Motorists on the road need to pay extra attention to the motorcyclists they encounter. Because traditional motor vehicles outstrip motorcycles in terms of weight and size, a negligent driver can do serious harm to an unprepared motorcyclist. Unfortunately, not every driver on the road takes their duty of care seriously.
Should you get into an accident with a negligent driver, though, Utah law gives you the right to take that party to civil court. Our motorcycle accident attorneys in Provo at 1Law can help you build a case designed to net you compensation to repair your motorcycle, pay your bills, and get back on the road.
Motorcycle accidents are often particularly devastating due to a motorcycle’s size. Because these vehicles are often smaller than the cars and/or trucks on the road, it’s all too easy for another motorist to overlook a cyclist.
That said, the bills you have to contend with after a motorcycle accident can feel like salt in your wounds. These bills, ranging from essential medical care to necessary property repair or replacement, can weigh on you – especially if you’re not able to go back to work right away. Fortunately, our attorneys can give you the means to address this deluge of bills.
When you take a motorcycle accident to civil court, you fight for the chance to ask the party liable for your losses to pay for your post-accident bills. The coverage you request can include payment for your:
You can discuss what other forms of compensation your losses may entitle you to with a motorcycle accident attorney in Provo, UT.
We don’t want to lock you into a particular legal path when you choose to address your motorcycle accident. Instead, we want to give you the tools you need to address your losses as you see fit. That’s one of the benefits of a motorcycle accident complaint. When you submit a complaint for court approval, the court can give you the means to take unique action.
For example, if a court approves your motorcycle accident complaint, you receive the right to summon an allegedly-liable party. While this party has the right to refute some of the claims you established in your complaint, they must, by law, meet your summons. Failure to do so can see a case immediately swing in your favor.
You can summon an allegedly-liable party to either a traditional civil trial or out-of-court negotiations. Neither one of these paths is better than the other. Rather, negotiations allow you to retain more control over your request for compensation. Comparatively, a trial can see you rely on a judge to wrangle an otherwise-uncooperative defendant.
Before you can summon your named party, however, you need to draft your complaint. A motorcycle accident complaint serves as the primary communicator between you and the county clerk who can move your case forward. With that in mind, a comprehensive motorcycle accident complaint needs to include:
Motorcycle accident lawyers in Provo, UT, can make sure that all this essential information makes its way into your complaint within Utah’s state deadline.
When it comes time to name a person responsible for your motorcycle accident losses, you need to have evidence on hand to defend your position. In many cases, it’s in your best interest to investigate the scene of your accident before you name a liable party. Our attorneys can walk alongside you, recreating the accident and gathering data like:
Once we have this evidence on hand, we can more readily build a story regarding your accident. While we may not have to elaborate on that story while a court considers your complaint, we can also prepare to defend your position should your case move forward.
There are a wide variety of parties that you can hold liable for your accident’s losses. If a part of your motorcycle wrongly failed, you can take a manufacturer or mechanic to court.
Negligent drivers often find themselves in civil court after motorcycle accidents, too. That said, so can businesses, including rideshare services. You can even file cases against Utah’s government officials. If you have questions about what evidence may serve your complaint well or who you can name liable for your motorcycle accident, talk to one of our attorneys.
Motorcyclists interested in pursuing compensation for their roadway losses need to file their complaints within Utah’s statute of limitations. The state outlines this deadline in Utah Code § 78-12-25. A Provo motorcycle accident lawyer will tell you that you have four years to bring your complaint to a court’s attention – and that’s a fact.
You’re under no obligation to research your case alone, though. The same team that keeps you updated on your deadline can bring together evidence of liability on your behalf. Once we have all the information we need to establish liability and your desired compensation, we can present your complaint to a county clerk.
You deserve to feel safe when you get on your motorcycle. Don’t let another driver’s negligence keep you from the hobby you love. Bring a motorcycle accident case to an attorney instead. 1Law’s motorcycle accident attorneys in Provo, UT, are prepared to help you fight for the financial compensation your accident losses entitle you to.
You can request more information about the possible scope of your case during an initial case consultation. We can schedule an appointment for you over the phone or through our website. Contact us today, and we can discuss what our team can do for you.