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What every driver and passenger needs to know about Michigan’s No-Fault Insurance

Michigan’s No-Fault Insurance Act extends outside the borders of Michigan to other states and Canada.

Michigan’s No-Fault Insurance system applies to:

  • Michigan vehicle accidents: automobile, truck or motorcycle
  • Michigan residents and non-residents with Michigan no-fault insurance coverage
  • Michigan residents who are drivers, passengers, pedestrians, and cyclists even if they do not have their own auto insurance
  • Michigan residents are likely entitled to no-fault insurance coverage for accidents in another state, in U.S. territories, or in Canada

Here’s why having a Michigan no-fault connection matters.

In a state without a no-fault insurance system, collecting your economic losses and pain and suffering damages from a driver involved requires a showing of fault and proof of an accident-related injury. Only then will the at-fault driver or his/her insurance company pay damages. To get the recovery you deserve in these states (such as Indiana and Illinois), it takes time and can be costly. Meanwhile, your medical bills pile up and your lost income goes unpaid.

When Michigan no-fault insurance applies, your economic damages, such as medical bills, medical mileage and income loss, are paid without regard to fault, i.e. no-fault. A claim for pain and suffering against an at-fault driver is a separate claim.

Knowing the complexities of when the Michigan no-fault insurance protections apply, and how to maximize your recovery for no-fault benefits and your claims against an at-fault driver, are keys of focus for Conybeare Law Office. We have helped thousands of people injured in accidents.

A knowledgeable Michigan attorney for no-fault insurance coverage is critical to getting fair compensation.

The Michigan No-Fault Act was adopted in 1973 and was substantially re-written in 2019. As a result, major changes went into effect that impact almost all claims arising out of a Michigan motor vehicle accident. There have been thousands of appellate court decisions interpreting the No-Fault Act, countless publications explaining it, and annual multi-day seminars devoted to keeping attorneys up-to-date on the status of the law. No-fault insurance is a complex area of law. It is counter-intuitive and filled with landmines.

At Conybeare Law Office, we continually follow the new cases, refer to publications, and attend seminars to stay current. Because we know the Michigan No-Fault Insurance Act, lawyers in Michigan and from other states look to us for advice and training to help avoid the pitfalls of being less knowledgeable of Michigan no-fault insurance laws.

When there is any Michigan connection to your motor vehicle accident, we know how to evaluate and protect your interests under Michigan laws that out-of-state attorneys may not know or understand. We know the distinctions that out-of-state attorneys can easily miss. Our expertise in representing injured people has been developed over decades of practicing Michigan no-fault insurance law. Let us put our knowledge to work fighting for you.