Salt Lake City Dangerous Road Motorcycle Accident Lawyer
According to statistics from the Insurance Information Institute, 2014 saw 8.4 million motorcycles take to the road. That same year saw 92,000 of these motorcyclists injured in crashes. Many of these accidents were caused by hazards presented by dangerous road conditions.
Unlike with a car, a simple pothole can cause serious damage to a motorcycle. Cracks and other symptoms of disrepair represent dangers to motorcyclists that other drivers may not give a second thought.
A dangerous road shouldn’t ruin your fun. A Salt Lake City dangerous road motorcycle accident lawyer from Craig Swapp & Associates can help you recover financially from a motorcycle accident caused by dangerous road conditions.
Road construction areas are some of the most common scenes of motorcycle accidents. Construction companies sometimes fail to take the proper precautions or make other mistakes. Errors such as improper signage and poorly designed construction routes or detours can all lead to accidents.
Conversely, it’s not uncommon for drivers in construction areas to not pay attention to the signage and put others on the road at risk. Another common scenario occurs when they see a construction zone ahead and decide to change lanes. Sometimes drivers fail to check their blind spots for motorcyclists and an accident ensues, often with serious injuries for the biker.
The design of a road can also create dangerous road conditions. Maybe a road is too steep or there’s a sharp curve that leads to a large number of crashes in adverse weather conditions.
Often times a motorcyclist is painted as dangerous and reckless in court. A prosecutor might try to make the case that the motorcyclist was driving carelessly when the road’s poor design was actually to blame for the wreck. A Salt Lake City dangerous road motorcycle accident lawyer can successfully present your case and demonstrate the improper road design that caused your accident.
Potholes, cracks, and badly designed shoulder drop-offs present major hazards to motorcyclists. While a car can withstand a pothole or crack, either of these obstacles can cause a motorcyclist to flip or wreck.
Common types of road hazards other than cracks and potholes that can present a danger to motorcyclist include all of the following:
- Tire Blowouts Due to Debris
- Slick or Icy Roads
- Poor Visual Conditions
- Wheel Ruts
Road maintenance is generally the responsibility of government agencies, which means you could be up against a legal team with substantial resources at their disposal. Working with one of our attorneys will allow you to face the opposing side on equal footing.
Utah law settles cases by determining comparative negligence. Factors contributing to an accident are given a percentage of fault, and then evidence from the accident is weighed to determine who was responsible for causing them.
In the case of dangerous roads, improperly designed construction zones and roads in disrepair should account for a large percentage of the accident’s causes. The percentage you are found to be responsible for will reduce your settlement by that same amount.
For example, if you are awarded a $20,000 settlement, but you were found to be 10 percent responsible, you will have $2,000 deducted from the final amount you receive.
Hire a Salt Lake City Motorcycle Accident Lawyer
There are many dangerous road conditions that can lead to motorcycle accidents. A number of the accidents caused by these conditions are preventable, and the negligent parties should be held responsible for the damages and injuries that result.
If you were injured in a motorcycle accident due to dangerous road conditions, you might be entitled to a settlement. Call Craig Swapp & Associates at 1-800-404-9000 to discuss your case in detail with an attorney. Alternatively, fill out the form at the bottom of this page, and one of our team members will contact you.