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Car accidents in Detroit happen daily. In many instances, the other driver has no intention to cause harm. Nevertheless, bodily injury, financial loss, and property damage are all consequences.
Whether the accident is a small fender bender or a serious collision, being the victim of a motor vehicle accident can be a very stressful experience. It is far more than a mere inconvenience. When another person is to blame for the car crash, then it becomes a legal matter.
Trying to resolve your claim can become highly technical and time-consuming. Instead of fighting for compensation on your own, it is best to work with a Detroit car accident lawyer. Our Detroit personal injury attorneys at Davis Injury Lawyers, PLLC have the knowledge, skills, and experience you need to successfully maximize your compensation after a crash. Call us at (313) 462-7979 or contact us online to schedule a free initial consultation.
Common Causes of Car Accidents in Michigan
At Davis Injury Lawyers, PLLC, our car accident lawyers consistently handle car crash claims and have seen virtually every type of collision.
Some of the most common causes of car accidents include:
- Failure to yield the right of way
- Reckless or aggressive driving
- Running red lights or stop signs
- Drowsy driving
- Distracted driving
- Texting while driving
- Driving under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs (DUI)
- Driving the wrong way on a one-way street
- Teen drivers
- Drivers over 65
Car crashes often result from several elements. For instance, speed factors into many accidents, but it may have been the confluence of speed and wet pavement that led to a collision. Or, it may be that the other driver’s cell phone use while in a busy work zone led to a wreck. When we investigate the accident that led to your injuries, we will seek to gather as much evidence as possible. We will look for all of the factors, including those related to the other driver’s carelessness, so that we can prove exactly why the crash occurred and how the other driver is at fault.
Davis Injury Lawyers, PLLC Handles All Types of Car Accident Claims
Following a car accident, you should work with a car wreck lawyer that you have confidence in. One who can handle your case and obtain you compensation. At Davis Injury Lawyers, PLLC, we are highly experienced in a wide range of car crash claims, from fender benders that cause whiplash to multi-vehicle pile ups that lead to catastrophic injuries and fatalities. Whatever your situation, we are here to help. Do not hesitate to call us to discuss your legal options.
Our car crash attorneys at Davis Injury Lawyers, PLLC handle:
All Types of Vehicle Collisions Resulting in Injuries
We have worked on it all: read-end crashes, head-on collisions, drunk driving accidents, back-over accidents, rollovers, T-bone crashes, and side swipes. We are prepared to thoroughly investigate the crash that led to your injuries, or your loved one’s injuries or death, and to fight for you to receive full and fair compensation.
Distracted Driving Accidents
One of the most common reasons for an automobile accident is a distracted driver. Our lawyers have seen drivers hit other vehicles because they were on their cell phones, eating or drinking, reading a book or newspaper, trying to do their hair or makeup, shaving, or paying too much attention to their passengers. When anyone is behind the wheel, it is their responsibility to keep their eyes on the road, their hands on the wheel, and their mind on driving the car. Failing to do any one of these things increases the risk of a crash.
Rideshare and Uber Accidents
Car accidents can be complicated enough until you learn the at-fault driver was working for Uber, Lyft, or another rideshare service at the time. Then, whether you were hit by the Uber driver or you were a passenger in the rideshare vehicle, you are going to need to work with our car injury lawyers to discuss filing a claim against Uber or Lyft’s insurance policy.
Motor Vehicle Accidents
Not all accidents involve you being in a car. At Davis Injury Lawyers, PLLC, we often handle boating accidents, bicycle accidents, motorcycle accidents, and pedestrian accidents. We handle any and all type of motor vehicle accidents in which you were hurt or your loved one was killed. Whether you were jogging on the sidewalk or cycling to work, we are here to fight for your right to compensation.
Fatal Car Accidents
Many crashes are fatal. In Michigan, 1,028 individuals were killed in car accidents in 2017. That is more than a thousand families who were tragically impacted by a collision. We are here to help those families hold the at-fault driver responsible and pursue compensation for their injuries. While we strive to obtain a car accident settlement in either a personal injury or wrongful death insurance claim, we are not afraid to go to court and fight for what our clients deserve.
What to Do After a Car Crash
The scene of a car accident can be total chaos. There is an urgency to determine who is at fault and if there are serious injuries that need medical attention. You may be confused as to what to do after a car accident. What steps should you take after being in a crash? At Davis Injury Lawyers, PLLC, we recommend that you:
Whether the accident is a minor incident or a major multi-car catastrophe, 911 should be your first course of action. The 911 operator will seek to obtain vital information from you and will assess the type of emergency response personnel that is required.
Seek medical attention
Depending on the accident, you may need medical attention as soon as possible, and that’s why you should call 911. However, an injury may not always present itself right away, so it is best to be cautious and get a medical exam after any accident.
Gather important information
As long as you are capable, you should collect as much information related to the accident as possible. Contact information and insurance details of the drivers involved will be critical. You should also ask for the names and contact information of any witnesses at the scene.
Take pictures of the accident
Even if the other driver is accepting liability, it is important to take pictures of the scene, the motor vehicles involved, and the damages that are evident. These itema can be used as evidence later, and it gives your attorney some critical refereance material early on.
Do not admit fault
After an accident, it may be your initial instinct to apologize. Refrain from doing so. This can actually hurt you later. Instead, do not say or do anything that indicates that you were fully or partially responsible.
Call a Detroit car accident lawyer
If you or a family member were injured in a car crash, then you should have legal representation. Depending on the situation, your attorney can file a personal injury lawsuit, and fight for your right to compensation in court..
How You Can Pursue Compensation
If you sustained car accident injuries, we highly recommend you contact a car accident attorney to help you pursue compensation. There are two ways in which you may obtain a financial recovery: an insurance settlement or a court verdict in your favor.
AN INSURANCE SETTLEMENT
Following a car crash, you should inform your insurer of the accident. You may regularly communicate with your insurer regarding the type and extent of your injuries and the damage to your vehicle. In turn, your insurer may communicate with the at-fault driver’s insurance company on your behalf. Although, in many car accident cases, the at-fault driver’s insurer may try to work with you directly. In either situation, you should be represented by your own attorney. By having a lawyer, you reduce the risk of making a common mistake, such as speaking to an insurance adjuster when you are unprepared or signing a medical record release. A lawyer protects your rights and can fight back if an insurer treats you with bad faith. Having a skilled negotiator on your side also improves your chance of receiving a fair settlement.
A PERSONAL INJURY TRIAL
You may need to file a car accident lawsuit. One reason to file a lawsuit is to benefit from the discovery period. This phase of a lawsuit allows parties to request information and evidence from one another. It can help your attorney find out more and obtain evidence that may support your claim. It also gives your lawyer the opportunity to review evidence that may hurt your case. Another reason to file suit is to show the other driver and their insurer that you are serious about your claim. It shows that you will take steps to recover as much compensation as possible. To be clear, filing a personal injury lawsuit does not mean you case will go to trial. Most crashes are resolved through insurance settlements. However, if the insurer refuses to negotiate in good faith or wrongly denies your claim, then you may choose to go to trial and ask a judge or jury to order the defendant to compensate you.
How Much Is Your Car Accident Claim Worth?
Another reason you should speak with one of our Detroit car accident attorneys after a crash is to determine an appropriate value for your damages.
When another person’s carelessness, recklessness, or intentional misconduct caused you harm, then you have the right to pursue compensation for your economic and non-economic damages, including:
- Medical expenses
- Lost wages and other employment benefits
- Reduced earning capacity
- Property damage
- Pain and suffering
- Mental distress
- Scarring and/or disfigurement
At Davis Injury Lawyers, PLLC, we often find that individuals who calculate the value of their claim themselves miss or undervalue one or more damages. For example, you may not consider including the cost of future medical expenses despite the fact that you may need physical therapy before getting back to work or returning to your normal daily life. Or, you may not realize how much compensation you can ask for in relation to your physical and psychological suffering. By working with one of our car wreck attorneys, you have someone who can accurately determine the value of your claim based on the type and extent of your injuries, how the crash impacted your life and well-being, the outcomes of previous similar cases, and other factors.
How Our Detroit Car Accident Attorneys Can Help
You may consider foregoing a lawyer and pursue your car accident claim yourself to avoid legal fees. This initially eliminates a legal bill, but could result in a lower settlement or even the need to get a lawyer later on, which might prove to be more expensive.
A car accident is a claim relating to civil liability, an area of law that can prove to be very complicated, technical and time sensitive. Here are some important reasons you should get the help of a car accident attorney at Davis Injury Lawyers, PLLC when you are hurt in an accident.
Following a car accident, you may need to find out what happened and why. You should not rely on the police report for accurate information or on an insurance company’s investigation. By hiring an attorney, you have someone to conduct an independent, in-depth investigation on your behalf.
The law allows a specific time for a legal claim to be filed, known as the statute of limitations. In Michigan, that time period is three years; however, there are many exceptions to the statute of limitations. If you sustain injuries and wait too long, you may not be able to approach the court. When unrepresented, negotiations may be delayed to your detriment, resulting in the expiration of the time allowed to file a legal claim.
Dealing with your insurance company
Insurance companies have a particular business agenda. Insurance is supposed to protect you in the case of an accident, however when someone else is at fault, their insurance company may be more interested in reducing cost than compensating you for your injuries. You need an advocate who focuses only on your interest against the insurance company.
You may readily understand that you should receive compensation for your personal injuries and the repair of your car. However, the law allows for a number of other areas of compensation. A car injury lawyer will be able to advise you on compensation available to you and better equipped to assess the true value of your pain and suffering. An attorney will also be a skilled negotiation who can fight back against low-ball settlement offers.
Having a lawyer by your side is a sure way to get the attention of the party at fault. You have a lot of things to do and a life to live. It makes sense to leave the legal work to the legal professionals.
Let Our Detroit Car Accident Lawyers Fight for You
Have you been hurt in a car accident?
Finding a Detroit car accident attorney who understands your case and who will fight to get you the compensation you deserve can be difficult. At Davis Injury Lawyers, PLLC, we can help. Our legal team has the experience and knowledge that is critical in fighting a personal injury claim.
No one plans for a car accident. However, hiring Davis Injury Lawyers, PLLC as your Detroit personal injury lawyer is truly a strategic decision that will generate the results you are looking for. Call us today at (313) 462-7979 to schedule a free initial consultation.