With motorcycles, no matter how careful you are as a motorcycle driver, you cannot control the choices of other vehicle drivers around you. Motorcycles are more dangerous than standard vehicles because they do not have airbags, seatbelts, or other devices to protect riders. Usually the only protection you have on a motorcycle is the clothing you are wearing when your body hits the pavement.
Get educated on how these accidents occur, and what to do if you, a family member, or friend are injured in a motorcycle crash. Seek help from experienced attorneys who know the dishonest tactics insurance companies for at-fault drivers employ to defeating claims of injured cyclists or paying less than what is needed or deserved for injuries. Our attorneys ensure injured motorcycle riders receive fair and just compensation for the damages sustained because of an accident caused by someone else.
Crashes into motorcycles cause serious injury or fatality. The United States Department of Transportation (USDOT) reports:
Common causes of crashes into motorcycles are:
In Michigan, we operate under the no-fault insurance system. The no-fault system means that drivers involved in an accident, whether at fault or not, can collect insurance benefits (PIP benefits) from their respective auto insurance providers. Auto no-fault applies for injuries in accidents involving motorcycles, but many other issues are involved and it is important to seek professional advice regarding additional issues.
First party claim
Individuals involved in a motorcycle accident in Michigan with the proper insurance may file a first party claim against their own automobile insurance company. Or, if the motorcyclist has no auto policy, there may be coverage from the driver of the automobile.
Under Michigan law, a motorcycle is not considered a motor vehicle and those injured on a motorcycle are treated the same as a pedestrian hit by a car.
A first party claim is to recover expenses (also known as no-fault personal injury protection (PIP) benefits) which include:
Third party claim
Besides first party benefits, those involved in a motorcycle accident may file a third-party claim against the at-fault auto driver or other parties involved in the crash, alleging negligence. A third party claim may recover damages for pain and suffering. In Michigan, one can pursue pain and suffering damages if injuries of the person meet the statutory injury-minimum threshold of: (1) death, (2) permanent serious disfigurement, or (3) serious impairment of body function. An experienced motorcycle crash attorney can help you determine if injuries of you or a loved one are severe enough under Michigan law.
After a motorcycle crash, there are several important steps immediately and in the weeks after the crash. An attorney protects you and ensures critical information is gathered and evidence preserved.
Immediately after a motorcycle crash, you should:
If you or anyone you know was injured in a motorcycle crash, contact Buchanan & Buchanan law firm for the advice of its experienced motorcycle crash attorneys. We your frustration and will start a full investigation to determine the cause of the crash and who is responsible to reimburse you for the injuries. Buchanan and Buchanan offers an exclusive, No Fee Promise. If they don’t win, then you don’t pay.