May is Michigan motorcycle safety month and the ideal time to remind motorists about the importance of driver safety. Although many motorists blame bikers for their accidents, the facts show that most often a motorcycle accident is caused by a careless motorist. Increasing driver awareness can help reduce the number of these serious accidents.
Why Motorcyclists Are More Vulnerable In Michigan Motorcycle Accidents
Motorcyclists are much more vulnerable to crashes than other drivers. Many crashes occur because motorcycles are hidden in a vehicle's blind spot. It is important that motorists always make a visual check for motorcyclists by checking mirrors and blind spots before entering or leaving a lane of traffic.
Prevent a Michigan Motorcycle Accident
The National Safety Council provides these tips for motorists and motorcyclists:
Allow greater following distance behind a motorcycle.
Be extra cautious in intersections. Most crashes occur when a motorist fails to see a motorcyclist and turns left in front of a motorcycle.
Give a motorcycle the full lane width - never try to share a lane.
Avoid riding in poor weather conditions.
Position motorcycle in lane where you will be out of a motorist's blind spot.
Use turn signals for every turn or lane change.
Michigan Motorcycle Accident Statistics
Fatalities involving motorists and motorcyclists increased 131 percent between 1998 and 2008. The mileage death rate for motorcyclists in 2007 was 37 times greater than for passenger car occupants.
FREE Report by Michigan Motorcycle Accident Lawyer
It is essential that motorcyclists in Michigan have the proper insurance coverage for their bike in an event of an accident. Many bikers believe asking for "full coverage" means you have the best insurance available, however that is untrue. This report explains how purchasing "full coverage" doe not mean that you have the best insurance available and how buying the wrong policy can be devastating in the event of a motorcycle accident. You can download a free Michigan motorcycle insurance report at www.FreeMotorcycleReport.com.
FREE Michigan Motorcycle Accident Book
In the event of a motorcycle accident, it is essential that an injured biker or passenger fully understand their legal rights. An injured biker may be entitled to recover lost wages for time missed from work, full payment of accident related medical expenses, and other benefits. The biker may also be entitled to significant compensation for pain and suffering, disability, and other injuries. To learn more about these rights, bikers can request a free consumer guide at www.MichiganMotorcycleBook.com.
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Our Michigan motorcycle accident attorneys will represent you in your Michigan motorcycle accident case under our NO FEE PROMISE. This means that you will not be charged any legal fees whatsoever unless we obtain a settlement or recovery for you. You have absolutely no obligation for legal fees unless we win your case. If we do not obtain a settlement for you, you owe us nothing!
Contact a Michigan Motorcycle Accident Lawyer
Individuals injured in a motorcycle accident should contact one of our Michigan motorcycle accident attorneys. Call us now at (800) 606-1717.