- September 25, 2015
- Motorcycle Accidents
- Personal Injury
- Wrongful Death
No matter how it happens, it is never easy on family members who lose a loved one in a motorcycle crash, especially if the accident was the result of someone else’s negligence. For those family members who are experiencing this – they may not know where to turn or what their rights are.
At Goodman Acker P.C., we understand you may be going through a difficult time and we are here to answer any questions you have.
One of the most frequently asked questions we receive is, “What is a wrongful death lawsuit and am I able to file a lawsuit?”
A wrongful death claim is a demand surviving family members or beneficiaries make against the driver whose actions caused the person’s death. In order to pursue this type of case, you must have clear evidence that the loss of your loved one was the fault of another.
At a minimum, the following 4 things must be proved in a wrongful death accident claim (MCL 600.2922):
- The other driver — or drivers — caused and, thus, were “at fault” (i.e., liable) for the motorcycle accident that resulted in the death of your family member or loved one.
- The other driver acted negligently in causing the bike accident.
- Your deceased family member or loved one is survived by a spouse or children, or other beneficiaries or dependents.
- The death of your family member or loved one has produced monetary damages, i.e. medical bills, funeral and burial expenses, lost wages, loss of benefits, and more.
In one of our most recent wrongful death motorcycle accident cases, our client was riding his motorcycle on Gratiot Road near 21 Mile Road when he was T-boned by another vehicle attempting to make a left-hand turn. Chesterfield Police Department responded to the accident and the motorcyclist was transported to McLaren Hospital. Due to his injuries, he was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident. We have filed a wrongful death lawsuit on behalf of his family and plan on pursuing all monetary and emotional damages suffered as a result of this horrific crash. Our Detroit motorcycle accident attorneys are currently investigating the case and will aggressively pursue all forms of evidence to prove negligence and cause for justice.
If you or a loved one recently lost a loved one as a result of a serious motorcycle accident in Michigan, contact our wrongful death attorneys to discuss your case at no obligation. For over 30 years, we have been helping families obtain the compensation and justice they deserve after a motorcycle accident and we will do the same for you. Many attorneys claim to have experience because they have handled auto accident claims; however Michigan laws governing motorcycle claims differ significantly from those pertaining to car accidents and it is in your best interest to speak to an attorney who has had experience specifically trying motorcycle claims.
Call our firm at (248) 286-8100 to discuss your case and get your questions answered. We understand this is a difficult time for you; however there is a strict statute of limitations in Michigan for filing this type of lawsuit that could bar you from collecting any compensation at all.