At Buckfire & Buckfire, P.C., our attorneys handle personal injury claims stemming from moped accidents and crashes. These vehicles give little protection to riders, meaning a wreck can lead to devastating injuries.
If you have been injured in a crash, call a Michigan moped accidents lawyer today for help. Our legal team could review the facts of your case, explain your rights, and work to determine liability for a claim.
Unfortunately, some accidents are fatal. Under these circumstances, a wrongful death lawsuit can be filed by a loved one.
Causes of Moped Crashes in Michigan
Moped accidents are often common to other motor vehicle wrecks. However, severe injuries are far more likely. This is because of the lack of safety features given to moped users.
The reasons behind these crashes include:
- Distracted drivers—texting, talking, eating, or similar activities
- Drivers impaired by alcohol or drugs
- Drivers who turn in front of mopeds by misjudging speed or distance, or failing to see them in blind spots
- Drivers who rear-end mopeds by failing to maintain a safe driving distance
- Drivers who neglect to yield to a motorist with the right of way
When drivers cause a crash under these or other circumstances, a moped driver has legal rights. A Michigan lawyer experienced in handling moped crash claims can help to determine negligence under these circumstances.
Other times, a faulty break or other flaw in the manufacturing or assembling of a moped is to blame. Here, an injured driver can pursue the manufacturer for liability.
If a road hazard caused a wreck, injured parties also might have a valid personal injury claim against the government entity responsible for maintaining the road. However, it is important to note that the deadline for pursuing these claims is shorter.
Common Injuries from Wrecks
Mopeds do not have safety features like seatbelts and airbags to protect riders. As a result, a crash inevitably results in moped riders being ejected, often into the roadway or into the path of an oncoming vehicle.
The injuries sustained by moped operators are often catastrophic. These may include broken bones, traumatic brain injuries, spinal cord injuries, and paralysis. This is why calculating damages for a claim is so important.
With the help of an experienced Michigan lawyer, an injured moped rider can recover the maximum possible compensation under the law.
What Damages Can be Recovered?
Some of the potential damages available in a claim include medical expenses, rehabilitation care, surgical costs, and lost income related to injuries. Other damages include:
- Pain and suffering from the time of accident into the future
- Emotional trauma and psychological harm, like PTSD
- Loss of income and future earning capacity
- Compensation for scars and disfigurements
- Payment of past and future medical expenses related to the injuries
As a lawyer in Michigan may advise, these are only a small sample of the types of damages that are potentially recoverable in a moped accident claim. For more information about the types of available recovery, injured victims should consult a legal professional.
Consult a Michigan Moped Accidents Attorney for Help
Sometimes, law enforcement assumes a moped rider is to blame for a crash. This is especially true for teenagers and young adult drivers. However, our legal team will get the evidence necessary to prove that another person caused the accident.
A Michigan moped accidents lawyer is here to help. Our dedicated attorneys at Buckfire & Buckfire, P.C. are ready to begin working on your claim. Contact us today to schedule a consultation. We do charge any fee unless we settle for you.
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