A motorcycle accident occurred at the American Fork 500 East interchange in the I-15 Core construction zone. Motorcyclist, Kris Messersmith, never meant to ride on the old on-ramp that was under construction, but he says that the space was not clearly blocked. He rode through a large gap between the orange barrels and had to lay his bike down. This caused him significant injury, namely a torn rotator cuff, a fractured ankle, and road rash from ankle to hip. UDOT has now placed more barrels in the space through which Messersmith passed as measure for increased awareness of the construction zone. The incident is still under investigation.

Motorcycle Vigilance

While this may not be as likely to happen while riding a bicycle, the Utah motorcycle lawyers admonish all riders to always be aware of their surroundings. This is especially true in the evening and night when a rider’s vision becomes more impaired. Although this will help, it will not guarantee that an accident will not happen, so we recommend wearing protective gear as well.

Motorcyclists travel at faster speeds than bicycles, therefore they are prone to greater physical harm in case of an accident. There are several items, in addition to a helmet, that can be worn as a way to protect their bodies:

1. Jackets

2. Gloves

3. Boots

4. Pants

Although none of these items are required by law, they are specially developed to protect motorcyclists. The jackets and pants are usually made out of nylon, leather, or Kevlar, and the boots are usually reinforced with plastic caps to better protect riders.

Utah Motorcycle Lawyers

These items may help lessen an injury in an accident, but injuries are still hard to handle. Allow us to handle your legal matters while you recover physically. If you need to file a motorcycle accident claim call the Utah motorcycle lawyers at The Christensen Law Firm for a free consultation at 801-506-0800.