The law firm of Buckfire & Buckfire, P.C. recently filed a motorcycle accident lawsuit that arises out of a rear-end collision in Oakland County. The crash occurred on Baldwin Road in Lake Orion Township near Walden. Our client was lawfully stopped with his turn signal on waiting for traffic to clear so he could turn into his son’s driveway, when a pickup truck rear-ended him at a high rate of speed.
Due to the impact of the crash, the motorcyclist suffered severe injuries, which included a laceration on the back of his head requiring staples and stitches, a laceration inside his bottom lip and chin requiring stitches, fractured right scapula, torn rotator cuff requiring surgery, puncture/partially collapsed left lung, multiple rib fractures, and a right chipped ankle bone.
The Defendant driver had a car insurance policy at the time of the accident. However, it does not appear the liability coverage is in an amount which would fully compensate our client for his injuries. Fortunately, our client had purchased underinsured motorist coverage from his own motorcycle insurance company. This provides him with coverage in the event that he were injured in an auto accident by a driver whose insurance coverage is insufficient to fully compensate for his injuries. The lawsuit seeks payment of those benefits from the insurance company.
Also, as a result of the accident, our client incurred medical expenses, medical mileage, wage loss from his job, attendant care and replacement services. Under Michigan’s No-Fault Law, the insurer of the owner of the involved motor vehicle is required to pay these types of benefits as are reasonable and necessary as a result of injuries sustained in the accident. In this case, the insurance company has neglected to make such payments. Thus, we filed a second claim against the insurance company to seek payment of these Michigan No-Fault benefits.
The lawsuits were filed in the Oakland County Circuit Court in Pontiac, Michigan seeking damages for personal injury damages and unpaid no-fault benefits incurred after the motorcycle accident. No trial date has been set by the Court.