Mackinaw Island Bike Accident

Case Type: Bicycle Accident
Settlement: $290,000

Facts of the Case

Our client was from Iowa and was visiting Northern Michigan with her boyfriend. They took the ferry to Mackinaw Island to spend the day touring the island. After renting bicycles, they began riding around island when another cyclist recklessly crashed his bicycle into our client causing a violent collision.

Our client suffered significant trauma in the accident was flown by helicopter to a hospital in Petoskey where she was admitted to the emergency room. She saw an orthopedic surgeon and was immediately taken to the operating room to repair a severe fracture to her right arm.

Types of Injuries and Harm Suffered

  • Fractured right arm requiring surgery
  • Significant and permanent scarring and disfigurement of her arm
  • Disability
  • Pain and suffering
  • Loss of enjoyment of life
  • Disability from normal activities

Legal Issues in the Case

  • Was the other bicyclist negligent while riding his bike?
  • Was our client at all responsible for the crash?
  • How severe were the Plaintiff’s injuries?
  • Were the injuries suffered by the Plaintiff permanent?

What We Did To Win the Settlement

We took the depositions of the parties and of other eyewitnesses. From the sworn testimony of the witnesses, it was clear that the Defendant was negligent and the only cause of the accident. We took professional photographs to show the severity of the scars and established the nature of the injuries through the medical records. We were able to negotiate a settlement of $290,000 for our client, which was in addition to the payment of her medical expenses and lost wages.