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Michigan Motorcycle Accident Statistics

Motorcycle riding is a popular pastime in Michigan, but unfortunately, many serious and fatal accidents occur when motorcyclists have their right of way violated by inattentive drivers. Many drivers claim that they did not see the motorcyclist coming before the collision occurred. Although motorcycles are small and have the ability to change speed rapidly, making them less visible to cars and trucks, this still does not excuse the other driver from responsibility. Car and truck drivers have a duty to share the road, which means watching out for others and driving in a safe manner. Reckless lane changing, speeding, driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol, and driving with distractions are negligent actions that jeopardize the safety of everyone on the road, especially motorcyclists who are more vulnerable to danger.

According to the Office of Highway Safety Planning, 87 percent of all motorcycle accidents in Michigan are the result of one of the following pre-crash biker actions:

  • Slowing or stopping on the roadway (5.7%)
  • Being completely stopped on the roadway (4.3%)
  • Turning right (4%)
  • Turning left (4.8%)
  • Driving straight (67.8%)

Of these accidents, many occur when drivers make left turns in front of motorcyclists. Intersections are a particularly dangerous spot for these types of collisions occur. Usually, motorcycle accidents occur at speeds below 30 miles per hour. Although insurance companies like to attempt to blame motorcyclists for high speed accidents, the reality is that only about one in 1,000 crashes involve motorcyclists driving between 80 and 90 mph.

Other drivers are not the only causes of accidents. Many motorcycle accidents are the result of poor roadway conditions. Single-vehicle motorcycle crashes account for 40 percent of all motorcycle accidents, and are caused by things like potholes, roadway debris, unsafe work zones, and lack of signage. Accidents involving animals are also common. In fact, in the 45,000 vehicle-deer crashes that occurred in Michigan in 2014, six people lost their lives – all of them motorcyclists.

Michigan motorcycle accident laws can be complex, and it can be difficult to recover adequate compensation without the assistance of an attorney with substantial personal injury experience. If you have been hurt in an accident, give Goodman Acker P.C. a call as soon as possible. With more than 75 years of experience and a 99 percent success rate, we have what it takes to help you obtain maximum compensation. Fill out a free online consultation form and we will be in touch with you promptly.

Stay tuned for the release of our Motorcycle Accident E-Book this summer!