If you ride your bike in Michigan, you may be surprised to find out how common bicycle accidents are. There are nearly 2,000 Michigan bicycle accidents every year and the majority of collisions between bicycles and vehicles result in injuries to the cyclist.
At the law firm of Buckfire & Buckfire, P.C our top rated personal injury attorneys represent victims of these accidents on streets, highways and roadways. We also are actively pursuing lawsuits for bike injury clients from accidents in parking lots and in crosswalks.
Michigan Bicycle Accident Statistics
According to the Michigan Traffic Crash Facts, 1,895 bicyclists were involved in motor vehicle crashes in the year 2011. In those collisions, 24 bicyclists were killed and 1,479 were injured. Considerably more male cyclists (1,466) were involved in bike crashes than females (378). Just over 79 percent of bicycle and motor vehicle collisions occurred during daylight hours. The peak time for bicycle accidents was between 3 p.m. and 5:59 p.m. and the peak hours for bicyclist fatalities were between 6 p.m. and 8:59 p.m.
Alcohol is a common contributing factor in Michigan bicycle accidents and the bicyclist is often the impaired party, statistics show. Of the 24 bicyclists fatally injured in the year 2011, eight were killed in alcohol-related accidents and seven of those bicyclists had been drinking.
Causes of Michigan Bicycle Accidents
The 2011 Crash Facts Report contains details regarding what bicyclists were doing at the time of their crash. The majority of bicycle accidents (75 percent) involved a bike rider who was simply going straight ahead. When a straight-ahead accident occurs, it must be determined if the driver was distracted at the time of the crash. Other common actions prior to a crash included:
- Crossing at an intersection: 8.3 percent of bicycle crashes occurred as bike riders were crossing an intersection. Investigators in these types of accidents have to determine if the rider was obeying traffic laws and if the motorist involved properly yielded the right-of-way.
- Changing lanes: Another 8.3 percent of bike accidents occurred as bicyclists changed lanes. Drivers must attempt to avoid cyclists who are changing lanes and bicyclists must only change lanes when it is safe to do so.
- Avoiding a vehicle: When a bicyclist is cut off or forced to swerve out of the way of a careless driver, it can result in a devastating accident. In the year 2011, 4.2 percent of Michigan bicycle accidents occurred when a bicyclist attempted to avoid a vehicle.
- Entering the roadway: 4.2 percent of bicycle and vehicle collisions resulted as a bike rider attempted to enter the roadway.
Compensation Available for Injured Bicyclists
Ideally, you will be offered fair compensation for all of the losses that you have suffered in the crash. Unfortunately, insurance adjusters are trained to find reasons to deny valid claims. Even if your injury claim results in a settlement, it is likely that you will not be offered compensation for all of your losses. Instead of accepting the settlement, it is advisable to discuss the potential value of your claim with a skilled personal injury lawyer.
An experienced Michigan bicycle accident attorney will fight for your rights every step of the way. A successful injury claim should result in financial support for all of your current and future medical bills and lost wages. You should receive financial compensation for your loss of earning potential, physical therapy costs, medical expenses and other related damages. The experienced Michigan bicycle accident lawyers at Buckfire & Buckfire P.C. will help protect your rights and ensure that you are offered fair and full compensation for your significant losses. If you or a loved one has been injured in a bicycle accident, please contact us at 1-800-606-1717 for a free consultation.