In 2008, the most recent year such statistics are available, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reports that 5,290 people were killed in motorcycle accidents in the United States, which was about 100 more fatalities than the previous year. In Michigan, 121 motorcyclists were killed in accidents in 2008.
It is never easy when a loved one is killed, and it can be a tremendously difficult time for their family. Unfortunately, following a fatal motorcycle accident, grieving families often face severe financial burdens, including hospital and medical bills, funeral expenses, and more. If the deceased victim was the breadwinner of the family, this situation can be made even more difficult. When enduring such hardships, a family may find it beneficial to consult with a compassionate wrongful death attorney in Michigan to find out how the person responsible for their loss can be held accountable.
The majority of motorcycle accidents result from other motorists on the road failing to notice a motorcyclist. While it is mandatory that all motorcyclists in Michigan wear a helmet, in many severe accidents, a helmet offers little protection against a 3,000 pound motor vehicle. Unfortunately, thousands of motorcyclists lose their lives in motorcycle accidents every year due to the negligence or wrongful actions of a motorist.
Filing a Wrongful Death Lawsuit
In Michigan, a wrongful death lawsuit can be filed on behalf of a victim's spouse, child, parents, or grandparents. Such a lawsuit may seek compensation for several types of damages, including but not limited to the following:
- Funeral costs
- Hospital bills and related medical expenses
- Loss of companionship of the victim's family
- Loss of consortium
- Loss of other income and benefits, such as pension benefits
- Loss of projected wages, which would have supported the victim's family
- Pain and suffering and/or mental anguish of the victim's family
- Pain and suffering of the victim
The type and amount of damages that are able to be claimed in a wrongful death lawsuit in Michigan can depend on many factors, which is why it is critical that families have a skilled lawyer working on their behalf after a loved one is killed in a motorcycle accident due to negligence. While no amount of compensation can ever make up for the loss of a loved one, such compensation can help cover accident-related expenses as well as provide for your family both now and in the future.
The Compassionate Representation You Need
The Lipton Law Michigan motorcycle accident wrongful death attorneys have dedicated our practice to helping injured victims and the family members of those killed in accidents involving negligence. For many years, we have been helping people through the difficult task of filing wrongful death claims after a fatal accident. We can help you understand the legal rights given to you after the death of a loved one, as well as advise you on the best course of action based upon the specifics of your circumstances. Call Lipton Law at 800-CAR-CRASH to receive the compassionate, caring legal assistance your family needs during this difficult time.