Our Michigan pedestrian car accident lawyers represent pedestrians who are run over by cars in Michigan. These injury accidents occur on streets, in crosswalks, on sidewalks, in parking lots, and even in driveways. The accidents often involve children and the results can be catastrophic.
Common Reasons Pedestrians are Injured in Run Over Accidents
There are many reasons that these serious run over accidents occur, including:
- Divers backing up without looking behind them
- Drivers proceeding without caution when their vision is obstructed by another car, by trees or landscaping, or some other obstacle
- Distracted drivers simply not paying attention to pedestrians
- Night time visibility affecting the driver’s ability to see the pedestrian
- Right turn on red accidents where drivers are not looking for pedestrians
- Pedestrians crossing in areas not marked with crosswalks
Can I Get No-Fault Insurance Benefits if I was Run Over by a Car?
Yes. Michigan No-Fault insurance benefits are automatically available to every pedestrian run over by a motor vehicle in Michigan. You can receive these benefits even if you did not own an automobile or have your own auto insurance policy. If there was no auto insurance for the pedestrian or any member of the household, a claim is made against the Michigan Assigned Claims Plan. After the claim is filed with the Plan, it is assigned to an insurance company to pay benefits.
There are many types of No-fault benefits your can receive. These include payment of medical expenses, prescription expenses, and hospitalization costs. These are lifetime benefits regardless of the amount of the expense, as long as the charges are necessary and reasonable.
Other no-fault insurance benefits include payment of lost wages, household services, attendant care services, medical mileage, and transportation to and from medical appointments. In cases involving more serious injuries, the insurance company is required to pay to modify a home and vehicle to accommodate the special needs of the accident victim.
Can I Sue the Driver who Ran Me Over with a Car for Personal Injury Damages?
Yes, a pedestrian run over by a car can file a personal injury claim against the negligent driver. Again, this can depend on the factors involved in the accident settlements can include claims for your pain and suffering, disability, and scarring or permanent disfigurement. The liability insurance company for the negligent driver and owner of the vehicle will pay the settlement. If the driver was not insured at the time of the accident, you may still be able to file an uninsured motorists claim to receive a settlement.
Who can file a Pedestrian Accident Wrongful Death Lawsuit?
If a pedestrian is killed from being run over by a car, the surviving family members can file a wrongful death lawsuit. Wrongful death settlements include compensation paid for both non-economic and economic losses. Non-economic losses include the loss of emotional support, comfort, companionship, society, moral support, and consortium due to death of the loved one. Non-economic claims also include compensation for the decedent’s pain and suffering from the time of injury through the date of death.
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Contact Our Michigan Pedestrian Accident Lawyers
If you or a loved one was pedestrian run over by car, you may be entitled to compensation. Call our award winning lawyers today at (800) 606-1717 and an attorney will be available to speak with you about your situation. We will listen to your story and then explain how we can help you.
If you have a case, we will represent you under our No Fee Promise, which means you will not be responsible for any payment until we recover a settlement for you. There is nothing to lose, so call our expert pedestrian accident lawyers today and get started on your claim!