A pedestrian accident – when a person is hit by a car – can be very serious. Getting the benefits you need to recover takes an experienced Michigan pedestrian accident lawyer.
When walkers, joggers, or playing children get into accidents with automobiles, the results can be tragic. Every year, thousands of pedestrians are killed in traffic accidents, and tens of thousands are injured. College towns like Ann Arbor and Ypsilanti see more than their fair share of these crashes because of the high foot traffic around campus.
Even at low speeds, pedestrian accidents can result in very serious injuries – including brain injury, disability, and death – because a pedestrian is not surrounded by a steel frame and safety restraints the way a motorist is.
No Fault Covers Pedestrian Accidents
The good news for Washtenaw pedestrians, and walkers across the state, is that Michigan’s no fault auto insurance covers auto accidents that happen when you are outside the vehicle. If you or a family member in your household carries no fault insurance, your expenses will be covered even if you weren’t behind the wheel when the crash happened.
Even if you don’t have a no fault policy, Michigan law makes sure you will be covered for your loss. If no one in your household insures a car, then you will be able to use the insurance policy of the driver who hit you or the state’s Assigned Claims Facility.
What Is Covered
Under Michigan no-fault law, the insurance company will have to pay:
- Medical expenses resulting from the crash;
- 85% of Lost Wages for up to three years;
- Attendant care and handicap accessibility modifications needed because of the accident.
It is important to keep careful records of anything you have to pay because of an accident. Anything from surgery to grab bars to transportation to and from the hospital can be recovered, but only if you can prove that it happened. The victims of pedestrian accidents should start a folder right away to keep all their receipts together and in one place.
Serious Injuries Lead to Substantial Rewards
If your injuries are severe enough, you may also qualify to file a Third Party Claim against the at fault driver who hit you. The victims of pedestrian accidents, sadly, often experience death, disability, or the kind of serious impairment of a bodily function that opens the door for additional compensation. These damages could entitle you to awards for pain and suffering, disability and disfigurement, and other non-economic damages that your pedestrian accident attorney will help you identify and measure.
Pedestrian accidents can lead to complicated legal battles over who is at fault and which insurance company needs to pay. That is why you need an experienced pedestrian accident attorney working for you. The Ann Arbor personal injury lawyers at Christensen Law in Ann Arbor, Michigan, have been representing injured pedestrians for over 20 years. They can help you or your loved one get your needs met and your benefits paid.