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Who pays my PIP benefits if I’m injured in a car accident while in a limo, ambulance or shuttle bus?

April 13, 2012 by Steven M. Gursten

Michigan’s No-Fault law delineates the insurance required to pay your PIP insurance benefits when occupying limousines, airport shuttles, etc.

This is the third blog in my series about who pays No-Fault PIP benefits for people who are injured in auto accidents under different scenarios.

Michigan has “priority” laws – rules contained in our No-Fault Act – that create an “order of priority” for accident victims. The first thing our insurance lawyers do when someone calls us who has been injured in a car accident is determine which of the more than 100 auto insurance companies in Michigan has the highest priority (legal responsibility) to pay an auto accident victim’s PIP benefits.

If you were injured in a Michigan motor vehicle accident and you were driving or riding as a passenger in “a motor vehicle operated in the business of transporting passengers” such as a limousine, an ambulance or an airport shuttle, then, under Michigan courts’ interpretation of the Michigan No-Fault Law, you should:

File your claim for No-Fault benefits with the No-Fault “insurer of the motor vehicle,” i.e., the No- Fault insurer of the limousine, ambulance or airport shuttle. (MCL 500.3114(2))

Of course, after nearly 20 years of doing this type of work and helping people injured in accidents, I can tell you that sometimes these shuttle services are not so willing to comply and give injured accident victims the name of the No-Fault insurer, so they can file an application for benefits and set up a PIP claim.

But that is for another blog.

Steve Gursten is one of the nation’s top insurance lawyers handling No-Fault litigation and auto accident lawsuits. He is head of Michigan Auto Law and president of the Motor Vehicle Trial Lawyers Association. Steve frequently writes and speaks about Michigan No-Fault law and auto insurance, and is available for comment.

Related information to protect yourselves:

Your Michigan PIP benefits

Who pays No-Fault benefits for pedestrians and bicyclists?

Michigan No-Fault Act

Michigan Auto Law is the largest law firm exclusively handling car accident, truck accident and motorcycle accident cases throughout the entire state. We have offices in Farmington Hills, Detroit, Ann Arbor, Grand Rapids and Sterling Heights. Call (800) 968-1001 to speak with one of our Michigan insurance lawyers.

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