Our Detroit car pedestrian accident lawyers recently filed a first party Michigan No-Fault lawsuit for a client in the 36th District Court against State Farm. The case arises out of a pedestrian versus motor vehicle accident that occurred in the city of Detroit. The client was a pedestrian that was hit and killed by a negligent driver. The lawsuit was filed on behalf of the family members of the pedestrian.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), pedestrian fatalities declined between 1997 and 2006. In 2008, 4,378 pedestrians were killed and 69,000 were injured in the United States. As a result, the number of pedestrian deaths averaged one every 2 hours, while a pedestrian injury occurred every 8 minutes.
The lawsuit filed was for “Survivor’s Loss Benefits” under the Michigan No-Fault act. The benefits under this provision of the no-fault insurance act are to the surviving dependents of the person killed. The lawsuit is being filed for the replacement services and the dispute with the insurance carrier is whether or not the parents and sister of the person killed qualify as dependents under the Michigan No-Fault Act. A section of the No-Fault act specifically states that “in all other cases, questions of dependency and the extent of dependency shall be determined in accordance with the facts as they exist at the time of death.” Here, the pedestrian killed in the accident provided daily child care for her sister, so their parents could work. Buckfire & Buckfire have filed a lawsuit maintaining that the younger sister was dependent on her older sister that was killed and both parents were as they could not afford child care and they needed to work.
If your loved one was killed after being hit by car in a pedestrian accident, call our office now at (800) 606-1717 to speak with one of our experienced Michigan pedestrian accident lawyers. Our expert legal team has significant experience in these types of cases and have a track record of obtaining justice and sizeable settlements for families who have lost a loved in fatal pedestrian-car accident. Call today at (800) 606-1717 to speak with the Buckfire & Buckfire, P.C. pedestrian accident attorneys. We will start working on your case immediately gathering all the evidence and witness statements to win and settle your case.