The motorcycle certainly occupies an interesting place in American culture. The actor James Dean and the film Easy Rider are but a few of the iconic images that come to mind when thinking about two-wheeled motor vehicle. The motorcycle is associated with freedom and rebellion, but also with risk and tragedy. We hear their unmistakable “Vrrrooom!” down the main drags of our towns, and witness the sense of community as they zip by in 2s, 4s, 8s or more on our highways. Unfortunately, there are also careless motorcycle drivers and we sometimes gasp in horror as they slither between cars to gain an advantage in traffic. When risk turns into accidents, reckless motorcyclists must be held accountable just like any motorist in the state. If you or a loved one has been involved an accident with a motorcycle, an experienced Michigan motor vehicle accident attorney can help you recover compensation for damage to your vehicle, injury to your person, as well as any pain and suffering you may have experienced.
Recent Crashes Involving Motorcycles in Michigan
Often, motorcycle crashes do not involve other vehicles. This was the case in Big Rapids, MI in August when a Grand Rapids man lost control of his motorcycle while making a turn. The man was treated for head injuries, but sympathy may be difficult to come by as he was not wearing a helmet, and alcohol is believed to have been a factor in the crash.
Other times, motorcycle crashes do involve other vehicles. This was the scenario in Mancelona, MI when a motorcycle and a pickup truck collided. It was again in a recent motorcycle-car crash in Michigan over Labor Day weekend. Alcohol is believed to have been involved, and the operator of the motorcycle was driving his Harley Davidson down the wrong side of the road. As with the Big Rapids incident, the man was not wearing a helmet and sustained serious injuries. While the driver of the car, a 30-year-old woman, was not injured, her vehicle suffered damage as a result of the crash. In this case, the motorcyclist was at fault, and will face serious consequences for both causing the accident, and, if alcohol was indeed involved, for driving under the influence.
Have You Been Injured in a Motorcycle Accident in Michigan?
Have you been in an accident involving a motorcycle on a Michigan street or highway? Has your vehicle been damaged, or have you suffered personal injuries or emotional trauma as a result of the incident? While you may have been the victim of another’s carelessness or excessive risk-taking, you are not without a remedy. A dedicated and skilled Michigan motorcycle accident attorney will help you recover compensation for the costs of vehicle repair and/or replacement, personal injuries, pain and suffering, healthcare costs, as well any earnings lost as a result of being unable to work. Don’t hesitate to begin the process of moving on from an accident involving a motorcycle; contact the Clark Law Office today.