Sterling Heights Motorcycle Accident Attorneys Help Michigan Riders Recover
Seasoned lawyers pursue full compensation with professionalism and sensitivity
Motorcycle accidents can produce devastating injuries from which a rider or passenger may never fully recover. And yet, motorcyclists face a tougher fight to recover damages from at-fault drivers than do victims of other car crashes. If you’ve been hurt in a motorcycle accident, the veteran litigation attorneys at Boyer Dawson & St. Pierre, in Sterling Heights, are prepared to fight for your right to full compensation. We understand that what makes a motorcycle injury case different is the widely held misconception of motorcycle riders as unreasonable risk-takers. So, in addition to thoroughly investigating your accident to prove fault, we implement strategies to detect and overcome negative opinions that jurors might harbor against motorcycle riders. When you retain our services, you get the benefit of more than 150 years of combined legal experience, and our determination to fight for the best possible results.
Determined advocates represent injured Macomb County riders
What could be better on a sunny day than a ride up U.S. 53 and west to Stony Creek Lake? Or a bit farther north to Lakeville Lake? Unfortunately, no matter how carefully you ride, a negligent driver can upend your life at a moment’s notice.
According to the Michigan State Police, there were 3,384 motorcycle accidents in the state during 2016, with 2,460 causing injury and 146 resulting in death. In Macomb County, there were 216 reported motorcycle crashes: 150 causing injury, and nine resulting in death. The leading causes for motorcycle fatalities and injuries were:
- Speeding— 37 deaths and 383 injuries
- Failing to yield — 25 deaths and 432 injuries
- Being unable to stop — Eight deaths and 308 injuries
- Reckless driving — Eight deaths and 55 injuries
- Careless driving — Seven deaths and 173 injuries
- Disregarding traffic control — Seven deaths and 55 injuries
There were also a large number of crashes whose cause was unknown.
The most dangerous types of motorcycle accidents in Michigan
The most common and deadliest type of motorcycle accident is a single vehicle crash. This occurs when the rider loses control of the bike and hits a fixed object, such as a tree or guardrail, or goes down onto the hard surface of the road. In 2016, there were 1,533 single vehicle motorcycle crashes, 59 resulting in fatalities and 1,231 that caused personal injuries.
Other common types of motorcycle collisions include:
- Angle collisions — 475 crashes, 28 deaths and 353 injuries
- Head-on left turns — 168 crashes, 19 deaths and 130 injuries
- Rear-end collisions — 531 crashes, 15 deaths and 321 injuries
Unfortunately, these statistics do not give an indication of who is most often at fault. Even in a single-vehicle motorcycle crash, the fault may not lie with the rider. Unsafe maneuvers by passenger car drivers and pedestrians can cause a biker to lose control. An unsafe road surface can cause a crash, raising the possibility of liability for the government entity charged with maintaining the roads.
Our seasoned attorneys thoroughly investigate the circumstances of your motorcycle crash to identify defendants and prove liability. We have vast experience with the kinds of catastrophic injuries that bikers and their passengers can sustain, including traumatic brain injury, spinal injuries and paralysis, severe skin lacerations, internal injuries, and loss of limbs. We know how to build a compelling case, and we fight to deliver the best possible outcome.
Contact a dedicated lawyer for your motorcycle accident case in Sterling Heights, MI
If you’ve been seriously injured in a motorcycle accident, your future may depend on a fair personal injury settlement or jury award. Trust Boyer Dawson & St. Pierre to manage your case capably and professionally. To schedule a free consultation, call 888-559-4705 or contact our Sterling Heights office online. Our office is conveniently located off Route 53, two miles northwest of Dodge Park.