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Motorcycle Accident Attorneys in Grand Rapids, MI

Protecting the Rights of Injured Riders

As an experienced motorcycle rider, you are aware of the dangers of riding. Unfortunately, the negligence of one driver can quickly disrupt a motorcyclist’s entire life.

The Grand Rapids motorcycle accident lawyers of Goodman Acker P.C. can help you recover the compensation you deserve following a collision. Contact us to learn about your rights.

To discuss your case with our legal team, call (248) 286-8100 or send us a message.

Injuries Caused by Motorcycle Accidents

Motorcycle accident injuries are often more severe than car accident injuries. Motorcyclists do not have the same level of protection as people in larger vehicles and can suffer because of it. Injuries may be especially severe if a motorcycle rider was not wearing a helmet or other protective clothing at the time of a collision. Catastrophic injuries, such as damages to the brain and spinal cord, are unfortunately more common in motorcycle accident cases.

A person who is injured in a motorcycle accident may sustain injuries such as:

Motorcycle Accident Damages

The severe injuries caused by motorcycle accidents leave victims with costly medical bills, as well as additional expenses and non-economic damages. A person who is injured in a motorcycle accident may require surgery, medication, the use of a medical device, in-home care, rehabilitation, and physical therapy to treat their ailments. Additionally, they will need to pay for the cost of transportation to and from medical appointments and account for the economic damage of lost wages. Many motorcycle accident victims also suffer from damages that are not financial, such as pain and suffering.

A motorcycle accident claim can recover compensation for:

  • Medical bills
  • Transportation costs
  • Lost wages
  • Pain and suffering
  • Loss of enjoyment of life
  • Loss of purpose
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
  • Relationship strain
  • Stress
  • Funeral costs

Visit our Grand Rapids Office to discuss your case with our attorneys.
1500 E Beltline Ave SE Suite 235
Grand Rapids, MI 49506

Michigan Motorcycle Laws

All drivers need to follow traffic laws, but motorcycle riders must obey regulations that are in place specifically to protect them. Motorcycle laws differ from state to state, but these laws generally regulate the equipment that motorcycle riders must use, specifications for their bikes, where they are allowed to ride, and other motorcycle-focused rules.

Michigan’s motorcycle laws are unique when compared to some other states because helmet use is not required. In Michigan, drivers and their passengers can forego a helmet if they are at least 21 years old and are protected by at least $20,000 in insurance (drivers and passengers must each have $20,000 in insurance coverage. Additionally, drivers must pass a safety course or have had their motorcycle license for at least two years before they are able to drive without a helmet.

Michigan’s motorcycle laws also include the following rules:

  • A motorcycle must have front and rear brakes, functioning lights, a horn, a rearview mirror, and a permanently attached seat.
  • Motorcycles cannot be driven on sidewalks or in bicycle lanes.
  • Lane splitting and lane sharing are illegal.

Liability for Motorcycle Accidents

In most motorcycle accident cases, liability will fall primarily on either the motorcycle driver or the driver in the other vehicle (in cases of two-vehicle collisions). However, it is possible that another party could be liable for your injuries, such as the city that is responsible for maintaining the roads or the motorcycle manufacturing company.

Michigan is a no-fault state, so people who are injured in motorcycle accidents do not need to prove liability in order to recover compensation for their injuries. To receive coverage, injury victims must file a claim with their own insurance company. You may be able to pursue additional compensation in cases of third-party liability.

Initial Consultations are Completely Free

At Goodman Acker P.C., we understand the extensive financial and emotional toll that motorcycle accident victims and their families face. It is our legal team’s mission to help you recover the compensation you deserve. We handle the legal processes, so you can focus on healing.

If you are interested in scheduling a free consultation with our motorcycle accident attorneys in Grand Rapids, send us your contact information or call (248) 286-8100.