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Most Common Causes of Motorcycle Accidents in Michigan

Apr 28, 2017, by Maurice Davis in Legal Blog

Although motorcycle accidents are less common than other vehicle accidents, they are more likely to result in injury or death. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), just over 13 per 100,000 cars were involved in fatal accidents, compared to 72 per 100,000 motorcycles. In addition, deaths caused by motorcycle accidents are up, with nearly 5,000 fatalities in 2015 alone. While some accidents cannot be avoided, understanding the causes of motorcycle accidents can be preventative.

If you were hurt in a motorcycle accident, filing a civil lawsuit may be the last thing on your mind. With the stress caused by mounting costs, lost wages, and serious pain, it may be difficult to focus on recovering, let alone seeking justice in court. With the help of the Detroit motorcycle accident lawyer at Davis Law Group, you may be able to obtain compensation without the hassle of mastering complex legal procedures. With years of experience as a personal injury lawyer, attorney Maurice Davis can convince the court that you deserve compensation.

If you have any questions, or if you would like to file a personal injury claim, call (313) 818-3238 today.

Left-Hand Turns

For a motorcycle rider, there is no situation more dangerous than when a car is making a left-hand turn. The NHTSA claims that these accidents account for over 40 percent of all accidents that involve a car and motorcycle. This type of collision can occur in several ways. For example, a car may be turning left and strike a motorcycle that is heading straight through an intersection.

Head-On Collisions

When a car and a motorcycle are heading toward each other, one may swerve into oncoming traffic. When this happens, a head-on collision may occur. In the vast majority of these cases, the car hits the motorcycle from the front. Since bikes are so small, they are only able to withstand low-level impacts. They are built for speed, not safety.


Speeding is a common cause of accidents that involve only one motorcycle. In many cases, a rider might take a sharp turn too fast, or travel at speeds that cause the bike to wobble. Since these accidents often involve speeding on freeways and other major thoroughfares, the results can be dramatic. With only the protection of a helmet, a rider can be thrown from their vehicle and suffer major injuries, such as concussions, lacerations, broken bones, permanent nerve damage, and even paralysis.

Lane Splitting

Many motorcycle riders are often guilty of a practice known as lane splitting. This occurs when a motorcycle rides on the line that separates two lanes of cars that are either slowed or stopped. This is often caused by sharing a lane with other motorcycles. One of the reasons this is so dangerous is because of the proximity of the cars on either side of the motorcycle. Even a slight misstep can cause the rider to slam into the side of another vehicle. In addition, drivers who are stopped in traffic may not be expecting vehicles to drive by. They may open their doors or reach out the window.

How Davis Law Group Can Help

Detroit motorcycle accident attorney Maurice Davis is dedicated to giving a voice to those who have been wronged. If you were harmed due to another person’s negligence or irresponsibility, he will do everything in his power to prove that you deserve compensation. He knows that costs can pile up after an accident. Between the cost of medical bills and the wages you are losing from staying home from work, you may need a financial award to put this nightmare behind you.

To find out how Maurice Davis can fight for your interests, call (313) 818-3238 now.

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