In Need of a Motorcycle Accident Lawyer?

At Waddoups Law Personal Injury Attorneys, our Salt Lake City motorcycle accident lawyers know these crashes often end in catastrophic injuries and tragic fatalities. Even if motorcyclists are wearing helmets—required of Utah riders and their passengers if they are under 21—the force of a two-ton vehicle, colliding with a much smaller and more vulnerable motorist changes lives without notice.

Our Midvale motorcycle accident attorneys are dedicated to our clients’ well-being, helping them physically, emotionally, and financially recover after a traffic crash. We recognize that when another person or party’s negligence disrupts your life, you need a team of personal injury attorneys who truly care in your corner.

Our personal injury attorneys in Salt Lake County operate as your team and want to deliver much-needed relief through our compassion, attention to detail, and tenacious advocacy.

Once you partner with our personal injury law firm, you can rest easy knowing your team has a proven track record, having represented clients in more than 1,200 mediation/arbitration cases and over 85 jury trials with tremendous success. Let us use our over 90 years of combined experience to help you and your family confidently move forward.

Contact our Salt Lake City personal injury attorneys today to learn more during a free consultation.

Immediate Medical Care for Motorcycle Crash in Utah

Immediate Medical Care is Crucial if You Have Been Injured in a Utah Motorcycle Crash

It is essential to seek medical attention when you are hurt due to a motorcycle crash in Utah. When you go to the doctor or the emergency room, you need to explain to the doctor that you were in a motorcycle crash.

You must explain to your doctor all your injuries, from your head to your toes. Do not minimize or attempt to be stoic. The doctor needs to know the full extent of your injuries and the pain you are experiencing.

Outside of apparent injuries, including broken bones, lacerations, and road rash that are identifiable without delay, this could involve, but is not limited to:

  • Head injuries.
  • Headaches.
  • Concussions.
  • Internal pain.
  • Neck pain.
  • Jaw pain.
  • Face pain.
  • Shoulder pain.
  • Upper back pain.
  • Mid back pain.
  • Low back pain.
  • Chest pain.
  • Stomach pain.
  • Hip pain.
  • Leg pain.
  • Knee pain.
  • Ankle pain.
  • Foot pain.

Wherever you are experiencing pain or symptoms, you need to inform your doctor so they can thoroughly analyze your situation and make the proper recommendations for X-rays, MRIs, CT scans, therapy, medication, and follow-up care.

You must notify your team of the doctors, therapists, chiropractors, massage therapists, or any other individual you see regarding your injuries sustained in the accident. Your legal team at Waddoups Law Personal Injury Attorneys, will request all your medical bills and records.

Please remember that the insurance company will also analyze your medical bills and records.

Insurance companies need documentation to assess the total value of your case based on your injuries and the damages you sustained.

If you experience a neck injury and do not explain that to your doctor, the insurance company will try to argue that your neck was not injured if your neck injury surfaces in the medical records weeks after the motorcycle accident.

Under Utah law, you are considered the plaintiff if you are an injured party. Under Utah law, the plaintiff must establish that the injuries and the medical treatment are related to the crash. Under Utah law, the doctor must state with a reasonable degree of medical probability that the injuries and treatment you were treated for were caused by the motorcycle accident.

Our skilled motorcycle accident and injury attorneys in Salt Lake City will investigate your crash, preserve critical evidence, and protect your medical records and treatment needs from being manipulated by insurance companies so you can pursue the compensation and benefits you need to get your life back on track.

George Waddoups has been riding motorcycles including dirt bikes, Hondas, Harleys, and Choppers for 54 years, and understands how these crashes change lives. Call us today to discuss the details of your Utah motorcycle accident during a free consultation.

What Utah Motorcycle Accident & Injury Victims Need to Know About Preexisting Conditions

Sometimes, people have preexisting medical conditions when they get into an accident. For example, a person may have a prior report of headaches or neck pain. The doctor needs to be aware of any preexisting medical conditions you have.

In many cases, when someone is involved in a traffic collision, the motorcycle accident may light up the prior neck injury that had healed or aggravated the previous neck injury and make it worse. The doctor must understand this history. It is also essential that your team is told about your preexisting medical conditions so we know how to approach your case as to whether it is an acute injury, meaning it started from the date of the injury, or it is an aggravation to a preexisting condition.

If you have any questions about a preexisting medical condition, your team will be able to answer and explain the current state of Utah law.

What Type of Compensation & Benefits Can I Pursue After a Motorcycle Accident with Injuries in Utah?

Since Utah is a no-fault state, the first thing you do when injured is fill out an application for MedPay benefits under your motorcycle insurance or through the vehicle’s policy that struck you.

MedPay may provide the following benefits:

  • Medical Expenses

Usually, through no-fault, you will have the protection of $3,000 towards your medical expenses. That benefit could be higher, but the minimum amount under Utah law is $3,000. Once your no-fault benefits are exhausted, your medical bills will be routed through your health insurance company, Medicare, Medicaid, or whatever is available.

If you have no health insurance, Medicare, or Medicaid benefits, your team of Salt Lake City motorcycle accident attorneys and support staff at Waddoups Law Personal Injury Attorneys, can arrange with the doctors to get you medical care through a lien until your case is resolved.

  • Wage Losses

If you are employed at the time of your injury or will be employed, you are entitled to a minimum of 85% of your gross weekly wage or $250 per week, whichever is less. This benefit does not cover the first three days of your disability unless you are off work longer than two consecutive weeks after the date of your injury. You may need a doctor’s note to support this benefit. There is a one-year time limit for your wage loss claim.

  • Household Expenses

If your doctor indicates that you cannot perform your regular household chores or need assistance, you may be entitled to up to $20 per day, seven days per week, for others to step into your shoes to perform the services you performed before you were injured. There is a one-year time limit for this benefit. Your team will assist you in getting these benefits if the insurance company tries to avoid paying these benefits.

  • Property Damage

If your motorcycle is damaged, you can go under the property damage section of your policy or through the at-­fault driver’s property damage policy. If your bike is going to be repaired, you can take it to any place to get it repaired. If you choose to go with the insurance company’s select repair shops, that shop will agree to guarantee the repairs to your motorcycle to ensure everything is repaired. If the repair does not work, they will continue to make that repair right.

If your motorcycle is deemed a total loss, you are entitled to have the fair market value of your bike in its state at the time of the crash. Your team can assist you in maximizing your motorcycle’s value. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact your team.

As part of the property damage, if your motorcycle is a total loss, you are entitled to the value of your vehicle on the date of the crash, any enhancements you can establish, typical sales tax on the actual cash value of your vehicle; the cost of transferring your tag; and the prorated amount of your yearly vehicle tax and registration fees. If the facts and evidence demonstrate that you may be partially responsible for the crash, your property damage value will be reduced by the percentage determined to be your fault.

For example, if your motorcycle’s total value is $10,000 and you are found to be 10% responsible for causing the crash, your property damage will be reduced by 10% or $9,000.

Your team will attempt to establish that the other person is at fault 100%. However, there are some situations where the responsibility for causing the crash may be apportioned between the two drivers.

Our skilled motorcycle accident and injury lawyers in Midvale can help you understand your legal rights and options to pursue a claim, starting with a free consultation.


Contact Our Trusted Motorcycle Accident Attorneys in Salt Lake City, Utah to Discuss Your Claim During a Free Consultation

Waddoups Law Personal Injury Attorneys, has represented thousands of Utah clients, successfully obtaining settlements during negotiations and fighting for their rights and optimal outcomes in jury trials for more than 90 combined years.

If you have been hurt or lost a loved one in a motorcycle accident caused by negligence anywhere in Utah, contact our Salt Lake City personal injury attorneys today to discuss your claim during a free consultation. We provide top-notch legal representation on a contingency basis and never recover any legal fees until we win your case. Even then, we promise our clients that their net settlement will be more than our legal fee recovery percentage because it is the right way to do business.