Due to our proximity to Canada, our car accident attorneys are frequently contacted by Canadian citizens who are injured in car accidents in Michigan. The injured visitor was either travelling through our state for work or vacation and was injured in an auto accident. Canadians injured in Michigan auto accidents have legal rights and are afforded several options to recover damages and for compensation
Millions of Canadian citizens enter the United States through the border with Michigan. The Canada to Michigan entry points are the Ambassador Bridge, the Detroit-Windsor Tunnel, the Blue Water Bridge, and the Sault Ste. Marie International Bridge. Once a visitor has crossed the border and entered into Michigan, the personal injury and motor vehicle accident laws apply for all accidents in the state.
Types of Car Accident Claims for Visitors from Canada
There are two types of claims that the visitor from Canada can pursue for auto accident related injuries. First, the injured person can make a claim for personal injury damages against the negligent driver that caused the accident. This is a claim for pain and suffering, disability, scars and disfigurements, and other similar types of damages. These claims are typically filed against the negligent driver and that person’s auto insurance company. These are often referred to as liability, or third party, claims.
The visitor from Canada may also be able file a claim for Michigan No-Fault Insurance benefits under certain circumstances. To qualify, the injured person’s own auto insurance company is certified in Michigan. These benefits include lost wages, medical expenses, household service expenses, and other tremendous benefits. A claim for these benefits must be filed within one year after the accident.
Should You Elect Canadian Accident Benefits?
The injured Canadian visitor can also elect to have benefits paid by the Ontario accident benefits regulation program. These benefits also provide payment of medical expenses and lost wages.
There are some differences between the Ontario accident benefits regulation program and Michigan No-Fault Insurance benefits, so it is important to carefully select the benefit program that gives the best benefits after their car accident. Our accident lawyers will assist you in determining which program is the best benefits program for you to select with the best and most comprehensive benefits.
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There are strict time limits for filing claims so it is important that act now. Get help after your accident by calling our award-winning Michigan injury lawyers now.
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