PIP benefits; persons not entitled
Under certain situations a person will be disqualified from recovering Michigan no-fault insurance benefits (also called personal injury protection benefits (PIP)) under Michigan law:
An automobile accident victim cannot recover PIP benefits if the individual is driving a car or truck that was taken unlawfully. However, if the injured individual reasonably believed that his or her use of the motor vehicle was lawful, he or she is entitled to PIP insurance benefits under Michigan law.
It is important to note that this disqualification applies only to the thief or criminal. If an automobile accident victim is an innocent occupant of a stolen vehicle, he or she may still recover PIP insurance benefits. Similarly, if an innocent person is involved in an automobile accident with a car or truck that is stolen, his or her right to hire a lawyer and file a lawsuit claiming Michigan PIP insurance benefits, and to sue in tort for personal injury, pain and suffering, and excess economic loss, will not be affected.
If the injured person is the owner of an uninsured motor vehicle that was involved in an auto accident, he or she will be disqualified from receiving PIP benefits. An “owner” is a person who has the right to “use” of a motor vehicle for over thirty days or an individual who holds title to the motor vehicle. Read here about an important insurance coverage in case of an accident with an uninsured vehicle.
An auto accident victim is not entitled to Michigan PIP insurance benefits if:
If any of these situations applies to a person who has suffered personal injury in an auto accident under any one of these three circumstances, PIP insurance benefits will not be available under Michigan law.
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