Our Michigan motorcycle accident lawyers recently filed a Michigan wrongful death lawsuit. The lawsuit was filed on behalf the husband and the estate of a 43 year old mother of two, who was struck and killed in a car accident. The woman was a passenger on her husband’s motorcycle when a deer ran into the highway and collided with the motorcycle. As she was laying in the roadway and attempting to get to her feet, the negligent driver struck her and caused her tragic death. The Defendant driver failed to slow down or stop his vehicle and tragically struck and killed the woman, despite the fact that it was clearly avoidable.
Deer Accidents in Michigan
Deer accidents in Michigan are a very serious danger to motorists and bikers. According to the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute (UMTI), there were 55,867 reported vehicle-deer accidents in Michigan in 2010. In that year, November had the highest number of motor vehicle-deer crashes with 9,558 accidents (17 percent of the total). In fact, according to MichiganCrashFacts.org, 42.9 percent of deer crash related incidents happen through October and December.
Not only can deer accidents be catastrophic, they can also be very expensive. In Michigan, vehicle-deer crashes cost at least $130 million per year. The average insurance claim in a deer accident is about $2,100 in damage. Most damage happens to the front of a vehicle, many of times making the automobile not drivable.
Michigan Wrongful Death Lawsuit For Motorcycle Accident
The lawsuit was filed Ionia County, Michigan in the City of Ionia. It seeks all damages permissible under the Michigan wrongful death statute. No trial date has been set by the court.