Pedestrian Accidents a Top Cause of Death in the U.S.
In the United States, pedestrian accidents are one of the top causes of death.
According to figures tracked by the Department of Transportation, 4,280 pedestrians were killed in traffic crashes in the United States in 2010. On average, one pedestrian was killed every two hours and injured every eight minutes in traffic crashes. In comparison, research has reported that in 2008, a pedestrian died every two hours and one person died in a motor vehicle crash every 14 minutes.
If you have been the victim of a pedestrian accident, the experience may be traumatic. The last thing you might want to handle on your own are the legal issues. The laws surrounding pedestrian accidents in Michigan are complex. A few important, basic concepts to understand are the following:
- Michigan No-Fault Law. Claims against your insurance company and negligence claims against the at-fault driver.
- No fault insurance. Michigan is a no fault state. In simple terms, this means that your insurance company is responsible for damages you suffer as a result from a traffic accident, whether or not you were responsible for the accident.
- No-fault benefits. The economic benefits received from your own insurance company are called first party benefits.
- Negligence benefits. Negligence damages are damages you may be able to collect from the at-fault party for non-economic damages like pain and suffering.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a pedestrian accident, you must protect your legal rights. It is best to contact an attorney before you contact the insurance company of the party at fault. Understanding your legal rights can prevent you from settling for less than you may deserve. Further, it is important to know that you have a limited amount of time to secure these legal rights and the clock begins ticking on the day of the accident.
Please don’t hesitate to contact Boyer Dawson & St. Pierre for a free initial consultation if you or a loved one was hurt in a Michigan pedestrian accident.