Southfield Motorcycle Accident Attorney
Motorcycle accidents are almost always that much more violent and painful than regular auto crashes. As a motorcycle rider, you are at the mercy of car, truck, and SUV drivers. These drivers are surrounded by thousands of pounds of metal while you have protective padding and a helmet. If another driver or anyone else fails to provide due care to you while riding your motorcycle, they should pay for their negligence. Haque Legal is here to ensure all parties who are responsible for your motorcycle accident in Michigan are held accountable. Contact us today to schedule your free case review with one of our Southfield motorcycle accident lawyers.
Why Hire A Motorcycle Accident Attorney Fro Haque Legal
- Our Southfield personal injury lawyers have won awards and settlements on behalf of injured motorcyclists
- We are ready and willing to represent you in a court of law
- Our personal injury attorneys will collaborate to develop the optimal legal strategy for your motorcycle accident
- We are motivated to win your case as we only receive compensation if a settlement or court award is earned
- Our attention to detail is unparalleled. Even the slightest piece of evidence can make the difference between justice being served and an egregious injustice
Why Haque Legal is the Right Choice for Your Motorcycle Accident Case
Our Southfield motorcyclist accident attorneys refuse to apply the same legal strategies to all motorcycle accident cases. We recognize the nuanced facts of your specific motorcycle accident are quite different from those of other motorcycle accidents, even if they occurred in the same general area.
Instead of glossing over evidence and using the same wording to craft legal arguments on behalf of motorcycle accident victims, we tailor our strategy to the specific facts of the case. While many other personal injury law firms assign one attorney to a case for its duration, Haque Legal’s attorneys proactively work together to maximize the chances of a lucrative financial payout through a settlement or court award.
Motorcycle Accident Causes
Motorcyclists are rarely at fault when involved in an accident. Though there are some daredevils on the Michigan roads, the vast majority of local motorcyclists exercise extreme caution when riding. In most instances, it is a negligent driver who is responsible for the accident. Negligence is a term used in legal circles to refer to a party’s failure to provide sufficient care to those in the vicinity.
The sad truth is most drivers are not looking for motorcyclists. Motorcycles are comparably small so they are difficult to see. Some drivers execute risky turns and lane changes knowing they are in the vicinity of a motorcyclist, simply assuming there is enough space to accommodate their vehicle and the rider. Additional causes of motorcycle accidents include drunk driving, drivers who negligently swing open car doors in the path of motorcyclists, poor road conditions, and the failure to check blind spots.
Injuries that can result from motorcycle accidents
- Broken bones
- Loss of limbs
- Road rash
- Spinal cord injury
- Traumatic brain injury
- Wrongful death
Motorcycle injuries can result in significant medical bills, lost wages, and permanent or temporary disability. Our attorneys can help you recover financially.
What To Do After A Motorcycle Accident
- Pull your bike to the shoulder of the road
- Call 911
- Exchange insurance information
- Take pictures of the accident and your injuries
- File a police report
- Keep your road gear on
- Get checked out by a medical professional
- Keep copies of your medical records and doctors recommendations
- Call a motorcycle accident attorney
Recovering Financially From The At-Fault Individual
Michigan’s motorcycle insurance laws are a little different than most other states. Motorcycles are only required to carry liability insurance in the amounts of $250,000 to $500,000 to cover bodily injury or death of another person.
Motorcycles are not required to purchase no-fault insurance like car or truck drivers. That means that motorcyclists will need to file an application for no-fault benefits within one year of the injury. If you did not purchase medical coverage through your insurer, you will seek no-fault benefits from the insurer of the owner of the motor vehicle involved in the accident.
An insurance company will only pay out the maximum under the policy. In the event that the costs associated with your injuries exceed the maximum available under the policy, we can help you file a claim in Michigan state court for excess medical costs.
There are three ways to establish an injury that allows you to collect excess benefits:
- Establishing a serious impairment of a bodily function
- A permanent serious disfigurement, or
- Death as a result of your injuries
The first two impairments are very fact-specific. A motorcycle accident attorney knows what the court is looking for and will help you establish a serious impairment or permanent serious disfigurement.
Michigan Helmet Laws
Michigan has changed its helmet laws to allow motorcyclists to choose whether or not they want to wear a helmet. There are caveats to this choice! If you choose not to wear a helmet you must:
- Have at least $20,000 in first-party medical benefits insurance in addition to the liability insurance required under state law.
- Be at least 21 years old
- Have had your motorcycle endorsement for two years or passed a motorcycle safety course
There are rules for your passengers too! If your passengers are not wearing a helmet they must:
- Be at least 21 years old
- Have at least $20,000 in first-party medical benefits insurance.
It is important to note that Michigan is a comparative fault state. That means that the jury can reduce your damage award at trial in proportion to the percentage they find you at fault for the accident. Not following motorcycle accident rules can cause you to be at fault for a portion of your accident.
Contact A Southfield Motorcycle Accident Lawyer At Haque Legal
You should not have to pay a single penny for medical care or other losses after your motorcycle accident. Haque Legal is here to fiercely advocate for justice on your behalf through legal action and settlement negotiations. The path to financial compensation starts with a phone call to our law firm. We work on a contingency fee basis. This means we only make money if your case results in a settlement or an award from the court. You have nothing to lose and everything to gain by reaching out to us today at (248) 996-9954 to schedule a no-cost, no-obligation initial case review.