Michigan Motorcycle Accident Attorneys
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Motorcycling is a popular pastime in Michigan. For many riders, there is nothing as enjoyable as riding “up north” or along the lakefront. However, motorcyclists face additional dangers on the road without the safety of a vehicle around them. Even when they wear helmets and protective gear, the injuries resulting from motorcycle a can be even more devastating.
According to the website Statista, there were about 5,100 fatal motorcycle crashes on U.S. roads in 2018, translating into a fatal motorcycle crash involvement rate of nearly 26 per 100,000 vehicle miles traveled. In 2017, motorcyclists were 27 times more likely than passenger car occupants to die in a crash per vehicle mile traveled, based on statistics released by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). If you were injured in a motorcycle accident, don’t hesitate to contact our experienced personal injury attorneys at Bashore Green Law Group. Since 2008, our Michigan motorcycle accident attorneys have made it our priority to help injured members of our community by providing accessible, caring representation.
Why Motorcycle Accidents are Serious
Many factors can put a motorcyclist at risk while they’re on the road. One major issue is that the smaller size of motorcycles can make them more difficult for drivers to see, particularly if they’re not proactive about checking their blind spots. This is why many motorcycle accidents occur when drivers change lanes or make turns and cut off nearby motorcyclists.
Another risk is that motorcyclists lack the protective features that passenger car occupants have in the event of a collision, like seat belts or airbags. Though motorcyclists tend to wear helmets, they’re not completely protected and face other risks that passenger car drivers don’t.
All of this explains why injuries resulting from motorcycle accidents tend to be serious. Injuries common to motorcycle accidents include traumatic brain injuries, spinal cord injuries, broken bones and fractures, amputations, and burns.
Damages That Can Be Recovered in a Claim
If another motor vehicle was involved in the motorcycle accident and the motorcycle was properly insured, the case is similar to a regular first party or third-party auto accident case. In those situations, a first-party claim can be filed against the insurance company responsible for no-fault benefits.
These benefits can include:
- Medical expenses related to the auto accident
- Wage loss
- Household replacement services
- Payment for mileage to and from medical appointments and nursing services
In addition, a third-party claim can be filed against the negligent driver responsible for causing the motorcycle accident. The damages available in a third-party claim include pain and suffering damages and excess economic benefits.
Call (248) 487-1887 to get in touch with one of our motorcycle accident attorneys in Michigan today. We’re free 24/7 and can schedule same-day appointments.
Q:What are my rights as a motorcyclist in Michigan?
A:Despite what some drivers believe, motorcyclists are entitled to a full lane in traffic. They’re also allowed to ride side by side with another motorcyclist in one lane. This means drivers must respect the rights of the motorcyclist in front of them and give them the space they’d give any other vehicle. Lane splitting, however, or riding between lanes, is illegal in Michigan.
Q:Should I still see a doctor if I feel fine after my crash?
A:Even if you aren’t in pain after your motorcycle accident or are unable to detect any immediate injuries, it’s still recommended you seek medical attention. Only a doctor can detect if you have underlying symptoms and treat you before they become worse. Sometimes serious issues like internal bleeding aren’t obvious until a few days or weeks later.
Q:How much is my motorcycle accident case worth?
A:Every case contains a variety of different variables, which is why it’s impossible to determine how much your case is worth until an experienced law firm meets with you to learn more about your situation. The amount of compensation you can obtain depends on factors like how badly you were injured, what kind of medical costs were involved in your treatment, how much property damage was involved, and more.
Q:Are drivers always responsible for motorcycle accidents?
A:While driver error accounts for many motorcycle accidents and injuries, it’s possible for others to be at fault. Motorcycle manufacturers issue recalls from time to time when it’s revealed that specific models of motorcycles or parts are defective, creating dangers for motorcyclists and others on the road. Something seemingly harmless like loose gravel or broken roads can cause motorcycles to lose control.
Q:Should I talk to the insurance company?
A:If the other driver’s insurance company calls you after your accident to learn more about what transpired, it’s important not to imply you may have shared some fault. Insurance adjusters will look for information to use against you to avoid having to pay compensation so it is best to speak with your motorcycle accident attorneys at Bashore Green before speaking with an insurance company representative.After learning about your case, our team can explain your legal rights for recovery. We represent the victims of auto, trucking, and motorcycle accidents on a contingency fee basis, which means that there is no fee to us unless we recover compensation for our clients.
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