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Motorcycle Accidents


There’s no getting around it – the person who will likely sustain the most injury in an accident involving a motorcycle and another vehicle is the motorcycle driver. Though the other driver may be at fault, the motorcyclist is far likelier to experience disabling injuries that can affect him or her for a lifetime. Recovering compensation for the accident is complicated by the fact that a motorcycle is not considered a motor vehicle under Michigan’s No-Fault insurance laws.

Michigan Motorcycle Helmet Laws and Requirements

Our motorcycle injury attorneys want to remind you of the current Michigan helmet laws.

Michigan law currently allows motorcycle operators to drive without a helmet, if they:

  • Are at least 21 years old.
  • Have at least $20,000 in first-party medical benefits.
  • Have held a motorcycle endorsement for at least two
    years, or have passed an approved motorcycle safety course.

The law also allows for motorcycle passengers to ride without a helmet, if they:

  • Are at least 21 years old.
  • Have at least $20,000 in first-party medical benefits insurance in addition to the insurance that is required of the motorcycle operator.

A person younger than 21 years old still must wear a helmet approved by the U.S. Department of Transportation when operating or riding on a motorcycle. An individual younger than 19 years old must wear a helmet if operating a moped on a public roadway.

When we accept your motorcycle accident case, we will usually enact a contingent fee arrangement—meaning we will not get paid until you do. We believe in every case we accept, and we put everything we have towards fighting for you.


If you or a loved one has been injured in a motorcycle accident, it is imperative that you engage a motorcycle accident lawyer that is well versed in the laws that cover Michigan motorcycle accident claims. The motorcycle accident attorneys at Smith Haughey have vigorously protected the rights of motorcyclists across Michigan, helping accident victims recover full and fair compensation for their injuries. We will keep you informed and involved every step of the way as we pursue a successful motorcycle accident lawsuit settlement on your behalf. You want a motorcycle injury lawyer who understands the physical, financial, and emotional strain of your accident and legal claim. We do – and we do everything possible to help ease your burden.

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