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 a port city on the Detroit River and has one of the busiest airports in the United States. Living in Detroit is a quintessentially urban experience, where almost everything you could need from groceries to world-class entertainment can be found within a few square miles of your home.
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, angle/t-bone crashes, left-turn crashes, head-on crashes, and sideswipes.
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
Motor Vehicles Accidents We Can Help With in Detroit
If you have been injured in an accident in Detroit, you will need legal expertise that works for you, with an emphasis on years of experience and success with settlements and verdicts in the state of Michigan. The Lee Steinberg Law Firm is positioned throughout the state and have long served as the law firm of choice for residents who are seeking help for a personal injury claim.
Most often, we can settle a client’s claims out of court without going through a jury trial. However, if our attorneys do not believe the insurance company is meeting our demands, we will pursue your case in front of a jury in Wayne County Circuit Court.
The Lee Steinberg Law Firm has expertise in many practice areas, but the majority of cases with which we help residents fall into one of the below types:
Detroit Car Accident Lawyers
Our attorneys at The Lee Steinberg Law Firm are car accident experts who have been helping the people of Michigan for more than 40 years. If you were in a car accident and were injured, contact us for a consultation to understand your options for the compensation you deserve.
Car accident compensation is often secured through the auto insurance claims process, but it can be challenging to get the insurance company to pay. Your attorney can help you show the insurance company you are series about payment on your case, and can boldly represent you in court when necessary.
Yes, you should contact the police and report your accident and/or call 911 to report any injuries. This is the best way to start a paper trail for your accident and build the evidence you’ll need to make a compelling insurance claim or court case.
Besides calling the police, it is important to take photographs of the other vehicles involved in the crash. Take photos of the vehicle damage as well the license plates. Exchange information with the other motorists involved in the accident and get the names and telephone numbers of any witnesses. This may be your only time to get this information.
Can I Get Money for My Car Accident Injuries?
Yes, if you are injured in a car crash, a Detroit car accident lawyer can help you get money for your injuries. However, under the law an injury victim must prove a couple of things. First, you have to prove the other driver was all least 50% at-fault for causing the crash. This is called liability or proving negligence. Second, you must prove you were injured in the accident. Third, you must demonstrate that your injuries were caused by the Detroit car accident or that the collision aggravated pre-existing injuries you already had.
In addition, under Michigan law you must demonstrate the car accident has generally changed your ability to lead your normal life. This is called a threshold injury. You do not need to show that your injuries are permanent, and in fact, there is no time requirement for showing how long your impairments and injuries lasted. However, you must show a judge or jury that your injuries did influence some of the your capacity to live in your normal manner of living.
Getting money for your Detroit car accident is not easy. Michigan is a no-fault state and there are strict rules. That is why it is important to call a Detroit car accident lawyer who specializes in Michigan automobile law and can ensure you get all of your benefits and money damages.
Detroit Truck Accident Lawyers
When a Detroit trucking accident happens, Michigan victims are entitled to monetary compensation for their injuries. Trucking companies carry huge insurance policies to cover situations where their truckers injure people on the road.
You can seek compensation for your pain and suffering, emotional distress, trauma, scarring, lost wages, current medical bills, future medical bills, and more. At the Lee Steinberg Law Firm, we have a long history of standing up for victims injured by big trucks and 18-wheelers on Michigan’s roads.
Some of the most common causes of Detroit truck accidents are driving errors, fatigue, speeding, intoxication, distraction, reckless driving, failure to check blind spots, and poorly-maintained equipment and vehicles. As you can see, many of these causes are related to negligence.
Who Is Responsible for the Trucking Accident If I am Injured?
There is more than just the driver of the truck who can held responsible for causing a bad truck accident in Detroit or Wayne County. In addition, the employer for the truck driver can also be held responsible. Under Michigan law, the principal (employer) is responsible for the bad actions if its agent (employee) through a doctrine called respondent superior.
In addition, the owner of the truck itself may also be held responsible and sued for compensation. Under the Owners’ Liability Statute, MCL 257.401, the owner of a truck is liable for the negligent operation of the truck driver, so long as the owner gave the driver permission or consent to use the vehicle.
Detroit Motorcycle Accident Lawyers
When you’re in a motorcycle accident, you need a lawyer who understands this type of accident and has compassion for Michigan motorcyclists. Your case will need special analysis to ensure you get the full compensation you deserve.
Our legal team has handled hundreds of motorcycle wrecks all over the state of Michigan. We know how to work with experts and doctors to obtain the best outcome possible after your motorcycle accident.
It can be complicated to sort out who will pay for your no-fault accident claim, but there is a proper order to follow. It starts with the insurance carrier for the owner of the motor vehicle involved in the crash. If they don’t have car insurance, then you look to the auto insurance of the vehicle’s driver. If the driver doesn’t have car insurance either, then you return to your own car insurance to pay the claim. This is different from standard motor vehicle accidents where you look to your insurance first for payment of no-fault benefits.
The value of your Michigan motorcycle accident injury case depends on factors like the cost of your medical bills, whether someone was negligent, how much pain and suffering you endured, scarring and injuries. There is no magic formula, which is why you need the assistance of an experienced Detroit motorcycle accident attorney. You can also use our Free Case Evaluation Form.
As motorcycles have become an increasingly popular form of transportation, the number of motorcycle accidents have steadily increased. It’s no surprise motorcyclists are much more likely than car occupants to die or become injured in a crash, as the lack of barrier between the motorcycle driver and the object with which they are colliding makes them especially vulnerable.
What’s more surprising, however, is that when it comes to motorcycle accidents involving another vehicle, the driver of the other vehicle violated the motorcycle right-of-way and caused the accident in 66% of these cases. That was the case with one of our clients in Detroit.
Drunk driving is a persistent and dangerous problem in Detroit, as it is across the United States. If you have the misfortune of being hit by a drunk driver, it’s natural to feel angry at the person and determined to be compensated for your losses.
In almost all situations, someone who is injured by a drunk driver is entitled to Michigan no-fault benefits and compensation for pain and suffering. Our drunk driving attorneys can help you understand the process, get your medical bills and lost wages paid, and help you obtain money compensation.
Injuries from drunk driving accidents are among the most severe injuries people experience in traffic accidents, including head injuries, brain damage, low back pain, neck pain, disc herniations, broken bones, and deep lacerations. When people drive drunk, their reaction time and inhibitions are lowered, setting the stage for catastrophic accidents where they might not even brake before an impact. We can help you seek valuable compensation for your injuries and losses.
Detroit Bicycle Accident Lawyers
Our team has Detroit bike law experts who have represented bicycle accident victims for decades. If you or a loved one were in a car crash involving a bicycle, or if you are a bicyclist severely injured in an auto accident, we will fight to ensure you receive the compensation and benefits you deserve under the law.
Biking has changed dramatically over the past few decades. What was once an activity that primarily involved children today includes people of all ages. Adults bike for fun in neighborhoods throughout Wayne County and in Detroit in particular. Because of the increase in popularity of biking, mixed with the increase in texting and driving, bike accidents are becoming more prevalent and the injuries more severe.
A knowledgeable bike accident lawyer can help you prove negligence on the part of the driver. This is crucial in obtaining money compensation for your injuries. Interviewing witnesses, obtaining video footage, investigating skid marks and conducting an accident reconstruction can make the difference between winning and losing a case.
While helmets save lives, they’re not required in Michigan. If a motorist injures a bicyclist, they can’t simply blame the cyclist for failing to wear a helmet. The cyclist may be due valuable compensation as a result of the accident. These accidents tend to involve severe cyclist injuries like head injuries, back injuries, spine damage, torn ligaments, and broken bones.
Detroit Pedestrian Accident Lawyers
In Detroit, a pedestrian hit by a vehicle has a greater chance of being severely injured. Pedestrians are often left with life-changing injuries like brain damage, spinal cord damage, back injuries, crushed pelvises, and broken legs. Recovery can take months or more.
At the Lee Steinberg Law Firm, we take pedestrian accidents very seriously and will work to get you the full and fair compensation you’ll need to rest and recover. We can help you understand Michigan’s complex laws for pedestrian and auto accidents and seek the evidence you need to hold a negligent driver responsible.
Proving negligence in a pedestrian accident involves showing that the other party did something illegal and/or put you in danger, resulting in your injuries and damages. Drivers sometimes do things that put pedestrians at risk, like rolling through stop signs, speeding, making illegal U-turns, and driving drunk or distracted. Your lawyer can help you gather the evidence you need to prove negligence.
What is Detroit’s No-Fault Law Regarding Pedestrians?
Michigan’s no-fault law applies to pedestrians. This means they can collect compensation after being injured because the lack of car insurance doesn’t preclude them from being entitled to benefits. So long as a truck or car was involved in causing the crash, a pedestrian can still get benefits. This is true even if the pedestrian was at-fault for causing the accident.
A pedestrian can request compensation for medical bills, rehabilitation costs, and other damages from the insurance company or individual responsible for paying the claim.If the driver of the vehicle was at-fault, a pedestrian can also make a claim for pain and suffering, emotional distress and other “non-economic” damages.
Detroit Uber & Lyft Accident Lawyers
Ridesharing has exploded in popularity over the past decade and Detroit’s streets are filled with drivers for Uber, Lyft, and other companies. When these drivers hurt other motorists, they can be held accountable – but the rideshare companies are famous for trying to deflect the blame and avoid paying injured victims.
You’ll need a Detroit lawyer with extensive experience going up against ridesharing companies, their insurance companies, and the irresponsible drivers who cause victims so much expense and pain. We have a history of success for our clients in rideshare accident cases.
Under Michigan law, compensation is available when an Uber or other rideshare driver injures another motorist, pedestrian, motorcyclist, or bicyclist. Plus, no-fault insurance coverage from a transportation company does not rely on having the personal auto insurance of the Uber or Lyft driver deny the claim first. That means fast payment is mandated under the law.
How Much Are Detroit Uber and & Lyft Car Accident Settlements?
The amount of money an injured person can obtain following an Uber or Lyft car accident in Detroit depends on a number of factors, including the severity of the injuries and how the crash occurred. The insurance coverage available is also important.
Under the Limousine, Taxicab, and Transportation Network Company Act, an Uber or Lyft driver who is logged on to the transportation network company’s digital network and is available to receive a transportation request, but is not engaged in a ride, must maintain a minimum of $50,000 in liability coverage for that time period. However, when the Uber or Lyft driver is engaged in a ride, that operator must maintain a least $1,000,000 in liability coverage.
Other Types of Personal Injury Cases We Handle in Detroit
Detroit Slip and Fall Accident Lawyers
Michigan slip and fall cases usually involve negligence, where the injured person sues the premises owner for creating unsafe conditions or allowing it to persist and lead to injury. Michigan premises owners, including homeowners, landlords, and building owners have a duty to keep their premises in a reasonably safe condition and to protect against harming people on their property.
If you slipped, tripped, or fell and were injured as a result, talk to your lawyer about the conditions present at the time of your injury and who may be responsible. We can help you place the blame where it belongs and obtain compensation for your damages.
The statute of limitations for a slip and fall case in Michigan is three years. This means you have three years to file a lawsuit or resolve a claim. However, there are some exceptions. Minors have one year after their 18th birthday. Also, the statute of limitations and notice provisions are different against governmental agencies so make sure you talk to a Detroit trip and fall lawyer as soon as possible to prevent missing the window of legal opportunity.
Detroit Dog Bite Lawyers
A dog attack is emotionally traumatic and can have long-lasting psychological consequences, especially for children. We represent a wide variety of dog bite victims, including parents, children, senior citizens, utility workers, delivery workers, and more.
Generally speaking, you can pursue a Michigan dog bite claim through the Michigan Dog Bite Law or Leash Law and show the dog’s owner is responsible. We’ve helped clients recover millions for medical bills, puncture wounds, scarring, nerve damage, emotional trauma, and pain and suffering.
Since 1919, Michigan has had a leash law that has remained mostly the same. All dogs 6 months or older must be licensed and wear a collar and tag and must remain leashed without straying unless it is a working dog, guard dog, farm dog, or hunting dog. Detroit has strict dog leash ordinances that include restrictions on retractable leads and specified areas where dogs can roam off-leash.
Under the Michigan dog bite law, MCL 287.351, a dog owner is liable for any injuries their dog causes so long as the victim (1) was not trespassing and (2) did not provoke the attack. This is a strict liability statute, meaning the dog bite victim does not need to even prove negligence on the part of the dog owner. So long as the dog bit the victim and the attack was not provoked, the dog owner is liable for any and all injuries that result from that attack.
This includes the payment of medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, emotional trauma and scarring.
Detroit Medical Malpractice Lawyers
Medical malpractice is much more common than most people realize and it’s the reason hospitals and practitioners carry large insurance policies. Even skilled, experienced healthcare professionals sometimes make mistakes that impact patients’ lives and health.
If you’re injured due to a Detroit medical malpractice, you may be dealing with pain, physical disability, limited mobility, stress, and expensive medical bills. Your home and work life could be disrupted forever. Contact a lawyer to start a medical malpractice claim for the resources you need.
Your lawyer can help you build a compelling case. In general, medical malpractice cases must prove a few things to result in an award of compensation: There was a doctor-patient relationship, there was a deviation from the acceptable standard of medical care, the mistake led to serious injury or death, and there is sufficient evidence proving the medical professional caused the damage.
Medical malpractice occurs when a patient sustains an injury due to an improper action, or failure to act, by a member of the medical profession. When a doctor fails to meet the standard of care for the profession, or the level of professional medical that is relevant for a specific medication situation, then that doctor can be held civilly responsible for the injuries that are caused.
There are multiple examples of medical malpractice. Some of the most common examples include:
- Missed diagnosis or delayed diagnosis;
- Surgical errors;
- Childbirth injuries – oxygen deprivation, shoulder dystocia, brachial plexus injuries;
- Anesthesia errors;
- Medication mistakes.
Although there are exceptions, in general the statute of limitations for a Detroit medical malpractice case is two years. This means the malpractice victim has two years from the date of the malpractice to file a lawsuit against the correct defendants or the victim forever loses his or her right to recover compensation for their injuries.
The Social Security Administration (SSA) provides Social Security disability (SSD) benefits to qualified individuals who are considered disabled by the federal government. You may be surprised to discover how difficult it is to claim SSD in Detroit successfully and receive the payment you need to survive.
Please get good legal advice if you are applying for disability because you may lose your chance to receive it if you handle it incorrectly. A social security lawyer understands the complexities of the process and can guide you through applying for and receiving disability benefits.
Anyone applying for disability benefits will be evaluated under the same definition of disability, which is “the inability to engage in any substantial gainful activity (SGA) by reason of any medically determinable physical or mental impairment(s) which can be expected to result in death or which has lasted or can be expected to last for a continuous period of not less than 12 months.” The burden is on you to prove that you meet this definition.
Detroit Workers’ Compensation Lawyers
If you were injured while working for your employer in Detroit, you may be able to receive workers’ compensation. Under the Michigan Workers’ Disability Compensation law, employees are entitled to certain benefits from their employers for most work-related injuries.
Workers’ compensation is usually the exclusive remedy for a worker against an employer for an injury or disease that arises as a result of their employment. If you miss out on workers’ compensation, you may lose your ability to have your medical bills and other economic damages paid by your employer.
In Detroit, Michigan, an employer must offer workers’ compensation if it has three or more employees at any time or has one employee working 35 hours or more per week. There are some exceptions, like independent contractors and farmworkers Your injury may not be covered unless it was directly related to your work or happened on the job.
Detroit Landlord-Tenant Injury Lawyers
Were you injured on a landlord’s premises while living there? You may have a landlord-tenant injury case that could result in a personal injury claim.
Landlord-tenant injury cases often involve frustrating battles with management companies and building owners. The tenant or renter must prove the landlord was negligent in maintaining the building and this negligence caused their injuries.
Tenants have special protections under the law against their landlords. Landlords have a duty to ensure their houses and apartments they lease are in reasonable repair and free from unreasonably defective conditions that can cause injury.
Most tenant injuries that occur due to landlord negligence occur in areas of the home that often ignored and thus not properly maintained. Common tenant injuries include a handrail giving way, broken steps, broken porch, a cracked floor or walkway or water damage resulting in ceiing collapse or building collapse.
Under Michigan law, tenants are afforded special protections for their safety and security. Under MCL 554.139, a landlord has a duty to the premises – such as the apartment complex or home – in reasonable repair. The landlord also has a duty to keep the premises and all common areas fit for their intended use. If a landlord breaches this duty, then the tenant can file a lawsuit against the landlord or the property management company for their injuries.
Detroit Nursing Home Injury & Abuse Lawyers
It’s hard to imagine a loved one suffering neglect or abuse at the hands of nursing home workers, but it happens every day. You can take action to protect yourself or a loved one who is experiencing nursing home injuries or neglect.
Here in Detroit and in the state of Michigan, nursing home abuse and injury laws are constantly changing. You’ll need a knowledgeable lawyer who will fight to protect your rights and can handle the massive load of paperwork these cases involve, including interactions with government agencies and medical experts.
There are many ways people can be neglected or abused in nursing homes, but in Detroit, most cases tend to involve things like the failure to properly bathe and groom clients, failure to supply food, lack of available water, and medication errors. Abuse can include physical, psychological, financial, sexual, or verbal harm.
Detroit Birth Injury Lawyers
Sometimes the joyous event of birth is marred by a medical mistake. Doctors, nurses, birthing professionals, and many other healthcare workers create serious medical challenges for mothers and babies when they make preventable, critical errors.
You and your baby could be facing a lifetime of health problems or even permanent disability from a child birth injury. This situation could shake up your entire world and you deserve adequate compensation that will allow you and your child to have the best life possible.
Some birth injuries are more obvious than others and the signs may be subtle. You’ll need a medical professional’s second opinion to be sure. Your attorney can start an investigation and help you secure a medical review that sheds light on whether your child has a birth injury.
How Do I Prove a Birth Injury in Detroit?
To prove your case for a birth injury, you’ll need medical records, patient history information, and expert input. You’ll need a medical professional’s second opinion to be sure. Don’t rely on your existing doctors alone because they may have mixed motivations. Our law office can start an investigation and help you secure new medical reviews that shed light on the birth injury.
Common birth injuries include birth asphyxia, or oxygen deprivation, infection, injuries such as fractures of the clavicle or collarbone, brain injuries, and traumatic birth injuries caused by extraction and birth-assistance tools such as forceps or vacuums.
Additional complications such as cerebral palsy, epilepsy, seizures, and physical, mental, and developmental disabilities can result from birth injuries and infections.
In some cases, birth injuries are caused by unnecessary Caesarean sections (C-sections) or prolonged labor and delayed delivery in which a C-section should have been performed.
Detroit Wrongful Death Lawyers
When someone’s negligence leads to another person’s death, it may be a wrongful death case. These cases involve a wide variety of situations like auto accidents, pedestrian accidents, drunk driving, motorcycle accidents, product liability, drownings, fires and workplace deaths.
A wrongful death claim is a special type of claim that involves very specific duties and deadlines. This is why it’s so important to have the assistance of an experienced Detroit wrongful death attorney who has a thorough knowledge of these claims.
The state of Michigan limits wrongful death suits to certain people, including the deceased’s spouse, parents, children, grandparents, siblings, and children. People who are specifically named in a will, including non-family members, are sometimes eligible too.
Ask Lee Free
If you need more information about any of the following questions, we encourage you to contact our office immediately for a free consultation to discuss your concerns and legal options.
- Should I file a lawsuit?
- What is the value of my case?
- What things should I avoid doing when I am involved in a lawsuit?
- What is the statute of limitations for filing a lawsuit?
- What damages can be recovered in a claim?
- What will my settlement cover?
- Will I have to go to court?
In the meantime, please visit our FAQ for Personal Injury Questions to see the answers to the questions above and much more.
Compensation You Deserve
The party that caused your injuries should be the one who is held financially accountable for all of your damages -it’s as simple as that. However, insurance companies rarely let things stay that simple. Instead, they will get ready to deny your claim as much as they can, sometimes even skirting the edge of what is legally permitted.
Our personal injury attorneys don’t stand for such treatment from the responding insurance parties. If you deserve $1 million in damages, then $1 million in damages is what we will be fighting for when acting as your legal representatives. We don’t slow down or tire until we achieve the optimal case result for you, which is how we’re able to say we’ve won 99% of our cases.
In your personal injury claim, you may be able to seek damages for the following and more:
- Emergency medical treatments
- Past medical bills and future medical bills
- Lifelong rehabilitative therapy
- Lost or reduced wages
- Loss of enjoyment of life
- Pain and suffering
- Lasting emotional scarring and physical scarring
Emergency Services and Local Contact information for Detroit
Detroit Fire Department 1301 3rd St. Detroit, MI 48226 (313) 596-2900
Detroit Police Headquarters 1300 Beaubien Detroit, MI 48226 (313) 596-2200
Wayne County Sheriff’s Office 4747 Woodward Ave. Detroit, MI 48201 (313) 224-2222
Michigan State Police 333 S. Grand Ave. Lansing, MI 48909-0634 (517) 332-2521
Detroit Medical Center Detroit Hospital 4201 St. Antoine Blvd. Detroit, MI 48201 (313) 745-3000
Detroit Medical Children’s Hospital of Michigan 3901 Beaubien Detroit, MI 48201 (313) 745-5437
Henry Ford Hospital 2799 W. Grand Blvd. Detroit, MI 48202 (313) 916-2600
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The Lee Steinberg Law Firm in Detroit
Our Detroit office is located at 615 Griswold, Suite 700, Detroit, MI 48226
Over the past 40 years, The Lee Steinberg Law Firm has helped thousands of people whose lives have been affected by Michigan car accidents, Michigan truck accidents, and Michigan motorcycle accidents. The experience we bring to each case allows us to assist our clients with the highest level of expertise. Michigan is a “no-fault” state, which essentially means that almost all parties in an accident are eligible for benefits from their insurance companies, regardless of who was at fault.
Our attorneys will take care of everything, leaving you and your family to the most important job – recovering and getting your lives back on track. Having an experienced Michigan car, truck, and motorcycle attorney behind you can make all the difference. And remember, there are no fees until we win or settle your case. We don’t get paid unless you do.
Detroit Auto Accident Cases
When it comes to motorcycle accidents involving another vehicle, the driver of the other vehicle violated the motorcycle right-of-way and caused the accident in 66% of these cases. That was true for one of our clients in Detroit.
Our client was on his motorcycle traveling northbound on Fort St. near Omaha St. on Detroit’s southwest side when the defendant driver, who was in a car in the next lane, swerved into our client’s lane and ran him off the road. In order to avoid impact with the defendant’s car, our client’s motorcycle hit the curb and flipped over.
As a result of this accident, our client suffered a soft tissue injury to his knee, a fractured finger, a contusion to his left hand, road rash, and a neck injury. He was put into a cast and splint, and had to undergo physical therapy for a number of weeks. For his pain and suffering, we were able to get him a large settlement.
The motorcycle accident injury attorneys at the Lee Steinberg Law Firm are Detroit motorcycle accident experts. If you or a loved one has been involved in a motorcycle crash, we will fight to ensure you receive the compensation and benefits you deserve under the law.
We practice throughout the state of Michigan, in Flint, Saginaw, Northern Michigan, Western Michigan. We have an office in Detroit. It’s on Griswold, right downtown. We handle car accident cases there. We handle medical negligence cases there. It’s been a convenient area for us to meet with clients. We’ll talk to them about what their case is, update them on their cases, let them know what we’re doing. We handle slip and fall cases in Detroit. We handle cases against the city of Detroit as well as other cities in Wayne County.