During Motorcycle Safety Awareness month in May, the most simple safety tip I can give, as a lawyer helping people injured in motorcycle accidents for nearly 20 years, is still to wear your helmet.
This is more important now than ever, since the law allowing Michigan motorcyclists to ride without helmets was passed and signed on April 12, 2012. Just one month later, there has been a jump in deaths and injuries involving helmetless riders.
Hidden in the new No-Fault “reform” bill HB 4936 is a very nasty surprise for motorcycle owners. HB 4936 would devastate Michigan motorcyclist legal rights.
As a Michigan lawyer, I write often about motorcycle safety and the issue of motorcycle helmets. And even though I’m a strong proponent of helmets, HB 4936 goes far beyond this and is extraordinarily punitive to motorcycle operators who will choose not to wear a helmet (I already assume the Michigan helmet law will be overturned this year or early next – as does, ominously, this legislation).
I’ve written about different types of motorcycle accidents and how a biker’s insurance would apply. But I missed one common scenario – when two motorcyclists collide with each other. This subject came up again just last week, when two riders were tragically killed.
I address this type of crash today because people usually have an image of a motorcycle accident that involves a motorcycle rider being hit by a car, but because many bikers ride together, this type of crash happens more often than people think.
I’ve written often about the proposed Michigan helmet law repeal.
Senate Bill 291 (which was approved 24 to 14) would allow people riding a motorcycle 21 years of age or older to ride without a helmet if they have a medical insurance policy of $100,000.
I continually write about how scrapping the current requirement to wear helmets will kill more motorcyclists and then put the financial burden on Michigan taxpayers, as the costs of severe traumatic brain injury, spinal cord injury, and other catastrophic personal injuries all dramatically increase without helmets.
I came across this list from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and I wanted to share it with my fellow motorcycle accident lawyers and my readers who are bikers.
There’s always talk in the media about motorcycle accidents in Michigan, especially given the recent proposed laws to repeal the helmet requirement. Some driving behaviors are obvious predictors of motorcycle crashes. I’ve written about this many times, and hopefully we can prevent motorcycle accidents and keep riders safe.
The sun is finally out and that means more bikers on the roads. As an accident lawyer who helps many people injured in motorcycle accidents, I want to share that May is Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) wants drivers and motorcyclists to share the road with each other – in efforts to prevent motorcycle accidents and deaths.
As I always say, one of the key factors in motorcycle safety is motorcycle helmet use.
Two motorcyclists died in separate motorcycle accidents in Waterford Township just this weekend. It is said alcohol was not a factor in the crashes.
Every time I write about motorcycle accidents and the helmet safety law in Michigan, I feel I probably lose gung-ho motorcyclists who have been injured in accidents but go to another lawyer who won’t talk about why our helmet law is so important. But so be it.
Even though it’s winter in Michigan, I’ve been thinking about motorcycle accidents quite a bit. To begin with, the motorcycle helmet issue is gearing up again. Representative LeBlanc introduced House Bill 4008 to repeal the motorcycle helmet law.
I have many friends and clients who are bikers. I understand the enthusiasm for this. But wearing motorcycle helmets is not a “liberty” issue. The real issue is about preventing predictable and catastrophic, motorcycle accidents – that cause traumatic brain injury – from happening. Look, we know that motorcycle accidents will happen.
As we return from the holiday weekend, I’d like to take the opportunity to talk about motorcycle safety again. There are so many more bikers cruising Michigan roads in the summer. And with more people riding motorcycles and crotch rockets, there are unfortunately, more motorcycle accidents.
Lately, our pre-lawsuit division of attorneys (who help auto accident victims in the early stages of their lawsuits) have been flooded with calls about motorcycle accidents. Many of the calls are from people who’ve been in crashes and don’t know what to do next.
I probably should have expected this, knowing how passionate so many motorcycle riders are about the helmet law in Michigan. After all, I even had old clients – people who had suffered very serious injuries from motorcycle accidents and who I’ve developed close relationships with – tell me they still supported HB 4747; even after their crashes, personal injuries and lawsuits. So the e-mails and comments from so many in favor of repealing Michigan’s helmet laws should have come as no surprise to me as a motorcycle accident lawyer.