Passengers who are injured as the result of another’s negligence have the same ability to seek a no-fault claim and other compensation as needed. However, especially after the shock of being involved in a crash, it may be confusing to know where to begin and how to file your claim.
At Jay Trucks, we are always prepared to help victims injured in a Michigan car crash. In the blog below, we talk about the no-fault benefits and other damages that may apply to an injured passenger.
If another driver’s careless or reckless actions caused you to suffer harm in a car crash, we offer a free, no-obligation case review with one of our Grand Rapids car accident lawyers. We have recovered more than $500 million in compensation for our injured victims. This proven track record includes a $2 million settlement for a 43-year-old man who was catastrophically injured in a car crash.
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Passengers, just like drivers, have legal rights for seeking no-fault benefits and other compensation if they are injured in a car crash. However, there is a lot of conflicting information about PIP benefits for passengers, especially since the changes brought about by the auto insurance reforms of 2019. Some passengers may mistakenly think they have no options for seeking compensation for their injuries and other losses, especially if they do not have any car insurance of their own.
Under the state’s no-fault law, all passengers injured in a Michigan car crash have access to PIP benefits. It is, however, important to note that these benefits may not exceed the limits of the relevant auto insurance policy you file your claim through.
PIP Benefits include:
You are correct if you think there is a priority filing order that applies when you pursue a no-fault benefits claim in Michigan. The order that applies is as follows:
If you suffered serious harm and meet the eligibility requirements under the state’s injury threshold, you may be eligible to seek a claim for additional damages through a liability claim.
Our qualified attorneys are prepared to review the details of your situation and help you understand all possible sources for seeking compensation for the injuries and other losses you sustained in a crash as a passenger. There is no cost or obligation for this consultation, and we can answer any questions you may have about the legal process.
If a child passenger was injured while riding in your car, or in the vehicle of another driver, he or she is also eligible to seek no-fault benefits under Michigan state law.
Car crash claims for minor children are handled a bit differently, although the priority order of seeking no-fault benefits is much the same as for an adult passenger.
After being injured as a passenger in a motor vehicle accident, it is important that you get police or other first responders to the scene as soon as possible. Even though you are not the driver, it can be helpful to have access to the details provided in a police report when filing a no-fault benefits or injury claim.
Here are some recommended first steps for passengers involved in a crash:
Many passengers may falsely believe they do not have access to benefits or other legal claims after a car crash that causes them harm. However, whether you are an injured passenger or driver, you may be eligible to seek compensation for your injuries and other damages under the law.
Contact our team of legal professionals at Jay Trucks to learn more about the types of compensation you may be able to seek and how we may be able to help.
Initial consultations are completely free, and if we represent you, there is nothing to pay – upfront or while we work on your case. We only get paid if you do.
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