Let’s Give Cyclists Some Room on the Road
Southern Utah is a beautiful place to live, work, raise our families, and recreate. We have a large number of bicyclists, hikers, canyoneers, and others traveling to enjoy the Southern Utah spectacular scenery in our magnificent canyons and surrounding area. All of those travelers need a little room when they are on a bicycle on the road.
Unfortunately, the Washington County Search & Rescue is as busy as it ever has been, and there is a trend where more people are being killed and hurt on bicycles and scooters. A recent article published on KSL “Utah Hits Record Number of Bicyclists Dying After Being Hit by Vehicles This Year” dated October 13, 2022 by journalist Ashley Imlay reports that in 2022, 15 bicyclists have been killed on Utah roads. That is a record for the past 30 years! It is not a good trend.
At Injury Smart Law, we hope that all road users will be courteous to each other and give bicyclists and scooter riders the space to commute safely on our roads. We encourage bicyclists and scooter riders will also obey traffic laws, ride with traffic when using the streets, and obey all traffic control devices.
The Injury Smart Law is helping more bicyclists and other road users who have been hit by cars. Usually, it is due to a lack of attention by motorists. Please drive and ride aware of others.
We hope, like you, that we can keep our area a beautiful place to live, work, and for tourists to come visit and enjoy the scenery and not take home bad memories that tarnish their time here.
(Here is the link – https://www.ksl.com/article/50493968/utah-hits-record-number-of-bicyclists-dying-after-being-hit-by-vehicles-this-year)
As found on our Utah Bicycle Accident Page, if you are hit on your bicycle and the accident was not your fault, the law treats your claim the same as if you were in a car. There are four elements that you must prove in order to be successful against the at-fault motorist in presenting your insurance claim. The elements are:
- You must show who caused the accident.
- You must show that you were hurt in the accident.
- You must show that the injuries claimed are related to the automobile/bicycle crash.
- You must show what amount of money will fairly compensate you for your overall damages?