Motorcycle Accident FAQ’s
What should I do if I’ve been in a motorcycle accident?
Immediately after a motorcycle accident —
• First, it is important to stay calm and make sure you are physically safe. This may mean moving away from the vehicles.
• If anyone has been hurt, call 911 and wait for help to arrive.
• In most cases, the police should be notified. When in doubt, notify the police.
If you are able —
• Get the name of the other driver involved, their license number, and their insurance information.
• Although you will be upset, it is important to be aware of the situation. Try to note the condition of all vehicles involved in the motorcycle accident.
• If possible, take photos and notes to document the motorcycle accident.
When you are able —
• Report the accident to your insurance company as soon as possible.
• Seek medical attention even if you don’t believe you have been injured because your injuries may not begin to bother you until later.
What information should I get from the other driver involved in my motorcycle accident?
You should get the other driver’s name, address, phone number, and, most importantly, insurance information.
What are Utah’s laws and requirements for motorcycles?
Note: This section is meant to be used as a quick reference guide. Check with Utah’s DMV for the most up-to-date laws and requirements.
Utah law requires all motorcycles to be equipped with the following—
• One head lamp
• One tail lamp
• An illuminated rear license plate
• One red reflector on the rear
• One stop lamp
• A braking system
• A horn or honking device
• An emission controls system that complies with Utah requirements
• A mirror
• Foot rests for any passengers
• Handlebars shall not exceed shoulder height
• The depth of tire tread should be no less than 2/32 inch
• The vehicle must pass annual safety inspections
Helmets are required for all operators or occupants under age 18. Motorcyclists are required to have in their immediate possession proof of license and owner’s insurance.
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