At first glance, motorcycles and automobiles seem to have a lot in common. They both use gas to fuel internal combustion engines, they share the same roadways, and they must obey the same traffic laws. However, that is where the similarity between the two vehicles ends. Motorcycles, by their very nature, present unique risks and users have special obligations.
While the open-air freedom and resonating note of the exhaust are enticing features of motorcycles (not to mention favorable fuel mileage), drivers cannot simply trade in their sedan and expect the same experience on two wheels. Because motorcycles are so unlike their more common, enclosed counterparts, the State of Michigan offers a special manual for motorcycle operators. Riding in Michigan requires a special license endorsement and insurance (motorcycles are treated separately under Michigan’s No Fault law).
Motorcyclists are more prone to injury than other drivers. Whether by their own carelessness or by the conduct of other motorists, motorcyclists can suffer disasterous injuries even at low speeds. Broken bones (particularly in the lower extremities), soft tissue injuries, and traumatic brain injuries commonly result from motorcycle accidents.
When used carefully, motorcycles can be safe, fun, and exhilarating. Unfortunately, accidents do happen and cannot be predicted. If you or someone you know has been involved in a motorcycle accident, contact us. We can answer your questions and help you sort through the confusing paperwork that accompanies these unfortunate events.
recently named in the 2009 edition of Best Lawyer's In America, David Mittleman has been representing seriously injured people since 1985. A partner with Church Wyble PC—a division of Grewal Law PLLC—Mr. Mittleman and his partners focus on medical malpractice, wrongful death, car accidents, slip and falls, nursing home injury, pharmacy/pharmacist negligence and disability claims.