GRAND RAPIDS MOTORCYCLE ACCIDENT ATTORNEYS
Grand Rapids Motorcycle accidents can be fatal or cause catastrophic life threatening injuries that take months to recover. A driver's negligence causes serious injuries to the motorcycle rider. If you are faced with a serious motorcycle injury or the death of a lover one in Grand Rapids Michigan, it is important to contact a Grand Rapids motorcycle accident attorney. The motorcycle accident attorneys at Krupp Law Offices PC can answer your questions about motorcycle accident claims and compensation from a motorcycle accident at no cost to you. Motorcycle accident attorneys work on a contingency fee basis. They don't get paid unless you recover. It is extremely important to contact an attorney immediately when you are injured in a motorcycle accident. You need to know your rights when explaining your accident to the police and the insurance company. Motorcycle accident insurance adjusters are working for the person that injured you to reduce or eliminate your compensation. You need an experienced Grand Rapids motorcycle accident lawyer representing your interests to make sure your are justly and fairly compensated. Call us now and speak with an attorney that can explain your rights under the Michigan No Fault Act.
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GRAND RAPIDS MICHIGAN MOTORCYCLE ACCIDENTS - No Fault Laws
The state of Michigan enacted the no-fault insurance acting in 1979. The no-fault act substantially changed motorcycle accident liability. Prior to 1979, standard negligence applied to motorcycle accidents. A person injured in a motorcycle accident was required to prove duty, breach, proximate cause, and injury (negligence).
First Party Motorcycle Accident Claims
The Michigan motorcycle no-fault act created two different types of claims. There is a first party claim and a third party claim. A first party claim is a lawsuit that a victim files against their own insurance carrier for first party benefits on their insurance policy. In Michigan, all motorcycle insurance policies provide for lifetime medical benefits in addition to other benefits listed in the automobile insurance policy. A first party claim involves a dispute over that policy between the claimant and the insurance company. They usually involve disputes over reasonableness of medical treatment and benefits. No-fault benefits are provided to a person who sustained a motocycle accident that causes accidental bodily injury arising out of the ownership, operation, maintenance or use of a motorcycle. First party benefits usually include wage loss for up to three years, replacement services for three years, medical expenses, certain survivor’s losses, and funeral expenses. Typically, an attorney will take a first party claim on a contingency fee basis. An addition, actual attorney’s fees are available if an insurance company refuses to pay legitimate claim or unreasonably delays the payment of benefits. When determining your rights under a first party claim you must first look at the insurance policy and what benefits it provides. Secondly, you must review the no-fault insurance act to determine what additional rights you have under the law.
Third Party Motorcycle Accident Claims
A third party motorcycle accident claim involves a lawsuit between the injured motorcycle rider and a negligent car driver. The no-fault act limits the motorcycle accident injured party's ability to collect damages against a negligent driver. The injured motorcycle driver must demonstrate a threshold injury. The injured party must establish that he or she has suffered death, permanent or serious disfigurement, or the serious impairment of a body function. Once the motorcycle rider has sustained a threshold injury they are not required to maintain that threshold injury. The original intent in creating a threshold before a party can file a lawsuit was to reduce the number of lawsuits involving motorcycle and automobile accidents.
If you or a member of your family has been hurt in a motorcycle accident that was caused by negligent actions on the part of another driver, the motorcycle accident attorneys at Krupp Law Offices PC can help you to get the money you need to recover as well as wages lost and future benefits in some cases as well. Call immediately for a free consultation. Krupp Law Offices P.C. serves represents clients facing auto accident claims throughout West Michigan, including the cities of Grand Rapids, Holland, and Grand Haven, and the counties of Kent, Ottawa, Allegan, Barry, Newaygo, Montcalm, and Ionia.
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