Michigan Semi-Truck Accident Lawyer
Accidents involving semi-trucks or commercial vehicles are handled differently than a typical auto accident in Michigan. Semi-truck and commercial vehicle accidents not only involved both federal and state laws, but the resulting injuries and damages are typically more severe due to the larger size of these vehicles. In addition, the insurance coverages on these business-owned vehicles may further complicate the process of protecting your rights if injured in a collision with a truck. Due to the many diverse factors involving these types of crashes, the support of a knowledgeable Michigan semi-truck accident lawyer is crucial in ensuring you and your family are taken care of.
At Sinas Dramis Law Firm, we have an entire team of personal injury attorneys dedicated to this area of law. With a long history of success, we’re experts in handling semi-truck and commercial vehicle cases, as well as protecting our clients’ rights to Michigan auto no-fault PIP benefits.
Contact an experienced Michigan semi-truck accident lawyer today for a free initial case review.
We don’t collect any fees until you win or settle your case.
How Does a Semi-Truck Accident Differ From a Car Crash?
No matter what you call them – semi-trucks, tractor-trailers, big rigs, 18-wheelers, or commercial trucks – the sheer size of these vehicles make a collision with them more catastrophic. Because of this, semi-truck accidents also typically involve more claims for catastrophic injuries.
A claim involving a semi-truck accident is also often more complicated than a passenger vehicle claim. There are several reasons for this.
- Both federal and state laws apply to semi-truck accidents. Federal rules and regulations govern semi-truck insurance requirements, record-keeping requirements and record-retention periods. At the same time, Michigan no-fault law governs insurance benefits.
- Multiple parties are usually involved in a semi-truck accident claim, including the person(s) in the passenger vehicle, the semi-truck driver, the semi-truck owner/company, the semi-truck manufacturer and any distributors, suppliers or retailers.
- Numerous insurance policies may be involved in a semi-truck claim.
- Many survivors of semi-truck accidents have catastrophic injuries that require lifelong treatment and rehabilitation.
When a semi-truck or commercial vehicle collides with a motor vehicle, the results are often catastrophic. And for the injured person in the motor vehicle and their family, figuring out what to do next can often feel incredibly overwhelming. These crashes are much different than a regular car-versus-car collision, and finding an attorney that not only has the resources but the skills to work up these complex cases can be challenging.
In this video, partners Steve Sinas and Tom Sinas discuss the intricacies of these types of crashes to help survivors or surviving family members understand their rights and find the legal resources they may need.
How does Michigan auto no-fault law apply in a truck accident case? Should I sue the truck driver or company for my injuries? What is the statute of limitations for filing a trucking accident claim? And other FAQs we receive regarding Michigan semi-truck crashes.
While semi-truck accident claims can be similar to other claims, there are special considerations when filing This is especially true with regard to federal and state semi-truck laws.
Truck accidents are incredibly serious, scary, and overwhelming. In addition, the claims process is very complicated. If you’ve found yourself the victim of a collision with a semi-truck, here are some things you should consider.
Leading Causes of Truck Accidents
Truck drivers have a legal and professional obligation to exercise caution and due care in the operation of their vehicles. Because commercial vehicles can pose great danger, both federal and state regulations apply to them.
For example, the federal government regulates the number of hours a truck driver may be on the road in a day and the hours a driver must be off the road between shifts. Truck drivers must also keep daily logs of their activities, including the number of hours they drive and the number of hours they rest, and must properly inspect and maintain their vehicles. These federal rules not only help make sure semi-trucks are in good operating condition, but also help prevent semi-truck driver fatigue and help maintain the overall health of truck drivers, which is important to keep drivers and other motorists on the roadways safe.
If a truck driver violates any of the federal rules and regulations, it may result in negligence that causes an accident. The following are some common causes of truck accidents in Michigan, and across the United States.
Some of the other leading causes of truck accidents include:
- distracted driving
- unfamiliarity with highway
- road construction
- weather conditions
Our Verdicts & Settlements for Victims of Semi-Truck Accidents
$8 million for a 76-year-old retired steelworker injured in a semi-truck/motor vehicle collision.
$3 million for the death of a 43-year-old man in a semi-truck/motor vehicle collision.
$2.5 million for a 19-year-old woman catastrophically injured in a Lansing semi-truck accident.
$2 million for the death of a 53-year-old man in a semi-truck/motor vehicle collision.
See more of our verdicts and settlements here.
Michigan Semi-Truck Accident Attorneys: We’ll Fight For Your Rights
The auto no-fault law applies to Michigan semi-truck crashes, providing insurance benefits to those who are injured. Persons with applicable Michigan no-fault insurance who are injured in a semi-truck accident can claim certain trucking accident benefits, including:
- unlimited lifetime benefits for allowable expenses.
- lost wages for three years.
- replacement services for three years.
Because Michigan’s no-fault law applies to trucking accidents, persons injured in a semi-truck collision should seek an attorney who has a complete understanding of both the federal regulations that govern the trucking industry AND Michigan’s complex auto no-fault system. Unfortunately, some law firms accept a semi-truck accident case only to refer the no-fault portion to another law firm. This can be frustrating for victims and their families.
Rest assured, however, the Sinas Dramis semi-truck team will handle ALL ASPECTS of your trucking accident case. This includes any no-fault claim that is involved. Our lawyers not only have a comprehensive understanding of the federal regulations that govern the trucking industry, but are also recognized as leading authorities on Michigan’s auto no-fault law.
If you’ve been injured in a Michigan semi-truck accident, Sinas Dramis is here for you every step of the way, helping you on your road to recovery. Here’s how we will do that.
- A Michigan semi-truck accident lawyer at Sinas Dramis will fight for your rights no-fault personal protection insurance (PIP) benefits. These benefits include medical and rehabilitation expenses, work loss benefits and expenses for replacement services.
- Our attorneys can pursue a claim against other entities involved, such as the truck driver and the trucking company, if they were at fault, allowing you to potentially recover pain and suffering damages.
- If the other party was somehow negligent, our lawyers may also bring a wrongful death suit.
In this video, Grand Rapids personal injury attorney Tom Sinas talks about the differences between semi-truck accidents and other types of motor vehicle crashes.
If you have been injured in a semi-truck accident, contact the experienced attorneys at the Sinas Dramis Law Firm today for a free consultation.