Michigan has been fortunate to see a slight decrease in the number of traffic fatalities occurring on its roads over the past several years. However,, there are still more than nine hundred roadway deaths in Michigan each year. That’s a rate of about 2.5 fatalities each and every day. According to National Highway Traffic Administration data, Michigan has hovered around 1 fatality for every 100 million miles driven for some time. Although that number is lower than the United States average, Michigan’s rate has remained constant even while the national fatality rate has declined.
Our attorneys at The Law Offices of Lee Steinberg are Michigan auto accident experts, including wrongful death cases. We have represented auto accident victims for over 40 years. If you or a loved one has been involved in a car crash, whether it involved another car or not, we will fight to ensure you receive the compensation and benefits you deserve under the law.
The Location of Michigan Vehicle Accidents
For years, the majority of fatalities caused by vehicle accidents occurred in rural areas around the state of Michigan. For the first time in 2009, fatalities occurring in urban auto accidents outnumber those in rural areas, and the disparity has continued to grow ever since.s. In 2014, fifty-eight percent of Michigan auto accident deaths occurred in urban crashes.
Unsurprisingly, the counties with the highest number of accidents are major population centers, with five of these counties (Oakland, Kent, Macomb, Ottawa, Washtenaw) among the top six counties for population growth over the past two decades.
- Wayne County
- Oakland County
- Macomb County
- Kent County
- Washtenaw County
- Genesee County
- Ingham County
- Kalamazoo County
- Ottawa County
- Saginaw County
What To Do If You Are In An Automobile Accident
If you are in an accident, the first thing you should do is take a deep breath and stay calm. Your actions immediately following an accident are important to ensure you get quick and proper medical treatment if needed. Additionally, it is important for law enforcement to get the correct information as to how the car accident occurred.
Following a car accident, it is important to do the following:
- Check for injuries and seek medical attention immediately if needed;
- Make sure you get out of harm’s way (move cars out of traffic if possible, use hazard lights, cones, flares and/or warning triangles if available);
- Call the police;
- Gather information that might be needed later, including taking notes, pictures of vehicle damage, injuries, or the scene itself;
- Call your insurance company;
- Call 1-800-LEE-FREE for expert legal assistance.
At the accident scene, make sure you give the police accurate information. Exchange phone numbers and insurance information with the other motorists involved in the accident. Also get the names of any witnesses as well as their contact information.
The Basics of Michigan No-Fault Law
Michigan is a “no-fault” state which basically means that all parties in a car crash are eligible for benefits from their insurance companies, regardless of who caused the accident. Motorcyclists are an exception to this and are not covered under the no-fault law unless a motor vehicle like a car or truck is involved. Pedestrians and bicyclists are covered under the Michigan no-fault law so long as a motor vehicle is involved in the accident.
Under Michigan’s no-fault law, there are two types of cases:
First-party cases secure no-fault benefits for the injured person from the applicable insurance company. These benefits include the payment of medical expenses, lost wages, out-of-pocket costs,, nursing services, and expenses for services you would not have needed if not injured, i.e. home cleaning or childcare.
Third-party cases provide an accident victim with benefits from the at-fault driver’s insurance company. These benefits are usually in the form of pain and suffering compensation.
No-Fault claims have special requirements and restrictions. Understanding your rights and responsibilities with regard to filing your claim is critical, and hiring attorneys who will fight on your behalf will help you to win the compensation you deserve.
Contact Us Now About Your Vehicle Accident
Working with insurance companies to ensure you get the compensation you deserve can be frustrating and confusing. We can help. Please call Lee Free and speak to our auto accident attorneys at 1-800-LEE-FREE (1-800-533-3733) or fill out the Free Case Evaluation Form. And remember, you pay nothing until we settle your vehicle accident case.
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