Motorcycle accidents can result in devastating injuries and even death. With essentially no barrier between the operator and other vehicles, even seemingly minor accidents can have catastrophic effects. If a negligent driver caused the accident, then the injured person and their family are entitled to compensation for pain and suffering.
Our Detroit Motorcycle Accident Injury Lawyers represent Wayne county and metro Detroit residents to help them win the compensation they deserve. We work closely with our clients to provide guidance, answer questions and walk them through the process. Our firm of dedicated motorcycle injury attorneys hire investigators and other professional experts and meet with physicians to present the case in the best way possible.
We have recovered millions for clients injured in a motorcycle accident. Consultations are available at no cost to you. We work on a contingency fee, meaning we do not charge a fee or bill other costs until we obtain a settlement or verdict.
Why Should I Hire A Detroit Motorcycle Accident Injury Lawyer?
Michigan is a no-fault state, meaning motorcycle accident victims are entitled to no-fault benefits if a motor vehicle (such as a car or truck) is involved in causing a motorcycle crash that leads to medical treatment and injuries.
Under the Michigan no-fault law, Wayne, Oakland and Macomb county motorcycle accident victims can receive lost wages, payment for hospital bills, doctor bills, rehabilitation, prescription drugs, out-of-pocket reimbursement and other benefits. In addition, motorcycle accident victims injured due to the negligence of another driver can obtain compensation for pain suffering, mental anguish, scarring, road rash, permanent disfigurement and emotional distress.
Insurance carriers aggressively defend motorcycle accident claims, often trying to assert blame on the motorcycle operator. They will hire their own medical experts to minimize the severity of injuries, often trying to argue the injury pre-dated the motorcycle accident. It is important to have an aggressive team of Detroit Motorcycle Accident Injury Lawyers on your side who will fight to get you justice and compensation.
Common Reasons for Motorcycle Accident Injuries
Driver negligence led to a recent accident at the intersection of Fort near W. Outer Drive in Detroit. Heading north on Fort, a motorcycle and a passenger car where next to each other in adjoining lanes when the car suddenly swerved directly into the path of the motorcycle, running it off the roadway and ejecting the driver. The motorcycle operator was fortunate to escape the episode without serious injury, though his bike was seriously damaged. The driver of the car claimed he swerved to avoid a vehicle ahead of him, though that is disputed by witnesses at the scene. This example speaks to the vulnerability of motorcycle operators who share the road with inattentive drivers; the passenger vehicle’s driver had no idea there was a motorcycle in the next lane.
Motorcycle Accident Injuries
Injuries from motorcycle accidents can be very severe. According to a recent study, 35% of motorcycle accidents cause head injuries, which can result in traumatic brain injury, closed head injury, paralysis or coma. Other common injuries from a motorcycle accident are broken bones, road rash and burns, back and neck injury and spinal cord injury.
Medical costs after a motorcycle accident can be extremely high, resulting in awards and settlements reaching a million dollars or more. The victim of a motorcycle accident may need surgery and long-term rehabilitation or may have trouble returning to work after injury.
If a motor vehicle – such as a car of truck – is involved in causing the motorcycle accident, then the auto insurance carrier for the involved vehicle is responsible for paying Michigan no-fault benefits, such as medical bills and lost wages.
The Detroit Motorcycle Accident Injury Lawyers at Lee Steinberg, P.C. work aggressively to get our clients the compensation they deserve. We stand up to large insurance companies and fight each day to ensure our clients get their benefits and dignity.
How To Prove A Detroit Motorcycle Negligence Case
To prove negligence in a Detroit motorcycle accident, you have to show another vehicle, like a car or truck, was at least 50% at-fault for causing the accident. This is demonstrated in a number of ways, such as through fact witnesses, testimony of the responding police officers, the police report, photographs and video.
Every motor vehicle operator in Michigan has a duty to use reasonable care when traveling on our state’s roadways. This is no different when encountering motorcyclists in Detroit and Wayne County. Due to their size, motorists may not see motorcyclists in a blind spot or fail to take proper precautions. This can result in horrible injuries. Failure to do this is a breach of the duty of due care and is negligence.
It is important to collect information following a motorcycle crash. This includes getting the names and telephone numbers of all parties involved, including passengers and witnesses to the accident. It is also important to take photographs of the vehicle damage and accident scene if possible. Most importantly, it is vital the police are called to the scene to investigate the accident and complete a detailed accident report.
Michigan Helmet Law
Under Michigan law, not all motorcycle operators are obligated to wear a helmet when riding a motorcycle on Wayne county roads or elsewhere in Michigan. If you are at least a 21-year-old, have at least $20,000 in first-party medical benefits and have had a motorcycle endorsement for at least two years, or have passed an approved motorcycle safety course, then you can choose not to wear a motorcycle helmet.
Motorcycle passengers can also elect not to wear a helmet. Again, a passenger must be at least 21 years old and have at least $20,000 in first-party medical benefit in addition to the insurance required of the motorcycle operator.
Any person younger than 21 years must wear a helmet approved by the U.S. Department of Transportation.
Since the law changed in 2012 allowing helmetless riding, the number of motorcycle fatalities have increased. In one study, an area hospital found a 300% increase in fatalities for those not wearing helmets versus riders who chose to wear elements. Not surprisingly, the medical cost for riders not wearing a helmet was significantly higher as well.
Wondering if you should receive compensation? If you are involved in a motorcycle accident in Detroit, use our Case Evaluation Formto start the conversation or call The Law Office of Lee Steinberg today at (800) 533-3733 for a free consultation. Ask any questions you may have – we never take payment unless we make a recovery for you.
Obtaining Your Detroit Accident Traffic Report
As part of any Detroit accident case or any Michigan auto insurance claim, you must obtain the police traffic accident report. The Detroit Police Department makes them available to you for a fee by online purchase at this link. Keep in mind if the Law Offices of Lee Steinberg represent you in a case, we will purchase the report on your behalf and make a copy available to you.
Detroit Area Motorist Information