Michigan Car Accident Attorneys

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If you have been injured in a car accident, you likely have a million questions about your rights, insurance coverage, paying your medical bills, and more. On top of this, you’re trying to focus on healing from your injuriesOur team of experienced Michigan car accident attorneys has compiled all the information you need following a serious car crash. Below is a list of car accident FAQs, information about Michigan’s auto no-fault insurance, and more.

Our Results for People Injured in Michigan Auto Accidents

Below are just a few of the results we have obtained for our clients injured in Michigan auto collisions.

  • $5,000,000 for the wrongful death of an 18-year-old woman due to drunk driver negligence.

  • $3,800,000 settlement on behalf of a 51-year-old woman for various physical injuries, worsening of pre-existing traumatic brain injury and PTSD caused by a motor vehicle accident.

  • $2,100,000 settlement for a 51-year-old woman who suffered significant brain injuries after a collision with a commercial vehicle.

  • $625,000 third-party compensation on behalf of a Michigan couple involved in a serious auto accident when the other driver ran a stop sign resulting in numerous injuries to both, including loss of consortium, companionship, and pain and suffering.

  • $250,000 settlement on behalf of a college student ejected from an automobile in a single-vehicle collision.

  • $100,000 for our client injured in a head-on collision when the other driver failed to return to their own lane.

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Auto Accident Lawyers Representing Injured People Throughout Michigan 

We are a Michigan-wide firm representing people throughout the Great Lakes state. Headquartered in Lansing, and with offices spanning from Grand Rapids to Kalamazoo to Metro-Detroit, if you can’t make it to us following your collision, we will come to you.  

Whether you live in the UP, along the Lakeshore, or in the heart of Metro-Detroit, we’re here for you. We’ll passionately pursue the best results for you and your family with excellence and integrity. Let us protect your legal rights so you can focus on what’s really important – your recovery, healing, and life outside of your case. 

Frequently Asked Questions by Those Injured in Michigan Car Crashes

 

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Can I sue the at-fault driver?

In many cases, if your auto accident injuries were caused because the other driver was negligent or reckless, you may be entitled to pursue a claim against them. 

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What do I need to know about Michigan’s auto no-fault law?

Michigan auto no-fault law governs the outcome of essentially every car accident in the state. However, the Michigan Auto No-Fault Act is incredibly complex. In addition, the recent reforms signed into law further complicated the system. Here you will find everything you need to know about our state’s unique auto no-fault law.

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What should I do after a car accident in Michigan?

Car accidents are unexpected and stressful, however, it’s important to act quickly and intentionally in order to preserve evidence and properly document your accident. Learn more about what you need to do immediately following a crash. 

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How long do I have after a Michigan car accident to file a lawsuit?

From the moment of your accident, the clock is ticking. While you typically have three years from the date of the accident to file a car accident lawsuit, strict notification requirements may also apply.  

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Who pays damages if I’m injured in a car accident?

While your own insurance provider pays your no-fault benefits, typically the at-fault driver’s insurance pays non-economic and excess economic damages. In instances where the negligent driver doesn’t have enough in liability coverage, they may be personally responsible for the excess amount.  

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What if I’m in a car accident and the other driver doesn’t have insurance?

Unfortunately, many people break Michigan law by driving without the required auto no-fault insurance. Purchasing optional uninsured motorist coverage helps protect you and your family from uninsured drivers or hit-and-run drivers where the insurer is unknown. 

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What if I’m in a car accident and the other driver has very little insurance? 

When you’re in a car accident, you have no control over the amount of insurance coverage the other driver has. Underinsured motorist coverage protects you against drivers who carry minimal auto insurance policies. 

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Frequently Asked Questions About Michigan’s Auto No-Fault Benefits

No-fault insurance – also referred to as personal injury protection (PIP) – helps cover medical expenses and loss of income when passengers in automobiles in Michigan are injured in car accidents. These benefits are available to anyone covered by a no-fault policy (barring limited disqualification situations), regardless of who is at fault for the crash. This is what sets no-fault apart. Other types of auto insurance, such as comprehensive, collision, and liability, reimburse for damages depending on who is determined to be at fault for the collision.

As of June 11, 2019, Michigan enacted new auto no-fault legislation. This legislation will bring sweeping changes to the system as we know it. Our attorneys have poured over this new legislation and offer a free overview of the new no-fault law here.

 

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What Are No-Fault PIP Benefits?

The basic concept of Michigan auto no-fault law is to guarantee payment of certain insurance benefits to anyone injured in motor vehicle accidents, no matter who’s at fault. However, people still have important rights against at-fault drivers.

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Who Gets No-Fault PIP Benefits?

No-fault benefits are available to more than those who are injured in a typical motor vehicle accident. These benefits can also be available to people injured in certain ways involving parked vehicles and to people injured while performing maintenance on vehicles.

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Who is Disqualified from No-Fault PIP Benefits?

Certain people are automatically disqualified from claiming no-fault benefits. Owners or registrants of uninsured motor vehicles and those using stolen vehicles are a few examples.

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Who Pays No-Fault PIP Benefits?

Generally, the injured person collects no-fault PIP benefits from your own no-fault insurance company, or from a policy issued to their spouse or resident relative. However, there are a few exceptions.

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How do the 2019 auto no-fault reforms affect me?

The 2019 no-fault reform brought vast and sweeping changes to the system as we know it. Our attorneys are dedicated to understanding these massive changes, and here you’ll find the most comprehensive overview of Michigan’s new no-fault law and how it impacts those injured in auto accidents.

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Coordination of No-Fault PIP Benefits

Understanding the difference between coordinated and uncoordinated auto insurance policies is vital. Coordinated no-fault means their private health insurance company pays first for medical expenses, whereas no-fault coverage pays first in uncoordinated policies.

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How to Make a No-Fault PIP Claim

There are certain rules that apply to how people must notify their auto insurance company about their injuries as well as submitting their claims for benefits to a no-fault insurance company.

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No-Fault PIP Claim Time Limitations

The No-Fault Act contains two very strictly enforced time limitations for processing claims for No-Fault PIP benefits. To properly protect the claim for no-fault benefits, these rules must be carefully followed.

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Penalties for Non-Payment of No-Fault Benefits

The No-Fault Act contains specific penalties that can be assessed against no-fault insurance companies who do not honor their legal obligations to pay claims as required by the law.

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Independent Medical Examination (IME)

The No-Fault Act provides that when the mental or physical condition of a person is at issue, the no-fault insurance company can request to have the injured party examined by a physician of its choice.

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Government Benefit Setoffs

Depending upon the facts of the case, different kinds of government benefits can be deducted from PIP benefits. Examples include social security and worker’s compensation, to name a few.

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