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As Michigan bicycle accident lawyers, we recognize that victims of accidents in Michigan have a lot of questions about their legal rights. We try to answer many of your questions below. Of course, you probably have a question or concern unique to your own individual case that needs the attention of an experienced Michigan bicycle accident attorney.

In Michigan, a person injured in a bicycle accident must generally file a lawsuit within 3 years under the statute of limitations. If you fail to meet that deadline, your case will be destroyed forever and you cannot sue for your injuries. It is essential that you contact an experienced Michigan accident and injury lawyer as soon as possible so that you do not lose your rights to a fair settlement.

If you were a pedestrian or were riding a bicycle and were injured as a result of being struck by an uninsured automobile, you have two potential claims arising out of the automobile accident. The first claim you have is for no-fault benefits, which will cover your damages for loss wages, medical expenses and household chores. Even if the other driver did not have insurance, but you owned your own automobile which had car insurance, or you were living with a relative had car insurance, you can make a claim for no-fault benefits through your automobile insurance company or your relative’s automobile insurance company. Even if you did not have automobile insurance or you were not living with a relative who did not have automobile insurance, you are able to make a claim for no-fault benefits through the Michigan Assigned Claims Facility.

In addition to making a claim for no-fault benefits, if you had your own automobile insurance which had uninsured motorist coverage or were living with a relative who had automobile insurance which had uninsured motorist coverage, you may be able to make a claim against the insurance company for uninsured motorist coverage, which will cover all of your non-economic damages, including damages for pain and suffering and disfigurement. Additionally, you may make a claim for any excess economic damages over and above which you are entitled to receive in no-fault benefits. There are very strict time limitations in pursuing these type of claims. Therefore, if you are involved in an auto accident, we recommend that you contact us immediately.

There are several claims that can be made. First, you can file a claim for Michigan No-Fault Benefits with the proper auto insuance company. This will pay for medical bills, lost wages, attendant care services, and other allowable expenses. Second, you can file a claim against the negligent driver for your personal injuries, including pain and suffering, loss of enjoyment of life, and other damages. Third, if the negligent driver did not have car insurance on the vehicle, you can file an uninsured motorists claim if you have the coverage available to you under your insurance policy or the policy of a member of your household.

Yes. You can receive Michigan no-fault insurance benefits after a bicycle accident if there was a motor vehicle involved in the accident. These benefits include payment of medical expenses, lost wages, transportation expenses, attendant care services, and household services.


The key to obtaining your insurance benefits after a bicycle accident in Michigan is determining which no-fault insurance company is responsible for paying your benefits. In Michigan, there is an Order of Priority for determining which insurer must pay benefits. First, if you own an insured vehicle then your own car insurance company will pay those benefits. If you do not have an insured vehicle, then the next source of insurance coverage would be a relative living in the same household as you with auto insurance. If neither of those apply, then the auto insurance company for the motor vehicle that struck you would be responsible for paying your benefits. If that vehicle was not insured, you would be able to make your claim with the Assigned Claims Facility.

Your Application for No-Fault Insurance Benefits must be filed with the proper insurance company within one year of the accident. There is also a deadline for submitting your expenses and for filing a lawsuit. Therefore, you should contact our office immediately so that we can determine which insurance company must pay your benefits after the bicycle accident and so we can assist you in making sure all claims are timely submitted.

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Although it is not safe, it is not illegal to ride a bike in Michigan and talk on a cell phone at the same time. Local ordinances banning or restrict­ing cell phones may or may not cover bicyclists. Check with your local government.

The Michigan Vehicle Code does not require bicyclists to ride on the sidewalk in Michigan and we do not recommend it because of safety hazards to the bicyclist and other sidewalk users.

However, Section 257.660c of the MVC says:

(1) “An individual operating a bicycle upon a sidewalk or a pedestrian crosswalk shall yield the right-of-way to pedes­trians and shall give an audible signal before overtaking and passing a pedestrian.”

(2) “An individual shall not operate a bicycle upon a sidewalk or a pedestrian crosswalk if that operation is prohibited by an official traffic control device.”

(3) “An individual lawfully operating a bicycle upon a sidewalk or a pedestrian crosswalk has all of the rights and responsibilities applicable to a pedestrian using that sidewalk or crosswalk.”

No. In Michigan, the Michigan Vehicle Code no longer prohibits “passing between lanes of traffic,” but it also does not provide for cyclists passing on the right of other vehicles. The purpose of this law is to protect the safety of the bicyclist as well as Michigan drivers, preventing Michigan car-bicycle accidents.

Yes. Section 257.657 of the Michigan Vehicle Code states:

“Each person riding a bicycle in Michigan upon a roadway has all of the rights and is subject to all of the duties applicable to the driver of a vehicle by this chapter, except as to special regulations in this article and except as to the provisions of this chapter which by their nature do not have application.”

Section 257.656(3) of the Michigan Vehicle Code (“MVC” — Public Act 300 of 1949) applies to Michigan bicyclists and states: “The regulations applicable to bicycles under sections 656 to 662 shall apply when a bicycle is operated upon a highway or upon a path set aside for the exclusive use of bicycles, subject to those exceptions stated in sections 656 to 662.”

Under Michigan law, a bicyclist injured in a Michigan car accident is entitled to have all medical expenses paid under the no-fault insurance laws if the injuries arose from an accident with a motor vehicle. Typically, the insurance company or the Michigan Assigned Claims Facility will pay these bills. The injured biker can receive these benefits even if he or she did not own a car or have a no-fault insurance policy.

The claim can be made against the insurance company for the negligent driver, an auto insurance policy issued to a family member in the same household of the injured biker, or through the Michigan Assigned Claims Facility if there was no other source of insurance. To have these medical expenses paid by a no-fault insurance company, it is important that the accident victim file an Application for No-Fault Benefits with the proper insurance company

Yes, if a bike rider suffers injuries due to a person opening a car door into their path, there is basis for filing a Michigan bicycle accident case.

In fact, the majority of times when a person opens a car door into the path of a moving bicyclist, the person exiting the vehicle is found liable for the injuries to the bicyclist. It is well-known to all drivers and occupants of vehicles that it is necessary to first look around before opening a car door. The failure to do that is negligence when a bicyclist is injured by the opening of the car door and does give basis for the injured victim to file a Michigan bicycle accident case.

Call our office now at (800) 606-1717 if you suffer injuries from an open car door while riding your bike in Michigan. Under Michigan law, you do have the legal right to sue the negligent person exiting the vehicle. Our experienced Michigan bicycle accident attorneys at Buckfire & Buckfire, P.C. will discuss your case with you and determine whether or not you can file for Michigan No-Fault Insurance Benefits. We will represent you in your bicycle accident case under our No Fee Promise, which means no legal fees until we win or settle your case. Call today for your free consultation!

Yes, a lawsuit can be filed if a bicyclist was injured by an open car door while riding bicycle in Michigan. The injuries that result from this type of accident are often serious, including traumatic brain injuries and even death.

When a person opens a car door into the path of a moving bicyclist, the person exiting the car may be held liable for the injuries to the bicyclist. It is well-known to all drivers and occupants of vehicles that it is necessary to first look around before opening a car door. The failure to do that is negligence when a bicyclist is injured by the opening of the car door.

Therefore, if the person who opened the car door is found negligent, a lawsuit may be able to be filed against that person for pain and suffering damages. In addition to a personal injury claim, the injured Michigan bicyclist may be able to file a claim for Michigan no-fault benefits against the negligent person’s insurance company. Many times, the auto insurance company will pay substantial settlements for a bicyclist struck by an open car door.

If you or someone you know has suffered serious injuries from an open car door while riding a bike in Michigan, call the best Michigan lawyer for your case today at (800) 606-1717. Our Buckfire & Buckfire, P.C. bicycle accident attorneys will start working on your case immediately, gathering all the evidence and witness statements to win and settle your case. Call today for your free consultation!

If you or someone you know was side-swiped by car while riding bike in Michigan, and suffer injuries, you do have legal rights. First, the injured Michigan bicyclist can file a claim against the negligent driver for the injuries suffered in the side-swipe collision. If the vehicle cannot be identified, the injured bicyclist can often file an uninsured motorist’s claim under his or her own automobile insurance policy.

Second, the injured bicyclist can file a claim for Michigan No-Fault Insurance benefits. This claim can be filed even if the biker did not own a vehicle or have car insurance. No-fault benefits will cover any medical expenses, lost wages, attendant care, replacement services, and other benefits related to injuries suffered in the car side-swipe bicycle accident.

If you or someone you know has suffered injuries in a Michigan bicycle accident due to a car side-swiping your bike while riding on the street, call the best Michigan lawyer for your case today at (800) 606-1717. Our Buckfire & Buckfire, P.C. bicycle accident lawyers will start working on your case immediately, gathering all the evidence and witness statements to win and settle your case. We will also represent you under our No Fee Promise, which means no legal fees or costs until we prove and win your case. Call today for your free consultation!

Yes, you can file a Michigan bicycle accident claim if hit by the side view mirrors of a passing car. Often times, these accidents cause serious injuries, including traumatic brain injuries and even death.

In this situation, the injured bicyclist can file a claim against that driver for the injuries suffered in the accident. If the vehicle cannot be identified, the injured bicyclist can often file an uninsured motorist’s claim under his or her own automobile insurance policy.

In addition to a personal injury claim, the injured bicyclist can file a claim for Michigan No-Fault Insurance benefits. This claim can be filed even if the bicyclist did not own a vehicle or have car insurance.

For more information after a being hit by side view mirrors of car while riding bike in Michigan, call our top rated Michigan bicycle accident lawyers now at (800) 606-1717. Our Buckfire & Buckfire, P.C. award winning attorneys will start working on your case immediately, gathering all the evidence and witness statements to win and settle your case. We will also represent you under our No Fee Promise, which means no legal fees or costs until we prove and win your case. Call today for your free consultation!

Yes, you can sue for bicycle accident injuries if you were cut off by a car in Michigan. In this scenario, the bicycle accident injury victim may be able to file a claim in Michigan for pain and suffering damages against the negligent driver.

In addition to filing a personal injury claim, the injured bicyclist can file a claim for Michigan No-Fault Insurance benefits. The bicyclist can do this even if he/she did not own a vehicle or have car insurance.

This no-fault claim can be made against the insurance company for the negligent driver, an auto insurance policy issued to a family member in the same household of the injured bicyclist, or through the Michigan Assigned Claims Facility if there was no other source of insurance. It is very important that the accident victim files an Application for No-Fault Benefits with the proper insurance company so that these benefits are attained.

If you or someone you know has suffered injuries in a bicycle accident after being cut off by a car in Michigan, call the best Michigan attorney for your case today at (800) 606-1717. Our Buckfire & Buckfire, P.C. bicycle accident lawyers will start working on your case immediately, gathering all the evidence and witness statements to win and settle your case. We will also represent you under our No Fee Promise, which means no legal fees or costs until we prove and win your case. Call today for your free consultation!

Finding the best lawyer in Michigan for a bicycle accident lawsuit can be difficult task. When looking to hire an attorney after your Michigan bicycle accident, you may want to ask the attorney the following questions:

  • Have you ever written a book on bicycle accidents and insurance claims?
  • Do you have a website with information on bicycle accident cases and free forms that I can print to make my insurance claims?
  • Have you ever taken an bicycle accident case involving to trial and won a verdict for your client?
  • What kinds of settlements have you received for your clients?

The lawyers at Buckfire & Buckfire, P.C. will give you direct answers to all of those questions, as well as answer any other questions that you may have regarding your case and your legal rights. Our firm has represented bicycle accident injury victims and their families for over 40 years throughout the State of Michigan, and has the knowledge, expertise, and experience in handling these types of cases. We have a track record of obtaining sizeable Michigan bicycle accident settlements and jury verdicts for our injured clients and providing the best service possible.

For more information about our award winning law firm and to discuss your case with one of our best lawyers for your Michigan bicycle accident lawsuit, call our office now at (800) 606-1717. We offer a No Win, No Fee promise, meaning our clients do not pay a penny until the case is settled or won. Call today for your free consultation!

If you or someone you know was hit by a car door while riding bike in Michigan, and suffer injuries, you do have legal rights. Under Michigan law, a bicyclist injured in a Michigan car accident is entitled to have all medical expenses paid under the no-fault insurance laws if the injuries arose from an accident with a motor vehicle.

In this type of case, the person who opened the door and the owner of the car can be held liable for the injuries to the bicyclist. It is well-known to all drivers and occupants of vehicles that it is necessary to first look around before opening a car door. The failure to do that is negligence when a bicyclist is injured by the opening of the car door. Many times, the auto insurance company will pay substantial settlements for a bicyclist struck by an open car door.

Our experienced Michigan bicycle accident attorneys at Buckfire & Buckfire, P.C. will discuss your case with you and determine whether or not you can file for Michigan No-Fault Insurance Benefits. We will represent you in your bicycle accident case under our No Fee Promise, which means no legal fees until we win or settle your case. Call today for your free consultation.

Yes, you may file an injury claim if you were riding your bike and was hit by an opened car door. The person who opened the door and the owner of the car can be held liable for the injuries to the bicyclist. It is well-known to all drivers and occupants of vehicles that it is necessary to first look around before opening a car door. The failure to do that is negligence when a bicyclist is injured by the opening of the car door. Many times, the auto insurance company will pay substantial settlements for a bicyclist struck by an open car door.

If you or someone you know has suffered injuries in a bicycle accident after being hit by an opened car door in Michigan, call the best Michigan attorney for your case today at (800) 606-1717. Our Buckfire & Buckfire, P.C. bicycle accident lawyers will start working on your case immediately, gathering all the evidence and witness statements to win and settle your case. We will also represent you under our No Fee Promise, which means no legal fees or costs until we prove and win your case. Call today for your free consultation.