According to the U.S. Department of Transportation Federal Highway Administration, over 50 percent of U.S. traffic deaths happen when a driver crosses the center line or edge of a roadway. Crossing the center line can result in a head-on, or frontal, collision, which accounted for 58 percent of passenger vehicle deaths in 2020, according to reports from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety and the Highway Loss Data Institute.
These statistics are grim for passenger cars, but compound when one considers the added risk motorcyclists experience in the event of head-on collisions. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, motorcyclists are 16 times more likely to die in a traffic accident than passenger car occupants due to their size and exposure.
Deadly Michigan Motorcycle Accident
According to a recent article, a Michigan man died after his motorcycle collided in a head-on crash with a van. Early investigations report that the van crossed the center line of the highway and crashed into the motorcycle. The driver of the motorcycle was ejected and died at the scene. A passenger also riding on the motorcycle was also ejected and suffered critical injuries and hospitalization. Whether or not the victims wore helmets is unclear. Witnesses claim the driver of the van was considerably over the center line, so much so that another motorcycle was almost struck. The driver of the van showed signs of intoxication and had open intoxicants in his vehicle, and an investigation is pending.
Even though drivers cannot prevent or control the recklessness or negligence of everyone they share the road with, motorcycle drivers can still take some steps to improve their safety. Appropriate gear is crucial—at minimum, a Department of Transportation-approved helmet should be a baseline safety requirement for any rider on the road, but riders can also wear boots and specialized riding leathers to maximize safety in the event of a crash or fall. A well-fitted bike and regular inspections are necessary to ensure your comfort and safety. In addition to regular safe driving, practicing with any passengers and providing them with the appropriate safety gear can prevent passenger injuries.
Passenger car and truck drivers can do their part by double-checking blind spots and being cognizant of the presence of motorcyclists. Drivers should never try to pass motorcycle drivers in the same lane and should always give appropriate passing and following distance.
If you are a victim of a Michigan car accident, call an experienced Michigan personal injury attorney today. You may be entitled to significant compensation fo everything you’ve been through.
Do You Need a Michigan Personal Injury Attorney?
Have you or someone you love been hurt or killed in a Michigan motorcycle accident? If so, contact a qualified Michigan personal injury attorney. The Neumann Law Group has experience representing motorcyclists who have been hurt in a collision in Michigan. The attorneys on our team can help you obtain the compensation you need and deserve. Contact our office at 800-525-6386 to schedule a free initial consultation with our team.