You can't beat a nice motorcycle ride. In Utah, we are spoiled with beautiful mountains and canyon roads that are difficult to resist, and riders can and should enjoy some of the best rides around. There are plenty of them.
Unfortunately, you don't have to drive like this guy:
...for it to be dangerous.
According to the Utah Department of Highway Safety, Utah drivers making a simple left hand turn accounted for nearly 1/3 of collisions involving drivers hitting motorcycles. (29% in 2014).
Motorcyclists need to take all the precautions they can to make their rides safe. When possible, avoid factors that can contribute to crashes. The top three of these factors that contribute to many accidents are
1. Speeding Too Fast
2. Failing to Stay in Proper Lane
3. Following too closely
So when riding make sure and maintain your proper speed, stay in your lane, and never follow too closely. Don't get distracted, even in traffic:
And of course, always wear a helmet.
A new bill in Utah aimed at making motorcycles safer by raising the age limit for wearing helmets from 18 to 21. One of the many arguments in support of this was safety. Motorcycle riders in crashes often suffer traumatic brain injuries and death.
Those who survive such an injury often end up with an average of $1.2 million in hospital bills.
Hopefully you never have to be involved in any sort of motorcycle injury. If you have been, we are here to support you get through all the problems that follow. Let us help you get what you deserve.