Tim is correct. You don't need to hire a lawyer to defend you from a car accident (unless you were driving without insurance). All you need to do is turn it over to your own insurance company. The insurer hires a lawyer who will then defend you up to your policy limits.
The last part of your question was cut off, but you need to do two things now.
You will need to contact your own auto insurance company to put them on notice, and have them eventually assign a lawyer to defend you in a pending civil case since the rider was injured in the motorcycle accident, and you will need to find an excellent local lawyer to help you now with the criminal misdemeanor charge. There are many excellent Michigan criminal lawyers on AVVO who can help you.
The largest non-operable herniated disc injury trial verdict in Oakland County Michigan was my own, and it was 1.1 million. That said, there certainly have been a number of no cause or zero dollar awards in Oakland County as well. Your question really is being asked in a vacuum and without knowing more about the case and seeing who will be sitting on the jury, it is really difficult to say. I personally feel the best resource is the jury verdict reporter. It will list all of the trial...
Both your own insurance company if you are making a claim for PIP benefits, and the wrongdoer's insurance company if you've filed a lawsuit for personal injuries from a car accident can do surveillance at any time. The larger the potential claim, and the more money at issue, the more likely they will do surveillance.
The best advice is always the simplest - tell the truth, and if you've tried to work etc always admit you've tried.
I'm very sorry to hear this. I hate to say it, but if your attorney never took the deposition of the eyewitness, and it is indeed a he said-she said situation with each driver blaming the other and no other proof to show other drive ran the red light, then your girlfriend does indeed have a very serious problem.
The seminal case is Miller v. Hensley in Michigan, and as the police officer who wrote the UD-10 police report will not be able to testify as to fault, unless the other driver made...
Throw in the towel on your case? Sounds like it may be more appropriate to throw in the towel on your lawyer if he or she isn't attending depositions or court hearings and returning your phone calls and giving you status updates.
Ignore the previous answer. Michigan is a no fault state and the at-fault driver does not, under Michigan law, pay PIP benefits. Your own no fault auto insurance company will pay all PIP benefits. If you did not have insurance, here is the order of priorities to recover PIP benefits in Michigan:
I agree you need to ask your attorney, but 16 months is only an average in Wayne County. Yesterday I had a trial date get adjourned to next year, so it can take much longer. SSI can also create a set-off on wage loss if you are suing for those under Michigan PIP. It will depend on what wage loss, if any, he is suing for in your first party case and what economic loss, if any, you will be claiming in your tort case against the negligent driver.
They will likely get around to amending and fixing your first and last name, but Michigan law is clear - if you are uninsured, you can be sued for all damage you have caused. There is no mini tort protection. You will likely be working out a payment plan with the insurance company..
Not at all (and I don't mean to sound self-serving here, either). The reason is simple - you have one year to file an application for benefits with your no fault insurance company in Michigan to secure your future no fault insurance benefits. May you be fortunate and your back pain completely clear in the next few weeks or months, which it likely will if it is only connective tissue. But what happens if it starts to get progressively worse, and you end up needing very serious spine surgery...