Tragic Muskegon Motorcycle Accident Reported

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Recent news of a fatal motorcycle accident prompts The Motorcycle Lawyer Jason Waechter to discuss the No-Fault benefits available to families after such a tragic event.

Attorney Jason A. Waechter, The Motorcycle Lawyer- Owner & Senior Litigator of The Law Offices of Jason Waechter

This is the second most common type of accident that I see in my line of work. -Jason Waechter

On the afternoon of Thursday, June 20th a fatal motorcycle crash was reported in Michigan’s Muskegon County. A woman, who has now been identified as 58 year old Cathy Duryee was riding as a passenger on her husband, James’ motorcycle when a Jeep failed to yield and struck them. The report was released by MLive this morning, June 21st at 7:55am after the deceased's name was released to the public.

Unfortunately, Cathy died at the scene from her injuries while James was taken to a local hospital for treatment and later released. The police have stated that both Cathy and James were wearing helmets at the time of the crash. Certainly this will affect the statistics that politicians and motorcycle groups have been watching so closely since the change in Michigan’s mandatory helmet law.

Jason Waechter, The Motorcycle Lawyer, has helped many families who have encountered this unfortunate and grave situation. He states that, “This is the second most common type of accident that I see in my line of work.”

In light of these sad events, Waechter would like to provide some information that may be helpful to family members dealing with situations like this. Many families are unaware of the types of benefits that are available through No-Fault Insurance for someone that dies in a motorcycle accident. Jason states, “Typically in Michigan, most motorcycle insurance policies have funeral benefits of up to $1750. However, anything above that can be claimed in the wrongful death case against the at-fault/negligent driver. If the decedent had dependents and was working, those dependents may receive up to 85% of her wage loss for three years. There is, however, a cap of about $5100 per month.”

There are many other circumstances, exclusions and benefits that apply to these situations so it is always best to consult with an attorney. For more information on Michigan’s No-Fault law visit Attorney Jason Waechter’s website at

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