From the initial thump of a collision to the insurance bill the next month, car accidents are a serious headache that can do a lot more than just inconvenience a few drivers. People can suffer severe injury or even die in some accidents, and the risk is higher for unprotected drivers like motorcyclists and moped riders.
Winter in Michigan and much of the Midwest brings a lot of snow and ice to the roads. Now that the sun is out longer, and the roads are more welcoming, drivers can expect to see more motorcycles in the lanes with them as well as bicycles on the shoulders. Both sets of drivers must do their part to keep everyone safe.
A Grand Rapids resident was injured when a sedan struck her moped on Lake Michigan Drive in Allendale Township. The victim was driving west in the passing lane when the car, moving the same direction, hit the two-wheeler from the rear. The driver of the car, who was wearing a seat belt, was uninjured. The person on the moped was wearing a helmet and was in stable condition at a local hospital shortly afterward.
The Ottawa County Sheriff's Office is investigating the accident, which drew local firefighters and emergency medical personnel. Regardless of criminal charges related to an accident, the victim of injuries in a car crash has the right to seek financial damages if they are required for recovery.
An attorney can help begin an action seeking reimbursement of medical expenses and compensation for the consequences of an accident. Legal representation means no one injured on the road has to deal with the results alone.