Lansing Intersection Crash Kills Motorcyclist
A recent evening crash in East Lansing involving two cars and a motorcycle ended with tragedy. Accident reports described a 68-year-old man from Lansing riding his motorcycle near the intersection of Saginaw and Abbot traveling east when he was suddenly struck by a car pulling out of a private drive. The report says the man had just crossed Abbot before being hit and thrown from his bike and into oncoming traffic. As a result, the helmetless motorcycle rider was then struck by another vehicle going westbound on Saginaw and had passed away before emergency help had arrived.
There are more than 85,000 people in 18-counties across Mid-Michigan communities, such as Lansing, who hold a motorcycle endorsement, the legal credential which allows an operator to ride a motorcycle on public roads. There have been 2,464 motorcycle crashes in mid-Michigan from 2012-2016. 74 percent of those crashes resulted in injuries and 103 of them resulted in death, according to an analysis of the Michigan Office of Highway and Safety Planning’s traffic crash facts data tool.
As East Lansing Police work to investigate the accident details to determine who may have been responsible for the motorcycle related fatality, the attorneys at the Lee Steinberg Law Firm will continue to keep our thoughts close with the family and friends of those involved.
Wrongful Death Suits Can Serve a Purpose in Motorcycle Fatalities
When a person has been killed by the negligence of another, such a possibility in this Lansing motorcycle accident, a wrongful death claim can be filed by a loved one under the Michigan Wrongful Death Act. Wrongful death suits are civil cases (as opposed to criminal cases), which means the family rather than the state files the lawsuit and only monetary recompense can be sought. It should be noted that a wrongful death lawsuit can be filed even if the death is already being handled in a criminal case. Michigan law allows three years from the date of death for a wrongful death case to be filed. After this, the statute of limitations expires and the family will no longer be able to file the suit. The family members who can file a wrongful death lawsuit are limited to spouse, parents, children, grandparents, siblings, children of the deceased’s spouse and anyone in the will who was left property (non-family members included).
Speak with An Experienced Michigan Wrongful Death Attorney
If you have lost a loved one who was riding a motorcycle and killed by another motorist, the Michigan wrongful death attorneys at Call Lee Free are experts in helping families of the deceased receive maximum compensation. We work tirelessly to recover both no-fault benefits and pain and suffering money for our clients. Please call Lee Free and speak to our wrongful death lawyers and motorcycle accident attorneys at 1-800-LEE-FREE (1-800-533-3733). You can also fill out the Free Case Evaluation Form and an attorney will be in touch with you. And remember, you pay nothing until we settle your motorcycle accident wrongful death case.