What to Look for in a Michigan Motorcycle Accident Lawyer
September 17, 2018
UPDATE: Michigan’s New No-Fault Law went into effect July 1, 2020. The information on this page was written prior to the change in the law and may be out of date. Please visit https://callsam.com/no-fault-law/ for updated information on the new No-Fault law in Michigan.
Autumn is an ideal season for motorcyclists. The high temperatures and humid days of summer are past and the fall colors are spectacular. While we encourage bikers to take full advantage of this beautiful season, we know that motorcycle accidents can happen to the most careful bikers so having the best motorcycle accident attorney is essential.
Motorcycle accidents end in fatalities 27 times more often than accidents involving other types of vehicles, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). In addition, Michigan is one of the top ten states for motorcycle fatalities. Even if a motorcycle accident does not result in death, the injuries sustained are usually serious because a motorcycle does not provide the same protection as a car or other passenger vehicle.
Finding the Right Michigan Motorcycle Accident Lawyer
If you or a loved one is involved in an accident, it is important to know what steps to take in case of an accident. First, refrain from signing any insurance papers until you have consulted with an experienced Michigan motorcycle accident lawyer.
You Need a Motorcycle Accident Attorney Who Understands Michigan Motorcycle Laws
Michigan no-fault insurance is complex; when you add motorcycles to the mix, the rules are even more complicated. Because motorcycles are not considered motor vehicles under Michigan no-fault law, a typical motorcycle insurance policy does not provide the same standard coverages and protections as passenger vehicle policies. Most motorcycle insurance policies only provide liability coverage for bodily injury and property damage. If medical bills and rehabilitation costs are incurred as the result of a motorcycle accident, motorcycle insurance policies, unlike automobile insurance policies, do not usually provide the unlimited personal injury protection (PIP) coverage to cover these expenses.
When a motorcycle driver or passenger is injured in a crash with a motor vehicle compensation will usually come from the insurance company covering that motor vehicle. If a motorcycle driver has an accident that does not involve another motor vehicle, such as a collision with another motorcycle or a deer, there are no insurance benefits under no-fault motorcycle law. For this reason, Michigan insurance companies are required by law to offer optional motorcycle PIP policies to cover these situations.
Find a Motorcycle Lawyer with a Strong Winning Record
Because Michigan motorcycle law is so intricate, you want to make sure your attorney is proficient in this area of no-fault law, including its complex regulations and stringent filing deadlines. To make sure you and your family receive the compensation you deserve, you want a motorcycle accident attorney with a long history of winning motorcycle injury accident cases.
If your case should end up before a judge, you want a lawyer who has extensive experience with the court system, one who will represent you with knowledge, skill and confidence.
Choose a Motorcycle Lawyer Who Understands
“Many of our lawyers are avid bikers,” said Mark Bernstein of The Sam Bernstein Law Firm. “In addition to being experts in Michigan motorcycle law, we also understand the value biking brings to your life. We call it the Bernstein Biker Advantage.”
Michigan motorcycle law is complicated, but finding the right motorcycle accident lawyer is simple.
Call 1-800-CALL-SAM today for a free no-obligation consultation.