Car Accident Lawyers in Michigan
Dedicated Advocacy for Injured Victims of Automobile Wrecks
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), most traffic accidents occur within 15 miles of a driver’s home. Often, these accidents happen because another person was acting carelessly, recklessly, or negligently. When this is the case, and you are injured as a result of the accident, you may be entitled to financial compensation for your injuries and other losses.
At Grewal Law PLLC, we represent clients throughout Michigan who have been injured in car accidents through no fault of their own. We understand the extensive suffering you are going through and are here to fight for the maximum compensation you are owed. It is important that you reach out to us as soon as possible, as evidence can become lost over time and you legally only have three years from the date of injury to bring a claim.
Discuss your case with an experienced car accident attorney in Michigan; call Grewal Law PLLC at (888) 211-5798 to request a free consultation today.
How Negligence Causes Car Accidents
With millions of vehicles on the road, it is no surprise that thousands of serious accidents occur every day. In fact, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) sites car accidents as a leading cause of injury-related fatalities in the United States. Sadly, the majority of accidents are caused by negligence.
There are many examples of how negligence leads to car accidents. Some of these examples include:
- Distracted driving, including cellphone use
- Driving under the influence of drugs/alcohol (DUI/OWI)
- Aggressive and/or reckless driving
- Fatigued driving
- Making unsafe driving maneuvers
- Following too closely (“tailgating”)
- Failure to yield
- Running stop signs/red lights
- Illegal lane changes, turns, etc.
- Defective car parts and/or auto design
This list is by no means exhaustive; there are many ways in which negligence can lead to car accidents. While Michigan requires all drivers to carry no-fault insurance, approximately 17% of motorists on our roads are uninsured. If you carry basic no-fault insurance, some of your injuries will be covered. However, your own insurance may not be enough to cover your losses following an accident. Furthermore, your insurance company may try to devalue your claim. Our car accident lawyers can help you work to recover the full amount you deserve.
Important Steps to Take After a Car Accident
If you were in a car or motor vehicle accident, make sure you take down the contact information of the other driver (if possible). If there were witnesses to your accident, take down their statements and contact info as well. If possible, take pictures of the scene of the accident and your injuries.
Refrain from speaking with insurance adjusters from the liable party’s insurance company. As soon as possible, contact a Michigan personal injury attorney who can help you understand your legal options and determine the best course of action.
Michigan Car Accident FAQs
What happens if the other driver does not have insurance?
If the other driver does not have insurance, you are still entitled to receive compensation for an at-fault accident, especially when that accident results in catastrophic injuries. In the state of Michigan, drivers without insurance may be required to pay significant fines and fees on top of paying for your crash expenses. However, getting fair compensation from a driver without insurance often requires filing a personal injury lawsuit, so it’s important to speak with a qualified attorney if this is the case.
What does it mean for Michigan to be a “no-fault state”?
Michigan is a no-fault state for car accidents, and in the past, all drivers were required to purchase no-fault personal injury protection (PIP) insurance in state mandated amounts. This ensured that all drivers could file for benefits with their insurance provider and receive fair compensation for crash injuries, regardless of driver fault. However, with the passing of Senate Bill 1 in June 2019, drivers now have the choice to enroll at multiple different levels of PIP insurance, with the lowest set at $50,000. That is rarely enough to account for the most catastrophic injuries – and it may not be enough even for more minor injuries and procedures.
If you do have PIP benefits that cover your accident, our attorneys can help you negotiate to ensure maximum coverage. If these benefits are absent or not enough, Grewal Law PLLC can help you with the process of filing a claim against a negligent driver.
What steps should I take after a car accident?
First and foremost, you should seek medical attention for your injuries as soon as possible after your accident, even if you feel fine at first: This creates a verifiable record of your injuries in the event that you seek legal action. Because adrenaline tends to run high in the aftermath of a crash, you may not be able to tell when your injuries are serious, but require additional care later on. Many significant car accident injuries can also take days to manifest.
Make sure to report any and all symptoms to ER or urgent care staff, including:
- Dizziness and vertigo
- Loss of consciousness
- Blurred vision
- Loss of memory or confusion
If you are stable enough, it’s also important to take down the contact information of the other driver. If there were witnesses to your accident, take down their statements and contact info as well. Be sure to take pictures of the scene of the accident and your injuries, or have your attorney complete this step later on.
Refrain from speaking with insurance adjusters from the liable party’s insurance company. As soon as possible, you should contact a Michigan car accident attorney who can help you understand your legal options and determine the best course of action.
We Have Recovered Millions of Dollars for Our Clients
At Grewal Law PLLC, we strongly recommend that you purchase uninsured and underinsured motorist coverage to protect yourself in the event that you are hit by a driver that does not have insurance. In such instances, your own uninsured/underinsured insurance will partially or fully cover your losses.
Regardless of your circumstances, our firm is here to fight for you. We believe that negligent parties should be held accountable for the harm they cause. If you were injured or your loved one was killed in a car wreck, reach out to our legal team today.
Call us at (888) 211-5798 to schedule a complimentary and confidential case evaluation. We serve clients throughout the state of Michigan and have three office locations for your convenience.