When a motor vehicle crashes into a bicycle, cyclists can suffer severe and fatal injuries. These injuries can lead to major medical expenses, other monetary damages, and significant pain and suffering. If you or your loved one is the victim of a bicycle collision caused by a driver’s negligence, you deserve financial compensation for your injuries and losses.
A Southfield, MI, bicycle accident lawyer with Christensen Law can fight for the money you need to get back on your feet. Our attorneys will stand up for your rights and ensure you receive fair treatment and economic justice. We can handle every detail of your personal injury claim or lawsuit so you can focus on your health instead of worrying about paperwork, deadlines, and other case-related issues. Contact us or call 248-900-9000 for a free consultation.
Our Southfield Bicycle Accident Attorneys Will Handle Your Personal Injury Case
Christensen Law has stood as a voice for the unheard since 1991. We truly care about helping those harmed by the negligence of others, and we spare no resources to achieve a successful outcome for our clients. We prepare every case for trial and have earned a reputation for diligently pursuing financial awards – both in and out of court.
We would rather fight tooth and nail to get what you deserve than accept an easy settlement that leaves you paying out of pocket. Our tenacity gets results, including a $2 million bicycle accident settlement for a client who sustained a brain injury in a collision with a motor vehicle.
If a driver’s negligent, reckless, or wrongful actions hurt you or your family member, we will work tirelessly to make them pay. We are here to protect your best interests and safeguard your future. We do this by building the most robust case possible. Our Southfield bicycle accident lawyers will:
- Investigate your accident and collect evidence proving driver negligence, including police reports, eyewitness statements, photographs of your injuries and the crash site, and surveillance or dashcam video.
- Identify your damages using bills, receipts, paystubs, invoices, estimates from experts, and testimony regarding your accident’s physical, mental, and emotional consequences.
- Communicate with involved parties on your behalf and negotiate for the maximum possible compensation.
- Take care of case paperwork, deadlines, and red tape, leaving you free to focus your time and energy on your recovery or caring for your injured family member.
- Prepare and file your insurance claims or lawsuit and represent you at trial if necessary.
Recoverable Bicycle Accident Compensation
Our personal injury attorneys will pursue every cent owed to you for your bicycle accident injuries. We will seek compensation for:
- Current medical expenses, including emergency services, doctor visits, hospital stays, and medical procedures
- Future treatment, including physical therapy and rehabilitation, follow-up care, extended nursing, in-home health services, and life care
- Medical devices, mobility aids, and prescription drugs
- Lost income, including weekly wages, employment benefits, bonuses, tips, and other earnings
- Loss of earning capacity if your injuries require you to permanently change jobs, work fewer hours, or leave the workforce
- Physical pain and suffering, including scarring, disfigurement, and disabling injuries
- Mental and emotional anguish
- Impaired quality of life
- Wrongful death of a loved one
Can You Make an Insurance Claim for a Bicycle Accident?
Yes, after a Michigan bicycle accident in Southfield, our lawyers can help you explore the following options for seeking damages through an insurance claim:
- Personal injury protection (PIP) insurance: Michigan’s No-Fault insurance model means that bicyclists hurt in a car accident must first seek compensation through the PIP portion of their auto insurance, regardless of who caused the crash. Our No-Fault attorneys can tell you more about PIP benefits and assist you with a claim.
- The Michigan Assigned Claims Plan (MACP): If you do not have No-Fault coverage, either through your policy or through a member of your household, you can seek benefits through the MACP. We can help you file a claim with the MACP, which will refer it to a participating PIP insurer. As with any claim for damages, we can help you prepare your case, establish your right to compensation, and negotiate for fair awards.
- Auto liability insurance: In some cases, you can step outside the No-Fault system and seek compensation with an auto insurance claim against the liable driver. You may be able to recover additional awards not available through PIP.
Can You Sue for a Bicycle Accident?
Our attorneys can take legal action to recover damages if necessary. However, you have limited time to pursue your case. According to Michigan Compiled Laws § 500.3145, you have one year to sue for No-Fault insurance benefits. Michigan Compiled Laws § 600.5805 allows three years to file a lawsuit for personal injury or wrongful death compensation. If these deadlines expire, you may not have any options for seeking your losses, so do not delay.
Southfield Drivers Have a Duty to Protect Riders from Bicycle Accidents
According to the Michigan State Police, bicycle riders have the same rights and responsibilities as motor vehicle operators. Drivers must take caution to ensure cyclists’ safety and avoid car accidents. If a driver failed in their duty of care and caused your accident, we can hold them responsible. Examples of driver negligence include:
- Following a bicyclist too closely (state law mandates 3 feet of space when passing a bike)
- Driving distracted (e.g., eating, grooming, or texting and driving)
- Failing to yield the right-of-way
- Disobeying traffic signs and signals
- Driving while intoxicated
You and your family should not pay for the mistakes of a liable party. Let our legal team help you fight for the awards you need and deserve.
Contact Christensen Law About Your Southfield Bicycle Accident Today
Christensen Law’s compassionate Southfield, MI, bicycle accident lawyers are ready to help you recover financially. Our team can take your case on contingency, meaning you pay nothing until we obtain compensation for you.