Nowadays, people are increasingly choosing to ride motorcycles in the United States since they are often more fuel-efficient as a form of transportation and their smaller size allows greater ease in parking. Unfortunately, the rising popularity of motorcycle riding has simultaneously led to a lot more accidents involving these vehicles as well. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), in the year 2017 alone, those traveling on a motorcycle were known to be at least 27 times more likely to be killed than those in a car.
If you have been involved in a motorcycle accident, there is no time to delay. You need to immediately get in touch with our motorcycle accident lawyers in Muskegon. Here at West Michigan Injury Lawyers, PLC, we are ready to defend you with aggression and dedication.
Motorcycle Laws in Michigan
To ride a motorcycle in Michigan, there are some important rules you must follow to ensure your own safety and the safety of others. Many of the restrictions depend on your age and amount of insurance. If you are over the age of 21 and possess at least $20,000 in medical insurance, this is the only time you can ride without a helmet.
Before you drive, all your equipment must first be in good condition, including the mirrors, brakes, lights, horn, and seat. While you drive, you also are responsible for clearly using the appropriate signal and warning lights. Otherwise, you could share liability in an accident if you have not correctly or consistently followed the right guidelines.
Call us today at (855) 933-0102 when you have recently been involved in a motorcycle accident.
Common Causes of Motorcycle Accidents
There are numerous ways that motorcycles can become involved in accidents. Unfortunately, because they are smaller than automobiles, they also tend to be damaged more intensively.
Some of the most common reasons for a motorcyclist getting involved in an accident include:
- Mistaken or poorly signaled lane changes
- Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs
- Speeding on the highway
- Blind spots where drivers of cars and motorcyclists can’t see each other
- Car doors suddenly opening without warning
- Lane splitting without warning
- Sudden left turns in narrow streets
- Sudden stops with insufficiently placed or missing signals
- Inexperienced or untrained drivers
What to Do After a Motorcycle Accident
When you have been involved in an accident, the first thing to do is get medical attention. Even if you do not initially feel pain, the aftershocks will soon appear after several minutes. Once an ambulance is on the way, it is essential to get details such as names, addresses, insurance numbers, and the vehicle description and registration of all involved parties and potential witnesses.
Once you collect these essential items, as well as as many photographs as you can, immediately call our office of West Michigan Injury Lawyers, PLC. Our motorcycle accident attorneys in Muskegon are ready to help you claim for damages you have unduly suffered, often for a car driver’s negligence.
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