When walkers, joggers, children, and other pedestrians get into accidents with automobiles, the results can be tragic. When a car hits a person, it often causes severe and fatal injury because pedestrians lack the protections of a vehicle cab, such as a steel frame and safety restraints.
If a car, truck, or motorcycle struck you or your loved one, you may face significant and ongoing medical expenses, and your injuries may interfere with your way of life. Getting the compensation you deserve can be difficult, and your focus should be on healing, not paperwork and insurance claims.
An Ann Arbor, MI, pedestrian accident lawyer with Christensen Law can assist you with recovering personal injury protection (PIP) benefits or pursuing a negligence-based claim against a liable driver. We will protect your rights and guide you through your personal injury case. We fight so you don’t have to. Contact us today or call 248-900-9000 to schedule a free consultation.
No-Fault Insurance Covers Pedestrian Accidents in Ann Arbor, Michigan
The good news for Ann Arbor pedestrians is that under Michigan’s no-fault law (Michigan Compiled Laws § 500.3114), auto insurance covers car accidents outside your vehicle. Therefore, if you or a family member in your household carries personal injury protection (PIP) insurance, the policy will cover pedestrian injuries caused by a motor vehicle, regardless of who is at fault.
In general, PIP insurance pays for:
- Medical expenses resulting from the crash
- A portion of your lost income for up to three years
- Attendant care
However, understand that even your own insurance provider will look out for the company’s bottom line before your best interests. Christensen Law is here to stand up for your rights and secure the compensation you need to care for yourself and your family now and in the future.
We will not accept lowball settlement offers or speedy case resolutions that do not do our clients justice. We will spare no resources when protecting your financial stability. To that end, we prepare every case as though for trial. We will take legal action to get the money you deserve, including taking your insurer (and other liable parties) to court if necessary.
We can fight for a fair insurance settlement. We can also review any insurance policies you hold and advise you of changes to Michigan’s no-fault law that may affect your case.
The Michigan Assigned Claims Plan
If you do not have PIP coverage through your or a family member’s policy, you can participate in the Michigan Assigned Claims Plan (MACP). The MACP will review your claim and, if eligible, pass it on to a participating insurer. We can assist throughout this process as we would any insurance claim, including negotiating for a reasonable settlement.
We Can Pursue Pedestrian Accident Compensation from a Liable Driver
If you have severe injuries and medical expenses that exceed your PIP or MACP coverage, we can pursue a liability insurance claim or personal injury lawsuit against the at-fault driver who hit you. You may qualify for pedestrian accident compensation for the following:
- Current medical bills
- Ongoing and future medical costs
- Lost income, earnings, and benefits
- Loss of your earning capacity
- Pain and suffering
- Disability and disfigurement
- Mental and emotional distress
- Diminished quality of life
- Wrongful death of a loved one
Our Ann Arbor pedestrian accident attorneys can identify and calculate every cent owed to you or your family. You can help by keeping careful records of your accident-related expenses. Everything from the cost of surgery to mobility aids to medical travel is compensable, but only if we can document it.
We advise you to start a folder right away to keep receipts, bills, invoices, and other proof of your losses together in one place. In addition, keeping a daily diary outlining your physical, mental, and emotional state and ways your injury interferes with everyday life may benefit claims for non-economic damages.
Our Ann Arbor Pedestrian Accident Lawyers Will Fight for You
Pedestrian accidents can lead to complicated legal battles over who is at fault and which insurance company needs to pay. Fortunately, Christensen Law has more than 30 years of personal injury case experience we can put behind advocating for you.
We strive to provide empathetic, responsive, and personalized legal representation to individuals from all walks of life. We know you have many choices when seeking a lawyer, and we do not take it lightly when clients come to us during their time of need. You get our undivided attention and a compassionate ear. You also get the services of an award-winning legal team.
We will take care of every detail of your case so you can turn your time and energy toward your physical recovery. We can:
- Draft and file insurance claims or lawsuits and prepare case paperwork
- Collect evidence, such as police reports, eyewitness statements, and expert testimony
- Handle emails, phone calls, and meetings with the insurance companies and other involved parties
- Aggressively negotiate for a fair financial outcome
- Track and manage deadlines and ensure we pursue your case before the statutes of limitations expire (one year for PIP lawsuits and three years for personal injury or wrongful death lawsuits, according to Michigan Compiled Laws § 500.3145 and Michigan Compiled Laws § 600.5805 respectively)
- Represent you at trial if necessary
Contact Christensen Law for Help with Your Ann Arbor Personal Injury Case
Contact Christensen Law today or call 248-900-9000 to schedule a risk-free, no-cost consultation. A team member is available 24/7 to answer your questions and tell you more about what sets our Ann Arbor pedestrian lawyers apart. Our services cost nothing upfront or out of pocket. Connect with an attorney near you today.