Drivers in Detroit and Wayne County are all too familiar with truck accidents. Recent examples of accidents involving a semi-truck in Detroit include:
- SUV Squashed by Rolling Semi on I-75
- Fatal Crash During Holidays Closes I-94 For Several Hours
- Jackknifed Semi Involved in Fatal I-94 Crash
- Fiery Crash Kills One, Injures Six
Nationally, accidents involving semi-trucks kill approximately 4,000 people per year and injured another 100,000. Semi-trucks weigh up to 16 times more than a sedan or mid-size SUV. When a crash happens between a semi and a passenger vehicle, this size difference and the mere possibility of blind spots can lead to serious consequences.
If you or a family member have been injured in an accident involving a semi-truck, you have the right to compensation for your injuries. Victims typically face lawyers and insurance administrators representing both the semi-truck driver and the truck company, so you need the best possible legal representation on your side. You need the Detroit Truck Accident Injury Lawyers at Steinberg Law Firm.
We represent only Detroit area injury victims who are seriously injured or killed by somebody else’s negligence or wrongdoing in a truck accident. Our Detroit Truck Accident Injury Lawyers make the difference for you between receiving a large settlement or no settlement at all. With the dedication, experience and expertise to win the maximum money for Detroit truck accident victims and their families, we fight for you against the largest insurance companies and corporations, protecting your rights and helping you receive justice. And there is no fee or cost unless we win your case.
Causes of Semi-Truck Accident Injuries
Accidents caused by semi-trucks can most often be attributed to at least one of three factors – driver fatigue, truck condition (due to faulty or overdue maintenance) and distracted driving such as texting or cell phone use. While regulations regarding fatigued driving help reduce accidents, tractor trailer operators are just as susceptible to fatigue as any other driver. Other major causes of truck accidents include drivers under the influence of drugs or alcohol, overloaded trailers, jack-knifing, driver error, wide turns, poor conditions and/or visibility, tire blowouts, failure to yield, override accidents (where a car is forced under the trailer of a semi) and a lack of driver training.
Motorcycle riders can be especially vulnerable in accidents involving semi-trucks. In 2017, a motorcyclist was hit by a truck at the intersection of Jefferson and West End. He required hospitalization due to his injuries. The semi-truck driver did not see the motorcycle as he made a wide-right turn. However, the motorcycle operator was ticketed for improper passing, demonstrating that not all accidents involving semi-trucks are caused by semi-truck drivers.
Getting Compensation For Your Injuries
Under the personal injury protection coverage of the Michigan no-fault law, a person injured in an accident involving a semi-tuck can obtain a variety of benefits regardless of who is at-fault for the accident. PIP coverage benefits include the payment of all medical charges, including hospital invoices, doctors’ bills, rehabilitation expenses, prescriptions and other medical expenses related to the treatment of injury sustained from an accident involving a semi-truck, and payment of lost wages to the injured person for missed work missed due to the car, payable up to three years from the date of the accident.
In addition, family members can get reimbursed for the work they perform for an injured person following an accident, payable by the auto insurance company:
- Replacement Services – household jobs the injured person can no longer perform due to injury.
- Attendant Care – assisting with personal hygiene, changing bandages, etc.
What Detroit Semi-Truck Accident Victims Must Consider
In addition to Michigan no-fault benefits, if you live in Detroit or surrounding communities and are injured a semi-truck accident, you can claim compensation for personal injury that includes a monetary settlement for these types of damages: 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) and death (filing a wrongful death lawsuit). Since every injury victim, semi-truck accident and settlement case is different, several factors are used in determining whether you or a loved one could be eligible for compensation.
Our Detroit Truck Accident Injury Lawyers represent Detroit and Wayne county residents with all different types of injuries resulting from a semi-truck accident such as broken bones, back and neck injuries, traumatic brain injury, closed head injury, amputation and spinal cord injuries.
Wondering if you should receive compensation? If you are involved in a semi-truck accident in Detroit, use our Case Evaluation Formto start the conversation or call The Law Office 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.
Obtaining Your Detroit Accident Traffic Report
As part of any Detroit 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.
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