Cars and SUV accident
When you have been injured as a result of an automobile accident, there are two possible claims for which we can provide legal services. Where an individual sustains bodily injury, which arises out of the defendant's negligent operation of a motor vehicle, the injured person is entitled to compensation for the non-economic losses or damages sustained. Non-economic damages refer to bodily injury in the form of physical pain and suffering, disability or physical impairment, denial of social pleasures, etc. The law requires that the injured party sustain a threshold injury, defined under the law as "serious impairment of a bodily function," which will require objective medical evidence in support of that injury and which injury must affect a person's normal daily activities.
Because Michigan is a no-fault state, when a person sustains accidental bodily injury arising out of the ownership, operation, maintenance or use of a motor vehicle, an insurance company is responsible for paying the following economic benefits:
- Medical expenses - Covers medical bills.
- Medical mileage - Covers for mileage to medical appointments.
- Wage loss - Covers lost wages for missing work.
- Replacement services - Covers household chores, services and child care.
- Attendant care - Covers in-home nursing care.
- Home modifications - Covers expense for making your home accessible in case of disabling injury.
- Vehicle modifications - cover expense for making your vehicle accessible in case of a disabling injury
Auto negligence includes trucking accidents, motorcycle accidents, snowmobile accidents, boat accidents and accidents involving any other motor vehicle.
When tractor-trailers and buses are driven carelessly they become lethal weapons. Due to the sheer size and weight of commercial vehicles, a collision between a passenger vehicle and a semi-truck can be disastrous, and the resulting costs can take a tremendous toll on the lives of the people involved and their families.
The vast majority of truck drivers work hard to make a living and take careful precautions to drive safely. However, there are others that do not take these same precautions and too often, accidents occur because:
- Driver was under the influence of drugs or alcohol
- Driver operated the vehicle unsafely
- Driver was fatigued from driving too many hours
- Driver made an error in judgment
- The truck was carrying a large, unstable load
- The truck had defective equipment
- The truck experienced equipment failure
- The truck failed to meet current inspection standards
These and other contributing factors pose a serious safety risk to the rest of us on the road. Special trucking safety regulations apply to truck drivers and their employers. Motor carriers are required to train drivers regarding applicable regulations and to have adequate management systems in place to monitor their compliance. Violations of these regulations can constitute negligence.
Michigan motorcycle accident laws have many exceptions, and is different than those for car accidents or truck accidents. For example, a motorcycle is not considered a "motor vehicle" in the Michigan no-fault law However, that does that mean an injured motorcyclist cannot have a case. If another motor vehicle like a car or truck was involved in the motorcycle accident AND the motorcycle was properly insured the case is similar to a regular first-party or third-party auto accident case. In those situations, a first-party claim can be filed against the insurance company responsible for no-fault benefits. These benefits include medical expenses related to the auto accident, wage loss, household replacement services, payment for mileage to and from medical appointments and nursing services.
In addition, a third-party claim can be filed against the negligent driver responsible for causing a motorcycle accident. The damages available in a third-party claim include pain and suffering damages and excess economic benefits.
If you or your loved one has been in an accident, contact us to protect your rights. We will meet with you for a free, no-risk consultation. After learning about your case, we can explain to you your legal rights for recovery. We represent the victims of auto, trucking and motorcycle accidents on a contingency fee basis, which means that there is no fee to us unless we recover compensation for our clients.