Our Michigan bicycle accident lawyers have successfully represent injured bicyclists involved in car, motorcycle, or truck accidents for over 40 years. As a resource to Michigan bicyclists, we have provided some tips to help further your knowledge on what to avoid, what to be aware of, and what the most common collisions are with bikes so that you too may not become a victim of a bicycle accident.
Most Common Types of Car Accidents Involving A Bicyclist
Most bicyclist accidents include a collision between a motor vehicle and a bike. According to an article in the American Association for Justice, the most common scenarios of bicycle collisions with a motor vehicle include:
- Driver of vehicle made a right turn across the bicyclist’s lane of travel
- Driver of vehicle turned left at an uncontrollable or nondedicated left-turn intersection
- The bicyclist or motorist failed to stop at a red light or stop sign
- A vehicle or bicyclist passed on the right
- The vehicle driver or passenger opens a door into the bicyclist’s path
Bicycle Accident & Injury Statistics
Bicyclists make up roughly 2 percent of all victims in traffic crashes annually. Statistics show that roughly 70 percent of fatalities on bikes happened in large cities. Bicyclist accidents are shown to happen most often between the hours of 5PM and 9PM and 12 percent of bicyclists injured were between the ages of 5 and 15 years old.
In 2013, there were 743 bicyclists killed in traffic accidents out of an estimated 48,000 total bicyclist accidents in the United States. Although the number of bicyclist fatalities in the United States has decreased substantially since the mid 1990s, bicycle accidents are still a serious issue, as they can cause serious injuries to the victim. When a bicyclist is killed in an accident involving a motor vehicle, it can give rise to a wrongful death lawsuit.
Claims For An Injured Bicyclist Hit By Car In Michigan
Bicyclists injured in a Michigan car accident often can file a claim for Michigan no-fault insurance benefits. This will cover your damages for lost wages, medical expenses and household chores. Even if the other driver did not have insurance, but you owned your own automobile which had car insurance, or you were living with a relative that had car insurance, you are able to make a claim for no-fault benefits through your automobile insurance company or your relative's automobile insurance company. Even if you did not have automobile insurance or you were not living with a relative who did not have automobile insurance, you are able to make a claim for no-fault benefits through the Michigan Assigned Claims Facility.
Depending on if the bicyclist had their own automobile insurance as well, which had uninsured motorist coverage, or lived with a relative who had uninsured motorist coverage, you may be able to make claim against the insurance company for uninsured motorist coverage. This will cover all your non-economic damages for pain and suffering and disfigurement. If the bicyclist was killed due to the car accident, the family of the deceased victim may also have means for a Michigan wrongful death lawsuit.
Contact a Michigan Bicycle Accident Lawyer
For more information regarding your rights as an injured bicyclist after a Michigan car accident, call our office now at (800) 606-1717 to speak with one of our top bicycle accident lawyers. We will represent you in our Michigan car accident case, under our No Fee Promise, meaning you do not pay any legal fees unless we obtain a settlement or recovery for you.