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Detroit Motorcycle Accident Lawyer

When you’ve been seriously injured in a motorcycle crash, you need compensation from the at-fault party to enable your recovery. Find out how to proceed with your claim by consulting with a Detroit motorcycle accident lawyer.

Motorcyclists often share a love of adventure. There’s nothing quite like the feel of riding the open road, unconfined by the four walls of a vehicle and free to experience scenery and nature up close. On the back of a motorcycle, each road presents an opportunity for a unique riding experience.

Along with this thirst for adventure, motorcyclists must have highly refined driving skills. Due to a motorcycle’s small size, bikers must become accustomed to navigating highways alongside drivers of much larger vehicles, always exercising caution. Unfortunately, many drivers of four-wheel vehicles do not exercise caution with regards to motorcyclists. Sadly, devastating crashes are a frequent result of this.

If you’ve been injured in a motorcycle wreck caused by another driver, you may be facing serious difficulties in the form of high medical and vehicle repair bills, severe physical injury, and emotional trauma. What’s worse, insurance companies often unfairly side with car drivers due to outdated, biased stereotypes that portray motorcyclists as reckless.

After a collision, having an experienced legal ally who will fight for your rights can help you breathe easier. A Detroit motorcycle accident lawyer with David Christensen Law will be familiar with unfair biker stereotypes and will work to expose them and get you the compensation you deserve.

DETERMINING FAULT IN MOTORCYCLE WRECKS

When you first speak with a Detroit motorcycle accident lawyer from our office, we’ll need to go over the crash in detail in order to begin the investigation into determining negligence. This may involve going over police reports, eyewitness accounts, photos from the scene, and any other available evidence. The sooner you contact us, the better your recall of the event will be and the more evidence is likely to be readily available.

There are many scenarios in which another driver or third party may have been responsible for your motorcycle crash:

  • Driver Following Too Closely – Tailgating is always a dangerous driving behavior. It is made more dangerous when one vehicle lacks the protections of a car, such as walls and airbags. Whether the car’s driver was following you too closely as an act of negligence or intentionality, you shouldn’t have to pay for another driver’s carelessness.
  • Improper Road Conditions – Bikers are more likely to be injured due to road hazards such as debris in the road, significant potholes, construction materials, and steep shoulder drop-offs. The state or local agencies in charge of maintaining roads could bear fault in an accident caused by road hazards.
  • Left-Turn Collision – According to one study by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, drivers turning left in front of motorcyclists were responsible for a staggering 36 percent of motorcyclist fatalities.
  • Improper Lane Change – If a driver makes a sudden lane change without checking the blind spot, he or she may completely miss the motorcycle riding nearby. This scenario is extremely common and can put the biker at serious risk.
  • Drunk, Distracted, or Drowsy Driving – A drunk, distracted, or drowsy driver is a hazard to all other drivers on the road. Due to a motorcycle’s small size and limited protections, motorcyclists are especially vulnerable to another driver’s reckless behavior.

After an accident, a motorcyclist is likely to immediately be viewed as the primary suspect for causing it. Insurance companies may look for reasons to call you reckless or careless; getting a fair hearing and the full settlement you deserve can feel like an uphill battle.

Your Detroit motorcycle accident lawyer will stand up to the insurance company and ensure that negative stereotypes don’t keep you from fair and full compensation.

MOTORCYCLE INSURANCE IN MICHIGAN

Michigan is a “no-fault” car insurance state. However, this does not apply to motorcycles, meaning that they aren’t governed by the same insurance rules as cars.

As a motorcyclist, you’re required to carry liability insurance, which covers any injuries or property damage if you cause a crash. Motorcyclists are generally not eligible for no-fault car insurance benefits, making it difficult to recover compensation if someone else was not at fault.

However, this doesn’t mean you can’t seek compensation after a wreck when someone else was at fault. If you were involved in an accident with a car or truck, you are eligible to recover damages from the negligent party. Michigan is a comparative negligence state, which means that if you are found to have contributed to your accident, your settlement amount will be reduced by whatever percentage you are found liable for.

If you wish to make a personal injury claim against a negligent driver, Michigan’s statute of limitations requires you to do so within three years from the date of the accident. This all makes it essential to act as quickly as possible and with the help of a Detroit motorcycle accident lawyer who can ensure that every step is handled correctly and efficiently.

WHAT’S MY MOTORCYCLE INJURY CLAIM WORTH?

A motorcycle accident can completely devastate your life. After the initial impact, the aftershocks can keep coming. You may have a severe injury that challenges you physically for weeks, months, or even years. The medical bills can pile up and continue day after day without end. You may be so emotionally traumatized that you’re unable to get back on your bike.

A Detroit motorcycle accident lawyer from our firm will understand all the ways that a wreck can negatively impact your life—physically, emotionally, and financially. We will work to get you a settlement that reflects all of these hardships, including any of the following damages that apply to your case:

  • Motorcycle repair or replacement
  • Lost wages and income-earning potential
  • Physical or emotional therapy
  • Current and future medical bills
  • Decreased quality of life
  • Pain and suffering
  • Disfigurement and emotional trauma

Our firm will stand by you in this difficult time and fight for your rights. Even the safest motorcyclist is likely to be a target of the insurance company, which is interested in maintaining the “reckless motorcyclist” stereotype in order to protect their profits.

You shouldn’t be the victim of another driver’s carelessness and the insurance company’s biases. A Detroit motorcycle accident lawyer with David Christensen Law will work hard to make sure the negligent party is held accountable and that you get every penny you’re owed in compensation.

CONTACT A DETROIT MOTORCYCLE CRASH ATTORNEY

The days and weeks after a motorcycle accident are tough, but you don’t have to face them alone. Contact a Detroit motorcycle accident lawyer with David Christensen Law today. Call 248-440-7331 or fill out our online contact form on this page to arrange your free consultation.





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