Car Accidents

Detroit Car Accident Lawyers

Helping Clients Recover Meaningful Compensation

If you or a loved one was recently involved in a car accident, you could be facing new medical bills you never thought you’d have to afford. For many, medical debt incurred because of injuries sustained in a car accident can be overwhelming and seem impossible to pay off. If another driver was responsible for causing the accident, however, you can fight to recover damages for medical debt that exceeds your insurance coverage.

We at Bahrie Law can offer the legal support necessary to help clients pursue compensation when they were injured in a car collision caused by another driver’s negligence. Our firm has more than 40 years of experience helping clients deal with their insurance companies and more. We can also litigate on their behalf when they need to hold an at-fault driver or another party who was responsible for the accident accountable for their negligence or wrongful acts.

Rest assured that our car accident lawyers in Detroit provide personalized legal assistance, which means we can tailor our advice and services to meet your unique needs.

To discuss your case with a qualified attorney from Bahrie Law, call (800) 785-9924 to schedule a consultation. 

Michigan’s ‘No-Fault' System for Car Accidents

Michigan abides by a no-fault basis for most car accident claims. This means that all Michigan drivers are required to carry no-fault auto insurance, which they use to file a claim for compensation after a car accident. This system differs from other states where those who are injured in car accidents pursue compensation from the other party’s insurance company.

As recently as 2019, however, Michigan altered its no-fault laws, eliminating a previous requirement that all drivers carry unlimited no-fault insurance. As of July 1, 2020, drivers in Michigan may choose between maintaining their unlimited personal injury protection (PIP) or purchasing such insurance that caps at $250,000 or $500,000, or as low as $50,000 if the driver is enrolled in Medicaid.

These changes can mean the following for your car accident claim:

  • If you are injured in an accident, you must file a claim with your insurance carrier to receive compensation up to your PIP coverage limit (if not unlimited).
  • If your injuries are catastrophic and you have unlimited PIP coverage, the only way to receive a payout for your claim is through the Michigan Catastrophic Claims Association (MCCA).
  • Certain no-fault coverage levels and options require you to have “qualified health coverage.”
  • If you have limited PIP coverage, and your medical expenses exceed this amount, you can file a personal injury lawsuit against the party at fault for causing the accident to cover the remainder of your medical bills.

The last point may be the most important if you opt to cap your PIP coverage. If you find yourself unable to afford new medical debt caused by an enormous overspill of what your insurance can cover, you require a car accident attorney in Detroit to help you fight for a better outcome.

Although few people want to be involved in a lawsuit, it’s important to fight for the compensation you need to move forward with your life – especially when someone else is responsible for your injuries.

What Is Comparative Negligence in Michigan?

In Michigan, comparative negligence is the notion that two parties can both be at fault for causing an accident, albeit one party may share more fault than the other. It’s also possible for parties to share equal fault. The percentage of fault assigned to each party can affect the amount in damages the defendant must afford.

How Does Comparative Negligence Work?

If you were injured in a car accident intend to sue the other party, you must prove they share some fault for the accident. For economic damage recovery (i.e. medical bills and property damage), you won’t need to prove the other party was more at fault – just that they had some fault, even if it was less than 50% fault.

Conversely, if you are attempting to recover non-economic damages (such as pain and suffering), you must prove that the other driver is at least 51% at-fault for the accident.

In both situations, your damage recovery is reduced by the percentage of fault assigned to you for the accident.

Contact Our Attorneys Today!

If you need a car accident lawyer near Detroit to help you with your claim or to file a lawsuit against a negligent driver, Bahrie Law can help. With 40+ years of experience in personal injury law, we’ve assisted many clients with car accident cases, helping them recover meaningful compensation to offset or eliminate new medical debt.

For more information about our legal assistance, contact us online to schedule a free consultation.

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