorcyclists, an accident involving both of these vehicles is the perfect storm and can lead to some of the most serious and life-threatening injuries possible. If you’re lucky enough to survive an accident involving a truck on a motorcycle, the first step is to assess your injuries, ask for witnesses, and then get in touch with an attorney.
Here are a few things to know about Utah’s motorcycle laws:
Laws regarding motorcycles in Utah
Statistically speaking, roughly 80% of accidents involving motorcycles are not the fault of the motorcyclists. For the most part, motorcycles have to follow the same rules as everyone else on the road, but there are some exceptions that a lot of other drivers may not be aware of, causing confusion and conflicts on the road.
For instance, motorcycles must:
- Put their blinker on for 2 seconds prior to turning
- Change lanes in order to pass anyone
- Not ride the lane divider
- Not carry things on their motorcycle that prevent them from driving safely with two hands on the handlebars.
Motorcycles are also allowed to be in the High Occupancy Vehicle (HOV). Whether or not a motorcycle was following these rules, plus the other rules of the road that other vehicles are subject to, is likely to be the determining factor in winning or losing a lawsuit after an accident.
The state of Utah is a “no-fault” state, meaning that anyone who is injured in an auto accident, regardless of fault, is subject to some compensation. In Utah, this amount is $3,000. It is more than likely that after an accident with a truck, your expected compensation will amount to much more.
All Utah insurance policies are required to have $25,000 in bodily injury liability, $15,000 in property damage liability, and $65,000 in total liability coverage for a single accident. In order to file a lawsuit to seek compensation, you first have to exhaust all of this coverage and then show documentation to the courts.
With trucks, determining whether the driver, the trucking company, or a third party is to blame can be tricky as the company may have legal immunities. The driver may also not have the financial resources to pay damages. Sometimes the guilt may be split up among multiple parties.
Were you hit by a truck on your motorcycle?
Your injuries may not even arise until months down the road, so it’s crucial to properly begin the legal process as soon as possible to get maximum compensation for your accident and protect your rights.
Contact Truman & Radford, Injury Attorneys today
Truman & Radford, Injury Attorneys
20 North Main Street, #309
St. George, Utah