When a pedestrian is hit by a car, injuries to the pedestrian are often severe. Unlike people in a car, a pedestrian is not protected by the vehicle and its safety features.
If you were a pedestrian injured by a car or another vehicle, you may be entitled to benefits through Michigan’s No-Fault Personal Injury Protection (PIP). You may also be able to file a lawsuit to seek compensation from the driver who caused your injuries.
Unfortunately, recovering the benefits you are entitled to is not always as straightforward as it should be. The experienced pedestrian injury lawyers at Michigan Injury Attorneys can analyze your case, help you evaluate your options, and fight for the compensation you deserve.
When a pedestrian is hit by a car, injuries to the pedestrian are often severe and can include:
If you were injured as a pedestrian in Michigan, you may be able to recover No-Fault benefits to pay for your medical bills, lost wages, and other economic losses. You may also be able to sue the at-fault driver to recover compensation for your pain and suffering and other non-economic damages you suffered.
Legally, a pedestrian is anyone who was not in or on a motor vehicle at the time of an accident. This includes people who were walking, riding in a wheelchair, or even outside of a vehicle to change a tire.
When a pedestrian is hit by a car, the driver is legally required to stop at the scene of the accident and help the injured pedestrian obtain medical attention. The driver should also provide the injured pedestrian with their name, contact information, and insurance information.
If you were a pedestrian hit by a car, you should call the police and ask witnesses for their contact information. Then you should promptly seek medical attention and contact a Michigan pedestrian injury attorney as quickly as possible.
When you work with the pedestrian injury lawyers at Michigan Injury Attorneys, we will analyze your situation, gather evidence about the nature and extent of your injuries, and work to establish that the driver was at fault. We will negotiate with the at-fault party’s insurance company and work to obtain a favorable resolution to your case. But if a resolution is not forthcoming, we have the experience, resources, and experience to take your case to court to fight for the compensation you deserve.
Michigan Injury Attorneys handles most pedestrian injury claims on a contingency fee, which means you won’t pay us a fee until we recover money for you.
In Michigan, an injured pedestrian is entitled to No-Fault Personal Injury Protection (PIP) benefits. These benefits will pay for past and future medical bills, lost wages, household benefits, attendant care services, and other medically necessary care and treatment. If you, your spouse, or another relative who lives with you has PIP insurance, you can file a claim through your insurance carrier.
If you do not have No-Fault PIP insurance, you can file your claim with the owner of the motor vehicle involved in the accident.
To apply for Michigan No-Fault benefits, you must file an application within one year of the accident. If you do not apply for No-Fault benefits, you will not be able to sue for unpaid benefits.
You may be able to seek additional compensation from the at-fault driver if you can prove that the at-fault driver was negligent and your injuries caused you to suffer a “serious impairment of body function.”
Under Michigan law, a “serious impairment of body function” means a person’s injuries resulted in a serious impairment of an important bodily function that has affected their ability to lead a normal life. To recover financial compensation for your pain and suffering and other non-economic losses, you must be able to demonstrate that your injuries reached this threshold and resulted in a serious impairment of body function.
When a pedestrian is hit by a car, the results can be catastrophic. You should be able to focus on your recovery, not trying to understand Michingan’s complex no-fault insurance laws. To protect your rights and maximize your financial compensation, contact the pedestrian accident injury lawyer at Michigan Injury Attorneys today. We will analyze your case, help you evaluate your options, and fight for the compensation you deserve.
To learn more, contact us today to schedule a free, no-obligation consultation with an experienced Michigan pedestrian injury lawyer. We help our clients obtain the financial compensation they deserve by holding people accountable for the injuries they cause.