Our Michigan pedestrian accident lawyers can help you if you or someone you care about was hit by a car or struck by some other motor vehicle. We represent pedestrians injured in motor vehicle accidents on streets, highways, roadways, sidewalks, parking lots and in crosswalks. Injured pedestrians can file lawsuits for compensation for the injuries suffered in the accident. These claims often result in large settlements.
In cases involving a pedestrian death, our attorneys will file a wrongful death lawsuit for the surviving family members. Compensation in a fatal pedestrian accident case is for the pain and suffering prior to the death and the loss of companionship of the loved one. If the decedent provided economic support to family members, a claim for those financial losses is also sought.
Michigan Pedestrian Accident Statistics
There were 2,406 Michigan auto crashes involving pedestrians in 2014. These resulted in 1,962 injuries and 101 pedestrians killed in these accidents. The most common pedestrian accident before a crash was not crossing at an intersection and this resulted in the highest number of fatalities. The highest percentage of accidents occurred between 6:00 - 7:00 p.m.
How We Prove the Driver Was at Fault for Your Pedestrian Accident
Negligent drivers almost always try to blame the pedestrian for being at fault in the accident, despite the fact that pedestrians usually have the right of way. Investigating police officers do not always do thorough investigations and wrongfully place fault on the pedestrian. Our legal team will do everything possible to prove that the driver that struck the pedestrian was negligent and caused the crash. In most cases, we:
- Get all police accident reports
- Subpoena videos of the accident from the police car
- Subpoena any traffic light video cameras
- Subpoena surveillance video from buildings in the area to see if they captured the accident on video
- Subpoena the 911 call made after the accident
- Interview all eyewitnesses with our own special investigators
- Take measurements of the roadway and area of the accident
- Get cell phone records to determine if the driver was talking or texting at the time of the crash
- Hire nationally respected bicycle accident reconstruction expert witnesses to analyze the accident
- Have a 3d animation created to demonstrate how the accident occurred to the judge and jury
Questions After A Michigan Pedestrian Accident
Our award-winning pedestrian accident attorneys are available right now to provide free legal advice and answer all of your questions and concerns including:
- Do I get Michigan no-fault benefits if I did not have car insurance?
- Who is responsible for paying my medical bills and expenses?
- Can I get paid my lost wages for time missed from work?
- How much of a settlement can I receive for my pedestrian accident?
- Do I have a pedestrian accident claim if I was hit by an uninsured driver?
- Can I file a lawsuit if it was a hit and run pedestrian accident?
- Can I sue if I was walking outside of a crosswalk or in the middle of the street and was struck by a car
Do I Get No-Fault Insurance Benefits For a Michigan Pedestrian Accident?
Michigan No-Fault insurance benefits are automatically available to every pedestrian injured by a motor vehicle. Every injured pedestrian can get these benefits even if they did not own a vehicle or have a No-Fault Insurance policy.
No-fault benefits include payment of 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 insurance benefits include payment of lost wages, 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.
Can a Pedestrian Injured in a Hit & Run Accident Receive No-Fault Benefits?
Yes, pedestrians hurt in a hit and run accident are entitled to receive no fault benefits. 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.
How Do I Apply for No-Fault Insurance Benefits?
The first step is to determine which auto insurance company is legally responsible for paying no-fault benefits. There are numerous factors that go into this and our experienced attorneys will make this determination for you.
Once the insurance company is identified, we will file your Application for No-Fault Benefits with the company. We will then assist you in filing all of the necessary claim forms to the adjuster and monitor the claim to guarantee that all benefits are paid.
Types of Compensation for Pedestrian Accidents
In addition to receiving no-fault insurance benefits, an injured pedestrian can make a claim for compensation against the negligent driver and owner of the automobile. Michigan law on damages provides for numerous types of compensation for the victim of a pedestrian car accident, 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)
What Are The Damages in a Fatal Pedestrian Accident Lawsuit?
In a case involving the death of the pedestrian, the surviving family members can file a wrongful death lawsuit. These cases seek damages for conscious pain and suffering of the bicyclist from the time of accident until death, the loss of society and companionship of surviving family members, loss of income and support, and other economic damages.
The lawsuit can be brought by a family member of the decedent and is filed on behalf of the entire family. The person bringing the suit is appointed as the Personal Representative of the estate for the purposes of filing the case, but all family members have rights in the suit. The parties need a judge to approve the settlement and the amount of the settlement shares for each family member. Family members who do not agree with the settlement or their shares of it can appear at the court hearing and object. The judge may then hold a hearing to determine the fair distribution of the shares to each person.
Examples of Our Michigan Pedestrian Accident Settlements
- $1,600,000 Settlement for a pedestrian who was killed by a vehicle in Oakland County
- $375,000 Settlement for a hit & run incident in Warren
- $315,000 Settlement for a Flint woman who was hit by a truck while walking
- $100,000 Settlement for a pedestrian hit by a drunk driver in Battle Creek
- $100,000 Settlement for a Saginaw man who was struck by a vehicle
More Settlements for Pedestrians Hit By Cars in Michigan
- $4,500,000 wrongful death settlement for the family of a young man was struck and killed by a septic truck driver driving in reverse in Oakland County. The driver and ran him over and caused fatal injuries..
- $3,825,000 pedestrian death settlement. The victim was killed after being hit by a truck while crossing an intersection.
- $1,250,00 settlement for a pedestrian critically injured after being struck by an SUV in Grand Rapids. The victim suffered a traumatic brain injury and other disabling injuries.
- $1,000,000 settlement against a trucking company for a pedestrian run over by a semi-truck in Marshall, Michigan. The pedestrain suffered a traumatic brain injury, multiple orthopedic injuries, ruptured spleen, and required a leg amputation.
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.
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Our legal team includes the most successful pedestrian accident attorneys in Michigan. Buckfire & Buckfire, P.C. and our lawyers have won the top awards in the legal profession, including:
- U.S. News & World Report Best Law Firms
- "Best Michigan Personal Injury Attorney" by American Lawyer Academy
- Named Top 100 Trial Lawyers in Michigan
- Honored as "Super Lawyers"
- Top Martindale-Hubbell Rating (AV) for Skill & Integrity
- Member of Million Dollar Advocates Forum
Our No-Fee Promise For Michigan Pedestrian Accident Cases
We will represent you in your pedestrian accident case under our NO FEE PROMISE. This means that you will not be charged any legal fees whatsoever unless we obtain a settlement or recovery for you. You have absolutely no obligation for legal fees unless we win your case. If we do not obtain a settlement for you, you owe us nothing!
Contact Our Michigan Pedestrian Accident Attorneys
Call (800) 606-1717 now to speak with our award-winning Michigan pedestrian accident lawyers about your case. We will explain your legal rights to you and help you file all of your claims with the proper insurance companies. It will cost you absolutely nothing to speak with an attorney about your situation so you have nothing to lose.