Detroit metro residents deserve the best legal representation as victims of automobile accidents. If you or a family member are seriously injured in a car accident, you need an experienced and winning legal team to navigate the complex Detroit-area court system.
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 tens 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 personally, 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.
Getting Compensation For Your Injuries
Under the Michigan no-fault law, a person injured in a car, truck or motorcycle accident can obtain various benefits. This can occur no matter who was at-fault for the accident. This is called personal injury protection, or PIP coverage. These benefits include the payment of all medical bills, including hospital charges, doctors’ bills, rehabilitation expenses, prescriptions and other medical expenses related to the treatment of injury from a motor vehicle accident. Another benefit is payment of lost wages to the injured person for work missed due to the car accident. Lost wages are payable up to three years from the date of the car accident.
In addition, family members can get reimbursed for the work they perform for an injured person following an accident. Performing chores the injured person used to do before the accident, but cannot perform any longer due to his or her injuries, is called replacement services. If more personal care, called attendant care, is required like assisting with hygiene or changing bandages, this is also payable by the auto insurance company.
If pre-trial negotiation is not successful, if a settlement for a personal injury claim cannot be reached to your satisfaction or if a settlement for Michigan no-fault insurance benefits against the insurance company responsible for paying medical bills, lost wages and other benefits cannot be reached to your satisfaction, the attorneys at the Law Offices of Lee Steinberg are willing and able to see a case through in front of a jury in Wayne County Court.
What Detroit Car Accident Victims Must Consider
If you’re in Detroit and are in a car accident, you must consider more than the resulting damage to a vehicle and the immediate injury. You can claim a personal injury settlement that includes a monetary settlement for these types of damages:
- Medical bills
- Pain and suffering (present and future)
- Loss of income and wages (present and future)
- Disability from work and activities (permanent or temporary)
- Psychological injury (like PTSD, depression, fright and shock)
- Scars and permanent disfigurements
- Bystander claims (witnessing a family member injured in an accident)
- Death (filing a wrongful death lawsuit)
Since every injury victim, car accident and settlement case is different, several factors are used in determining whether you or a loved one could be eligible for compensation.
Wondering if you should receive compensation? If you are involved in a car accident in Detroit, use our Case Evaluation Form to start the conversation or call The Law Offices of Lee Steinberg today at (800) 533-3733 for a free consultation. Ask any questions you may have – we never take payment unless we make a recovery for you.
5 of Metro Detroit’s Most Dangerous Intersections
Lee Steinberg attorneys handle personal injury cases from car accidents that occur on the streets, highways, sidewalks and parking lots in the Detroit metro area. The most common places where fatal car accidents occur are at intersections. According to the Southeast Michigan Coalition of Governments (SEMCOG) database, the five most dangerous intersections in Detroit, Michigan for car accidents include:
- 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
In addition, Grand River Avenue and Greenfield Road are responsible for more than their share of accidents in Detroit.
Greenfield at West McNichols Road, Fenkell Street, Joy Road and West Seven Mile Road are four common sites of vehicle accidents. The Greenfield at West McNichols intersection is the most likely to see an accident causing injury or death.
Grand River Avenue is similarly dangerous, as intersections at Lahser Road and Southfield Service Drive pose significant risk for car crashes. While not making the top list for most accidents overall, Grand River Avenue and Evergreen Road is one of the Detroit intersections with a high number of accidents causing injury or death.
Detroit Car Accidents – Causes and Effects
Detroit is easily the deadliest city in Michigan when it comes to traffic accidents – 95 fatal accidents in 2017. Over 6,000 of the over 24,000 accidents reported in Detroit in 2017 involved injury. 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 driving under the influence, fatigued driving and -in increasing and frightening measure- distracted driving.
Inattentive driving is rapidly catching up to speeding as a primary cause of accidents all across the country. This is especially true in Detroit, where an inattentive driver who drifts out of their lane could easily have their error compounded thanks to potholes or other issues on poorly maintained streets.
Consider the causes of these car accidents from recent Detroit Police traffic reports:
- On Northbound I-75, a three-car accident with injury started when a vehicle stopped in the middle of the highway is struck at high speed by a second vehicle. The driver of the second vehicle never sees the stopped car, and a third vehicle hits the second before hitting a median wall.
- A head-on collision on Conner just south of Kenmore is the result of one driver’s attention being diverted by a medical emergency with a passenger, resulting in the vehicle drifting over the centerline into oncoming traffic.
As explained here, you can be a driver doing what you are supposed to be doing on the roads and still be involved in an accident that can cause injury and property damage.
Our advice – if you use the streets in Detroit, whether driving a car, bike, truck or motorcycle or walking on your own two feet, avoid over attention to your mobile device. Lack of attentiveness causes more and more car accidents in Detroit. Don’t cause another, nor be a victim, because your focus is elsewhere.
The Law Offices of Lee Steinberg continually monitor Detroit car accident cases and legal news that will affect the city. Visit our blog for more Detroit articles.
Obtaining Your Detroit Car Accident Traffic Report
As part of any Detroit car accident case or any Michigan auto insurance claim, you must obtain the police traffic accident report. The Detroit Police Department makes them available to you for a fee by online purchase at this link. Keep in mind if the Law Offices of Lee Steinberg represent you in a case, we will purchase the report on your behalf and make a copy available to you.
Detroit Area Motorist Information