Utah Motorcycle Accidents
Riding a motorcycle is a popular pastime. There are almost 60,000 registered bikes in Utah, according to the U.S. Department of Transportation. Unfortunately, bike accidents are a realistic possibility. If you are injured in a crash or at fault in a collision, a motorcycle accident lawyer can help.
Getting a Motorcycle Endorsement in Utah
The State of Utah requires motorcycle riders to earn an endorsement on their driver's licenses. To earn the right to lawfully ride a motorcycle in the state, you must either:
- Fill out application, pass an eye exam and qualify through a 25-question written test. A road test can be taken as soon as the rider feels confident.
- Take a Motorcycle Safety Foundation Beginning Rider Course. The course is 15 hours. Upon completion, the road skills test is waived.
The state notes that whatever size bike the rider uses for the skills test is the type he or she will be authorized to ride. If the test is taken on a motorcycle/scooter larger than 650 cc, there are no restrictions.
How to Stay Safe When Riding a Motorcycle
Unfortunately, the number of motorcycle accidents is on the rise in Utah. The Public Safety Department says it has been educating motorists to share the road with cyclists, but warns motorcyclists to be aware of potential road dangers. To reduce the risk of injury:
- Be familiar with your motorcycle. Know how it works.
- Wear a helmet and other protective gear when riding.
- Be aware of other bikes, cars, and trucks on the road.
- Use caution when driving through four-way intersections.
- Do not drink before riding a motorcycle.
Following local laws and using safe driving practices can reduce risk or injury or death.
Helmet Laws in Utah
Utah has a partial helmet law. Helmets are required to be worn by riders ages 17 and under. But some lawmakers are looking at new helmet laws, the Salt Lake Tribune reported in December 2012. Helmets have been proven to reduce riding risks.
Locate a Local Utah Motorcycle Accident Lawyer Today
If you are at fault for a motorcycle accident or a victim, a lawyer can help. Call now to speak with a motorcycle accident attorney in Utah at 877-913-7222.