For some people in Michigan, there is no greater feeling than riding astride a motorcycle. Motorcyclists usually value this experience greatly and take necessary safety measures to protect themselves on the road. Unfortunately, other drivers may not. Motorcyclists are usually at risk for serious personal injury from negligent drivers of larger passenger vehicles.
If you ride a motorcycle, you are likely already aware of the unfair prejudices that motorcyclists face. Other drivers often assume that motorcycle operators always speed or engage in reckless driving behavior, even though most maintain safe speeds and follow the rules of the road. Because of this, other drivers may act aggressively around motorcyclists, refusing to share the road safely and increasing the likelihood of an accident.
Motorcyclists typically suffer more serious injuries than passenger vehicle occupants, and yet they often have a harder time proving liability. This is largely in part due to the untrue stigma regarding motorcycle riders’ behavior. It often takes an experienced hand to help demonstrate another driver’s unsafe behavior, which may include:
- Cutting off a motorcyclist
- Blowing through red lights or stop signs
- Using a cell phone behind the wheel
Even if you wear all of the appropriate safety gear, follow the speed limit and keep a reasonable distance from other drivers, you can still be severely injured in a motorcycle accident. A personal injury lawsuit may be your best option for obtaining compensation necessary for your recovery. When your medical bills, lost wages and pain and suffering are on the line, you deserve experienced representation who understands the complicated nature of personal injury law in Michigan.