Your Rights as an Injured Bicyclist in Michigan
As a Michigan bicyclist, you can recover from an accident involving a motor
vehicle in two ways. You may be able to make a no-fault insurance (economic)
claim and a pain and suffering (non-economic) claim. A no-fault insurance
claim is filed so you may receive economic compensation for your injuries.
Economic compensation includes:
- Lost wages from time off of work
- Reimbursement of medical bills and medical mileage
- Attendant (in-home nursing) care
There is an order of priority in which an injured victim is to file their
claim. This order of priority can be confusing and complex, so it is important
that you speak to an attorney to discuss your case before speaking to
the insurance adjuster.
As an injured bicyclist, you may also be able to make a claim for your
pain and suffering damages against the driver who hit you or caused your
injury. This type of claim is typically filed against the at-fault party
insurance company. You can collect compensation for the physical and mental
injuries suffered as a result of your Michigan bicycle-car accident.
How Michigan Bike Accidents Happen
According to a research report conducted by Michigan’s Department
of Transportation, Michigan is ranked #19 nationally when it comes to
fatalities from bicycle accidents.
A motorist pulls out from stop sign or stoplight.
The motorist may either come to a complete stop or a slow roll or then
pull into the path of an oncoming bicyclist.
Motorist hits a cyclist while passing too closely.
A motorist traveling in the same direction as a bicyclist either does
not see the cyclist because of driver distraction or attempts a pass when
there is not room for two vehicles in the lane. The cyclist may be struck
from behind or sideswiped.
Left hook - the motorist makes a left turn in front of the bicyclist.
These serious collisions involve a motorist making a left turn at an intersection
or into a driveway in front of a bicyclist who is traveling in the opposite
direction. The cyclist may be hit by the side or front of the vehicle
in a near head-on angle.
A motorist drives out from a driveway or alley.
When motorists drive out from driveways or alleys, they may not look for
bicyclists, or they may decide not to yield the right-of-way.
The motorist turns into a cyclist going in the same direction. This accident
occurs when the motorist turns right into an intersection or a driveway,
hitting a bicyclist traveling in the same direction by cutting him or her off.
A bicyclist is hit in a non-roadway accident.
Accidents in places such as parking lots, school grounds, private roads,
public driveways, and other off-road locations are a common occurrence.
Our Detroit Bicycle Accident Lawyers Can Help You Seek Compensation
It is important that you choose an attorney that has significant experience
representing persons injured in bicycle-car accidents. You want a lawyer
with a complete and full understanding of Michigan no-fault laws in order
to receive the maximum compensation possible for your injuries. With
more than 75 years in experience, our firm can help you understand your legal rights and help you proceed
with the legal process in order to get the justice and compensation you
deserve. You don’t pay legal fees unless you receive a settlement
or recovery. Waiting too long to talk to a lawyer can mean the difference
between receiving sufficient compensation and not being able to collect
on your claim.
Please call our office without delay.