Motorcycle accident statistics are now tabulated for 2012. The results show a nationwide increase in the number of motorcycle-related accidents and injuries. In an era where the total number of traffic fatalities has been in decline, motorcycle accident fatalities are on the rise. While good weather during 2012 prolonged the riding season, other factors may have played role in the increase of motorcycle accidents, such as higher gas prices and a better economy that allowed for more purchases of motorcycles. However, these factors may not be the only reasons for increased fatalities.
A recent University of Michigan study concluded that our state’s death toll for motorcycle accidents should have declined by 21% in 2012. Instead, it rose by 18%. Some experts point to the repeal of Michigan’s helmet requirement early in 2012 as the primary cause for the increase. According to an Mlive study of the 2012 riding season, riders without helmets were 43% more likely to suffer incapacitating injuries and were 3 times more likely to be killed than those wearing helmets.
Greater Flint, Michigan and Genesee County Michigan saw a fair share of motorcycle fatalities and serious injuries. Here are the 5 Most Dangerous Places to ride within this geographic area along with accident statistics for the six months after April 13, 2012:
|Location||# of Accidents||Fatalities||Catastrophic Injuries||Injuries||Possible Injury||No Injury||Unknown|
|City of Flint||40||1||1||8||19||9||2|
|City of Burton*||13||0||3||6||4||0||0|
|Mt Morris Township*||5||1||0||1||3||0||0|
The attorneys and staff at the Law Offices of Henry Hanflik encourage motorcyclists to enjoy the beautiful riding weather, but remind all riders to wear their helmets to stay safe. Proper insurance coverage is important to cover you and your passengers in the event of an accident. The cost of medical treatment and wage loss in the event of a catastrophic or serious injury can be in excess of $1,000,000. Attorneys at the Law Offices of Henry Hanflik have represented many motorcycle accident victims. Here are a few of our results:
$3.5 Million – Recovered for spinal and head injured victim hit by truck crossing the center line.
$1.0 Million – Awarded to family of man struck and killed by motorist turning left
$750,000 – Settlement and benefits for victim with severe shoulder injury hit by car turning left.
If you or your loved one have been injured in a motorcycle accident, our experienced and compassionate attorneys at the Law Offices of Henry Hanflik can help you now. Call us for a free consultation at 810-720-4000 or toll-free at 888- 905-4632.