Motorcyclists in Michigan should always wear protective gear and use as much caution as possible to avoid a collision. According to one study, motorcycle accidents are four times more likely to result in a serious injury or death when compared to automobile collisions. Even when motorcyclists do everything right and utilize the best precautions, tragic accidents can occur when other drivers are negligent. A local news article discusses a Michigan collision that resulted in the deaths of two bikers earlier this month.
According to the facts discussed in the news report, the two motorcyclists were stopped at an intersection waiting to make a left-hand turn when they were struck by another driver from the back. The bikers were ejected from their bikes, and by the time emergency crews arrived on the scene birth of the motorcyclists were dead. The driver of the car that crashed into the stationary bikers remained at the scene and was questioned by law enforcement officers. According to the article, the crash is still under investigation.
Inattentive drivers do not only place motorcyclists at risk. Accidents caused by inattentive drivers injure or kill thousands of Michiganders each year. If a driver is negligent and causes an accident, they may be subject to criminal, administrative, as well as civil liability for the crash. Criminal charges are not uncommon after a serious crash, negligent drivers can be charged with felony assault or even homicide after a serious crash. Administratively, the state of Michigan may suspend or revoke a dangerous driver’s license until they can demonstrate the ability to drive safely.