If a family member was injured or killed in a motorcycle accident, chances are good that another driver's negligence caused the crash. Families coping with the untimely death of a family member or individuals adjusting to a life-altering injury following a motorcycle accident should consult an experienced attorney for an explanation of their rights under Michigan law.
At Ferris & Salter, P.C., our attorneys will advise you of your legal options and provide the experienced legal counsel you need during this difficult time. With our aggressive representation, you can rest assured that your rights and your best interests will always be fully protected. Over the years, we have secured compensation through settlements and trial verdicts for numerous motorcycle crash victims.
In four out of five motorcycle accidents, the rider and/or passenger suffer injury or death. While helmets, eye protection, and padded clothing do prevent many deaths and head injuries, many victims sustain serious or catastrophic injuries: traumatic brain injury (TBI) or other brain damage, spinal cord injury (paralysis), back and neck injury, multiple fractures, disfigurement, and severe road rash abrasions.
The financial consequences of these serious injuries can prove to be just as devastating as the injuries themselves. Bike crash victims may accumulate significant medical bills and have to cope with lost wages as they recover. For some people, the injuries are so severe that their family must deal with permanent loss of income.
If liability is in question, Ferris & Salter, P.C., swiftly investigates to document evidence and determine the cause of the crash. Very often, the other driver was inattentive or simply failed to see the motorcyclist. The most common motorcycle crash involves cars turning into the path of a rider who has the right-of-way.
We pursue all avenues of compensation, including first party insurance (your automobile policy) and third party liability (the negligent driver's insurance). If the other driver is not insured, or if medical bills and losses exhaust the other driver's coverage, accident victims can collect under their own Uninsured/Underinsured Motorist policy. This may require litigation to force the insurance company to supply full compensation.
About Fault: Michigan is a comparative negligence state, meaning that the degree of fault of both parties is considered in awarding compensation. Failure to wear a helmet (as required by Michigan law), speeding, or alcohol use by the rider would be considered negligence. However, you can still collect partial non-economic damages as long as you are not more than 50 percent at-fault.
With over 250 jury trials behind them, attorneys Don Ferris and Heidi Salter-Ferris have the experience and ability to handle the most complex personal injury and wrongful death cases.
For a full explanation of your rights and insurance issues, contact a Michigan motorcycle accident attorney at Ferris & Salter, P.C. We offer a free case evaluation. And we collect no attorney fees unless you collect compensation. Home and hospital visits, or after-hours consultations are available by appointment.