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While Michigan motorcycle riders enjoy the thrill of the open road, they also know the risks of being in a serious accident. Motorcyclists don’t have the buffering protection offered by a car, nor safety features such as a seatbelt or airbags. As a result, even collisions that occur at low speeds can be life-threatening. 

An injured biker may have difficulty recovering financial compensation for damages after an accident. Many insurance companies are biased against motorcycle riders and outright deny their claims. Insurance adjusters may even try to place some of the blame on the motorcyclist in an attempt to reduce the amount of payout. 

If you or a loved one has been involved in a Michigan motorcycle accident, the personal injury lawyers at Mike Morse Law Firm can help you recover the compensation you’re entitled to. We have been proudly serving the residents of Michigan for over 25 years and have helped our clients recover millions of dollars in damages. Call us 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, or click to start a live chat to schedule a free case consultation.  

Common Types of Motorcycle Accident Injuries

Motorcycles offer a biker little protection from the surrounding elements. Even if a biker wears a helmet and other motorcycle safety protective gear, he or she can still be seriously injured in a crash or collision.

The following are some common injuries sustained in Michigan motorcycle accidents:

  • Lacerations
  • Broken bones
  • Back and neck injuries
  • Road rash
  • Traumatic brain injury
  • Facial scarring/disfigurement
  • Loss of a limb
  • Spinal cord injuries
  • Wrongful death

Serious motorcycle accidents can result in injuries that will likely require extensive medical attention. A victim may need surgeries, physical therapy, medications, and other treatments to recover. During recovery time, medical expenses and other expenses can quickly add up.

If you were injured in a motorcycle crash due to a negligent driver, you shouldn’t have to cover the costs of your recovery. An experienced motorcycle accident attorney can help you recover compensation for your losses. Contact our law firm today to schedule a free consultation. 

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Common Causes of Motorcycle Accidents

Members of our legal team at Mike Morse Law Firm are motorcycle enthusiasts, so we understand the challenges and dangers that a biker faces out on the road. And as Michigan motorcycle accident lawyers, we have also seen the devastating impact that a crash can have on a person’s life, so we sympathize with you and your situation.

The following are some of the most common causes of Michigan motorcycle accidents:

 

  • Speeding: This is a leading cause of all types of motor vehicle accidents. The faster someone is driving, the greater the force of impact in a collision. Speeding also reduces a driver’s chance of seeing and reacting to a hazard in the roadway. 
  • Left turns: Many accidents occur when a motorcyclist or driver fails to yield right of way or miscalculates the amount of time needed to yield a left turn.  
  • Lane changes: Motorcycles are significantly smaller than motor vehicles and can easily be hidden in a driver’s blind spot. If a driver fails to signal a lane change or check blind spots, he or she could collide with a motorcycle. 
  • Car doors: Some accidents occur when a car door is opened directly in the path of a motorcycle rider. 
  • Lane splitting: Slow-moving traffic can be frustrating to drivers in Detroit, Grand Rapids, and other parts of Michigan. A motorcycle rider might be tempted to ride in the space between the motor vehicles. This is called “lane splitting” and is illegal in most states, including Michigan.
  • Driving under the influence: It is illegal for either motorcyclists or motorists to drive with a blood alcohol level (BAC) of .08 or higher. If a person causes severe injury to others while under the influence of drugs or alcohol, he or she could face not only personal injury but criminal charges. 
  • Defective motorcycle parts: Some motorcycle accidents are the result of poorly made or designed motorcycle parts. In these situations, the manufacturer of the defective part could be held liable for damages. 
  • Sudden stops: A rear-end collision can result from tailgating or following too closely. If the motorcycle or motor vehicle in front of you stops abruptly without sufficient space between, you may not have enough time to avoid a collision. 

Insurance Requirements For a Michigan Motorcyclist

A Michigan motorcycle rider is required to hold liability insurance to provide coverage in case of an accident that causes property damage or injury. On the other hand, a biker is not required to purchase no-fault insurance in this state. Michigan no-fault law only applies to owners of motor vehicles – and since a motorcycle isn’t considered a motor vehicle, insurance isn’t required. 

A motorcycle rider does, however, have the option to purchase personal injury protection (PIP) insurance if extra coverage is desired. This insurance policy is for the payout of “first-party” medical benefits and only comes into play if the motorcyclist sustains an injury accident that doesn’t involve a motor vehicle. 

Why Hire a Michigan Motorcycle Accident Lawyer

After a Michigan motorcycle accident, your main concern is your health and getting the medical care that you need. Next, one of your priorities should be consulting with an experienced Michigan motorcycle accident attorney. Having skilled legal representation on your side can mean the difference between having your medical bills and bike repair costs covered or having to cover those expenses out-of-pocket. 

If you’re debating whether to hire a motorcycle accident lawyer or file the claim yourself, please consider the following questions.

Do you know the true value of your case?

If you’re unfamiliar with Michigan’s personal injury laws, it can be difficult to know what your claim is truly worth. You can be sure that the insurance adjuster is not going to be upfront with you about the actual value of your claim. The insurance company’s goal is to get you to accept the lowest settlement amount possible. 

The motorcycle accident attorneys at our law firm will calculate the amount your claim is worth based on your financial losses and non-economic damages. Our legal team knows how to gather the evidence needed to build a strong case for you and maximize your claim. 

Damages that your lawyer may be able to recover may include:

  • Medical bills 
  • Lost wages
  • Property damage
  • Disfigurement
  • Pain and suffering
  • Wrongful death

Do you know how to establish fault and prove liability?

It is important to establish the cause of your accident and identify who is liable for damages. The insurance company may try to place all or part of the blame on you, which could affect the payout of your claim. 

Our attorneys are knowledgeable in Michigan personal injury law and know what is required to prove fault and liability in a motorcycle accident case. While investigating the cause of the accident, we may collect evidence, speak to witnesses, examine video footage, review police reports, and hire experts.  

Parties liable for your motorcycle accident may include:

  • Another motorcycle rider
  • Motorists
  • Pedestrians
  • Property owners
  • Government agencies
  • Manufacturers

In some situations, more than one party may have contributed to your motorcycle accident. Your Michigan accident lawyer will be able to identify all liable parties and ensure you receive the full amount of compensation you deserve.

Do you know the statute of limitations and how to meet it?

When you are injured in a car, truck, motorcycle, or another type of accident, you have a limited amount of time to file a personal injury case and pursue damages. If your lawsuit isn’t properly filed within the deadline outlined by Michigan state law, then you will likely lose out on your right to compensation. 

Due to Michigan being a no-fault state, the deadline for a motorcycle accident claim varies depending on the situation. For this reason, it’s important to consult an attorney as soon as possible after your collision. An experienced motorcycle accident lawyer will understand how each law pertains to your individual case and be able to ensure that your claim is filed on time. 

Do you know how to negotiate an insurance settlement?

You will likely hear from the insurance company shortly after your motorcycle accident. Keep in mind that insurance companies are not your friends and are not likely to have your best interests at heart. 

Insurance adjusters are skilled negotiators and know how to get accident victims to accept fast and low settlement offers. You need someone on your side representing you who is familiar with the tactics that greedy insurance companies use. 

The Michigan motorcycle accident attorneys at our law firm have extensive experience in handling negotiations. As long as you haven’t already accepted an offer from the insurance company, our motorcycle accident lawyers can fight for the settlement amount you deserve. 

Do you know how to file a lawsuit?

Most Michigan motorcycle accident claims are settled with insurance companies out of court. However, if a just and fair amount can’t be reached, your next step will be to file a lawsuit against all liable parties. 

If you don’t have a legal background and experience, filing a lawsuit yourself can be extremely difficult. A Michigan motorcycle accident lawyer who takes on your case, though, will be well prepared to offer evidence, present facts, and explain to the court why you deserve more compensation than what the insurance company is offering. 

Types Of Auto Accidents

Michigan Car Accident
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Michigan Pedestrian Accident Lawyers
If you have been injured as a pedestrian by a motor vehicle in Michigan, please contact us for a free consultation. We will be happy to answer all of your Michigan pedestrian accident questions and explain your rights.
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Michigan Truck Accident Lawyers
Truck accidents typically result in great amount of vehicle damage. If you were involved in such an accident, you will want your vehicle to be repaired or replaced.
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Michigan Bicycle Accident Lawyers
If the bicycle accident involved a car or truck, Michigan No-Fault Insurance Benefits are available to the injured bicyclist.
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Uber, Lyft & Taxi Accidents
Are Uber and Lyft drivers and passengers protected when injured in a car accident in Michigan? At the Mike Morse Law Firm we have attorneys that specialize in handling Uber and Lyft cases.
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Uninsured & Underinsured Collisions
Even if you have been handling your own UM/UIM claim, we advise you not to take on the insurance carriers alone. You may be dealing with an insurance carrier who may not be giving you the full value of your injuries.
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Rear-End Accidents
Don’t make the mistake of trying to recover damages on your own. Why? First, you may have physical injuries that haven’t yet become apparent.
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How to Choose a Michigan Motorcycle Accident Lawyer

After deciding you want to hire a motorcycle accident lawyer to represent you, your next concern may be selecting the right law firm. Choosing the right attorney with the right firm is a big decision and could affect whether your claim is successful or not. 

Consider the following when choosing a Michigan motorcycle accident lawyer:

  • Choose a law firm that focuses on personal injury cases. The lawyers at Mike Morse Law Firm focus solely on helping personal injury victims. We have successfully handled many motorcycle accident cases for our clients. 
  • Ask your attorney about his or her success rate. You want to select an attorney who has experience in not only handling Michigan motorcycle accident claims but also helping clients win large settlements. You can read on our website about some of the large settlements that we have helped our clients win
  • Ask for referrals. Your attorney should give you references for past clients to ensure that others have been satisfied with their representation. Our Michigan motorcycle accident lawyers are happy to give referrals to any potential clients so that they can hear about how we handled their cases. 
  • Ask about lawyer’s fees. Most personal injury law firms work on a contingency fee basis. This means that you don’t pay any upfront costs. Instead, our lawyers get a percentage when you are awarded a settlement. 
  • Choose a law firm with the resources you need. A qualified Michigan personal injury attorney should have the resources necessary to handle complex cases and investigations. Our law firm has access to accident reconstructionists, medical experts, and others who can help us build a solid case for you. 

Contact a Michigan Motorcycle Accident Lawyer Today

If you or a loved one has been injured in a motorcycle crash, don’t hesitate to contact one of the attorneys at Mike Morse Law Firm today. During your initial free consultation with us, our Michigan motorcycle accident attorneys will answer any questions that you might have, explain what your legal rights are, and determine whether you are eligible for damages. 

Our attorneys are committed to providing our valued clients with unparalleled customer service. We believe open and honest communication with each of you is important, and we will regularly update you on the progress of your motorcycle accident case. Our lawyers also work on a contingency fee basis, which means you pay no fees unless we win. 

Choose the skilled and compassionate attorneys at Mike Morse Law Firm in Michigan to represent you in your motorcycle accident case. Contact us and schedule your free consultation today by calling 800-MIKE-WINS, starting a live chat, or filling out the online case evaluation form. 

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