Michigan No-Fault: Definition of a Motor Vehicle

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David Christensen  
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Before you can file a claim under your Michigan no-fault automobile insurance, your attorneys will have to determine one basic question: Was this a motor vehicle accident?

In most car crashes there is no question: when a car hits a car and you were in one of them, a motor vehicle accident has occurred. But what if a car hits a person? Or what if two motorcycles collide? What counts as a motor vehicle?

The No-Fault Act defines motor vehicle as “a vehicle, including a trailer, that is operated or designed for operation on a public highway by power other than muscular power and has more than 2 wheels.”

Let’s break that down:

• A motor vehicle needs to have more than 2 wheels. That means motorcycles and mopeds don’t count.

• The device has to be intended for use on a public road. That means go-carts and golf carts don’t count.

• Motor vehicles need to be powered by something other than your muscles. That cuts off bicycles, tricycles, wagons, scooters, and other rider-propelled toys.

Michigan law also explicitly excludes off-road vehicles (ORVs), commercial quadricycles, battery operated wheelchairs, and unregistered farm equipment, like tractors.

Let’s go through a few possible accidents to show whether a motor vehicle was involved.

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Christensen Law 
David Christensen  
25925 Telegraph Rd #200  
Southfield, MI 48033 
(248) 213-4900 
inquiry@davidchristensenlaw.com 
https://www.davidchristensenlaw.com 
https://plus.google.com/101403597068266196711/posts