Now that summer has arrived in Michigan and the weather is warmer, there are many more people outside enjoying the nice weather. There are a variety of activities that people in Michigan enjoy during the summer months that they can’t enjoy during the winter. One of these activities is riding a motorcycle. This can be an enjoyable way to get to where people need to go, but can also be very enjoyable just to ride around the state.
However, part of what makes riding a motorcycle so enjoyable can also make them more dangerous than travelling in a car or truck. There are no doors, roof or seatbelt to protect the rider from the road or other objects. So, when they are involved in a motorcycle accident it can be devastating for them. Also, since they are smaller than most other vehicles on the road other drivers may not see them and may hit them as they are changing lanes or making a turn.
Due to these facts, motorcycles are involved in fatal crashes more often than those riding in cars and trucks. In the U.S. there were 5,172 fatal motorcycle accidents in 2017, which equated to 59.34 deaths per 100,000 registered motorcycles. The fatality rates for cars was 10.05 per 100,000 registered vehicles and 7.52 per 100,000 registered light trucks. In addition to the higher fatality rate, there were 89,000 riders injured in motorcycle accidents in 2017 representing an injury rate of 1,018 per 100,000 registered motorcycles.
There are many motorcycle riders out on the roads in Michigan. These riders can suffer catastrophic injuries and be killed if they are involved in accidents. Many of the these accidents are caused by other drivers on the road though and if they caused the accident, they may be required to compensate the motorcyclist for the damages they caused. The aftermath of a motorcycle accident can be very difficult and consulting with an experienced attorney could be beneficial.