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Fatal crashes and risks faced by motorcyclists

On Behalf of | Apr 7, 2023 | Motor Vehicle Accidents |

As spring is approaching and the weather is warming up in Michigan, motorcyclists will begin traveling on the roadways throughout the state. While this is nothing new for residents and tourist, each year it proves to be an important reminder for motorists because the rate of motorcycle accidents and fatalities occur at a concerning rate.

Risk of motorcycle accidents

Motorcyclists face unique risks on the roadway. This is because they are both small in size and open to the elements. A motorcyclist could go unseen by other vehicles, especially is they are traveling in a blind spot. Additionally, here is no hard exterior shell to protect the riders in the event of an accident.

A motorcyclist is 26 times more likely to die in a motor vehicle accident when compared to those traveling in a passenger vehicle. Additionally, motorcyclists are five time more likely to suffer injuries in a crash. Since 1999, the rate of fatal motorcycle accidents has nearly doubled while the rate of fatal crashes involving automobiles and light trucks has steadily declined. In 2020, there were over 5,000 motorcyclist deaths in traffic accidents.

Cause and liability

Like any motor vehicle crash, the accident is investigated to establish cause and liability. In most cases, the legal concept of negligence governs. This means that a negligent party was the cause of the crash. Often, this is the negligence of another motorist; however, it could be the negligence of a manufacturer or mechanic that led to the crash. As such, all causes should be explored following a motorcycle crash.

When you are injured in a motorcycle crash or a loved one has died, it is important to understand your rights and explore your legal options. A personal injury action or wrongful death claim might be your best option. This not only holds a negligent party accountable but also assist in the recovery of compensation to address the losses and damages suffered.