Overall, motorcycle-on-vehicle collisions are about twenty-five times deadlier than vehicle-on-vehicle collisions. Motorcycle riders have almost no protection against onrushing vehicles, so their injuries are often catastrophic, even in relatively low-speed crashes. To get the money you need to pay medical bills and move on with life, contact our motorcycle accident attorneys in Michigan straight away.
As soon as you reach out to us, the Buchanan Firm immediately begins working for you. This team includes not only legal professionals but also medical professionals. Our motorcycle accident lawyers know how to build a case for compensation, and we have a unique insight into your serious injuries. In other words, you can count on us to get the job done.
Statistically, alcohol impairment and excessive speed cause most of the fatal vehicle accidents in Michigan. These two factors are even more prevalent in motorcycle crash claims.
Alcohol slows reflexes and destroys good judgment skills. So, impaired motorists are less alert and take more chances. As a result, they often do not see motorcycles until the last second. At that point, a collision and serious injury are basically inevitable.
The impairing effects of alcohol begin after the first drink. Therefore, even if a motorist is not legally intoxicated, that motorist should not operate a vehicle.
Excessive velocity is a key factor in many collisions because speed increases the risk of a crash and the force in that collision.
Speed multiplies stopping distance, which is the distance a vehicle travels between the time a driver sees a hazard and safely stops the vehicle. At 30mph, stopping distance is about six car lengths. This distance multiplies to eighteen car lengths at 60mph.
Moreover, according to Newton’s Second Law, speed multiple the force in a collision. In this context, excessive speed transforms a non-injury “fender bender” into a serious injury or fatal collision. This fact is especially important in the Wolverine State, due to Michigan’s complex and evolving no-fault insurance law.
Lawmakers approved a no-fault insurance law in 1973. In non-injury cases, victims may file claims against their own insurance company and obtain compensation for their economic losses. These victims are entitled to additional noneconomic losses if the wreck caused a “serious impairment of a bodily function.”
Amendments in 1995 and 2019 substantially changed the no-fault law in general, and the serious impairment provision in particular. According to most courts, a serious impairment means:
This definition is quite subjective, and it could include almost any injury which sends a person to the hospital. As a rule of thumb, if your vehicle was not drivable after the wreck, you probably sustained a serious impairment.
Noneconomic losses include emotional and intangible injuries, such as pain and suffering, loss of enjoyment in life, emotional distress, and loss of consortium (companionship).
Most injury claims settle out of court. A few settle quickly, but most take some time. A Michigan motorcycle crash lawyer cannot settle a case until medical treatment is at least substantially complete. Otherwise, the victim may not receive enough compensation for all injuries. Additionally, many insurance companies use legal loopholes to contest liability, even in rather obvious situations.
Typically, a third-party mediator helps resolve contested claims. During mediation, each side lays out its factual and legal arguments. Then, the mediator goes back and forth between them to convey settlement offers and counter-offers. If both parties participate in good faith, mediation is usually successful.
Motorcycle crash victims may be entitled to substantial compensation. For a free consultation with an experienced motorcycle crash attorney in Michigan, contact Buchanan Firm. Our personal injury lawyers routinely handle matters in Kent County and nearby jurisdictions.