Motorcycle Lawsuits in Michigan
Michigan motorcycle accident laws are a little different from the laws that apply to car or truck accidents. This is because a motorcycle is not considered a “motor vehicle” according to the Michigan No-Fault Act. This can sometimes make the laws hard to understand, and is one of the many reasons it is important to have an experienced attorney at your side if you are going to court.
Compensation for Motorcyclists in an Accident
A motorcyclist involved in an accident can receive compensation in two different ways:
“No-Fault Benefits” which include:
- Medical expenses related to the auto accident,
- Wage loss for the first three years following the accident,
- Household replacement services (chores/help with children),
- Payment for mileage to and from medical appointments
- Attendant care, also referred to as nursing services.
It is important to note that if the motorcyclist in the accident is the owner of the motorcycle and does not have the required motorcycle liability coverage, he or she will be denied no fault benefits.
“Personal Injury Protection” benefits
Personal Injury Protection or PIP insurance is not required by state law, so benefits will vary based on how much coverage you purchase (if any) when buying insurance. PIP benefits typically cover medical and other associated costs after a motorcycle accident, including:
- Doctor bills
- Lost wages
- Hospital stays
- Funeral expenses
Consider checking your policy to understand your specific coverage. No matter how much or how little coverage your state laws require, ensure you have as much insurance as you need.
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