Riding a motorcycle is popular in Michigan during the summer months because of the beautiful weather and the many scenic roadways here. However, motorcycles have a reputation as being very dangerous, and there’s actually an ongoing debate among the drivers of passenger vehicle drivers and motorcyclists as to who is to blame for most motorcycle accidents in Michigan. Motorcyclists are sometimes unfairly stereotyped as being risk-takers and daredevils. However, motorcyclists aren’t always putting themselves at risk and many external factors can place them in danger out on the road.
According to recent studies, vehicles making left turns into the path of motorcycles are the single most dangerous situation for motorcyclists. These types of accidents account for nearly 42% of all crashes involving a motorcycle and a passenger vehicle. Since motorcycles have a smaller profile, they are not as visible as other vehicles on the road.
These types of accidents are the most deadly for motorcyclists. Distracted drivers and intoxicated drivers often cause these types of crashes. In head-on collisions with passenger vehicles, motorcyclists usually do not stand a chance.
No matter if passenger vehicle drivers are at fault, or if motorcyclists are at fault, prevention is needed on both sides of the debate. The drivers of passenger vehicles should keep a lookout for motorcyclists and always be aware of their surroundings. Drivers need to stay focused and look twice before turning or merging, while bikers should always make themselves more easily seen by wearing brighter colors and using hand signals. Those in Michigan who suffer physical injuries or the loss of loved ones due to negligence in motorcycle accidents could benefit by contacting an experienced attorney. A successfully litigated claim could result in much-needed compensation to help victims and families get through this difficult experience.