Our Michigan bicycle accident lawyers represent clients who suffer serious injuries while riding their bicycles on public streets and roads. Many times, the accident occurs while the person is riding their bike or walking their bike in a public crosswalk at a major intersection. The negligent driver causes the accident because they are distracted or simply not paying attention to the person on the bicycle in the crosswalk.
Michigan Bicycle Accident Laws
A person on a bicycle hit by a car in a crosswalk in Michigan has several legal remedies after the accident. Under Michigan law, the bicyclist is afforded the same rights as a pedestrian when walking in a crosswalk. The law in Michigan is clear on this issue. In fact, there is a state statute that states:
- An individual lawfully operating a bicycle upon a sidewalk or a pedestrian crosswalk has all of the rights and responsibilities applicable to a pedestrian using that sidewalk or crosswalk.
The case law in Michigan also supports the rights of individuals walking in a crosswalk and addresses the legal duties of motorists to pedestrians.
“Motorists must anticipate the presence of pedestrians at street crossings and must so drive, when they cannot see whether crossing is clear, they must have their cars under such control that they can meet conditions which may reasonably be expected." Guina v. Harrod, 275 Mich. 393 (Mich. 1936)
Legal Rights of Injured Bicyclists In Michigan
A bicyclist injured when hit by a car in a crosswalk in Michigan does have legal rights. First, the injured bicyclist can file a personal injury claim against the at-fault driver. This includes claims for damages such as for pain and suffering, disability, and scarring or permanent disfigurement. Also, the injured bicyclist can file a claim for Michigan No-Fault Insurance Benefits. These include claims for payment of medical bills, lost wages, household services, and attendant care services. If the person injured in the accident was a pedestrian, the victim can obtain No-Fault Insurance benefits even he or she did not own a vehicle or have an auto insurance policy.
To learn more about your legal rights after a Michigan bicycle accident, you should request our own book written by Michigan car accident lawyer Lawrence J. Buckfire, "The Ultimate Michigan Car Accident Handbook." It has been called the best book ever written for persons injured in Michigan car accidents. It answers all of your questions, in plain English, about your legal rights against negligent drivers as well as your available benefits under the Michigan No-Fault Law. We'll send it to you for FREE!
Contact Our Michigan Bicycle Accident Lawyers
If you or a loved one has been injured while riding a bicycle in Michigan, it is important you contact an attorney as soon as possible. Call our expert legal team today at (800) 606-1717 and an attorney will be available to speak with you about your situation. If we believe you have a claim, we will start working on your case immediately. We represent all clients under our No Fee Promise, which means you will pay nothing unless we are able to recover a settlement for you. There is literally nothing to lose, so call our award winning bicycle accident lawyers today!