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Motorcycle Accidents

Motorcycle Accidents Don’t Need to Keep You Down

By Lipton Law on September 11, 2012 - No comments

MI Motorcycle Crash LawsuitIn Michigan, in order to legally operate a motorcycle, a special endorsement must be obtained from the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV). Failure to obtain this endorsement subjects the operator to various penalties which may affect their driving privileges.

You not only got the endorsement, you successfully passed the classes to ensure that when on the road you are operating your motorcycle in compliance with the law. When operating your motorcycle you make sure you are not impaired in any way and always pay attention to other drivers. You use the Department of Transportation (DOT) approved motorcycle helmet; make sure you have body, face, and eye protective gear when on a ride; and keep your equipment in proper working order. No matter what you do, though, at any time you may be the victim of a negligent driver who just did not see you.

Following a motorcycle accident, it is easy to get overwhelmed by all that needs to be done to get you back on your feet. Even though the crash was not caused by you, you may be the one who solely has to deal with the inconvenience of not having the use of your motorcycle and you certainly are the only one who has to deal with your own recuperation. What you do not have to handle alone is the pursuit of just compensation for your damages and injuries.

If you have been the victim of a motorcycle accident due to negligence, the experienced personal injury lawyers at Lipton Law are there to help. Should you need to speak with an attorney regarding your possible claim, call an experienced Flint motorcycle crash injury attorney at Lipton Law at (248) 577-1688 for a free consultation.


Motorcyclist Loses Leg in Genoa Township Traffic Collision

By Lipton Law on August 29, 2012 - No comments

A 71-year-old Howell motorcyclist’s leg was amputated in a serious Genoa Township motorcycle accident, as reported by LivingstonDaily.com. On August 28 at around 8:50 p.m., the motorcyclist was reportedly driving westbound on Grand River Avenue near Golf Club Road when a 2006 Ford sedan, that was traveling eastbound, started to initiate a left turn onto Gulf Club Road. The motorcycle was struck on its left side by the Ford, which was driven by a 43-year-old Howell man.

At the scene of the accident, Michigan State Police discovered that the motorcyclist’s leg had been amputated as a result of the collision. A Michigan State Police trooper applied a tourniquet to the motorcyclist’s left femur, a lifesaving move which kept the rider from “bleeding out.” The 71-year-old was transported by Livingston County EMS to the University of Michigan Hospital in Ann Arbor for medical treatment. The motorcyclist was wearing a helmet at the time of the crash.

The driver of the Ford was not injured in the accident.

Two witnesses who observed the critical crash gave statements to police, which indicated that the motorcyclist had the right-of-way when he was struck by the car. The traffic accident is still under investigation, and it is not known as this time if drugs or alcohol were factors in the accident.

A Michigan motorcycle accident may leave a rider with severe and potentially permanent injuries and in an instant can change a motorcyclist’s life forever. At Lipton Law, our Southfield motorcycle accident lawyers understand the serious impact a motorcycle crash can have on a person’s life, as well as his or her family, and are committed to holding any negligent parties legally accountable. To see how we can help you obtain the compensation you need to recover, schedule a free consultation by calling (248) 557-1688.


Protect Your Head and Face With a Motorcycle Helmet

By Lipton Law on June 28, 2012 - No comments

Michigan motorcycle helmet requirements were recently revised to allow properly insured riders to go without helmets if they choose. However, any experienced motorcyclist will tell you that a helmet can save your life in some accidents. Motorcycle helmets are also a key factor in preventing or reducing serious injuries to the head or face.

Motorcycle Helmets MichiganAccording to a study by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), motorcycle helmets significantly reduce both the number and the severity of traumatic brain injuries (TBI) and scarring or permanent facial injuries, including the loss of one or both eyes. The study examined crash data from 104,472 accidents over a three-year time period. About 57 percent of the motorcyclists involved were wearing helmets when they crashed, and about 43 percent were not.

The study found that in both groups, about 40 percent of injured motorcyclists needed hospital care for an injury following an accident. However, the rate of head and face injuries was nearly 20 percent lower among those who wore helmets. In addition, bikers who wore helmets had less severe brain injuries when they did occur, were able to leave the hospital several days sooner, and were much less likely to die while in the hospital than riders who were not wearing helmets.

Motorcycle accidents can cause serious injuries. Bikers and their passengers are at an increased risk for harm because they are not protected by the walls of a car, like motorists are. If you’ve been hurt in a motorcycle accident, call the experienced Oakland County, MI motorcycle accident attorneys at Lipton Law today for a free, confidential consultation. Our number is (248) 557-1688.


NHTSA Warns Against Potentially Defective Motorcycle Helmets

By Lipton Law on June 20, 2012 - No comments

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has issued warnings to motorcyclists: Avoid the 5×5 SA-08 motorcycle helmet. These helmets do not meet federal safety and protection requirements and may not provide the protection you need if you’re in a motorcycle accident.

The SA-08 is currently the only 5×5 brand helmet the NHTSA has warned against wearing. About 14,000 of the helmets have been sold in the United States since a California company, Tank Sports Inc., began importing them.

During federal safety testing, three of the four helmets tested were penetrated by objects or debris in situations in which federally-approved helmets would not have suffered such severe damage. Damage occurred to both the helmet’s outer shell and its inner lining. In an actual crash, the easy penetration of the helmet could cause serious injuries or even death, when a helmet that meets federal safety standards may provide life-saving protection.

The importing company was unable to complete the NHTSA’s product recall process before it filed for bankruptcy. In place of the recall, the NHTSA issued the official warning so that consumers who had purchased the helmets would be aware of the potential safety issues and be able to take steps to protect themselves by choosing a helmet that meets federal safety standards instead.

Motorcycle helmets can decrease your chances of death or serious injury, but you can’t prevent every possible crash. If you or someone you love is injured in a motorcycle accident, a knowledgeable Genesee County motorcycle accident attorney at Lipton Law is here to help. Call us today at (248) 557-1688 for a free case evaluation.


Motorcycle Crash Death Rates Remain Steady Nationwide

By Lipton Law on June 13, 2012 - No comments

The rate of car, bicycle, and pedestrian accidents have fallen throughout the U.S. in recent years, but the rate of motorcycle accident deaths and serious injuries remains steady, according to a study by the Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA).

In the past year, overall motor vehicle accident deaths have gone down 1.7 percent nationwide, representing thousands of lives saved over the previous year, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). However, overall motorcycle accident deaths have stayed at about 5,700 fatalities nationwide, showing no decline. This change has safety experts and lawmakers concerned about the safety of motorcyclists on the road.

Michigan Motorcycle Crash Fatalities

Among individual states, 23 states saw small declines in their motorcycle accident death rates. Nearly all of these states had implemented new motorcycle safety laws in the year before the decline. 26 states, however, saw increases in motorcycle accident fatalities, including Michigan, which recently repealed its motorcycle helmet requirement for some drivers. Several other states also eliminated or loosened their helmet laws. No state has added a helmet requirement since Louisiana did so in 2004.

Motorcycle accidents can cause serious injuries. If you’ve been injured in a motorcycle crash, please don’t hesitate to call a diligent Oakland County motorcycle accident attorney at Lipton Law. We’re dedicated to helping injured bikers and their families get the compensation they need so they can focus on getting back to the fullest possible life. Call us today at (248) 557-1688 for a free, confidential case evaluation.


Michigan Repeals Motorcycle Helmet Law, For Some

By Lipton Law on April 16, 2012 - No comments

For nearly fifty years, Michigan has had one of the most comprehensive motorcycle helmet requirements in the state. Everyone riding a bike was expected to wear a helmet, or face legal consequences if caught without one.

Michigan Motorcycle Helmet LawNow, that situation has changed. Governor Rick Snyder recently signed into law a bill that allows some Michigan bikers to ride without their helmets, as long as they meet the law’s new requirements. Motorcyclists who don’t meet the requirements for riding without a helmet may still face criminal penalties if they are caught without their helmets.

The new MI motorcycle law allows motorcyclists to ride without a helmet on Michigan roads only if they meet the following requirements:

  • Rider must be 21 years of age or older;
  • He or she must have $20,000 or more of insurance coverage for injuries; and
  • The rider must have passed a motorcycle safety course or had a motorcycle endorsement for at least 2 years.

Passengers may also ride without helmets if they are 21 years of age or older and have an additional $20,000 of insurance coverage. The extra insurance can be purchased by either the passenger or the driver of the motorcycle.

Violating the new law is a misdemeanor, with a maximum possible sentence of $100 in fines, 90 days in jail, or both.

Motorcycle helmets can prevent or reduce the severity of many types of head and facial injuries, including traumatic brain injuries. However, no helmet can prevent every accident or injury, especially when another person’s negligence is at fault. At Lipton Law, our experienced motorcycle accident lawyers in Southfield strive to provide exceptional representation and advice to each of our clients. If you’ve been injured in an accident, call us today at (248) 557-1688 for a free and confidential case evaluation.


I-94 Crash Injures Motorcyclist and Passenger

By Lipton Law on July 27, 2011 - No comments

A motorcycle accident on Interstate 94 in Jackson County left the bike’s driver and passenger critically injured, according to a recent article in The Jackson Citizen-Patriot.

The bikers were traveling through Hope Township when the Michigan motorcycle accident occurred. At the time, the motorcycle was traveling through a construction zone, where traffic had been reduced to one lane and back-ups were frequent, according to investigators. Rescue workers were not immediately able to tell what caused the crash, and investigators are still trying to figure out if alcohol, excessive speeding, or another vehicle or road obstacle was responsible for the motorcycle accident.

Rescue workers sent the motorcycle’s driver by helicopter to the University of Michigan Medical Center, where he is listed in critical condition. The motorcycle’s passenger was taken to Allegiance Health, but her condition has not been released. Investigators did not say whether or not the two were wearing helmets at the time of the Michigan motorcycle crash.

Most Michigan residents are familiar with the state’s no-fault insurance laws, which require drivers of cars to carry a minimum amount of auto insurance. No-fault auto insurance covers medical bills and some property damage if an accident results, and it limits the cases in which drivers or passenger can sue one another to situations in which a serious injury or disfigurement occurs.

When a motorcycle crashes, however, the rules of insurance and other claims are different than cases in which two cars collide. If you have been injured in a motorcycle accident, the experienced Michigan motorcycle accident attorneys at Lipton Law can help you receive the compensation you need to cover medical bills and other expenses, whether that means standing up to the insurance company or pursuing legal action. To learn more about your legal rights and options following a motorcycle crash caused by another person’s negligence, call Lipton Law today at 248-557-1688 for a free consultation.


Michigan’s Motorcycle Helmet Law Saves Lives and Money

By Lipton Law on July 13, 2011 - No comments

Michigan is one of several U.S. states that require motorcycle riders to wear helmets when riding their bike. The National Highway Traffic Safety Association (NHTSA), estimates that motorcycle helmets make the difference between life and death for 37 percent of motorcycle accident victims each year.

Despite helmets’ life-saving abilities, however, opponents of Michigan’s motorcycle helmet law seek to get it repealed nearly every year. What opponents rarely mention is that Michigan’s helmet law does more than save lives. It also saves every vehicle owner in Michigan money on their insurance bill each year.

Michigan’s no-fault car insurance law is one of the most comprehensive in the United States. If a car crash occurs, the drivers’ insurance covers the costs of any injuries suffered in the accident, no matter who is hurt. Insurance must offer lifetime benefits for certain lifelong injuries or permanent disabilities. All car owners are required to carry this insurance, but motorcyclists are not. When a car and a motorcycle crash in Michigan, the car owner’s insurance pays for everyone’s injuries, including the motorcyclists’ injuries. If bikers were allowed to ride without a helmet, the costs of serious injuries in motorcycle accidents would almost certainly increase – and so would insurance premiums.

Drivers or motorcyclists who suffer permanent impairments or disfigurement as well as family members of motorcyclists killed in an accident may be able to seek compensation from the person who caused the crash in order to cover bills that insurance does not cover. If you have been seriously injured in a motorcycle crash in Michigan, please don’t hesitate to call the experienced Southfield motorcycle accident lawyers at Lipton Law, P.C. We will help you seek the compensation you deserve from insurance companies or negligent drivers. Call us today at 248-557-1688 for a free consultation.