Because motorcyclists are seen as risk takers, people may assume that the rider was doing something wrong when they got hit. In fact, the majority of accidents are caused by the other driver. But a Detroit, Michigan area motorcycle accident attorney will need to make sure that they convince the jury or convince the insurance company that the rider is actually very safe and that the fault was completely with the other driver.
There are over four million motorcycles registered in the United States. While motorcycles represent just two percent of all registered vehicles in the U.S., motorcycle fatalities represent almost five percent of all highway deaths. In fact, approximately 80 percent of reported motorcycle crashes result in injury or death while a comparable figure for automobiles is only about 20 percent. This is because a motorcycle offers little protection for the rider, and as such, can result in very serious injury when an accident occurs.. The statistics unsurprisingly bear this out. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 4,668 bikers were killed and 88,000 were injured on United States roads in 2013.
In Michigan, this is compounded because the legislature determined helmets are not required for motorcyclists age 21 or older. A recent study by University of Michigan found that the death rate for motorcyclists that failed to wear a helmet was double that of riders that chose to wear helmets. In fact, another study of a Michigan trauma center documented in the 2016 Journal of Surgery demonstrated that the average medical bills for riders without helmets was $28,000.00. This amount is 32% higher than the average cost of riders wearing helmets that were involved in accidents.
The Michigan Secretary of State claims that motorists (cars or trucks) are at fault in nearly 2/3 of all car-motorcycle crashes. This means that 67% of the time, a negligent motorist causes serious injury or death to a biker on Michigan roads. It is for this reason that you need access to an attorneys that is skilled and knows what to do in the event you or a loved one are injured or killed riding a motorcycle.
Under law, you may be entitled to economic benefits known as First-Party Benefits or non-economic Third-Party benefits which include damages for pain and suffering.
However, motorcycles are treated very differently from cars under Michigan Law and if you do not contact an attorney with a intricate understanding of these differences, you run a legitimate risk of severely compromising your rights of recovery.
If you have been injured or have lost a family member in a motorcycle accident, it is important for you to seek legal counsel immediately. We can help you through the claims process, and act as your representative to insurance companies to ensure that you receive the maximum amount you are entitled to under the law.