Three photos of Marc VanOtteren, a tall young man with sandy blond hair, wearing a cycling jersey, in casual clothes, and riding a road bike with friends.

In Memory: Marc Van Otteren

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On Sunday, April 5, Marc Van Otteren was tragically killed in a crash while bicycling in Kent County. We don’t yet know the full details, but have heard that he was riding safely on the shoulder when he was struck from behind and killed by the driver of a pickup. Marc was a tremendously friendly and...

Governmental Liability For Failing to Maintain Bike Path

November 15, 2015

We were recently asked what legal recourse a cyclist might have if he was injured while cycling on a bike path or trail maintained by a governmental unit such as a township. Unfortunately, there is not a clear cut answer to this question, because this area of law is extremely complex and unsettled. Generally, a...

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The No-Fault Law And Recent Legal Decisions

November 15, 2015

The following are recent cases where an injured person sued a negligent motor-vehicle operator who caused the accident and subsequent injury. Bicyclists and motor-vehicle drivers are subject to exactly the same No-Fault Law analysis. Remember: only injuries that meet a certain threshold are eligible for compensation for pain and suffering (“non-economic injuries”). According to the...

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Michigan Laws Pertaining to Bicyclists

December 16, 2011

The following is a summary of the Michigan Compiled Law (MCL), Motor Vehicle Code (MVC) and Administrative Rules pertaining to bicyclists. Local ordinances may not supersede the MVC, MCL or Administrative Rules unless explicitly specified in statute. For more details concerning the following laws and penalties, please review the complete MVC at the Michigan State...

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