There were nearly 300,000 motor vehicle accidents in Michigan in 2014, including 876 crashes involving fatalities and 71,378 that resulted in injuries to individuals. In other words, Michigan vehicle accidents injure or kill 198 people each day.
Our attorneys at The Law Offices of Lee Steinberg are Michigan car accident experts, including wrongful death cases. We have represented car accident victims for over 40 years. If you or a loved one has been involved in a crash, whether it involved another vehicle or not, we will fight to ensure you receive the compensation and benefits you deserve under the law.
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The Most Common Causes of Michigan Car Accidents
Nationwide, the major contributors to car accidents have remained relatively consistent:
- excessive speed
- driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol
- bad weather
- driving while tired (fatigued driving or drowsy driving)
- aggressive driving
- wildlife-vehicle collisions
- distracted driving
The last of these, distracted driving, has become a much more prominent cause of accidents as the rise of technology has given us more distractions than ever before. It used to be only radio tuners, passengers, and eating on the road that caused drivers to be distracted on the road. In addition to those things, we now also have smartphones that allow drivers to talk, text, search, and play at the touch of a button. As a result, distracted driving accidents have increased substantially over the past five years.
The Many Types of Car Accidents
Just as there are many causes of car accidents, there are also numerous types of accidents. The way a car impacts or is impacted by other vehicles or objects can shape the resulting property damage and/or injuries.
- Head-on collisions occur when the front end of two vehicles run into one another. These collisions are often fatal, as the force of both vehicles forward motion causes very severe accidents.
- Rear-end collisions are accidents where one car crashes into another vehicle in front of it. They are often caused when a distracted driver fails to react to a slowing or stopped vehicle.
- Side-impact collisions are a type of accident in which drivers and passengers may be severely injured when the side of one vehicle is impacted by the front or rear of a fixed object or other vehicle. These collisions are sometimes called “T-bone” collisions.
- Sideswipe collisions occur when the sides of two parallel vehicles touch one another. Sideswipe collisions tend to result in fewer personal injuries unless there are compounding factors at play (loss of driver control, excessive speed, sideswipe causing a rollover, involvement of additional vehicles or objects).
Car Accidents and Michigan No-Fault Law
Regardless of the cause, victims of car accidents are entitled to Personal Injury Protection (PIP) benefits, also known as first-party benefits, under the Michigan No-Fault Law. These no-fault benefits cover reasonably necessary medical treatments and any medical expenses related to the accident:
- up to three years of lost wages
- replacement services (to cover household chores or childcare the victim can no longer complete)
- attendant care such as in-home nursing
- medical mileage
- out-of-pocket medical costs
- vehicle and/or home modifications
Third-party claims are also available to victims if the other driver was at least 50% at-fault for causing the accident. These claims are for pain and suffering compensation.
When someone is killed in a car accident, surviving family members can file a wrongful death lawsuit. Compensation received from a wrongful death suit can include costs for funeral and burial, medical bills, lost wages, and pain, suffering, and loss of companionship for the survivors.
Contact Us Now About Your Car Accident
Working with insurance companies to ensure you get the compensation you deserve can be frustrating and confusing. The Law Offices of Lee Steinberg can help. Please call Lee Free and speak to our Michigan car accident attorneys for a free consultation 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 car accident case.
Injury Attorney Video Notes
In our no-fault system, when you get injured in an automobile accident, you are entitled to certain benefits from your own insurance company. They include replacement services; that’s paying someone to help cut your grass or watch your child. It includes attendant care, which is hands-on nursing care, and wage loss for up to three years after the accident. And medical benefits, which means they pay for your medical care for the rest of your life as long as it relates to the original injury.