Utah Bicycle and Scooter Accident Lawyer Discusses Possible Lawsuits for Injuries

01/04/2019 Posted by Jared Faerber

     Sometimes bicyclists are injured due to an error they have made. Other times, however, another party is at fault for the accident and subsequent injuries. In these situations, the injured person may have a right to bring a claim or lawsuit against the at-fault party.

Automobile related bicycle and scooter accidents

     If the accident was caused by a motor vehicle, the injured bicyclist or electric scooter driver may have a valid claim. Operators of motor vehicles owe duties of care to others on or near the roadway, including cyclists. If they breach those duties, for example, by failing to yield the right-of-way in a cross walk or other area, their insurance company is liable for the resulting damages. Motor vehicle operators sometimes fail to keep a vigilant look out for bicyclists and scooter riders: cutting them off, opening doors in front of them, and otherwise acting negligently.

     In these cases, the driver's insurance company is responsible for the resulting injuries. If the automobile driver doesn't have insurance, or doesn't have enough insurance, there may be uninsured or underinsured coverage available to cover the damages.

Utah bicycle and scooter accidents caused by defective or dangerous conditions

     There is another category of injury claims often overlooked in bicycle and scooter cases. These types of cases do not generally involve motor vehicle. Property owners or users have a duty to keep their property safe and free of dangerous conditions and/or to warn of dangerous conditions. For example, contractors and others working in or near a roadway or sidewalk must warn of dangers they create or take reasonable steps to protect bicyclists, pedestrians, and others who may encounter these dangers. These are known as premises liability claims. Potholes, excessive vegetation, and numerous other man-made and natural conditions can cause otherwise preventable injuries.

How to find out if you have a Utah bicycle or scooter accident claim and what it is worth

     To find out if you have a good case, it is important to talk to a knowledgeable and experienced Utah personal injury lawyer who specializes in these types of claims. You should do so as soon as possible as there are time limits that must be met, evidence to preserve, and steps to take to protect your rights. An experienced attorney can walk you through the process, explain the law, and protect your rights. As a personal injury attorney in Utah for 19 years, I've helped numerous people with these types of cases. I'm happy to talk to you for free to see if you may have a valid claim. If so, we can take the case on a contingency basis, meaning there will be no attorneys fees unless we win your case. Call The Faerber Law Firm, PC at (801) 438-1099