A deer in its natural woodland setting can be a beautiful sight. However, when that same deer ventures onto a road or highway, the consequences can be deadly. This is especially true for motorcyclists. Wild animals such as deer are unpredictable and known for their quick and sudden movements. If a deer leaps out into the road, particularly at night, a motorcyclist has little or no time to react, often leading to frequent motorcycle deer accidents. Other than (hopefully) a helmet, a motorcyclist is basically unprotected, so even a small deer can do serious damage to a bike and its passengers.Do You Have a Case?
Last year, there were a total of 50,949 deer accidents across the state of Michigan, including crashes involving cars, trucks and other types of vehicles, according to the Michigan State Police Traffic Crash Reporting System. These accidents resulted in 17 deaths. 13 of these fatalities, almost 75%, were motorcyclists.
The number of fatal crashes involving deer was three times higher for motorcylists than for passenger cars, SUV’s and vans combined.
In the 251 motorcycle deer accidents that occurred last year, almost 80%, or 190 people, sustained serious injuries.
Of the 50,949 deer accidents, 31,391 of these happened on roads where motorcyclists are most likely to ride: local and rural roads as opposed to major highways.
A motorcycle is not considered a “motor vehicle” under Michigan No-Fault law. Therefore, the insurance coverage provided for cars, trucks and other types of passenger vehicles is different for motorcyclists. Unlike No-Fault policies for typical motor vehicles, there is no unlimited personal injury protection (PIP) coverage, which usually includes coverage for medical bills and rehabilitation.
When a motorcyclist is injured in an accident involving another motor vehicle, compensation for injuries or damages will usually come from the insurance company covering the owner of that vehicle.
In a motorcycle deer accident, where there is no other vehicle involved, No-Fault benefits do not apply. Therefore, it is recommended that motorcyclists purchase optional PIP coverage. This kind of insurance covers medical expenses resulting from a deer accident. Insurance companies are mandated by Michigan No-Fault law to offer this coverage to motorcyclists in case of injury accidents that do not involve another motor vehicle, such as motorcycle deer accidents.
While drivers of any kind of vehicle should use common sense and follow basic safety guidelines, there are certain deer safety tips that apply uniquely to motorcyclists.
“Even the most careful rider can be involved in a deer accident because the animals are so unpredictable,” said Mark Bernstein of The Sam Bernstein Law Firm. “We understand bikers and we understand the intricacies of motorcycle law.”
Motorcycle law can be complicated, but finding the right motorcycle accident attorney is simple. Our experienced team of experienced lawyers will fight to obtain the compensation you and your family deserve.
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