Our Michigan pedestrian accident lawyers represent clients who suffer serious injuries while walking on public streets and roads. Many times, the accident occurs while the person is pedestrian in a public crosswalk at a major intersection. The negligent driver causes the accident because they are distracted or simply not paying attention to the pedestrian in the crosswalk.
Michigan Pedestrian Crosswalk Laws
A pedestrian injury by a car in a crosswalk in Michigan has several legal remedies after the accident. There is a specific state statute that addresses the legal rights of pedestrians.
(d) If the signal exhibits a steady green arrow indication, vehicular traffic facing the green arrow signal, shown alone or in combination with another indication, may cautiously enter the intersection only to make the movement indicated by the arrow or other movement permitted by other indications shown at the same time. The vehicular traffic shall yield the right-of-way to pedestrians and bicyclists lawfully within an adjacent crosswalk and to other traffic lawfully using the intersection.
The case law in Michigan also supports the rights of individuals walking in a crosswalk and addresses the legal duties of motorists to pedestrians. "Motorists must anticipate the presence of pedestrians at street crossings and must so drive, when they cannot see whether crossing is clear, they must have their cars under such control that they can meet conditions which may reasonably be expected." Guina v. Harrod, 275 Mich. 393 (Mich. 1936)
Common Pedestrian Crosswalk Injuries
The injuries suffered in a pedestrian crosswalk accident are usually very serious and require extensive medical treatment and hospitalization. Common injuries include:
- Fractured and broken bones
- Knee and shoulder injuries
- Back and neck injuries, including spinal cord injuries
- Traumatic brain injuries (TBI) and closed head injuries
Do Injured Pedestriants Get No-Fault Insurance Benefits?
Yes, if you were a pedestrian hit by a car or other motor vehicle in Michigan, you are automatically entitled to Michigan No-Fault insurance benefits. Every injured pedestrian can get these benefits even if they did not own a vehicle or have a No-Fault Insurance policy, even if you were the victim of a hit and run accident and the driver was never located or identified.
If the injured pedestrian had an auto insurance policy, the claim would be made against that policy or against the auto insurer of a resident relative. If there was no auto insurance for the pedestrian or a member of the household, the claim is made against the Michigan Assigned Claims Plan.
Thes no-fault benefits pay your lost wages, medical expenses, prescription expenses, and hospitalization costs. These are lifetime benefits regardless of the amount of the expense, as long as the charges are necessary and reasonable.
Other benefits include payment for household services, attendant care services, medical mileage, and transportation to and from medical appointments. In cases involving more serious injuries, the insurance company is required to pay to modify a home and vehicle to accommodate the special needs of the accident victim.
Types of Other Compensation for Pedestrian Injury Cases
In addition to receiving your lost wages and medical expenses through no-fault insurance benefits, you can make a claim for compensation against the negligent driver and owner of the automobile. Under Michigan law, the victim of a pedestrian car accident is entitled to compensation for several types of damages, including:
- Pain & Suffering (at the time of the accident, during recovery, and going into the future)
- Fright & Shock
- Psychological Injuries (like PTSD & depression)
- Scars & Permanent Disfigurements
- Disability from Work & Activities
- Loss of Income & Wages (past, present, & future)
- Bystander Claims (witnessing a family member injured in an accident)
- Death (filing a Wrongful Death Lawsuit)
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Contact Our Michigan Pedestrian Crosswalk Accident Lawyers
If you or a loved one have been injured while walking in a public crosswalk, you may be eligible to receive compensation for your pain and suffering. Call our expert pedestrian accident lawyers today at (800) 606-1717 and an attorney will be available to speak with you about your case.
We do not charge any legal fees at all to get started. In fact, you will only be responsible for payment if we are able to recover a settlement for you. If we are unsuccessful for any reason, you will owe us nothing. There is nothing to lose, so call us today and get started!