A car accident can be a frightening, life changing event. The accomplished team of super lawyers at the Lee Steinberg Law Firm has over forty years of experience and work every day to help our clients bounce back to lead fulfilling lives. We specialize in Kalamazoo car accident injury cases.
Kalamazoo County Car Accident Statistics
Kalamazoo has a large number of car accidents and crashes every year. In 2021, according to the Michigan State Police, there were 8,236 car crashes in the county. These crashes resulted in over 2,000 injuries and tragically 39 fatalities.
Alcohol played a role in 279 of these crashes and 12 fatalities. That means drinking and driving caused almost a third of all Kalamazoo car accident deaths.
Another major factor in Kalamazoo car accident cases is distracted driving. In 2021, distracted driving resulted in 625 crashes and 200 injuries. The only more prevalent reason for car accidents were crashes involving deer.
Construction zones and work zones also play a major role in auto accidents. In 2021, Kalamazoo County experienced 153 crashes inside a work zone. In a construction area, it is important to slow down and maintain a safe distance between you and the driver in front of you. In fact, this is required under the Michigan rules of the road.
Dangerous Kalamazoo Streets and Intersections
There are numerous hazardous intersections in Kalamazoo, Michigan. Some of the most dangerous are Howard St. and Stadium Dr., S. Drake Rd. and Stadium Dr., and N. Drake Rd. and W. Main Street. Accidents can and will happen. If you are injured in a car crash due to another person’s negligence, our auto accident attorneys can help you receive financial compensation for medical bills, lost wages, or any other kind of suffering and distress resulting from an automobile accident.
It is never easy to do certain things after a car accident. You are in shock, the adrenaline is pumping, or you may be too injured to do much of anything. But if possible, it is wise to try and do the following things while still at the accident scene.
- Call 911 or the police. Make sure law enforcement comes and takes a full report.
- Exchange information with all other drivers. This includes first and last names, telephone numbers and insurance information.
- Take photographs of the license plates of the other vehicles involved in the accident.
- Take photographs of the car damage to your vehicle and the other vehicles
- Take videos on your cell phone if necessary.
- Ask for medical treatment if needed. Don’t be afraid to take an ambulance to a hospital. Your health is always the most important and the ambulance bill will most likely be covered by the auto insurance.
The individual or entities who pay for your insurance after a car accident are the insurance carriers for the negligent defendants. The are multiple potential defendants following a car accident in Kalamazoo. First, the driver who caused the crash is obviously responsible for the harms and losses he or she caused.
Second, under Michigan’s owner liability statute, the car owner is also responsible for the bad choices the driver made. This is true even if the vehicle owner was not in the car.
Other potential defendants can include a company or employer. If an employee is within the course and scope of her employment, then the employer can he held responsible for the employee’s negligence.
Sometimes, a third-party company such as Uber or Lyft can be responsible for an accident.
It is important to call a Kalamazoo car accident injury lawyer following a crash. Every situation is different and there could be a defendant or company responsible for paying for your injuries.
The amount of money a person can receive from a car accident in Kalamazoo depends on several different factors. First, the severity of the injury is obviously very important. The more severe an injury is, the more harms and losses the injured victim incurs. Juries will tend to award more money for greater harms and losses.
In addition, medical treatment is very important. I like to say that a person can complain until the cows come home, but if there is no medical documentation to support these complaints you don’t get very far under Michigan law.
Third, the amount of the insurance policy matters. The fact of the matter is it’s very difficult to get money above the insurance policy limit. Because other drivers often purchase low insurance or fail to have any insurance, it’s important to protect yourself. The best way to do this is to purchase underinsured motorist (UIM) coverage on your own auto policy.
That way if you are injured by an underinsured driver, your own car insurance must step up and pay for additional pain and suffering compensation.
Last, your lawyer makes a big difference. Hiring the a very good Kalamazoo car accident law firm can mean the difference between a small settlement and a large settlement. Our team of aggressive auto accident lawyers investigate every single case, hire necessary experts, meet with treating doctors, take all necessary depositions and do what it takes win our client’s lawsuit.
Even if you are partially at-fault for causing the car accident, you are still entitled to compensation for pain and suffering. In fact, so long as the other driver is at least 50% at-fault, you are eligible for money compensation.
And remember, Michigan is a no-fault state. This means in almost all situations you can obtain Michigan first-party benefits, even if you caused the crash. These benefits include the payment of medical bills, lost wages, out-of-pocket, prescriptions, rehabilitation and other things.
Insurance companies specialize in down playing the severity of injuries. They will call severe low back pain a “soft tissue” injury, implying that it is “no big deal.” But under Michigan law, you do not have to have broken bones and surgery to get compensation for your injuries.
Although there is a minimum threshold of impairment or injury a person must meet, our experienced Kalamazoo car accident lawyers can walk you through the process and explain the law to you. And under the law, you can still obtain compensation for so-called “soft tissue” injuries.
These types of injuries come in many forms. Usually doctors or insurance companies will refer to low back pain, neck pain, headaches and bruising as minor or soft-tissue. But don’t let the insurance companies fool you or trick you. Our Kalamazoo car accident injury lawyers have helped thousands of drivers and passengers throughout Michigan receive money for so-called soft tissue injuries.
Lee Steinberg Law Firm – Kalamazoo Car Accident Lawyers that Help
With the Lee Steinberg Law Firm, P.C. there is no fee owed until we win your case. No matter what kind of auto accident you are involved in, our lawyers will fight to get you the financial compensation you deserve.
Call us today at 1-800-LEE-FREE (1-800-533-3733) or fill out The Free Consultation Form listed above so we can get started on your personal injury case.