Michigan Motorcycle Accident Lawyer
Why Hire a Lawyer?
Due to the nature of motorcycles, accidents can have grave consequences for the operator or passenger. Sometimes the injuries are obvious and life-threatening. Other times, even serious symptoms may not become apparent until much later. If you’ve been injured in a motorcycle accident you may be entitled to a settlement or financial compensation. After a motorcycle accident it’s very important to contact a lawyer as soon as possible. We have reviewed many motorcycle accident cases, and through our experience we have found that the sooner we can hear the details of your accident, the more likely you are to win your case. It is very easy to forget important details of the circumstances of your motorcycle accident after the fact. Don’t risk waiting. Witnesses, victims, medical care providers, and police may not have a clear memory of your motorcycle accident and circumstances weeks or months later. Our Michigan lawyers have already handled many Michigan motorcycle accident cases, and we’re ready to help you win a fair and just settlement. Call us anytime, 24 hours a day, and we will be happy to serve you. Remember, our lawyers fight for You.
- According the US Department of Transportation, an average of 90,250 motorcycle accidents resulting in injuries are reported every year (since 2012).
- More than two percent of registered vehicles on the roadways are motorcycles, and motorcyclists are about 8 times more likely than passenger car occupants to be injured in a crash.
- For Crotch Rockets, the fatality rate is four times higher per 10,000 registered motorcycles than riders on all other types of bikes.
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Goodwin’s 5 Steps
In the eyes of the law, motorcycle accidents are treated similarly to car accidents. While motorcycles are a safe and fun way to get around, many people are seriously injured each year in accidents. What we do immediately after a motorcycle crash can affect the outcome of a personal injury case. If you happen to be involved in a motorcycle accident, take these five steps to protect your rights and ensure you receive the full compensation entitled to you by law:
Call the police or dial 911
Seek medical treatment immediately and call the police. Your safety is first. Even if you think you are unharmed, it is important to go to the emergency room or see a doctor and be examined. Even if you feel fine, injuries may not appear immediately.
Speak to witnesses and gather evidence
If you are able while waiting for an ambulance or the police, gather evidence. Speak to witnesses to the accident and record their contact information. If possible, speak to the other party involved in the crash and obtain their contact information. Keep conversation minimal and do not admit fault. Avoid apologies and admissions of guilt until all of the facts have been gathered. Take photographs of the involved vehicles, any damage to your vehicle, skid marks, traffic signals and signs, and any intersections.
Report all injuries
Let your doctor and the paramedics know what injuries you have sustained in the accident. Do not downplay your injuries. If possible, get the names of the responding officers, paramedics and doctors that see you. Don’t throw away any clothing that you were wearing and do not repair your motorcycle immediately, as these can be helpful items in determining the outcome of a personal injury suit.
Contact your insurance agent
Let your insurance company know that you were involved in a motorcycle accident. Even if the accident occurred after business hours, leave a message. Do not be bullied and do not sign anything before speaking with an attorney. Any time wasted could affect your ability to get the justice and fair settlement you deserve.
Contact a licensed Michigan attorney
Don’t leave anything to chance! A motorcycle accident is a grave life event, and you may be entitled to compensation. Let an experienced Michigan lawyer assist you through the complex legal process. Call Goodwin & Scieszka anytime, 24 hours a day. No matter when or how you are affected by a motorcycle accident, our attorneys are available to support you, and to ensure you and your loved ones receive the full care and compensation you deserve. Remember, our attorneys fight for you.