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.
To pursue a civil claim against a negligent driver, an accident victim or their family can consult with a Michigan car accident attorney to pursue a personal injury or wrongful death claim. If a negligent driver has auto insurance, then the insurance company should be responsible for any damages, up to the policy limit, that results from an accident. Medical bills, property damage, lost wages, disability compensation, and other special damages may be awarded to an accident victim. In the event that a negligent driver does not have sufficient (or any) auto insurance coverage to compensate an accident victim, the victim’s insurance may provide some coverage, and the other driver can be pursued personally for the damages that are not covered.
Who Can Accident Victims Turn to for Help?
If you or a loved one has been hurt or killed in a Michigan motorcycle accident, reaching out to a qualified Michigan personal injury attorney should be your first step to obtaining the compensation that you are entitled to. The Michigan accident lawyers with the Neumann Law Group have experience representing motorcyclists who have been hurt in a crash, and with our dedicated advice and counsel, you can be confident that you will receive the compensation that you deserve. The Neumann Law Group represents clients in many types of Michigan injury and negligence cases, including motorcycle accidents. To schedule a free initial consultation today, contact us at 800-525-NEUMANN.