Since Michigan has passed weaker laws on helmet use (riders younger than 21 must wear helmets), injuries from accidents have increased and proven to be more traumatic than previous years. The Michigan State Police reveal that one-fourth of motorcycle riders have chosen to ride without a helmet since the law has passed, and out of that one-fourth, helmetless riders accounted for nearly one-half of all motorcycle deaths in 2013 (59 of 128 deaths).
Common injuries suffered include:
- Road rash
- Facial fractures and disfigurement
- Broken bones and burns
- Spinal Cord Injuries
- Paralysis, paraplegia or quadriplegia
- Severe lacerations and contusions
- Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBI) or Closed Head Injuries
In addition, depending on the injuries, victims may miss time off work, require assistance around the house, and have long-term care that is costly.
If a motorcyclist is killed as a result of the accident, family members of the deceased victim may be able to file a Michigan wrongful death lawsuit. Compensation for wrongful death motorcycle fatalities is controlled by the Michigan Wrongful Death Act. Under this act, in order for a lawsuit to be filed on behalf of the family members, an attorney must open an estate and the Michigan probate court must appoint a personal representative of the family.
Do I Need a Michigan Motorcycle Accident Lawyer?
Every case is different, which means the resulting injuries are different, and therefore not every individual involved in a Michigan motorcycle accident may need an attorney. However, if you suffer any of the above mentioned injuries or you have lost a loved one as a result of a bike accident, it is in your best interest to consult with an experienced motorcycle accident attorney. These types of cases can be complex, and because Michigan is a no-fault state and motorcycles are not considered a "motor vehicle" in the Michigan no-fault law, it can be confusing as to what rights an injured motorcyclist may be entitled to.
At the law firm of Goodman Acker, P.C. our Michigan motorcycle accident lawyers can help you decipher what your rights are and determine whether or not you need a lawyer. We have over 30 years of experience helping motorcycle accident victims obtain the justice and compensation they deserve and we can help you too. We offer a free, no obligation consultation where we will be able to answer all of your questions and concerns, whether it's on the phone or in person, and will help you better understand motorcycle insurance laws. In addition, if it is determined that you need an attorney to represent you, we offer a trusted no fee promise which means no fees or costs whatsoever until we win or settle your case. That is how confident we are that we will be able to help you get what you deserve. Call our office today at (248) 286-8100 and learn what rights you are entitled to.
WARNING: Immediately after a motorcycle accident the insurance company may try to get a hold of you and ask for a statement. Do NOT talk to the insurance company until you talk to an experienced attorney. Insurance adjusters are notorious for getting you to say something that may hurt you in the long run when it comes to receiving compensation for your injuries, medical bills, lost wages and more. It's really important you consult with an experienced attorney FIRST before you make a statement to your insurance company.