Our hit and run lawyers at Buckfire & Buckfire, P.C. are reporting on a Royal Oak bicycle accident that has left a Detroit woman dead. The woman was riding her bicycle in the northbound lane of Woodward Avenue just south of Twelve Mile Road when she was struck and dragged a short distance before the motorist drove off. The bicyclist was taken to Beaumont Hospital, but unfortunately she was pronounced dead an hour later.
I am terribly sorry to hear about this hit and run accident. My sympathies are with the family of this woman.
According to statistics, in 2007, 4675 pedestrians were killed by a hit-and-run motor vehicle. In fact, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, one out of every 5 pedestrians killed on the roads die from hit-and-run. If you witness a hit-and-run, call 800-6-Hit-N-Run (800-644-8678). When calling the number you will be asked if you would like to receive a reward if there is an arrest and felony conviction. Rewards of up to $1,000 can be given out.
In an accident like this one, if the woman either had or lived with someone who had No Fault insurance, her family can make a claim for survivor loss benefits, which will pay a portion of the funeral expenses and other expenses. In addition, if the driver is ever identified, the family can bring a wrongful death action against him or her since he or she was at fault for the accident. However, even if the driver is never found, if this woman either had or lived with someone who had uninsured motorist insurance coverage, her family can bring an uninsured motorist claim against her own insurance company. At the very least, all the parties involved in the accident should contact the best Michigan car accident injury lawyers to find out their legal rights.
An uninsured motorist claim is lawsuit you file against your own insurance company to receive benefits. An victim can file this type of claim if they, or someone else in the same household, has uninsured motorists coverage on their own vehicle. This is protect them is such instances such as being injured in an auto accident by a driver who was not insured or a hit and run driver, such as this scenario. What most people do not realize is that hits coverage does not just apply to car accidents, but also bicycle accidents, and even pedestrians.
It is always wise to have an experienced Michigan car accident lawyer immediately to investigator your car accident claims, including the review of your insurance contract. Even if you were a victim of a hit and run accident, you still do have legal rights and you and/or surviving family members may be able to file a claim to receive compensation.
To learn what rights are available to you, call our law firm today at (800) 606-1717. We will answer any questions that you may have and explain your rights to you.