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It only takes a momentary mistake on the part of another motorist to forever change the life of someone on a motorcycle. Looking down to check a text or change a radio station, driving after a few drinks, speeding up to avoid being late, or just “zoning out” for a second—any of these could have serious, permanent consequences.
If you were injured while riding a motorcycle, or lost a loved one to an accident, the motorcycle accident lawyers at Michigan Injury Attorneys are here to advocate for you.
According to the National Safety Council, motorcycles account for just 3% of registered vehicles on the road, and only 0.6% of road miles traveled. But they represent 14% of all traffic fatalities in the United States and a disproportionate amount of traffic-related injuries. Motorcyclists, like others on the road, deserve to travel safely. Unfortunately, as the statistics above show, they are even more vulnerable to another driver’s negligence.
One reason that motorcyclists and their passengers are more vulnerable to serious injury is that they lack the protection that riding in a car provides. Another reason is that, because motorcycles are smaller than cars, other drivers don’t see them as readily. Neither of these reasons justifies or excuses another driver’s negligence. Drivers are obligated to look out for others on the road—including motorcycles—and to operate their vehicles safely.
Even with helmets and safety gear, motorcycle riders are subject to serious injuries in an accident, including:
If an injured motorcyclist is lucky, they will make a full recovery from their injuries, though recovery may take months and require extensive treatment and physical therapy, during which time the patient may be unable to work. In short, even a relatively mild injury can disrupt life and incur astronomical medical bills. If those losses were caused by someone else’s careless or reckless behavior, the responsible party should be held liable. Hiring a motorcycle accident lawyer will help you do just that, and receive fair compensation for your losses.
At Michigan Injury Attorneys, we know how devastating a motorcycle accident can be, not just to the victim, but to their family. If you or a loved one has been injured, it’s not only about the money—it’s about getting your life back as fully as possible, and holding the responsible party accountable.
The services of a skilled motorcycle accident attorney can help ensure that you get the resources you need to care for yourself and your family. We may often be able to negotiate a favorable settlement for our clients who have been injured in a motorcycle accident. However, we are also skilled litigators who have the courtroom experience to take your case to trial if that is what is necessary to achieve justice for you. To learn more about what we can do for you and your family, contact Michigan Injury Attorneys today to schedule a free consultation with a motorcycle accident lawyer.