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At 28 years old, Jesus was an accomplished triathlete, duathlete, marathon runner, and graphic designer. But his life instantly changed in 2018 when a city bus blindsided him while he was riding his motorcycle. Jesus was dragged, sustaining catastrophic injuries that caused him to lose his career and the ability to do many activities and basic functions he had previously enjoyed.
The Mike Morse Law Firm researched extensively and uncovered evidence proving the bus driver’s negligence. As a result, Jesus received the compensation he both needed and deserved in order to have a proper recovery and get some of his life back.
Mike Morse Law Firm is equipped with the tools, resources, and experience necessary to defend motorcycle accident victims and get the results they deserve.
While Michigan motorcycle riders enjoy the thrill of the open road, they also know the risks of being in a serious accident. Motorcyclists have neither the buffering protection offered by a car, nor safety features such as a seatbelt or airbags. As a result, even collisions that occur at low speeds can be life-threatening.
An injured biker may have difficulty recovering financial compensation for damages after an accident. Many insurance companies are biased against motorcycle riders and outright deny their claims. Insurance adjusters may even try to place some of the blame on the motorcyclist in an attempt to reduce the amount of payout.
If you or a loved one has been involved in a Michigan motorcycle accident, the personal injury lawyers at Mike Morse Law Firm can help you recover the compensation you’re entitled to. We have been proudly serving the residents of Michigan for over 30 years and have helped our clients recover millions of dollars in damages. Call us 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, or click to start a live chat to schedule a free case consultation.
I’d like to thank Mr. Morse and the entire staff for the wonderful job they all did in bringing me such a large settlement. I will recommend this law firm to any and all who may inquire about the matters of personal injury. I’d like to thank Julie and Debbie for all their calls and contributing work, and JoAnn. God bless you all.
Every person I was in contact with made me feel like I was important. The accident changed my life in a second. What do you do? Who can help you? I have no income now. Huge medical bills. Mike got on it within days. It was a true comfort to have them all backing me up.
“Trisha was great at answering all of my questions. I didn’t waste any time and just went with the best. The haven’t managed to build such a reputable brand for no apparent reason, obviously they do a great job for their clients.”
Pain and suffering damages are a type of non-economic damages meant to address an injured person’s physical and emotional suffering. Those with serious injuries that were not at-fault for their accident may be entitled to compensation for their pain and suffering. Insurance companies do not want to pay victims for this intangible damage. Hiring an experienced lawyer that will gather medical documentation and witness testimony is vital in building your case.
It is highly advisable to call local law enforcement after a car accident in Michigan. In addition to providing first aid and other forms or practical help, police will file a report of the accident. A police report contains identifying information and a description of the crash that may be helpful if you decided to file a lawsuit. Additionally, in some cases you may be legally obligated to report the accident.
Police reports contain details about the circumstances of a motorcycle accident that can be useful for proving fault in a lawsuit. They can be retrieved from the statewide Traffic Crash Purchasing System for $10. As these reports require a high level of documentation, it can take several days for them to be completed and made available. It is important that you obtain a police report as soon as possible to ensure that it is accurate, complete, and detailed enough to be of use in your case. Once you have the report, be sure to get a copy to your lawyer so that they have the access to resources they need to build your case.
You should call your insurance company immediately after a motorcycle accident to report any damage to your motorcycle or injuries to your person. Reporting any injuries early is essential if you intend to apply for no-fault benefits, as insurance companies may try to deny the existence of any injuries not reported in a timely manner. Your insurance company may also be able to help you arrange repairs for your motorcycle. It is important to remember, however, that your insurance company wants to pay you the lowest amount of damages possible and to be careful with how you approach them. An auto accident attorney can help guide you through these interactions and safeguard your rights.
When an insurance adjuster contacts you, make sure you clarify what company they represent. Talking to your own no-fault provider or a property damage adjuster is usually fine, but you should never speak with the insurance adjuster of the at-fault driver. They are simply looking for a way out of paying a settlement and may use your words against you if you speak with them. If you war not sure who you are talking to or are uncomfortable with the questions you are asking, you are always best off talking to an attorney before answering questions.
While some accidents may seem minor enough to simply forget, it may be wise to speak to a lawyer afterwards. Injuries and vehicle damage can both become apparent days after an accident. The other driver could file a false claim against you even if all seems well immediately after the accident. Most personal injury law firms work on a contingency basis, meaning that they charge nothing to review your case. Contacting a lawyer after a motorcycle accident, even a minor one, is often the wisest course of action.
Passengers that are injured can sue any negligent driver in their accident, including the operator of the motorcycle they were on.
It is very common for injuries not to show up immediately after a motorcycle accident. The rush of adrenaline a victim experiences after being hit can block out pain only for it to arise later. If you are experiencing pain due to a motorcycle accident, seeing a healthcare professional is the best way to receive proper treatment. Michigan law allows those injured in a motorcycle accident three years to file a claim. Even if it has been a while since your accident, if you are suffering from an injury sustained in a motorcycle crash, you should call an experienced lawyer as you may have a case.
Though Michigan law requires drivers to have no-fault insurance, many drivers still do not have coverage and many more have inadequate coverage. Uninsured/Underinsured Motorist (UM/UIM) insurance allows drivers to make a claim with their own company rather than being compensated by the negligent driver who may not have adequate funds to properly cover damages. If you intend on making a UM/UIM claim, we recommend contacting an experienced lawyer that can help you deal with the intricacies of your policy and claim. Additionally, if you were involved in an accident and did not have insurance of your own, you may still have a claim against the Michigan Assigned Claims Plan and/or the Michigan Automobile Insurance Placement Facility.
Unfortunately, a motorcycle accident can make your insurance rate increase even if you are not found to be the at-fault party. Insurance companies calculate your rate based on a risk assessment and oftentimes, if the accident was very minor, drivers will opt to avoid reporting an accident to their insurance provider to prevent their rates from rising. However, if you are even slightly injured as a result of your accident, making a claim against your insurer(s) may end up being worth it even if it makes your premiums go up.
Your driving record is one of many factors insurance companies look at when setting a client’s rate. You can obtain a digital copy through the Michigan secretary of state’s online reporting system after you make an account and verify your identity with them. If you’d rather receive the information in person, you can go to your local secretary of state office. Alternatively, you can complete and mail this form to make a request. Please note that there is a $12 fee for all options.
Losing a loved one to an unjust, preventable death is a great tragedy that can often be compounded by medical and funeral bills as well as loss of income. A Michigan wrongful death attorney can make sure that your family is informed of your rights and options as well as assist you in your pursuit of justice. Nothing can ever make a wrongful death right, but at the very least compensation can help ease the financial stress that often accompanies death.
More information on your options after losing a loved one to a wrongful death can be found in this article.
Various government agencies are responsible for maintaining public roads and ensuring that they are safe. If you are injured due to the negligence of one of these agencies, the government may be liable. Cases like these are incredibly complicated for various reasons, including government immunity, but an attorney who specializes in auto accidents will be able to help determine whether or not you should file a lawsuit.
Yes, if you were injured in a motorcycle accident, you can sue the at-fault party whether or not you were wearing a helmet at the time of the crash. However, the compensation you receive in a settlement may be decreased if you chose not to wear a helmet.
If the at-fault party and their insurance company is able to prove that your injuries would have been less severe had you been wearing the helmet, they can claim that your negligence was a partial cause of the damage. In Michigan, a victim’s compensation will be reduced according to their degree of fault. If, for instance, a victim is found 20% liable for riding without a helmet, they will only receive 80% of the damages they would have otherwise been entitled to.
A Michigan motorcycle rider is required to hold liability insurance to provide coverage in case of an accident that causes property damage or injury. On the other hand, a biker is not required to purchase no-fault insurance in this state. Michigan no-fault law only applies to owners of motor vehicles – and since a motorcycle isn’t considered a motor vehicle, insurance isn’t required.
A motorcycle rider does, however, have the option to purchase personal injury protection (PIP) insurance if extra coverage is desired. This insurance policy is for the payout of “first-party” medical benefits and only comes into play if the motorcyclist sustains an injury accident that doesn’t involve a motor vehicle.
After a Michigan motorcycle accident, your main concern is your health and getting the medical care that you need. Next, one of your priorities should be consulting with an experienced Michigan motorcycle accident attorney. Having skilled legal representation on your side can mean the difference between having your medical bills and bike repair costs covered or having to cover those expenses out-of-pocket.
If you’re debating whether to hire a motorcycle accident lawyer or file the claim yourself, please consider the following questions.
Do you know the true value of your case?
If you’re unfamiliar with Michigan’s personal injury laws, it can be difficult to know what your claim is truly worth. You can be sure that the insurance adjuster is not going to be upfront with you about the actual value of your claim. The insurance company’s goal is to get you to accept the lowest settlement amount possible.
The motorcycle accident attorneys at our law firm will calculate the amount your claim is worth based on your financial losses and non-economic damages. Our legal team knows how to gather the evidence needed to build a strong case for you and maximize your claim.
Damages that your lawyer may be able to recover may include:
Do you know how to establish fault and prove liability?
It is important to establish the cause of your accident and identify who is liable for damages. The insurance company may try to place all or part of the blame on you, which could affect the payout of your claim.
Our attorneys are knowledgeable in Michigan personal injury law and know what is required to prove fault and liability in a motorcycle accident case. While investigating the cause of the accident, we may collect evidence, speak to witnesses, examine video footage, review police reports, and hire experts.
Parties liable for your motorcycle accident may include:
In some situations, more than one party may have contributed to your motorcycle accident. Your Michigan accident lawyer will be able to identify all liable parties and ensure you receive the full amount of compensation you deserve.
Do you know the statute of limitations and how to meet it?
When you are injured in a car, truck, motorcycle, or another type of accident, you have a limited amount of time to file a personal injury case and pursue damages. If your lawsuit isn’t properly filed within the deadline outlined by Michigan state law, then you will likely lose out on your right to compensation.
Due to Michigan being a no-fault state, the deadline for a motorcycle accident claim varies depending on the situation. For this reason, it’s important to consult an attorney as soon as possible after your collision. An experienced motorcycle accident lawyer will understand how each law pertains to your individual case and be able to ensure that your claim is filed on time.
Do you know how to negotiate an insurance settlement?
You will likely hear from the insurance company shortly after your motorcycle accident. Keep in mind that insurance companies are not your friends and are not likely to have your best interests at heart.
Insurance adjusters are skilled negotiators and know how to get accident victims to accept fast and low settlement offers. You need someone on your side representing you who is familiar with the tactics that greedy insurance companies use.
The Michigan motorcycle accident attorneys at our law firm have extensive experience in handling negotiations. As long as you haven’t already accepted an offer from the insurance company, our motorcycle accident lawyers can fight for the settlement amount you deserve.
Do you know how to file a lawsuit?
Most Michigan motorcycle accident claims are settled with insurance companies out of court. However, if a just and fair amount can’t be reached, your next step will be to file a lawsuit against all liable parties.
If you don’t have a legal background and experience, filing a lawsuit yourself can be extremely difficult. A Michigan motorcycle accident lawyer who takes on your case, though, will be well prepared to offer evidence, present facts, and explain to the court why you deserve more compensation than what the insurance company is offering.
After deciding you want to hire a motorcycle accident lawyer to represent you, your next concern may be selecting the right law firm. Choosing the right attorney with the right firm is a big decision and could affect whether your claim is successful or not.
Consider the following when choosing a Michigan motorcycle accident lawyer:
If you or a loved one has been injured in a motorcycle crash, don’t hesitate to contact one of the attorneys at Mike Morse Law Firm today. During your initial free consultation with us, our Michigan motorcycle accident attorneys will answer any questions that you might have, explain what your legal rights are, and determine whether you are eligible for damages.
Our attorneys are committed to providing our valued clients with unparalleled customer service. We believe open and honest communication with each of you is important, and we will regularly update you on the progress of your motorcycle accident case. Our lawyers also work on a contingency fee basis, which means you pay no fees unless we win.
Choose the skilled and compassionate attorneys at Mike Morse Law Firm in Michigan to represent you in your motorcycle accident case. Contact us and schedule your free consultation today by calling 800-MIKE-WINS, starting a live chat, or filling out the online case evaluation form.
Motorcycles offer a biker little protection from the surrounding elements. Even if a biker wears a helmet and other motorcycle safety protective gear, he or she can still be seriously injured in a crash or collision.
The following are some common injuries sustained in Michigan motorcycle accidents:
Serious motorcycle accidents can result in injuries that will likely require extensive medical attention. A victim may need surgeries, physical therapy, medications, and other treatments to recover. During recovery time, medical expenses and other expenses can quickly add up.
If you were injured in a motorcycle crash due to a negligent driver, you shouldn’t have to cover the costs of your recovery. An experienced motorcycle accident attorney can help you recover compensation for your losses. Contact our law firm today to schedule a free consultation.
Members of our legal team at Mike Morse Law Firm are motorcycle enthusiasts, so we understand the challenges and dangers that a biker faces out on the road. And as Michigan motorcycle accident lawyers, we have also seen the devastating impact that a crash can have on a person’s life, so we sympathize with you and your situation.
The following are some of the most common causes of Michigan motorcycle accidents:
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