If you’ve been injured in a motorcycle crash, you may not be well enough to consider all the consequences of your accident. Yet, failing to take the necessary legal steps can have a long-term impact on your finances and your family. That’s why it’s so important for you to reach out to an experienced team of lawyers that will get you the compensation that you deserve and provide you with prompt, professional legal services.Do You Have a Case?
Motorcycles are not considered “motor vehicles” under Michigan No-Fault law. Therefore, motorcycle accidents are governed by a different set of rules than auto accidents. And, these cases often involve very complex legal issues.
To prevail, you need an attorney who specializes in motorcycle accident law, one with a proven track record of winning cases similar to yours.
If you’d like to read more about the basic laws governing motorcycle riders, check out our Guide to Michigan Motorcycle Laws.
If you are injured in a motorcycle accident, your Personal Injury Protection (PIP) benefits are covered by the No-Fault policy of the owner or operator of the passenger vehicle involved in the crash.
And, most insurance companies would rather not part with large amounts of money. Therefore, you may be pressured to accept a hasty and usually insufficient settlement. If you do this without the guidance of a motorcycle injury lawyer, you forfeit your right to claim additional compensation in the future.
An experienced motorcycle accident lawyer knows what your claim is worth and will fight to make sure you receive the benefits you deserve.
Without an attorney, you could miss a deadline or make a bad decision that affects your financial and emotional well-being for years to come.
An experienced motorcycle crash lawyer will handle your case from start to finish so you can focus on recovering from your injuries. You won’t have to worry about filling out forms, meeting filing deadlines or obtaining medical records.
Numerous studies have shown that plaintiffs who hire qualified lawyers win larger verdicts and settlements than those who try to handle their own claims. Remember, insurance companies have attorneys to represent their interests.
To succeed, you need a knowledgeable lawyer with the skill and experience to represent yours.
In the past, every No-Fault auto policy included unlimited lifetime medical coverage. If you were injured in a motorcycle accident that involved another vehicle, your medical expenses would be covered for as long as you needed treatment. This included attendant care and rehabilitative therapy.
However, as of July 1, 2020, vehicle owners can choose from six levels of Personal Injury Protection (PIP) medical benefits. Policyholders may keep their previous unlimited lifetime medical benefits or choose a lesser amount ($500,000, $250,000 or $50,000 for Medicaid recipients). They can also opt out of PIP medical coverage completely if they have Medicare or other qualified health coverage.
Therefore, if the other driver does not have sufficient PIP medical benefits to cover your care, you could be left with staggering medical bills. In that case, your only recourse is to sue the driver’s insurance company for the excess expenses. And, to ensure your lawsuit is successful, you need the expertise and resources of an experienced motorcycle injury attorney.
In addition to receiving reimbursement for your medical care, you may be entitled to non-economic damages for intangible losses such as pain and suffering. These damages are also known as third-party benefits, because they are typically paid by the insurance company of the at-fault driver. In Michigan, a victim must be less than 50% at fault for an accident to receive these damages.
Additionally, a victim must prove they have sustained a “threshold injury.” This is defined as “…death, serious impairment of body function, or permanent serious disfigurement.”
Insurance companies typically try to avoid compensating victims by claiming their injuries do not meet this legal standard. To build a winning case, you need extensive medical documentation. In addition, you may need testimony from other medical professionals, known as expert witnesses. A motorcycle accident attorney knows how to obtain and evaluate the necessary medical records and supporting testimony to achieve the best result.
Reputable motorcycle accident attorneys do not charge retainers or advance fees to take your case. Personal injury lawyers, which include motorcycle accident attorneys, collect their fee only after your case is resolved.
During the initial meeting, a reputable lawyer will answer your questions and give you an idea of what to expect. You are not obligated to sign a contract if you are not comfortable doing so. Therefore, you have nothing to lose and much to gain by consulting an attorney as soon as possible after your accident.
At The Sam Bernstein Law Firm, our entire legal team is well-versed in the complexities of motorcycle accident law. We know what it takes to win your case, and we are ready to fight for the compensation you deserve. That’s the Bernstein Biker Advantage®.
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