Michigan Motorcycle Accident Attorney
You need to speak with an experienced personal injury lawyer who understands the state’s motorcycle laws, and who can get you the benefits and compensation you deserve.
Every motorcyclist knows the dangers each time we decide to get on our bike. We accept those risks because of the freedom, the fun, and the feeling of that bike underneath us on the roadway.
What we do not have to accept is inattentive, distracted, and negligent drivers who fail to share the road or Michigan roadways littered with potholes or other defects. Riders, mostly unprotected even with helmets and safety equipment, often suffer catastrophic injuries or death.
When motorcycle injuries happen, bikers can face obstacles to obtaining compensation from their own insurance company, insurance companies for the drivers that hit them, and from governmental entities that add insult and frustration to their injuries.
Committed to Helping Michigan Bikers Get Back on the Road
Injured bikers and those who have lost a loved one in a Michigan motorcycle accident have steadfast allies in the motorcycle accident attorneys at Sommers Schwartz. We have lawyers who ride and who have the utmost respect for bikers and know that they are some of the safest individuals on the road. The challenges they face after being injured in a motorcycle accident require the help of attorneys who have the advocacy skills and dedication to obtain the compensation that can help them recover and get back on the road. We fight for the rights of bikers with respect, commitment, and an appreciation of the difficulties they face after an accident.
Bikers Face Greater Risks Than Other Drivers
The cold, hard reality is that bikers are at significantly higher risk of death than the other drivers with whom they share the road. According to federal government statistics, per mile traveled in 2018, bikers were 29 times more likely to die in a crash than automobile or truck drivers. That year, 4,985 Americans died in motorcycle accidents, including 143 Michiganders. Over 88,000 more bikers and others sustained injuries in motorcycle accidents.
It is not hard to guess why the rates of injury and death for bikers exceed that of other drivers. Bikers are not surrounded by steel frames, restrained by seat belts, or cushioned by airbags. When a motorcycle hits another vehicle or object or a biker loses control and lays down their bike, they are likely thrown from their bikes and make a terrible impact with the ground or other vehicles.
Causes of Motorcycle Accidents
Many of the same reasons behind vehicle crashes – drunk, drowsy, or distracted driving or speeding – also cause motorcycle accidents. But bikers face additional risks. The smaller stature of motorcycles makes them harder for other drivers to see. Motorcycles can maneuver in ways that other drivers may not expect. A road defect that might only cause a car driver a moment of discomfort can lay a bike down or throw the driver from his ride.
Other common causes of motorcycle accidents include:
- Lane splitting.
- Road hazards, pavement defects, or obstacles.
- Cars making left-hand turns.
- Unsafe lane changes.
- Inexperienced or unlicensed bikers.
Bikers Can Face Greater Compensation Challenges
People of all ages, backgrounds, and occupations feel the pull of motorcycle riding. The overwhelming majority of bikers are safe and responsible, but many times those around them are not. Without an attorney who has the advocacy skills and knowledge of the law to cut through the legal hurdles and who also understands the challenges faced by bikers on the road, a motorcyclist injured or killed because of another driver’s negligence could go without the compensation and justice they deserve.
Sommers Schwartz: Michigan Motorcycle Accident Attorneys
If you are a biker and have suffered injuries and losses because of another driver’s negligence, or if a loved one was tragically taken from you in a motorcycle accident, the motorcycle accident lawyers of Sommers Schwartz stand ready to help you during a challenging time. Please contact us today to arrange for your free initial consultation.