Our Michigan pedestrian accident attorneys represent families of individuals who were killed by a motor vehicle while walking across the street or in an intersection. These tragic fatal accidents are most often caused by the negligent driving of other motorists on the road. Many deaths could have been avoided if the motorist was driving in a safe manner.
Michigan Pedestrian Death Statistics
Pedestrian deaths in Michigan rose 40% in 2014 over 2013. There were 66 fatal pedestrian accidents in 2014 compared to the same period the year before. The City of Detroit has the highest pedestrian death rate in Michigan.
Causes of Fatal Pedestrian Accidents in Michigan
There are many reasons that pedestrians are killed in Michigan accidents, including:
- Distracted drivers who are texting or talking on cell phones; not paying attention to pedestrians on streets, shoulders, or roads
- Night time visibility affecting the drivers ability to see the pedestrian
- Drivers make a right turn on a red light when a pedestrian is crossing the street or in the crosswalk
- Pedestrians crossing in areas not marked with crosswalks but are still readily visible to motorists
- Drivers driving at excessive speeds and acting carelessly
- Intoxicated drivers: driving under the influence of alcohol or other drugs
No Fault Benefits in Michigan Pedestrian Death Cases
The surviving family members of a pedestrian killed in a car accident do have legal rights. First, the family can file a survivor’s loss claim against the no-fault insurance carrier. These include claims include payment for lost wages, loss of support, and medical expenses. Benefits also include payment for funeral and burial expenses. The family members can obtain No-Fault Insurance benefits even if the pedestrian did not own a vehicle or have an auto insurance policy.
Filing a Michigan Pedestrian Accident Wrongful Death Lawsuit
The family members of the accident can also a file a Michigan wrongful death lawsuit. This lawsuit seeks compensation for the pain and suffering endured by the victim from the time of accident until death. The lawsuit also seeks compensation for the loss of society and companionship suffered by the family members due to the loss of the loved one. Additional damages can be sought for loss of earnings, loss of support, and funeral and burial expenses.
Free Guide for Michigan Pedestrian Accident Victims
If you or someone you know was the victim of a pedestrian accident in Michigan, you can download our FREE guide, "The Ultimate Michigan Pedestrian Accident Guide" by Lawrence J. Buckfire. This guide helps you understand your legal rights if you were injured in a pedestrian accident, and will explain the secret deadlines that will destroy your case if you delay in hiring a lawyer. The guide sells for $14.95 on Amazon, but you can download it immediately for FREE.
Contact Our Michigan Pedestrian Wrongful Death Lawyers
To learn more about the legal rights of family members of a pedestrian killed in a Michigan bicycle car accident, you should call our award winning Michigan law firm immediately. It is important to get started as soon as possible so that we can obtain witness statements and gather evidence. We will investigate your case to prove that the driver was at fault in causing the fatal accident.
We will handle you case under our NO FEE PROMISE, which means there are absolutely no legal fees or costs until we win you a settlement. Call our Michigan pedestrian accident lawyers now at (800) 606-1717 or fill in the orange Get Help Now box on this page. We will receive it immediately and call you shortly after to discuss your situation. There is nothing to lose, so call our award winning law firm today!