Motorcyclists in Michigan will be riding out the rest of summer trying to squeeze in as much road time as possible. But motorcycle accidents in Macomb County are more common this time of year, partially because there are more riders, but also because other motorists simply aren't looking out.
The Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) reports that the number of motorcycles registered in Michigan has more than doubled in the last 50 years, from 4.1 million in 1966 to 8.4 million today. Motorcycles only account for about 2 percent of all registered vehicles in the state, but they are involved in a disproportionate number of serious accidents resulting in injuries and fatalities. Officials say motorcycles account for about 7 percent of all traffic deaths in the state.
About half of all Michigan motorcycle accidents were single-vehicle. Twenty-five percent involved someone traveling too fast and nearly 40 percent involved someone failing to negotiate a curve. About 18 percent involved following too closely.
Macomb County motorcycle accident attorneys can help you determine whether you may have a case and how best to pursue it.
Why Summer is So Dangerous for Motorcyclists
There is a myriad of reasons why summer driving is so dangerous for people on motorcycles. Those include:
- More teenagers on the road. When school is out, more teenagers are on the roads. Unfortunately, that means more danger for the rest of us because these drivers lack experience, and that can sometimes lead to questionable judgment. Teenagers are statistically more likely to be involved in serious accidents.
- More vacationing drivers. This poses three big problems. The first is that people on vacation aren't necessarily familiar with the area, and that can lead to them paying more attention to the directions and less to the actual traffic in front of and around them. Secondly, vacationers are often on long road trips, which can leave them prone to fatigue. Finally, more drivers on the road in general inevitably leads to more crashes.
- Tire blow-outs. Although a tire blow-out can occur at any time, summer especially can do a number on tires because hot weather causes the tire to expand. Motorcyclists would be especially vulnerable in this situation simply because they don't have the protection of airbags, seat belts and other safety features that now come equipped with most passenger vehicles.
- Construction. Much of the roadway construction in Michigan takes place in summertime. Although this can create hazards for any driver, it's especially perilous for motorcyclists because sudden changes in the pavement (level, components, etc.) are more likely to cause a motorcyclist to lose control of the bike. If there were inadequate warnings or instructions leading up to the construction zone, the construction company could be liable to pay at least some portion of damages. Also, too many drivers tend to speed or drive distracted in these areas, even though extra caution is required to navigate safely.
We Can Help
If you are involved in a Macomb County motorcycle crash, we can help you navigate the process of filing a claim for damages.
A basic policy will cover you for $20,000 per person and $40,000 per accident. Because this is often insufficient to fully cover damages, you may want to rely on your own uninsured/ underinsured motorist coverage. Call us so we can help you understand all of your available options.