While we are taught to share the road and that pedestrians have the right of way, it is not something that can be taken for granted. Every year, hundreds of pedestrians are injured and killed in a Michigan car accident. In fact, pedestrian deaths are second only to occupant deaths in motor vehicle accidents.
At Goodman Acker P.C., our Detroit pedestrian accident lawyers are well-versed in handling no-fault insurance claims on behalf of pedestrians and have over 150 years of experience in representing auto injury victims. Our lawyers have dedicated their careers to helping victims recover compensation for their injuries after a Detroit car accident.
If you or your loved one was injured in a pedestrian accident in Detroit, you may be eligible for compensation for your injuries. Being involved in a pedestrian accident can result in some of the most serious injuries, often altering a person’s life permanently. Ensure you get the fair justice you deserve by giving us a call today to discuss your legal rights. We will answer all of your questions, including who is responsible for your medical bills and who the lawsuit should be filed against.
Any accident involving a motor vehicle and a pedestrian is considered a pedestrian accident. Pedestrians are more vulnerable to serious injury or death when it comes to an accident with an automobile. The potential degree of damage makes pedestrian accidents particularly devastating, often resulting in life-changing injuries. These injuries are also often accompanied by high medical bills and lost wages, as well as pain and suffering. Hiring a pedestrian accident lawyer from Goodman Acker helps protect your rights and get you the settlement you deserve.
The most common causes of pedestrian accidents include:
As with any accident, there are steps that you should follow to keep you and the others involved safe, as well as ensure that any future legal claim is covered. These steps include:
Yes. Pedestrians can collect no-fault insurance benefits in Michigan if they’ve been involved in a pedestrian accident. The no-fault insurance benefits would be paid by your own auto insurance policy or that of a family member. If you don’t have access to either of these insurance options, then you can apply through the Michigan Assigned Claims Plan for benefits.
Michigan is a no-fault state. This means that pedestrians injured in an accident involving a motor vehicle, even a hit-and-run accident, may be able to collect no-fault insurance benefits. No-fault insurance benefits can include payment of medical bill expenses, lost wages, attendant care services (nursing services), and more.
It is important that the Detroit pedestrian accident attorney you choose to represent you in your Michigan pedestrian accident lawsuit has a complete understanding and thorough knowledge of Michigan’s no-fault laws. Without that knowledge, you may only be able to collect compensation for your pain and suffering and not obtain the no-fault insurance benefits you are also entitled to from the insurance company.
The liability of the pedestrian isn’t considered when collecting no-fault insurance benefits. Still, the portion of fault may affect your ability to collect anything for pain and suffering in a personal injury lawsuit. Under Michigan law, pedestrians can file a personal injury lawsuit if their injuries are a ‘serious impairment of bodily function.’ The impairment must be seen by someone other than just the victim and affect a body function that interferes with leading a normal life. It does not need to be permanent.
Michigan’s comparative fault rule will determine the amount of compensation you’re entitled to based on your percentage of fault. Comparative fault reduces the total award by the percentage of fault you’re allocated for the accident. If you’re found to be 50% or more at fault, you can lose the right to any amount of compensation. Anytime fault is challenged, it would be to your benefit to hire a pedestrian accident attorney to ensure that you’re treated fairly. Contact the knowledgeable team at Goodman Acker for a free consultation. We have the experience and know-how to get you what you deserve.
Some of the most common injuries resulting from a pedestrian accident include:
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Because Michigan has a strict statute of limitations for filing this type of claim, it is important that you do not wait to consult with our skilled legal team. Waiting too long to file a lawsuit could mean that your case could be barred forever and you will not be able to collect compensation for your injuries.
Our attorneys will handle your case from the initial investigation, gathering all evidence including contact information of witnesses and insurance information of the driver involved. We will represent you on a contingency fee basis, which means there are no legal fees to you whatsoever unless you receive a settlement or recovery.
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