The Detroit car accident lawyers at The Lee Steinberg Law Firm are legal experts. We have been helping the people of metro Detroit for more than 40 years. If you were injured in a car accident, contact us for a free consultation. We can explain your rights, and options and get you the compensation you deserve.
Receiving money from a car accident begins by setting up an auto insurance claim. However, it can be challenging to get the insurance company to pay.
An experienced and aggressive Detroit car accident lawyer will navigate the claims process for you. We can provide the necessary proof and documentation to make sure medical bills, lost wages and out-of-pocket costs are paid. In addition, our law firm will ensure you top dollar for pain and suffering.
Detroit Auto Accidents and the Michigan No-Fault Law
Michigan is a no-fault state. This means almost all people injured in an auto collision are entitled to Michigan no-fault benefits. This is true even if a person caused the accident. Michigan no-fault benefits are also called personal injury protection (PIP) benefits. They include:
- The payment of 85% of lost wages for up to 3 years
- The payment of medical expenses up to the PIP coverage limit
- The payment of prescriptions, out-of-pocket costs and co-pays
- Payment to friends and family that perform household chores or replacement services
- The payment of attendant care services for serious injuries
Pain and Suffering Compensation from a Detroit Car Accident
Victims of a Detroit auto accident crash are also entitled to compensation for their pain and suffering. This is paid by the at-fault driver, the owner of the at-fault vehicle, the driver’s employer if applicable and other potential defendants.
Pain and suffering compensation is also known as “non-economic damages.” It can include:
- Present and future pain and suffering
- Emotional distress, anxiety and loss of companionship
- Present and future loss of income/wages not covered by PIP
- Death (through a wrongful death lawsuit)
- Bystander claims (i.e. witnessing the injury of a family member in an accident)
- Permanent or temporary work/activity disability
- Psychological injury (i.e. PTSD, depression, fright and shock)
- Scars and permanent disfigurements
The Detroit car accident attorneys at the Lee Steinberg Law Firm represent clients with a wide range of injuries suffered in an auto accident. We have represented victims who have suffered from traumatic brain injury, broken bones, back and neck injuries, hip and elbow injuries, knee and ligament injuries and more.
Detroit Uninsured Drivers and Car Accidents
Due to the high cost of auto insurance in Michigan, and in particular Detroit, the city of Detroit has some of the highest number of uninsured drivers anywhere in the state. Some estimates state that as many as 25% of vehicle owners living in Detroit are uninsured.
If you are in an accident with an uninsured driver, you can still get a recovery. Individuals in these accidents may be able to file an uninsured motorist claim against an auto insurance company. This type of claim allows the injured person to receive pain and suffering compensation, even if the negligent car or truck did not have insurance.
Our Detroit uninsured accident lawyers can assist you in this process.
Detroit Vehicle Accident Stats
Driving and walking in Detroit can be dangerous. According to the city’s crash statistics, there were 24,930 accidents in the city in a single year that involved 6,511 injuries and deaths. The top types of crashes include rear-end crashes, running a red light or stop sign, t-bone crashes, left-turn crashes, head-on crashes, and sideswipe accidents.
Dangerous Roads & Intersections in Detroit
- Grand River Avenue at Greenfield Road
- Greenfield Road at West McNichols Road
- Greenfield Road at Fenkell Street
- Greenfield Road at Joy Road
- Greenfield Road at West 7 Mile Road
- Grand River Avenue at Lahser Road and
- Grand River Avenue at Southfield Service Drive
- Grand River Avenue and Evergreen Road
- Van Dyke and Eleven Mile, on both sides of I-696
- Ford Road at Lilley in Canton
- Ford Road at Haggerty in Canton
- Orchard Lake and Twelve Mile in Farmington Hills
- Southfield and Eleven Mile
Detroit Car Accidents – Causes and Effects
As the most populous city in Detroit, the city also has the most car crashes. According to the Michigan State Police, in 2021 there were over 50,000 crashes in Wayne County resulting in 219 fatalities. More than 16,000 people were injured from Wayne County car or truck crashes.
With I-94, I-96 and I-75 permeating Detroit’s metro area, interstates are a common location for accidents. Recent data from the Michigan Transportation Asset Management Council concludes almost 80% of the state’s roads are in fair or poor condition.
This creates havoc for drivers who try to avoid large potholes or cracks in the road, both on the interstates and on the intersections in the city. In addition, Michigan winters can be brutal. Winter weather can cause accidents all over the city.
Speed, in general, plays a major role in Detroit car accidents. Other common reasons for car accidents are drunk driving, fatigued driving and distracted driving.
Inattentive driving from cell phones is rapidly catching up to speeding as a primary cause of accidents all across the country. This is especially true in Detroit. Drivers on their smart phones who are texting or on the Internet drift out of their lane or failed to see slowing traffic, causing a horrible rear-end crash.
Car crashes in Detroit are compounded thanks to potholes, snow, ice or other issues on our poorly maintained streets and highways.
Consider the causes of these car accidents from recent Detroit Police traffic reports:
- On Northbound I-75, a three-car accident started when a disabled vehicle stopped on the shoulder of the freeway was struck at high speed by a second vehicle. The driver of the second vehicle never saw the disabled car. This then caused a chain-reaction, with a third vehicle hitting another car before hitting a median wall.
- A head-on collision on Conner just south of Kenmoor St. occurred when a driver was not paying attention, resulting in the vehicle drifting over the centerline into oncoming traffic.
The Detroit car crash lawyers at the Lee Steinberg Law Firm recommends if you driving a car, truck or motorcycle in Detroit, or walking as a pedestrian on a city street, pay attention to your surroundings and stay off your cell phone. Failing to keep your eyes on the road causes countless car accidents in Detroit.
Living in Detroit
Detroit is Michigan’s biggest, busiest, and most populous city with just over 670,000 people. Famous around the world for its Motown music history, Detroit is known for its diverse cultural contributions as a mecca for music, art, and architecture. It’s one of the nation’s historic hubs of transportation technology and automotive manufacturing.
Detroit is still one of the country’s largest metro areas and has one of the busiest airports in the United States. Is is home to some of the largest corporations in America, with the auto industry and tech industry the economic engine of the city.
Choosing the Best Detroit Car Accident and Injury Lawyers
The difference between receiving a fair settlement or no settlement at all is often in the choice you make for your personal injury lawyer. Our Detroit Car Accident Injury Lawyers have the dedication, experience and expertise to win the maximum dollars your case deserves.
We have collected hundreds of millions of dollars for metro Detroit car accident victims and their families. And there is no fee or any costs unless we win your case.
We represent injury victims who are seriously injured or killed by somebody else’s negligence or wrongdoing in a car accident. We fight for you against the largest insurance companies and corporations, protecting your rights and helping you receive justice.
Our reputation for client success has a 40-year history and counting.
We understand that after a car accident, getting around can be difficult. That’s why we will come to you and visit with you, to help eliminate the anxiety involved in being injured and to make sure your case is handled properly.
As one of the largest personal injury law firms in Michigan, we know what it takes to get you a successful settlement.
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