A recent study concluded that more fatal motorcycle crashes occur in St. Clair and Genesee Counties than in any other jurisdictions in the state.
Over 85,000 Michiganders in the mid-state area have a license with a motorcycle endorsement. So, there are a lot of riders on the road, especially beginning in the spring when the weather warms. Yet, many vehicle operators do not maintain a proper lookout for motorcycle riders. A staggering 74% of these crashes involve serious injuries. In addition to the two aforementioned counties, Bay County and Saginaw County also have a high number of motorcycle collisions. Because of its small population, Arenac County leads the way in terms of motorcycle fatalities per capita.
May is Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month, according to the Michigan State Senate.
As mentioned earlier, many drivers do not watch for motorcycle riders. In fact, about a third of motorcycle crashes occur when the tortfeasor (negligent driver) attempts a left turn against traffic and crosses directly into the path of a motorcycle. After these accidents, the tortfeasors usually make statements like “I never even saw the rider” or “S/he came out of nowhere.”
The proportion might be even higher today. When this landmark study was conducted, nearly everyone drove passenger cars or station wagons. Now, large SUVs and pickup trucks dominate Flint roads, and these vehicles are difficult to see around.
Alcohol is also a leading factor in Flint motorcycle crashes. According to some surveys, as many as a third of these accidents involve alcohol impairment. Alcohol is a depressant that slows reaction time, impairs judgement, and makes multitasking almost impossible. As little as one drink causes most drivers to be dangerously impaired.
Since they are completely exposed to danger in crashes, motorcycle riders are over 25 times more likely to die in vehicle collisions than the people inside the car. Some of the serious injuries include:
Compensation is available for the huge medical bills that result from motorcycle crashes, in addition to lost wages and other economic damages. Most victims are also eligible for compensation for noneconomic losses, such as pain and suffering.
Michigan streets are a dangerous place for motorcycle riders. For a free consultation with an experienced personal injury attorney in Flint, contact Nickola Law. Home and hospital visits are available.
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