Articles Posted in Motorcycle Accidents

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When a person is injured on their motorcycle, contacting a lawyer is often the last thing on their mind. They are more focused on getting better after their catastrophic injuries. This is understandable, but time is of the essence after an accident. Not only are there statute of limitations issues, but evidence needs to be collected as soon as possible after the accident. A Detroit Motorcycle Accident Attorney can get to work right away after an accident, focusing on your case as you focus on recovering from your injuries.

Gathering evidence is vital to proving your claims. By contacting a lawyer right away, you can be sure that witnesses are contacted immediately and that their statement is taken while the memory of the accident is still fresh. Since people routinely move around or change phone numbers and become impossible to locate, this contact information can be lost if someone waits too long to contact a Detroit Motorcycle Accident Attorney.

Likewise, some people forget the names of health care providers if they wait too long. Since people see many specialists and doctors after a serious injury, it is possible to miss a doctor who has important medical records that can prove an injury. A lawyer can make sure that these records are collected immediately and gathered as a person treats.

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As the weather continues to warm, more motorcyclists take to the road on trips and fun rides. As a Detroit motorcycle accident lawyer, we often see how those fun outings may turn into a nightmare when proper precautions are not taken. Here are some basic safety tips to help keep you and all the riders in your life stay safer will riding.

For starters, although the helmet laws in Michigan have changed in the past few years, you may want to do your research before riding without a helmet. Anyone 21 years old or older who has two years or more of riding experience can choose to not wear a helmet, however many experts still say choosing a helmet may mean the difference between a life-altering accident and walking away with only some scrapes and bruises. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration estimates helmets saved the lives of more than 1,600 motorcyclists in 2011 and another 703 lives could have been saved if they had worn helmets.

It is important to always be alert and never be under the influence of drugs or alcohol when operating a motorcycle. Even more so than other drivers, it is important to operate your motorcycle defensively in order to stay safe. Because motorcycles are much smaller than the average vehicle, they can easily be missed in another driver’s blind spot.  It is important to remember other drivers may not see you.

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Out of all types of accidents, motorcycle accidents can be the deadliest and can incur the most injuries. An experienced Detroit motorcycle accident attorney is best equipped to handle any type of motorcycle accident and to help the victims recover the compensation he or she deserves. Motorcycle accidents occur for all types of reasons, some the fault of the motorcyclists, but many are the fault of another party. A well-versed Detroit motorcycle accident attorney is the best to determine what type of accident occurred and to place the fault on whoever is responsible.

Too often, there are accidents because a motorist is distracted or a motorcyclist is in the blind spot of a larger vehicle and the driver of the larger vehicle fails to spot the motorcyclist in time. An accident can occur much like any motor vehicle accident as well, including being involved in a rear-end collision, a left-turn collisions, or being affected by a road hazard. In some cases, motorcycle defects or impaired driving are behind the accident.

Many motorcyclists face issues because people assume that riders are risk takers. They might assume that the motorcyclist is somehow at fault for his or her injuries because there were riding irresponsibly. The truth is, most motorcyclists are responsible riders who take their safety very seriously. An injury attorney will fight to prove that the rider was not at fault at all and work to get the maximum compensation possible for your injuries.

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Despite the fact that motorcycle fatalities nationwide fell by about seven percent last year, motorcycle fatalities for those without helmets rose nine percent in Michigan. In part, the rise is blamed on the repeal of the requirement motorcyclists wear helmets while riding in the state. An experienced Detroit motorcycle accident lawyer is able to fight for those injured in any type of motorcycle-related crashes.

Detroit Motorcycle Accident Lawyer Looks At Rise In Fatalities

A report issued this month by the Governors Highway Safety Association stated deaths among Michigan riders decreased by one or less than one percent in the past year compared to the national decrease of nine percent. In part, bad weather contributed to the decrease nationally.

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When riding motorcycles, it is important to be familiar with laws in the state you are riding. If you have been involved in a motorcycle accident, please call to speak with a Michigan motorcycle accident attorney.

It is crucial to understand rules of the road when operating any vehicle, but especially when riding a motorcycle. Motorcyclists are unique. When they are riding, they are more susceptible to serious injuries if the laws are not followed. Sometimes it is other motorists who are not following the rules of the road. When an accident occurs due to another motorist’s carelessness or disregard, you may want to speak with a Michigan motorcycle accident attorney.

According to the state, half of all motorcycle fatalities involve riders who are not properly licensed. In order to drive a motorcycle, one must have a motorcycle endorsement on their driver’s license. Driving without one can result in points on the driver’s record as well as fines.

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 LANSING — The Michigan House Insurance Committee approved legislation today that would fundamentally destroy the Michigan auto no-fault system as we know it.  In response to the committee’s action, Coalition Protecting Auto No-Fault (CPAN) president John Cornack issued the following statement:

            “The actions by the house insurance committee today were completely and utterly irresponsible. It is irresponsible to approve legislation that would shift millions of dollars onto already over burdened taxpayers. It is irresponsible to approve legislation that kills thousands of good-paying jobs. It is irresponsible to approve legislation that circumvents voters’ constitutional rights. It is irresponsible to approve legislation based on unverifiable data controlled by a single interest group. And finally, it is irresponsible to approve legislation that destroys the best auto insurance system in the country,” said Cornack.

Cornack notes that Gov. Snyder has stated early on that his administration would be committed to making transparent, data-driven decisions. “If the governor wants to stay true to his commitment to support policies based on facts, then I would hope this legislation would be rejected outright until the data being presented by the insurance industry and MCCA can be verified by the media and independent sources,” said Cornack. Currently, the MCCA is not subject to FOIA requests or the open meetings act.

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