There are a lot of misconceptions out there about motorcycles. Believing these misconceptions will not only make you look foolish, but it can also put you in serious danger while riding. It’s time to separate fact from fiction–here is the truth behind these common motorcycle myths: Myth: It’s best to lay down your bike if you’re about to crash. Some motorcyclists believe that the best way to protect themselves in the event of an inevitable collision is laying down their bikes instead of crashing into the other vehicle or object. But, this is 100% not true. Your main priority in situations like these should be shedding as much speed as possible to lessen the impact. Do this by applying both brakes and keeping the bike in an upright position, not by intentionally laying your bike down. Myth: Loud pipes increase visibility on the road. Motorcycles are smaller than other vehicles, so motorists often have a hard time spotting them. It’s important for motorcyclists to increase their visibility to protect themselves, but outfitting a bike with loud pipes is not the solution. Noise is not the best way to alert others of your presence. It’s difficult for motorists to figure out which direction
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You are riding your motorcycle. You are in a crash. It is not your fault. You think you have good insurance coverage and you will be treated fairly if you have to go to trial—think again! Motorcycle Insurance in Utah Does Not Have Personal Injury Protection Motorcycle coverage in Utah does not have personal injury protection (PIP) like car insurance in Utah. You can purchase “Med Pay” that works like PIP but you have to request it because most insurance brokers do not know about it. Med Pay is ideal for people who ride motorcycles but do not have medical insurance. This is how it works. If you are injured in a motorcycle crash (the crash must involve you while riding your motorcycle) you send your treatment bills to your insurance company and they will pay up to the amount of coverage you purchased. Usually the purchased amounts available are in $5,000 increments and there is no limit you can purchase. This coverage kicks in regardless of the mechanism of injury, meaning whether you are hit negligently by another driver, or you cause the crash and injure yourself. Basically, medical insurance pays in the event that you are injured while
Update to our recent post regarding Fall Rides Not to Miss. Due to the recent Pole Creek and Bald Mountain Fires, parts of Nebo Loop have been closed until further notice. We hope that those that are evacuated will soon be allowed back into their residences with minimal damage. As of late Wednesday afternoon some residents will be able to return tonight. Utah Bike Law is a motorcycle injury law firm and its lawyers who ride are dedicated to representing injured motorcycle riders and their families. If you or a loved one were involved in a motorcycle crash anywhere in the United States we invite you to call for a free confidential consultation. There is no obligation and you are not charged any fees whatsoever unless we recover money for you. Utah Bike Law and its attorneys are licensed to practice law only in the State of Utah and maintain offices in Salt Lake City, Utah. No attorney client relationship is established by simply visiting this website.
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Utah has the most beautiful scenic routes to check out on a motorcycle when the leaves are changing. The leaves are already changing at higher elevations like along Guardsman Pass, but typically the last week of September to mid-October is peak time to see all the colors of Fall. Gear up and get ready to see some stunning fall leaves amid sharp cliffs and majestic waterfalls. Here is a brief list of rides not to miss. Boulder Mountain Distance: 64.6 Miles This ride covers a lot of ground and takes you to high elevation where it is cold even in the summertime. This is the ultimate ride passing through National and State parks and small towns. There are a lot of opportunities to get off your bike, look around, listen, and appreciate the beauty of nature. Alpine Loop Distance: 26.5 Miles There are a few local attractions you will pass on this ride, Timpanogos Cave, Sundance, Cascade Springs, to name a few. With all the attractions it makes the road crowded making the ride more sight-seeing and leisurely making your way rather than riding. The scenery is breathtaking though, so that makes this ride worth it.
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Hoping on a motorcycle with someone is not something to take lightly. As a passenger, you are entrusting the driver with your life. As a driver, the passenger is putting a lot of faith in you, trusting you both will have a fun experience. Even experienced drivers should take a minute to ensure everyone’s safety. Here are things to go over before taking off with your passenger. Proper Gear Make sure your passenger is wearing the proper attire. This means, toes and ankles covered, jeans and a jacket, your passenger should bring these along, if it’s theirs they will be more comfortable wearing them. You might need to furnish a helmet, gloves and a leather jacket. Where/ how to sit Let your passenger know where is okay to touch on the bike and you. Show them where their feet go and how to get on and off the bike properly. Cover where they will hold when the bike is in motion. As an experienced rider this might sound funny to you, but it’s better to be safe than sorry. Also, it takes the uncomfortableness away from the passenger admitting they don’t know how to do something if you go over
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Spring is right around the corner, which means the official start to motorcycle season is almost here. Fortunately, it’s not too late for motorcyclists to start thoroughly preparing for the riding season. Here’s how: Examine the Tires Before taking your motorcycle out for a ride, check the tires to ensure they are in good shape. This should still be done even if the weight was off of your motorcycle’s tires while the bike was not being used. Start by visually inspecting them to look for flat spots, punctures, bulges, or cracks. Even if everything looks normal, check the air pressure to determine if the tires need to be inflated. Test the Brakes The brakes will also need to be inspected and tested before motorcycle season. If yourbrake pads were beginning to wear down towards the end of the last motorcycle season, now is the time to replace them. If you don’t know how to tell if the brake pads are in good condition just by looking at them, hop on the bike instead. Test the front and back brakes separately. If you hear a high-pitched squeal or scraping noise, this indicates the brakes need to be checked by a professional.
Most of the time when you hear about car accidents or motorcycle accidents it is accompanied with a “oh he was drunk driving” or “he was high when he was driving his father’s car”. What we don’t talk about enough is “distracted driving”. There are many things that can constitute distracted driving; texting and driving is one as well as just fiddling around with your radio while driving. Anything that brings your eyes away from the road is considered distracted driving. Why Distracted Driving is so dangerous: Highway and freeway speeds can range from roughly 60MPH to 80MPH. If you are driving at a speed of about 55MPH and you look down at your phone, you essentially drive the length of a football field before you even look up from your phone. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), 3,477 people were killed in distracted driving related accidents in 2015 alone. Distracted driving is almost like driving while under the influence because your main focus is not on the road. When you aren’t looking at the road there is no way for you to react to what is happening around you. The people around you cannot control what
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Here at Utah Bike Law, we are motorcycle riders ourselves. We pride ourselves in knowing motorcycles personally. We want you to be able to enjoy riding in Utah as much as we have so we have found some roads that other bikers from Utah have rated some of the best. Mexican Hat to Bryce Canyon It has been suggested that this ride is better if you go from Mexican Hat, UT and travel west to Bryce Canyon. It has also been suggested that you travel in the spring or fall for this ride because it is not too hot and the conditions of the roads is pretty good. Bryce Canyon is one of the many natural wonders of Utah. Camping and hiking there is an amazing experience. Make sure you get your camping permits in advance you can camp at this amazing canyon. Back Roads Motorcycle Route from Ogden, UT to Salt Lake City, UT This route would be perfect if you are commuting from Ogden to Salt Lake or the other way around. This route misses all major highways and runs through some scenic places. The Wasatch Mountains are the mountains that you would pass through during this ride.
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Getting gifts for your loved ones during the Christmas season can sometimes be a challenge. The person you are shopping for could have a hobby that you really don’t know anything about! You may have a friend or loved one that knows and loves everything about motorcycles. Motorcycle lovers have a specific niche of gifts that they would like to receive. Let us give you some ideas on where to start! Motorcycle Cleaning Kit Who doesn’t like to have their bikes clean? You can get your loved one a motorcycle cleaning kit for Christmas. You don’t want your buddies to poke fun at your bike because it is not as pristine as theirs. It is not only for making their bike look clean or shiny but the cleaning kit that you give them can make sure that the insides of their bikes are clean too! When things are dirty, they don’t work as properly as they should. Keeping the inside of a bike (or a car) clean can also improve the ride that your loved ones go on! You could even get them “On-The-Go” cleaning kits. Motorcycle Tool Kit It’s never a bad thing to have tools in your garage!
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Motorcycle Attorney Fees – What You Need to Know. Every injured motorcyclist that has had the misfortune to be involved in a motorcycle accident has probably complained that their attorney’s fees for handling the motorcycle injury case were too high. As a practicing trial attorney I agree—sometimes attorney fees are too high—let me explain. I had a biker come into my office complaining that his lawyer (not me) was gouging him on the attorney fee to handle his motorcycle injury case that he had been involved in the year prior. He had his fee agreement between him and this other attorney. Essentially the contract read as follows: Attorney fee will be calculated as follows: If case settled within 2 weeks – 25% If case settled within 6 weeks – 35% If case settled within 12 weeks – 40% If case settled within 24 weeks – 45% If case settled within 48 weeks – 50% If trial is necessary – 60% It had taken this other attorney just short of a year to get the case settled so the attorney fee was 50%–FIFTY PERCENT! So you might be asking yourself, “Is that attorney fee too high, too low (I doubt it),
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