Our bicycle accident attorney recently filed a personal injury lawsuit on behalf of a bicyclist who was struck on his bike as he lawfully rode through a crosswalk on a green light. The defendant driver negligently struck the bicyclist in the crosswalk. The biker suffered serious injuries, including orthopedic fractures that required multiple surgeries and a lengthy hospitalization.
Statistics show that one bicyclist is injured every 5 hours and 34 minutes. Catastrophic injuries are in fact frequent outcomes of bicycle-car accidents. Wearing a helmet while riding a bike may not prevent injury, but may prevent the injury from being catastrophic. In fact, according to safekids.org, in 2009, 91% of bicyclists killed in an accident were not wearing a bike helmet.
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.
The lawsuit seeks damages for the injuries suffered by the bicyclist, which include pain and suffering, disability, scars and disfigurement, and other damages. The medical expenses, lost wages, and other no-fault insurance benefits are being paid by insurance company of the negligent driver because the bicyclist did not own a vehicle or have a no-fault insurance policy of his own. The lawsuit was filed in the Wayne County Circuit Court in Detroit, Michigan. No trial date has been set by the court.