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You may be eligible for compensation for medical bills and other damages you suffered because of your crash. A licensed attorney can explain what your options for pursuing that compensation may be.

I was very pleased with the services of Jay Trucks & Associates. They were friendly, professional, and efficient. I would recommend them to family and friends…
– J. Martin

You can meet with one of the Lansing motorcycle accident lawyers at Jay Trucks and Associates in a free legal consultation. If we find you have a valid claim, there is no obligation for you to hire us to pursue it. If you do hire us, there will be no upfront fees. We do not get paid unless you get paid.

Our firm has a track record of success – we have recovered more than $500 million in compensation on behalf of our clients and have experience successfully handling motorcycle accident cases including a combined recovery of $620,000 for a husband and wife who were seriously injured in a motorcycle crash and a $490,000 recovery for a carpenter’s apprentice that suffered numerous injuries in a motorcycle crash.

If you have questions about your crash or the legal process, call us to discuss your concerns with a lawyer at our firm. Ph: (800) 762-8623.

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Are You Eligible to Seek Compensation?

It is generally a good idea to discuss this question with a licensed attorney. After talking about the circumstances of the crash, the insurance coverage you have available, your injuries and other damages, and other factors involved in the accident, our lawyers are prepared to explain your available options.

Motorcycle crash claims can be complicated because these vehicles are not classified as motor vehicles under Michigan law. That means certain insurance coverages do not apply and you may need to use insurance coverage for other vehicles you own to pay for your damages.

These are all reasons it can be very important to have an experienced attorney with extensive knowledge of these issues who has helped other crash victims recover compensation.

What Damages Can I Claim?

The biggest concern after a motorcycle crash, considering these crashes often lead to serious injuries, is treating your injuries and trying to make the best recovery that is possible.

Our Lansing motorcycle accident lawyers are committed to pursuing full compensation for your medical bills. If the insurance company denies your claim or makes a lowball offer, we are prepared to go to court to obtain the compensation you need.

Other damages that you may be able to claim include:

  • Lost wages from missing work because of your injuries
  • Lost household services – the cost to hire someone to help out around the house because you are unable to do so yourself
  • Damage to your motorcycle or other personal property
  • Pain and suffering
  • Funeral or burial costs
  • Loss of earning capacity

Discuss your damages with an experienced attorney. Jay Trucks and Associates: (800) 762-8623.

What is the Deadline for Filing a Claim?

You have one year from the date of the accident to file a claim for no-fault insurance benefits. If you miss the deadline, you will likely lose the right to pursue these benefits.

Waiting to file an insurance claim can be a bad idea because it may give the insurance company a reason to question the validity of your claim. Our firm is ready to take your call 24/7 and if you have a valid claim, we are ready to deal with the insurance company on your behalf.

There is a separate deadline for lawsuits over personal injuries, including injuries from motorcycle crashes. You have three years from the date of the crash to file. If you file after that, the other side will likely move for a dismissal of your claim.

There are exceptions to this deadline in different situations, such as claims against the government or claims over a defective component on a motorcycle. These may come into play in a claim for a crash that did not involve another vehicle.

Motorcycle Crash Insurance Claims

After a motor vehicle accident in Michigan, drivers should be able to obtain compensation from their personal injury protection (PIP) coverage, assuming they purchased this coverage as required by law.

However, motorcycles are not legally classified as motor vehicles so there is no no-fault coverage specifically for these vehicles. Fortunately, you may be able to file a claim for compensation with the other driver’s no-fault coverage, whether the other driver is the owner of the vehicle or not.

If you exhaust that coverage and still have more damages, you may be able to file a claim against the no-fault coverage you have on another motor vehicle.

PIP policies that were bought before July 1, 2020 have unlimited coverage for medical bills. Policies bought after this date have the limit selected by the driver:

In addition to covering medical bills, no-fault benefits pay for up to 85 percent of lost wages for up to three years.

If no-fault coverage is not available, you may be able to pursue compensation from the Michigan Assigned Claims Plan. The limit of this coverage for individual accident victims is $250,000, a limit set on June 11, 2019.

Besides no-fault coverage, you may be able to obtain compensation for medical bills. Michigan allows motorcyclists to buy this coverage in $5,000 increments.

What if the Other Driver Lacks Insurance Coverage?

In these situations, including situations when the other driver’s insurance coverage runs out and you still have damages to pay for, you may be able to file a claim with your uninsured/underinsured motorist coverage.

As motorcycle insurance claims can be complicated, it is important to seek help from a licensed Lansing motorcycle accident attorney.

Phone: (800) 762-8623. No upfront fees.

How Can a Licensed Attorney Assist Me After a Crash?

A lawyer can manage the legal process on your behalf, dealing with insurance companies, negotiating for fair compensation, investigating the accident, preserving evidence, preparing for trial and keeping you informed throughout the process.

Our attorneys have helped many crash victims through the claims process, and we have detailed knowledge of the numerous regulations that apply. We have access to industry experts who could help us determine how severe your injuries are and how long they may affect you.

We know how important compensation can be to victims looking to move forward with their lives. Their injuries may affect them for quite some time, and compensation can help prevent this from resulting in a financial crisis.

Accident victims who hire attorneys often recover more compensation than those who do not and choose to go through the process alone. You do not need that kind of stress. You need to be able to focus on healing.

What if I Was Injured as a Passenger on a Motorcycle?

You should be able to pursue compensation from the same sources as the motorcycle operator. Passengers are often unsure of how to pursue compensation and how much may be available. That is why meeting with a licensed attorney can be valuable during this difficult time.

Can I File a Claim if I Was Not Wearing a Helmet?

Yes, you may still be able to obtain compensation for your damages. Insurance companies and attorneys for at-fault parties may try to use you not wearing a helmet against you to lower the value of your claim, arguing you are partially at fault. Under Michigan’s comparative fault law, victims who are partially at fault can see their claims lowered in value based on their percentage of fault.

However, you are prohibited from seeking compensation from any parties less at fault for the accident than you.

Who is Required to Wear a Helmet?

Riders under 21 years of age must wear a helmet in Michigan. If you are over 21, you have $20,000 in first-party medical insurance coverage and you passed a motorcycle safety class or have a motorcycle license and have had it a minimum of two years.

Claims for No-Contact Motorcycle Crashes

Some motorcycle crashes are the result of road conditions or defective parts on the bike itself. These are also called no-contact collisions because another vehicle was not involved.

You may still be able to obtain compensation for these accidents, depending on the insurance coverage your purchased and whether another party may be at fault for the crash, such as a government entity.

The deadline for a product liability claim, such as a claim over a defective part on your motorcycle, is three years from the date of the injury.

A claim against a government entity for a defective highway have a notice requirement of 120 days from the date of the accident.

Experienced Lansing motorcycle accident attorneys. (800) 762-8623

Common Reasons Why Motorcycle Crashes Occur

There are many forms of negligence that could lead to motorcycle crashes and serious injuries:

  • Failing to yield the right-of-way
  • Distracted driving
  • Speeding
  • Going the wrong way
  • Drinking and driving
  • Failing to check blind spots
  • Running red lights or stop signs
  • Tailgating
  • Breaking traffic laws

These forms of negligence could result in many different accidents with devastating results:

  • Head-on crashes
  • Left-turn crashes
  • Sideswipes
  • Rear-end crashes
  • High-speed crashes

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Unsure if you may have a valid case?

Get answers to your legal questions by calling Jay Trucks and Associates to schedule your free legal consultation. Learn more about how we help our clients pursue maximum compensation to help them move on with their lives.

There are no upfront fees for hiring us to provide legal representation. Unless you receive compensation, we do not get paid.

Founding partner Jay Trucks is a member of the Michigan Trial Lawyers Association and American Trial Lawyers Association.

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Motorcycle accidents are often devastating for both victims and their families. Chronic pain and suffering, physical impairment, disabilities, lost wages and medical expenses can create a difficult and stressful situation.

From day one, my attorney and the office staff at Jay Trucks & Associates went above and beyond what I expected…
– D. Lathrop

The attorneys at Jay Trucks and Associates understand the physical, emotional and financial challenges motorcycle accident victims may face after a serious crash. Our firm has represented thousands of cases throughout Michigan, recovering millions of dollars on behalf of our clients, including a $620,000 settlement for a motorcycle accident case where a husband suffered a fractured humerus and shoulder injury and his wife suffered a closed head injury and ankle fracture.

If you or someone you know was injured in a motorcycle accident, consider contacting a Grand Rapids motorcycle accident attorney at Jay Trucks and Associates to see if you may qualify for financial compensation. We charge no fees unless we win compensation for your claim.

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Compensation We May be Able to Pursue

Since motorcycles do not provide much of any protection around the rider, the damages that result from a serious accident could be significant.

If you have a viable claim, the attorneys at Jay Trucks and Associates are here to help you recover the maximum compensation available, such as:

Our Grand Rapids motorcycle accident attorneys have in-depth knowledge on how to accurately calculate the value of the damages you suffered.

How Do I Know if There is a Case?

Our attorneys must prove your damages were caused by the negligence of another party. This is a complex legal theory with four separate parts that must be established.

The Existence of a Duty of Care

The at-fault party had a legal obligation to take reasonable measures to avoid causing harm to himself or others. If you were injured in a sideswipe collision, the other driver had a duty to look before changing lanes and allow you full use of the lane you were in.

Duty of Care was Breached

Using the example above, violating right-of-way laws could be considered a breach of the duty of care. There are many other forms of reckless driving that could be a breach of a duty of care.

A Causal Link Exists

You must prove that there is a direct link between your injuries and the breached duty of care. Evidence such as pictures, medical records and police reports may help prove this link.

Damages were Created

There must be proof you sustained tangible losses, such as medical expenses, lost wages and property damage. This can be proven with things like medical bills, letters from your employer and receipts for repairs to your motorcycle.

Our Grand Rapids motorcycle attorneys understand how to prove negligence in an accident because we have taken on thousands of cases and have a track record of success. We are prepared to work on proving your case, so you can rest and recover from your injuries.

Schedule a free case review today by calling Jay Trucks and Associates at (800) 762-8623.

Ways a Licensed Lawyer Can Help

There are multiple advantages to hiring a licensed lawyer from Jay Trucks & Associates. We welcome your call to discuss how we are prepared to assist you, if we validate your claim.

Gathering and Preserving Evidence

If you decide to let us represent your claim, our legal team can handle the investigation, including gathering evidence at the scene, along with any available video footage. We can also obtain relevant medical records and the police report, on your behalf.

Interviewing Witnesses

Our attorneys can interview witnesses to your accident and determine if they can provide evidence to strengthen your claim.

Consulting Experts

Our attorneys have access to expert witnesses who can be brought in to testify about certain aspects of your claim or provide insight to help us build a case or calculate the value of damages. For example, we may want to bring in an accident reconstructionist to rebuild the scene of the accident to help determine how the crash happened.

Investigating the Other Driver

If the other party has a history of traffic citations or drunk driving offenses it could strengthen your case against them, particularly if the other driver was cited for a traffic offense for the crash.

Communicating with Insurance Adjusters

An insurance adjuster may contact you immediately after the accident to fish for information to use against you. It is important to limit what you say to the basic details, like when and where the accident occurred. If you say too much, you may unknowingly give them something to use against you to devalue your claim. Our lawyers know how to properly handle communication with insurance adjusters to protect your injury claim.

Negotiating Fair Compensation

Our lawyers have the knowledge and experience to accurately determine the value of compensation for past, present and future medical needs and other damages.

Michigan’s Motorcycle Insurance Requirements

The state of Michigan does not classify motorcycles as motor vehicles. Unlike drivers, motorcycle owners are not required to purchase no-fault personal injury protection (PIP) insurance to cover their medical bills and lost wages after a crash.

However, after a crash you may be able to obtain no-fault insurance benefits in the following order:

If the no-fault insurance policy you file a claim against was bought or renewed before July 1, 2020, there is unlimited coverage for medical bills.

Policies purchased after that date may not have unlimited coverage. Under the Auto Insurance Reform Law, drivers can choose unlimited coverage or $250,000 or $500,000 of coverage. Medicaid enrollees can select $50,000 in coverage and those enrolled in Medicare can forego PIP coverage.

When no no-fault coverage is available, crash victims may be able to file a claim with the Michigan Assigned Claims Plan, which had a coverage limit of $250,000 as of June 11, 2019.

Another option for covering medical bills is purchasing medical benefits coverage. This is available in increments of $5,000 up to the limits set by the policy.

Our Grand Rapids motorcycle accident attorneys have in-depth knowledge of Michigan insurance laws and how to pursue compensation for motorcycle crash victims.

What Happens if the Driver is Uninsured?

Compensation may still be available. This may be a situation where you can turn to your medical benefits coverage or uninsured/underinsured motorist coverage. This is a complex issue that you should discuss with a licensed attorney.

Can Injured Passengers Pursue Compensation?

Passengers should be able to pursue compensation from the same sources as the rider. Passengers may also be able to seek compensation from their own insurance coverage, which might include no-fault benefits.

Have questions about the legal process? Call Jay Trucks and Associates at (800) 762-8623.

What if my Accident Involved No Other Drivers?

If your motorcycle accident was caused by something other than another driver, such as bad weather, poor road conditions or mechanical problems on your bike, you may still be able to file a claim for compensation. These are called no-contact accidents, and third parties like product manufacturers or government entities may be liable for your injuries.

However, the burden of proof is on you, so it is important to have a trusted attorney working with you.

What if I Was Not Wearing a Helmet?

Even motorcycle crash victims who were not wearing helmets may be able to file claims. The insurance company may claim your injuries were made worse by not wearing a helmet, so your attorney may need to refute these claims.

Insurance companies and juries may use Michigan’s law on comparative fault to attempt to reduce the value of your damages. Under this law, compensation awards are reduced according to the victim’s percentage of fault. You are prohibited from seeking compensation from parties who are less at fault for the accident than you.

Helmet Law in Michigan

You are not required to wear a motorcycle helmet if you are over the age of 21 and have:

Riders under the age of 21 are required to wear helmets in Michigan.

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Is There a Deadline to File My Claim?

You have one year from the date of the crash to file a claim for no-fault insurance benefits. There may be other deadlines for other coverages in your policy.

While most cases are resolved through an insurance settlement, sometimes it may be necessary to take a case to trial, which is only possible when there is a serious or permanent injury or the victim dies. Our licensed attorneys are always prepared to go to court when necessary.

Under the Michigan statute of limitations, personal injury claims must be filed within three years of the accident or the victim’s death. However, your deadline might be slightly different, depending on your circumstances. Regardless, if you fail to file by the appropriate deadline, you will likely lose the right to pursue compensation in court.

It is important to seek the assistance of a qualified Grand Rapids motorcycle attorney to determine the correct deadline for your claim.

Types of Motorcycle Accident Cases

Our firm is prepared to handle cases involving many kinds of accidents, such as:

  • Rear-end crashes
  • Lane-change accidents
  • Sideswipes
  • Head-on collisions
  • Left-turn accidents

These crashes often result from driver negligence. Common examples of this may include:

  • Distracted driving
  • Failing to look for motorcyclists
  • Failure to yield
  • Tailgating
  • Failing to look before changing lanes
  • Speeding
  • Failing to use turn signals
  • Violating the right of way

The injuries that result from another driver’s negligence are often severe, including:

  • Road rash
  • Traumatic brain injuries
  • Spinal cord injuries
  • Lost limbs
  • Broken bones
  • Internal damage

Seek Help from a Grand Rapids Motorcycle Accident Lawyer Today

You can speak to a qualified legal professional today at Jay Tucks & Associates about your motorcycle accident claim in a complimentary consultation. Our lawyers are ready to handle the entire legal process on your behalf so you can concentrate on recovering from your injuries.

Our attorneys are prepared to hold negligent parties liable for your medical bills, lost income and pain and suffering. You will not be charged any legal fees unless we can successfully recover fair compensation for your motorcycle accident claim.

The initial consultation is free of charge and there is no obligation to take legal action.

Jay Trucks and Associates Phone: (800) 762-8623

Motorcycle crashes can be some of the most devastating types of motor vehicle accidents. As there is little to no protection around the rider, the potential to suffer serious to fatal injuries in a collision is greatly increased when compared to other types of motor vehicles.

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– C.Cheraru

As many motorcycle accidents are the result of negligence, it is wise to have an experienced Flint motorcycle accident attorney from our law firm review your claim for free.

Our team of legal professionals have detailed knowledge of the laws that are often applicable in motorcycle accident cases and we have a proven record of obtaining significant compensation for crash victims including a $625,000 recovery for a 25 year old GM worker and his receptionist wife that both suffered serious injuries in a crash and a $490,000 recovery for a carpenters apprentice that sustained broken bones and other serious injuries after crashing his motorcycle.

Our lawyers also understand that motorcycle accidents can be life-altering, especially when the victim’s family is dependent on the rider’s income. Mounting medical bills in addition to lost income can have a devastating effect on a family’s finances, which is why our lawyers are here to help pursue the maximum compensation that may be available.

To schedule a free consultation with a Flint motorcycle accident attorney at Jay Trucks and Associates, you can call (800) 762-8623 anytime 24/7 or you can fill out a free online form and someone will contact you soon after. There are no upfront fees and we are not paid unless our clients are paid first.

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Eligibility for a Motorcycle Accident Claim

To determine your eligibility for compensation in a motorcycle accident claim, our attorneys will need to review some important information during a complimentary review of your claim. This includes your injuries and the contributing factors of your accident.

Most motorcycle accident claims are resolved through an insurance settlement, but Michigan’s no-fault insurance system can be very complicated, especially because motorcycles are not classified as motor vehicles.

In a motorcycle accident lawsuit, our Flint motorcycle accident lawyers would need to prove the four elements of negligence:

If you are unsure about your eligibility to file a claim, contact our firm to schedule your free case review.

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How Much Compensation Can I Pursue?

It can be difficult to determine how much compensation you could qualify for without an experienced lawyer investigating the details of your claim.

Some of the damages you might qualify for include:

If you have a case, our Flint motorcycle accident lawyers are available to assist you in obtaining documentation of the damages you suffered.

How Much Time do I Have to File a Claim?

There are usually deadlines for filing insurance claims after motor vehicle accidents. It is important to contact a lawyer as soon as possible so he or she can get the process started on your behalf. If you miss the deadline, you may lose the right to pursue insurance compensation.

Sometimes it may be necessary to file a lawsuit to pursue maximum compensation for a motorcycle accident injury. These claims are governed by Michigan’s personal injury statute of limitations. The deadline set by this law is three years from the date of the accident. If you submit your claim after the due date, it may be tossed out of court.

This deadline may be shortened or extended, depending on the circumstances of your crash, so it is important to discuss the situation with a licensed attorney.

Insurance Compensation for Motorcycle Crash Victims

Michigan law does not include motorcycles under the definition of motor vehicles. That means motorcyclists are not required to purchase no-fault coverage like drivers.

However, you may still be able to recover compensation from the no-fault coverage of the other driver or drivers involved in the collision. Michigan has a specific order for seeking no-fault benefits after a motorcycle accident:

If you file a claim with your personal injury protection (PIP) coverage on another vehicle or the PIP coverage of the at-fault driver, there are some changes to PIP coverage limits you need to know about.

For any policies purchased before July 1, 2020, PIP provides unlimited coverage of medical expenses, along with 85 percent of lost wages. As of July 1, 2020, drivers no longer need to purchase unlimited PIP coverage. Drivers can choose between unlimited coverage or a $250,000 or $500,000 limit to coverage.

Another option for pursuing coverage of medical bills is to file a claim for medical benefits coverage. Motorcyclists can purchase this coverage in $5,000 increments up to the limits set by the insurance company providing the policy.

Have questions about insurance coverage for motorcycle crash victims? Call (800) 762-8623.

What if the At-Fault Driver Does Not Have Sufficient Insurance?

You may be able to file a claim with your uninsured/underinsured motorist coverage, if you purchased it. These claims can be quite complicated and should be discussed with a licensed attorney. At Jay Trucks and Associates, we are committed to pursuing maximum compensation.

Can I Still be Compensated if I Was Not Wearing a Helmet?

If you or a loved one was injured or killed in a motorcycle accident while not wearing a helmet, we urge you to contact a licensed Flint motorcycle accident attorney for a free review of your claim. You may still be eligible for compensation, but the value of your case may be lowered because of our state’s comparative fault law.

The law says you can seek compensation from any parties more at fault for the accident than you, but your compensation will be reduced by your percent of fault. The other side will likely claim your injuries were made worse by not wearing a helmet. Our experienced attorneys are prepared to counter these assertions.

What is the Law on Motorcycle Helmets in Michigan?

For a motorcycle rider to legally not wear a helmet in the state of Michigan, he or she must:

Michigan law also allows for passengers on a motorcycle to not wear a helmet, but they:

If you would like a free review of your case, call (800) 762-8623 to speak to the Flint motorcycle accident lawyers at Jay Trucks & Associates.

What if There Was No Other Driver Involved?

Sometimes motorcycle accidents can be caused by mechanical issues, poor weather conditions, or a simple pothole or bump in the road. When you get injured in a motorcycle due to something other than the negligence of another driver, you may still be able to recover compensation for your injuries, lost income and property damage.

Our attorneys understand how to prove an accident may have been caused by poor road conditions that resulted from a government entity’s negligence.

What are Some Reasons for Motorcycle Accidents?

Most motorcycle accidents are caused by the negligent acts of another driver:

  • Driving beyond the speed limit
  • Following too closely
  • Failing to check blind spots before switching lanes
  • Driving while intoxicated or on drugs
  • Distracted driving, such as texting, eating or using a GPS device
  • Driving recklessly
  • Failing to yield the right-of-way
  • Driving through red lights and stop signs

Since motorcycles are much smaller vehicles when compared to a car, it may be difficult for other drivers to notice them on the road. However, this is no excuse for crashing into a motorcycle rider.

Reach Out to a Flint Motorcycle Lawyer Today

We understand that motorcycle accidents can sometimes put a physical, emotional and financial burden on injury victims and their families. Let our team of legal professionals help guide you through every step of the claim process.

With over 150 years of combined legal experience, the lawyers at Jay Trucks and Associates know what it takes to properly investigate and assess the widespread damages that sometimes result from a serious motorcycle accident. Our founder, Jay Trucks, started this firm to help level the playing field for Michigan residents after an accident caused by another driver’s negligence.

Give us a call today and take advantage of our free case evaluation. There are no upfront fees for our services and no obligation to take legal action so there is no risk to you.

Schedule a free legal consultation. Ph: (800) 762-8623.

If you have a motorcycle accident in Michigan, hiring an attorney may be in your best interest. Michigan no-fault insurance laws are confusing and complex, especially for motorcyclists. At Jay Trucks and Associates, we have decades of experience representing injured victims in Michigan and a proven history of recovering millions in compensation on behalf of our clients.

I would recommend Jay Trucks & Associates to anybody that needed help like I did…
– M. Murray

These results include a $620,000 recovery for a motorcycle accident victim and his wife who both suffered serious injuries in a crash and a $490,000 recovery for a carpenter’s apprentice that suffered multiple injuries in a crash.

Our qualified Clare motorcycle accident lawyers offer a free consultation to help determine whether your case has merit and if you choose to hire our law firm to represent you, there are no upfront fees. We do not collect any payment unless we first obtain compensation for you.

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Am I Eligible For Compensation for Damages?

It can be difficult to determine whether you may have a valid motorcycle claim without understanding the unique circumstances of your accident and the insurance coverage you and the at-fault driver carry. Michigan has a complicated no-fault insurance system, and since it does not recognize or classify motorcycles as motor vehicles, no-fault insurance benefits may not apply.

Our Clare motorcycle accident attorneys have extensive knowledge of Michigan’s No-Fault Auto Insurance Reform Law and how it may affect your potential accident claim. We are prepared to determine what compensation you may be eligible to pursue for your damages.

What Is The Value of My Motorcycle Accident Case?

The full value of any motorcycle accident varies from case to case and is dependent on many factors, including the type and extent of your injuries, estimated time for a full recovery and other property damages you may have sustained related to the crash. However, if you have a valid case, you may be able to pursue compensation for:

  • Reasonable medical bills
  • Prescription costs
  • Loss of income
  • Loss of future earning capacity
  • Damages to your property
  • Funeral or burial costs
  • Medical equipment costs
  • Housing modifications if you were disabled

If you were injured in an accident caused by another motorcycle or motor vehicle, it is important that you contact a knowledgeable Clare motorcycle accident attorney as soon as possible. At Jay Trucks and Associates, we have extensive knowledge of Michigan state laws and how to navigate insurance claims for motor vehicle accident victims.

Do You Have Legal Questions? Call: (800) 762-8623.

How a Michigan Motorcycle Accident Lawyer May Help

A qualified attorney can work to protect your legal interests throughout the process. At our firm, our attorneys have decades of combined experience building cases for victims of motor vehicle accidents. Our support staff, comprised of investigators, paralegals and others, is prepared to get to work gathering evidence and pursuing maximum compensation.

When you hire Jay Trucks and Associates, you are hiring a Clare motorcycle accident lawyer with a proven track record of recovering millions in compensation for injured victims. We are well-versed in Michigan laws, including the new insurance laws that will apply from July 1, 2020, and we are prepared to fully handle your case, including all communications with the insurance companies and any other third parties involved in the accident. If necessary, we are prepared to go to court to pursue full compensation.

Schedule your free initial consultation: (800) 762-8623

Filing an Insurance Claim After a Michigan Motorcycle Accident

On July 1, 2020, big changes are coming to Michigan’s already complicated insurance laws. Previously, motorcyclists injured by another motor vehicle were covered by that driver’s unlimited PIP benefits.

However, the new Auto Insurance Reform Law will no longer require motorists to purchase the unlimited PIP benefits coverage. There will be various levels of coverage available, including the ability to opt out altogether if the driver has a qualifying health care plan.

Under the new law, motor vehicle drivers can choose different levels of PIP coverage:

  • $50,000 for those enrolled in Medicaid
  • $250,000
  • $500,000
  • Unlimited PIP coverage

There is also an option to have no PIP coverage if you are enrolled in Medicare.

Since motorcycles are not recognized as a motor vehicle under Michigan state law, it is important to understand your medical benefit options if you are in an accident, whether another motor vehicle is involved or not.

No-Fault Benefits for Motorcycle Crash Victims

Under the new law, if a motorcyclist is injured in an accident with a motor vehicle, he or she can seek no-fault benefits (medical bills, lost wages) in the following order:

If there are no no-fault benefits for your accident, you may be eligible to file a claim with the Michigan Assigned Claims Plan. Medical benefits in these claims are limited to $250,000 as of June 11, 2019.

Medical Benefits for Motorcyclists

Motorcyclists are not eligible to purchase no-fault PIP benefits. However, they may purchase medical benefits in increments of $5,000 up to the coverage limits offered by their insurance provider.

What if the Other Driver Is Uninsured or Has Too Little Coverage?

This is a complex type of claim that should be discussed with a licensed attorney. You may be able to obtain compensation from your medical benefits coverage, if you purchased it. You may also be able to obtain compensation from your uninsured/underinsured motorist coverage, which kicks in if the other driver does not have insurance or his or her coverage is less than the value of your damages.

Can an Injured Passenger File A Claim in Michigan?

Yes. Injured passengers should have access to the same benefits and coverage as the motorcycle operator. However, if there is insufficient coverage, the injured passenger may also be able to turn to his or her own insurance coverage.

Do I Still Have a Case if I was Not Wearing a Helmet?

The short answer is “yes,” you may still be able to pursue compensation. However, insurance companies and juries may reduce the value of your claim if evidence is presented showing that not wearing a helmet made your injuries worse than they would have been. This is because of Michigan’s comparative fault law, you cannot seek compensation from an at-fault party if you are more at fault than they are.

In Michigan, motorcycle operators and passengers under 21 years old must wear a helmet. Riders and passengers who are over 21 are allowed to ride without a helmet if Historically Michigan has always required motorcyclists to wear helmets, which has helped to reduce fatalities for motorcycle riders involved in road accidents. The new law no longer requires all motorcyclists to wear helmets. However, if you choose to ride without the protection of a helmet, the law requires you to purchase a minimum of $20,000 insurance coverage. To qualify for riding without a helmet in Michigan, you must:

  • Be 21 years of age or older
  • Pass a motorcycle safety course
  • Meet the additional insurance requirements for riding without a helmet

Failing to wear a helmet without meeting state requirements can result in being issued a ticket and being assessed other fines or penalties.

What Are No-Contact Accidents?

If a motorcyclist loses control of his or her bike and crashes but there is no contact with another motor vehicle, it is considered a no-contact accident. Sometimes, a third-party manufacturer may be at-fault if there was some type of mechanical issue. However, a government agency may also be liable if a hazardous road condition caused the motorcycle rider to crash.

In this type of situation, the burden of proof is on the injured victim to prove liability for the cause of the accident. Our licensed attorneys at Jay Trucks and Associates are prepared to thoroughly investigate the cause of the accident and determine who may be liable for damages.

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Michigan Personal Injury Statue of Limitations

Like most states, Michigan has a strict filing deadline if you intend to pursue compensation for damages following an accident. This deadline, legally referred to as the statute of limitations, is three years from the date of your accident – or three years from the date of death if you are pursuing a wrongful death claim for a loved one.

However, there may be exceptions that require you to file significantly sooner. If you miss the deadline, the court is likely to dismiss your case and bar you from pursuing any compensation for your injuries through a lawsuit.

We recommend contacting an attorney as soon after your accident as possible to allow him or her adequate time to investigate your accident and pursue all possible sources of compensation on your behalf.

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Common Reasons for Motorcycle Accidents

Motorcycle accidents are often caused by the rider’s or another driver’s negligence. Some of the most common causes for these accidents are:

  • Sudden, unexpected stops
  • Speeding
  • Aggressive driving, such as tailgating
  • Colliding with open car doors
  • Sideswiping motor vehicle side view mirrors when traveling between lanes
  • Lane splitting
  • Failing to yield to oncoming traffic when turning left
  • Poor road conditions
  • Mechanical malfunction or defect
  • Driving impaired or under the influence
  • Neglecting to use turn signal indicators
  • Driving distracted

Common Types of Motorcycle Injuries

Motorcycle riders are more vulnerable to serious injuries in any type of crash, and a collision with another motor vehicle may often result in serious, life-altering injuries and/or death. Some of the most common types of motorcycle accident injuries are:

  • Road rash
  • Traumatic brain injuries
  • Spinal cord injuries
  • Paralysis
  • Multiple fractures
  • Third-degree burns
  • Loss of limbs
  • Disfigurement or scarring
  • Temporary or permanent disability
  • Death

If you or a loved one suffered injuries after being involved in a motorcycle accident, we invite you to contact our law offices today.

Contact A Clare Motorcycle Accident Attorney Today

At Jay Trucks and Associates, we have seen firsthand the devastation and financial stress that can occur following a motorcycle accident and we are prepared to help.

We are available to take your call 24/7, day or night, to schedule your completely free initial consultation with a qualified member of our legal team. Our trusted Clare motorcycle accident attorneys will discuss the details of your accident and potential legal options.

Do not delay, as we need time to fully investigate the cause of your crash, gather supportive evidence and build a strong argument on your behalf. If you have a case, we are dedicated to helping you obtain the maximum compensation for your damages. Firm founder, Jay F. Trucks is an active member of both the Michigan Trial Lawyers Association and American Trial Lawyers Association.

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Motorcycle accidents can result in serious, life-altering injuries as motorcycles are smaller than passenger vehicles and riders are less protected from the elements. If you have been involved in a motorcycle accident, you may be eligible to receive compensation for your medical expenses and other related damages. Reaching out to an experienced attorney can be an important part of the recovery process.

I am very satisfied with the job done for me in my case. I could call either Jayson or his secretary at any time with questions and they were always patient with me.
– M. Graham

Jay Trucks & Associates has a proven track record, recovering over $500,000,000 in compensation for our clients. This includes a combined recovery of $600,000 for a husband and wife who were seriously hurt in a motorcycle crash and a $490,000 recovery for a carpenter’s apprentice that suffered multiple injuries in a motorcycle accident. Our lawyers have experience handling motorcycle accident lawsuits and can apply that knowledge to your damages claim.

A Traverse City motorcycle accident attorney from our firm is ready to help during a free consultation. There is no risk in calling us to set an appointment and no obligation to hire us if we determine that you have a case. Should we represent you, there are no upfront fees. You only pay us if we successfully help you obtain compensation.

Call us to discuss your legal options. (800) 762-8623.

Do I Have a Case for Compensation?

This is difficult to answer until our legal team reviews your situation during a free consultation. This will allow you the opportunity to explain what happened, how the accident led to your injuries, and who you think may be responsible for the harm you have suffered. We will then evaluate several factors to determine whether you have a valuable case for compensation. This includes assessing if negligence played a role in your injury.

Most personal injury cases follow the legal theory of negligence. We need to prove the other party owed you a duty of care, that duty of care was breached by the other party because he or she failed to act in a reasonable manner, and this breach directly resulted in your injury and caused you to suffer damages.

Since motorcycles are not classified as motor vehicles in the state of Michigan, these cases have an extra layer of complexity. Certain insurance policies may or may not cover the full extent of your damages. This is why we recommend contacting our Traverse City motorcycle accident lawyers for legal help.

Damages Available for Motorcycle Crash Victims

The damages that could potentially be available depend on your circumstances. The extent of your injuries, medical treatment and future care required as well as your anticipated recovery time will all need to be considered.

Motorcycle crash victims may generally be able to recover the following:

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How Long Do I Have to File a Claim?

Motorcycle accident victims generally have one year from date of the crash to file a claim for no-fault insurance benefits. Failure to do so will likely result in losing your chances at pursing these benefits.

It is important to not wait until the last minute to file an insurance claim. You do not want to give the insurance company any reason to doubt your injuries or the validity of your claim. Our legal team is prepared to handle all communications and negotiations with the insurance company for you.

There is also a different deadline for taking legal action over a personal injury, including injuries sustained from a motorcycle accident. In these cases, you must file within three years from the date of the crash. Failure to file within this deadline will likely result in the court dismissing the case.

Certain scenarios could even cause the deadline to be shortened or extended. Learn more about your potential legal options by contacting a licensed Traverse City motorcycle accident lawyer from our firm.

Motorcycle Accident Insurance Claims

After being involved in a motorcycle crash in Michigan, you may be able to pursue compensation from your personal injury protection (PIP) coverage, as required under the law.

However, as mentioned earlier, motorcycles are not considered motor vehicles. This means that there is no no-fault coverage for these types of vehicles. Luckily, you could still file a claim for compensation with the other driver’s no-fault coverage, regardless of whether the driver owns or leases the vehicle.

Should this coverage exceed your damages, you could file a claim against the no-fault coverage you may have on another motor vehicle in your possession.

PIP policies issued or renewed before July 1, 2020 provide unlimited coverage for medical expenses. Any policies bought after this date have limits selected by the driver:

Aside from medical bills, no-fault coverage also helps pay up to 85 percent of wages you have lost from being unable to work for a maximum of three years.

The Other Driver Does Not Have Enough Insurance – What Do I Do?

If the other driver lacks insurance or enough to cover your damages, you may be able to file a claim with your uninsured/underinsured motorist coverage.

Motorcycle insurance claims can be complex, which is why we recommend speaking with one of our qualified Traverse City motorcycle accident lawyers. We know what it takes to build a strong case on your behalf.

Contact our office today by calling (800) 762-8623.

Passenger Rights After Being Injury in a Motorcycle Crash

Passengers injured in motorcycle crashes have certain rights under the law. They may be able to pursue compensation for any accident-related expenses from the same sources as the driver of the motorcycle.

The type and amount of damages that may be recovered will be determined on a case-by-case-basis. That is why it is important to meet with an experienced lawyer from Jay Trucks & Associates for more information.

How Does Not Wearing a Helmet Affect My Claim?

Michigan law requires all motorcycle riders under the age of 21 to wear a helmet. For riders over 21, you must have $20,000 in first-party insurance coverage and have passed a motorcycle safety class or have had a motorcycle license for at least two years.

Even if you were legally obligated to wear a helmet, you may still be able to pursue compensation for your injuries. It may be harder to recover compensation because the other driver’s insurance company and legal team may try to say that your injuries would have not been as serious if you were wearing a helmet at the time of the accident. The value of your claim may even be lowered according to your percentage of fault in accordance with the state’s comparative fault law, or be denied if you share more blame for the crash than the other driver.

What Are “No Contact” Motorcycle Accidents?

Sometimes a motorcycle crash is caused by a rider losing control of the bike. This could be due to mechanical issues, such as a tire blowout, poor road conditions, such as a pothole, or a weather-related issue that causes less visibility on the road. These are considered “no contact” motorcycle accidents because no other divers are involved.

It can be difficult to establish liability in these cases, but you may be able to pursue compensation against a product manufacturer or government entity.

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Common Causes of Motorcycle Accidents

Motorcycle accidents are often caused by someone else’s negligence. This negligent behavior could include:

  • Driving while distracted, such as texting, eating or using a GPS device
  • Speeding or driving recklessly
  • Failing to yield the right-of-way
  • Following too closely
  • Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol
  • Disobeying traffic laws
  • Failing to check for blind spots
  • Weaving in and out of traffic

These reckless actions can result in head-on crashes, sideswipes, rear-end collisions and high-speed accidents, among others.

Get in Touch With a Traverse City Motorcycle Accident Lawyer

If you or a loved one were injured in a motorcycle accident, it is in your best interest to contact a lawyer. Our Traverse City motorcycle accident lawyers have the knowledge, experience and resources it takes to conduct a thorough investigation to gather the evidence necessary to build a strong case on your behalf.

Call us to schedule a free, no-obligation consultation to learn more about your rights and available legal options. There is no risk in calling us and no obligation to take legal action. If you have a case, there are no upfront fees. You only pay us if we obtain compensation for you.

Jay Trucks & Associates.
Free Consultation. Ph: (800) 762-8623.