Navigate Michigan Personal Injury Law After A Car Accident
Accidents happen, and the results of an auto accident can have devastating effects. It is for this reason that Michigan has implemented the no-fault insurance system in order to ensure that those in an accident are able to get the services they need to get them back to their pre-accident lives. The term “no-fault” can often be misleading and confusing. It is important to choose an attorney who can guide you through this process, explain to you all the outlets at your disposal and get you the results you deserve.
Understanding Michigan’s No-Fault System
Michigan’s no-fault system provides certain benefits for those injured in auto accidents, regardless of any “fault.” Specifically, this law is written to ensure that anyone injured in a traffic-related incident can claim compensation for the costs incurred by their injury, including medical treatment, lost wages and similar expenses.
These benefits include but are not limited to:
- Lifetime medical benefits for injuries resulting from the accident
- Lost wages
- Attendant care and replacement services
- Transportation and medical mileage
- Survivor benefits
There are other benefits that may apply in certain situations, but these benefits are meant to get an injured person back into the position they were in before the accident. There are also many nuances to each of these benefits, through which our skilled attorneys would be happy to walk you.
Michigan’s no-fault law requires that the owner of a vehicle maintain no-fault insurance. However, if you are injured on a bicycle or motorcycle, as a pedestrian or a passenger in a vehicle, or otherwise would not normally carry no-fault insurance, you may still be entitled to no-fault benefits if your accident involved a car.
How To File A Bodily Injury Claim
As the name implies, the benefits enumerated by the Michigan no-fault statute are available regardless of any fault being assessed in an accident. In addition, a bodily injury or third-party claim can be brought in many situations when the other driver was partially or fully at fault for the accident and their actions have left you with a serious impairment of a bodily function, which has impacted your ability to lead your normal life. The attorneys at Biggs & Gunst P.C. Attorneys At Law will ensure that you are compensated for the pain and suffering you have endured.
Commercial Trucking Accidents Require A Different Legal Strategy
Commercial truck accidents can often prove even more devastating to motorists than a normal motor vehicle accident. In 2016, there were over 13,000 commercial vehicles involved in accidents. Of these 13,215 accidents, 2,326 involved injuries and 117 of them were fatal. In addition to the rights that Michigan affords those who are injured in auto accidents, there are additional federal regulations that govern commercial trucks. The complexity of such cases makes it even more crucial to hire an experienced trucking attorney to guide you through the process. Our attorneys have represented commercial trucking cases as both plaintiffs and defendants, which gives them a comprehensive look at the approach the other side will take and offers you the complete representation you deserve.
Get Legal Help After A Motorcycle Accident
Nearly 270,000 motorcycles were registered in Michigan as of 2013, the ninth most of any state in the country. While the winding scenic roads of Michigan offer breathtaking riding, they also lead to blind corners, limited visibility and interactions between motorcycles and other vehicles, often with devastating results for motorcyclists. Motorcyclists are distinct from other motor vehicles in that they are not required to carry no-fault insurance as car owners are, but no-fault benefits are applicable when the incident that occurred was between a motorcycle and a car or a truck. Thus, a motorcyclist may not be entitled to no-fault benefits following a collision with a deer or another motorcycle but is entitled to these benefits following a collision with a passenger car.
Brandon Biggs purchased his first motorcycle at 18 and has been riding ever since. Accordingly, protecting the rights of injured bikers has held a special place in his heart, and he has proudly represented many bikers. Contact us online today to discuss your rights if you have been injured in a motorcycle accident.
Representation For Pedestrians And Passengers
Car accidents are not limited to other motor vehicles. If you have been injured as a result of a motor vehicle, whether you were a passenger in a vehicle or if you were struck while a pedestrian, your case may require additional expertise from an attorney, as disputes regarding the applicable insurance claims are common. The lawyers at Biggs & Gunst P.C. Attorneys At Law will fight to ensure that you receive the representation you deserve and will pursue every possible avenue to get you results.
Experience In Cases Involving Municipal Vehicles
Vehicles such as city buses are involved in far more accidents than the public often realizes, and because these passengers are often unrestrained, the possibility for injury is great. While passengers of these vehicles are afforded many of the rights belonging to passengers of other vehicles, most municipalities have laws that restrict how and when a claim may be brought. Often this substantially truncates an injured party’s timetable for bringing a claim. If you have been injured while you were a passenger on a bus or other municipal vehicle, contact us immediately, as your time to bring a claim may be running out.
Get Started By Scheduling A Free Consultation
The attorneys at Biggs & Gunst P.C. Attorneys At Law have represented hundreds of auto accident claims with great success for their clients. To learn more about how we can help in your case, call 734-263-2320 or email our office. We’ll discuss your claim and tailor a solution specifically for you.