MICHIGAN MOTORCYCLE ACCIDENT LAWYERS   EXPLAIN MOTORCYCLE ACCIDENT LAWS     BY:  DANIEL BUCKFIRE  AND GEORGE BURKE, ATTORN...
<ul><li>THREE TYPES OF CASES: </li></ul><ul><li>SINGLE MOTORCYCLE ACCIDENT </li></ul><ul><li>MOTORCYCLE VS. MOTORCYCLE ACC...
<ul><li>SINGLE MOTORCYCLE ACCIDENT CASES </li></ul><ul><li>Only claim is against motorcycle insurance company for med pay ...
<ul><li>MOTORCYCLE VS. MOTORCYCLE ACCIDENT </li></ul><ul><li>At-fault rider can only make claim against own motorcycle ins...
<ul><li>If at-fault driver does not have motorcycle insurance, than non-negligent driver can make claim for uninsured moto...
<ul><li>MOTORCYCLE V. AUTOMOBILE ACCIDENT CASES </li></ul><ul><li>OVERVIEW OF NO-FAULT SYSTEM: </li></ul><ul><li>NO-FAULT ...
<ul><li>HOW DO MOTORCYCLISTS RECEIVE  </li></ul><ul><li>NO-FAULT BENEFITS? </li></ul><ul><li>Must have motorcycle insuranc...
<ul><li>The motorcycle accident must arise out of the ownership, operation, maintenance or use of an automobile as an auto...
<ul><li>Physical contact with an automobile is not required for a motorcycle driver to obtain no-fault benefits – only hav...
<ul><li>NO-FAULT CLAIMS: </li></ul><ul><li>WHAT ARE NO-FAULT BENEFITS </li></ul><ul><li>Unlimited medical expenses </li></...
<ul><li>MEDICAL EXPENSES: </li></ul><ul><li>Medical treatment that is necessary for the injured person’s care, recovery, a...
<ul><li>These also include: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Transportation </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Vehicle modifications </li></u...
<ul><li>WAGE LOSS CLAIMS FOR FIRST THREE YEARS  AFTER ACCIDENT </li></ul><ul><li>85% of gross wages up to certain maximum ...
<ul><li>REPLACEMENT SERVICES CLAIMS FOR FIRST  </li></ul><ul><li>THREE YEARS AFTER ACCIDENT </li></ul><ul><li>Entitled to ...
<ul><li>ENTITLED TO RECEIVE NO-FAULT BENEFITS REGARDLESS OF FAULT IN THE ACCIDENT </li></ul><ul><li>Drunk and intoxicated ...
<ul><li>WHO PAYS FOR NO-FAULT BENEFITS: </li></ul><ul><li>ORDER OF PRIORITY:   </li></ul><ul><li>Insurer of the owner or r...
<ul><li>NEGLIGENCE CLAIMS: </li></ul><ul><li>If driver of automobile is at-fault in accident, motorcycle driver has third ...
<ul><li>NON-ECONOMIC DAMAGE CLAIMS AND EXCESS ECONOMIC DAMAGE CLAIMS AGAINST NEGLIGENT DRIVER </li></ul><ul><li>Non-econom...
<ul><li>Threshold requires that have serious injury that changes the course of a person’s life.  This requirement discrimi...
<ul><li>ACTUAL CASE STUDIES </li></ul><ul><li>Motorcycle v. Illegally parked semi-trucks </li></ul><ul><li>2.  Motorcycle ...
<ul><li>Motorcycle v. Illegally parked semi-trucks </li></ul>
<ul><li>Motorcycle v. Automobile – “Involvement” Issues </li></ul>
<ul><li>Motorcycle v. Automobile – “Involvement” Issues </li></ul>
<ul><li>Motorcycle v. Automobile – “Involvement” Issues </li></ul>
<ul><li>Motorcycle v. Automobile – “Involvement” Issues </li></ul>
<ul><li>Motorcycle v. Automobile – “Involvement” Issues </li></ul>
<ul><li>Motorcycle v. Automobile – “Involvement” Issues </li></ul>
<ul><li>Motorcycle v. Automobile – “Involvement” Issues </li></ul>
Hiring the Right Experts Critical Curve Speed
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<a />Michigan motorcycle accident lawyer</a> discusses the no-fault benefits motorcyclists are entitled to if injured in a bike accident along with recent lawsuits concerning Michigan motorcycle accidents.

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Michigan Motorcycle Accident Cases

  1. 1. MICHIGAN MOTORCYCLE ACCIDENT LAWYERS EXPLAIN MOTORCYCLE ACCIDENT LAWS     BY: DANIEL BUCKFIRE AND GEORGE BURKE, ATTORNEYS: BUCKFIRE & BUCKFIRE, P.C .
  2. 2. <ul><li>THREE TYPES OF CASES: </li></ul><ul><li>SINGLE MOTORCYCLE ACCIDENT </li></ul><ul><li>MOTORCYCLE VS. MOTORCYCLE ACCIDENT  </li></ul><ul><li>MOTORCYCLE V. AUTOMOBILE ACCIDENT </li></ul>For more information on your legal rights after a Michigan motorcycle accident, call us now at (800) 606-1717 to speak with one of our experienced Michigan personal injury lawyers .
  3. 3. <ul><li>SINGLE MOTORCYCLE ACCIDENT CASES </li></ul><ul><li>Only claim is against motorcycle insurance company for med pay benefits </li></ul><ul><li>Maximum amount that typically can purchase in med pay benefits is $25,000.00 </li></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><li>Warning: Some health insurance policies have exclusions for automobile or motorcycle accidents. </li></ul>
  4. 4. <ul><li>MOTORCYCLE VS. MOTORCYCLE ACCIDENT </li></ul><ul><li>At-fault rider can only make claim against own motorcycle insurance company for med pay benefits </li></ul><ul><li>Non-negligent driver can make claim against other driver for: </li></ul><ul><li>wage loss </li></ul><ul><li>medical bills </li></ul><ul><li>pain and suffering, wrongful death, scarring </li></ul><ul><li>other economic damages </li></ul>
  5. 5. <ul><li>If at-fault driver does not have motorcycle insurance, than non-negligent driver can make claim for uninsured motorist coverage against own motorcycle insurance policy. </li></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul>
  6. 6. <ul><li>MOTORCYCLE V. AUTOMOBILE ACCIDENT CASES </li></ul><ul><li>OVERVIEW OF NO-FAULT SYSTEM: </li></ul><ul><li>NO-FAULT ACT ENACTED IN 1973 </li></ul><ul><li>Michigan is a “pure” no fault state </li></ul><ul><li>provides best benefits of any state in the country for seriously injured accident victims </li></ul><ul><li>expected prompt payment of economic claims </li></ul><ul><li>trade-off: limited ability to sue negligent drivers </li></ul>
  7. 7. <ul><li>HOW DO MOTORCYCLISTS RECEIVE </li></ul><ul><li>NO-FAULT BENEFITS? </li></ul><ul><li>Must have motorcycle insurance to make claims for no-fault benefits if driving own motorcycle  </li></ul><ul><li>If not driving own motorcycle, entitled to receive no-fault benefits </li></ul>
  8. 8. <ul><li>The motorcycle accident must arise out of the ownership, operation, maintenance or use of an automobile as an automobile, such as a car or truck. </li></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><li>The primary pre-requisite is that the motorcycle accident must “ involve ” an automobile, such as a car or truck, as the No-Fault insurance benefits generally come from a Michigan automobile insurance policy. </li></ul>
  9. 9. <ul><li>Physical contact with an automobile is not required for a motorcycle driver to obtain no-fault benefits – only have to show that an automobile was “involved” in the accident </li></ul><ul><li>If there is physical contact with an automobile, the motorcycle driver is automatically entitled to receive no-fault benefits, if the automobile is being operated. </li></ul>
  10. 10. <ul><li>NO-FAULT CLAIMS: </li></ul><ul><li>WHAT ARE NO-FAULT BENEFITS </li></ul><ul><li>Unlimited medical expenses </li></ul><ul><li>Wage loss benefits </li></ul><ul><li>Household chores </li></ul>
  11. 11. <ul><li>MEDICAL EXPENSES: </li></ul><ul><li>Medical treatment that is necessary for the injured person’s care, recovery, and rehabilitation </li></ul><ul><li>No limitation on the amount of the bills or how far into the future the insurance company has to pay for the bills </li></ul>
  12. 12. <ul><li>These also include: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Transportation </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Vehicle modifications </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Home modifications </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>In Home Nursing care/home aide care </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Mileage reimbursement </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Prescriptions </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Physical Therapy </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Occupational Therapy </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Vocational Training </li></ul></ul>
  13. 13. <ul><li>WAGE LOSS CLAIMS FOR FIRST THREE YEARS AFTER ACCIDENT </li></ul><ul><li>85% of gross wages up to certain maximum amount </li></ul><ul><li>Self-employed, seasonal workers, and individuals looking for employment or about to start a new job are entitled to receive wage loss benefits </li></ul>
  14. 14. <ul><li>REPLACEMENT SERVICES CLAIMS FOR FIRST </li></ul><ul><li>THREE YEARS AFTER ACCIDENT </li></ul><ul><li>Entitled to receive up to $20.00 per day for household chores provided to injured person or injured person’s dependents. </li></ul><ul><li>b) Typical services: cleaning, laundry, cutting the grass, cooking, shopping, etc. </li></ul><ul><li>c) Providers are usually family members or friends </li></ul>
  15. 15. <ul><li>ENTITLED TO RECEIVE NO-FAULT BENEFITS REGARDLESS OF FAULT IN THE ACCIDENT </li></ul><ul><li>Drunk and intoxicated drivers can receive benefits </li></ul><ul><li>2.Negligent drivers can receive benefits </li></ul>
  16. 16. <ul><li>WHO PAYS FOR NO-FAULT BENEFITS: </li></ul><ul><li>ORDER OF PRIORITY:   </li></ul><ul><li>Insurer of the owner or registrant of motor vehicle (automobile) involved in accident </li></ul><ul><li>Insurer of the operator of motor vehicle (automobile) involved in accident </li></ul><ul><li>Motorcycle driver’s auto insurer </li></ul><ul><li>Motorcycle owner’s auto insurer </li></ul><ul><li>Motorcycle driver’s spouse’s or resident relatives’ auto insurer </li></ul><ul><li>Michigan Assigned Claims Facility </li></ul>
  17. 17. <ul><li>NEGLIGENCE CLAIMS: </li></ul><ul><li>If driver of automobile is at-fault in accident, motorcycle driver has third party negligence claim against driver and owner of the automobile for non-economic damages and excess economic damages </li></ul><ul><li>Motorcycle driver is entitled to file lawsuit against driver and owner of the automobile even if the motorcycle did not have motorcycle insurance </li></ul>
  18. 18. <ul><li>NON-ECONOMIC DAMAGE CLAIMS AND EXCESS ECONOMIC DAMAGE CLAIMS AGAINST NEGLIGENT DRIVER </li></ul><ul><li>Non-economic damages includes damages for pain and suffering, disfigurement, and wrongful death </li></ul><ul><li>In order to receive non-economic damages, must have a threshold injury </li></ul><ul><li>If do not have a threshold injury, can not recover non-economic damages </li></ul><ul><li>Threshold Requirement: Objective impairment of an important body function </li></ul>
  19. 19. <ul><li>Threshold requires that have serious injury that changes the course of a person’s life. This requirement discriminates against retirees and disabled individuals. </li></ul><ul><li>2. Can recover excess economic damages against negligent driver without meeting threshold. </li></ul>
  20. 20. <ul><li>ACTUAL CASE STUDIES </li></ul><ul><li>Motorcycle v. Illegally parked semi-trucks </li></ul><ul><li>2. Motorcycle v. Uninsured drunk driver </li></ul><ul><li>3. Motorcycle v. Automobile – “Involvement” Issues </li></ul>
  21. 21. <ul><li>Motorcycle v. Illegally parked semi-trucks </li></ul>
  22. 22. <ul><li>Motorcycle v. Automobile – “Involvement” Issues </li></ul>
  23. 23. <ul><li>Motorcycle v. Automobile – “Involvement” Issues </li></ul>
  24. 24. <ul><li>Motorcycle v. Automobile – “Involvement” Issues </li></ul>
  25. 25. <ul><li>Motorcycle v. Automobile – “Involvement” Issues </li></ul>
  26. 26. <ul><li>Motorcycle v. Automobile – “Involvement” Issues </li></ul>
  27. 27. <ul><li>Motorcycle v. Automobile – “Involvement” Issues </li></ul>
  28. 28. <ul><li>Motorcycle v. Automobile – “Involvement” Issues </li></ul>
  29. 29. Hiring the Right Experts Critical Curve Speed
  30. 30. QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS CEU CREDITS Please complete evaluation form in your packet and submit to the welcoming area to receive your CEU certificates.

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