You never expect a car to hit you when you ride your bicycle alongside a road. Yet tragically, 103 Michigan bicyclists lost their lives between 2020-2022, a 64 percent increase since the previous three-year period. Bicycle accidents can cause devastating head injuries, traumatic brain injuries, fractures, broken bones, and even death. Bike accidents differ from car accidents since you do not have the protective elements a motor vehicle offers.
Everyone wants to get home safely after bike riding, but when a negligent driver hits you, they take away that option. If a motorist injures you or a loved one, you need strong and effective legal representation to get the compensation you deserve.
The caring and compassionate Michigan bicycle accident attorneys at Matz Injury Law can help. Our experienced Michigan personal injury attorneys will be with you every step of the way to help you obtain a bicycle accident settlement.
In Michigan, there are two primary types of bicycle accidents: single-bicycle crashes and accidents involving another motor vehicle.
A single-bicycle accident occurs when a cyclist loses control of their bike and falls. Common causes include:
Cars and trucks can either directly or indirectly cause injury to a bicycle rider. Common causes include:
Suppose you are a bicyclist enjoying your legal right to use Michigan’s roadways, and suddenly, a negligent motorist hits you. In that case, it is crucial for victims of bicycle accidents to follow these steps immediately.
First and foremost, make sure you or your family members are safe. Victims of Michigan bicycle accidents should always seek a medical evaluation after being hit by a motor vehicle to check for common injuries. If injuries are visible, call 911 so emergency services can arrive and examine anyone injured. Even if you do not think anyone is hurt, seek medical attention to ensure there are no obvious or hidden injuries that might lead to severe injury, adverse health effects, or excessive pain and suffering in the coming days, weeks, or months.
After the collision, call the police to the accident scene. Law enforcement will note all of the details associated with the accident and write a police report to outline how the crash occurred. A police report will prove extremely useful for your case later, so do not skip this step.
In the aftermath of an accident, you should try to gather evidence. If you cannot do so yourself, see if someone else can perform this vital task. Information you will want to collect includes:
When speaking with others, do not apologize or admit any potential fault at the scene. Do not give a statement to the insurance company until after you consult with a Michigan bicycle accident lawyer. Insurance company representatives are notorious for trying to get injury victims to say something that ultimately harms their case.
Working with an experienced Michigan personal injury attorney gives you the best chance to win your case and obtain the necessary compensation to help cover the costs of medical treatment. Your Michigan bicycle accident attorney will usually provide a free consultation. They will also perform an investigation, gather evidence, speak to any eyewitnesses, serve as a go-between with the driver’s insurance company, and negotiate a fair bicycle accident settlement. You can expect a comprehensive case review and full handling of your case when you work with Matz Injury Law.
Yes, you should always file a police report after a bike accident in Michigan. If the motorist committed any infractions to cause a collision or otherwise broke any rules of the road, the police will identify these in the report. Insurance companies will request the police report for injury claims, and if you file a personal injury lawsuit, the police report will be valuable documented evidence your Michigan bicycle accident attorney can use to strengthen your case.
Sadly, many Michigan bicycle accident cases are hit-and-run accidents where careless and heartless drivers are more worried about themselves and not the fact they caused an auto accident by running into another human being.
If this happens to you, follow the steps listed above on what to do after suffering a bike accident, file a police report, and contact your insurance providers. Even if the driver is long gone, still file a report.
When victims do not file an accident report, there is a chance of losing the right to collect compensation from the insurance company according to Michigan‘s no-fault insurance law or the at-fault driver (if identified).
E-bikes have become popular in our tech-centric society. According to multiple studies, e-bikes have the same crash rate as normal bikes but are more likely to result in moderate to serious injuries. This is because an e-bike is designed to travel at higher speeds than traditional bicycles.
As a bicyclist out on the roadways, you also are subjected to the rules of the road. All Michigan bicycle laws are in place to help protect bicyclists and drivers using the road. As a cyclist, you are expected to follow these rules:
Cellphone use while riding a bicycle is not explicitly forbidden, but it is wise to play it safe and not use your phone. If you listen to music while riding, use just one earbud to allow yourself to hear what is happening in your surroundings.
Laws are always evolving, and, in time, e-bikes will eventually be treated either like motorcycles or dirt bikes. Essentially, it will come down to where they are being driven, which will determine the e-bike’s classification.
When considering Michigan bicycle laws, this is an important distinction because motorcycles are required to carry liability insurance, whereas dirt bikes and other off-road vehicles are not. Unless an e-bike has the capacity to travel in excess of 30 mph, insurance will likely not be required.
Otherwise, e-bikes will be treated the same as other bikes or small ORVs if a Michigan bicycle accident occurs.
For no-fault insurance benefits claims, you must file within one year of a bicycle accident. If you plan to file a civil lawsuit, the statute of limitations is three years from the date of the crash to file. In some cases, this period of time is extended. It’s a good idea to consult a knowledgeable Michigan bicycle accident lawyer to see if your injury claim falls under this category. Either way, you will want to talk with an attorney promptly because assembling a solid Michigan bicycle accident injury case takes time. Do not wait until the last minute.
To avoid inadvertently placing the blame on yourself for the accident, consult with a Michigan personal injury attorney right away. Insurance companies are not your friends. They will look for ways to pay the lowest settlement or avoid paying at all.
At Matz Injury Law, we’re dedicated to helping our clients get the medical care and compensation they need to recover physically, financially, and emotionally. Our Michigan bicycle accident lawyers are thoroughly versed in state laws regarding personal injury claims, fault benefits, no-fault insurance, and PIP (personal injury protection insurance).
Any money you must pay for your injuries and losses falls under the category of economic damages. Essentially, these are damages with direct monetary value, such as medical expenses, rehabilitation, therapy, surgery, attendant care, lost wages, and loss of future earnings. Other economic damages include property damage, such as if the accident breaks your bike.
Other damages fall into the non-economic category. These damages aren’t easily calculated but directly impact your life after an accident. Non-economic damages include but are not limited to pain and suffering, loss of enjoyment of life, psychological damages, mental anguish, loss of companionship, and loss of consortium.
No two cases are the same, but generally speaking, the more severe your accident, the more significant the settlement you will likely receive. A knowledgeable Michigan bicycle accident lawyer can outline a comprehensive list of the potential economic and non-economic damages you can pursue. Schedule a free consultation today to find out how much your case may be worth.
When our Michigan bicycle accident lawyers meet with you, whether in person or via Zoom, we will listen to you and your concerns, explain the legal process and the issues in your Michigan bicycle accident case, and show you what we can do to help you get medical care and compensation.
Getting you medical care is our number one priority. If you do not have a doctor, we can help you find the right doctor so you can receive the care and treatment you need without being burdened by insurance company delays or restrictions placed on your doctors.
Our law firm will also identify all possible sources of compensation. This could include Michigan no-fault insurance, uninsured/underinsured coverage, workers’ compensation, the liability insurance of the other driver, the insurance covering the owner of the at-fault vehicle, and policies covering you, your family members, and others.
As an ongoing effort, Matz Injury Law spends notable time developing favorable fact patterns and gathering the appropriate evidence. This empowers us to take a more comprehensive approach than other firms do to help oversee that all avenues of recovery are explored for our clients.
You will never be just another number or case file to us. We care deeply about each one of our clients. We will communicate directly with insurance companies and adjusters and manage your benefits, medical bills, property damage claims, and more. We will give you the time to focus on getting better rather than being stressed over these details.
Matz Injury Law prides itself on taking proper care of our clients. We will watch out for you and always put your best interests first. Call us to schedule a free consultation about your Michigan bicycle accident.
Every case is different, but lawyers tend to get more compensation for their clients than if the client took on the case alone.
Our Michigan bicycle accident attorneys at Matz Injury Law will provide a free consultation, and if you have a case, seek full compensation. Our personal injury lawyers will work tirelessly to help you secure a fair bicycle accident settlement for all your losses, including medical costs, lost wages, and pain and suffering.
We won’t leave money on the table. We’ll try to resolve your case for the maximum value of your claim. During the legal process, we’ll provide constant updates, inform you of important developments, and provide supportive counsel at the right time.
At Matz Injury Law, we charge 22 percent of your settlement, unlike most other firms that charge 33 percent. Keep more money with Matz.
The Matz Injury Law legal team dedicates itself to protecting victims’ rights and seeing they receive the compensation they deserve after suffering from injuries or wrongful death. Our law firm proudly serves most of Michigan, including Grand Rapids, Lansing, Kalamazoo, Ann Arbor, Traverse City, and the Upper and Lower Peninsulas.
If you are struggling in the aftermath of a Michigan bicycle accident, you may be able to pursue an injury case. Speak to the caring and compassionate bicycle accident lawyers at Matz Injury Law to learn your options. Call us today for a free consultation at 1-866-22Not33 or message us through our online contact form.
$4,150,000 settlement on behalf of the family of a college student who was killed in a traffic crash while riding a motorcycle. The settlement came from three different insurance companies.
$3.45 million settlement against a cement company whose truck crossed a center line causing three deaths and severely injuring a 4 year-old boy. The settlement was $450,000 in excess of available insurance.
$1.74 million settlement against a 19 year-old driver and the fraternity where he was drinking immediately prior to a head on collision that killed a 52 year-old husband and father of 3 children.
$1.3 million Federal District Court settlement on behalf of a mother and daughter in a car/truck collision. Mom suffered a pancreas injury but returned to full-time employment within six months; eight year old daughter suffered an aggravation of a pre-existing learning disability as well as a ruptured spleen.
$1 million settlement for a 52 year-old woman in a rural county who broke both ankles and suffered a retrobulbar hemorrhage of her right eye after being struck by a gravel truck.
Matz Injury Law obtained a $1,000,000 settlement for a woman in Northern Michigan who fractured both ankles as a result of being rear-ended by a gravel truck.
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$100,000 uninsured motorist settlement (policy limit) for family of passenger killed in Detroit in suspected joyriding incident.
$1 million settlement on behalf of a 60 year-old woman with a mild closed head injury due to County Road Commission negligence.
$950,000 settlement on behalf of the mother of a young boy who died while a passenger in a one-vehicle crash.
$750,000 to the family of a passenger killed in a collision on an icy road.
$285,000 settlement on behalf of a 52 year-old woman who suffered from fibromyalgia after hurting her shin resulting from an auto injury.
Steven J. Matz is a founding shareholder of Matz Injury Law. The firm’s concentration is on personal injury litigation, with an emphasis on traumatic brain injury.
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