Michigan Semi-Truck Accident Lawyers
For more than six decades, the Michigan semi-truck accident lawyers at the Sinas Dramis Law Firm have been handling trucking cases, protecting the rights of accident victims and their families, and making sure they get the compensation and insurance benefits they deserve.
Our Michigan semi-truck accident attorneys recognize that trucking accident claims must be pursued differently than passenger vehicle claims. This is not because Michigan semi-truck crashes are more important than passenger vehicle accidents. It’s because semi-truck accidents, unlike passenger vehicle crashes, involve many complicated issues, including the application of both federal and state law.
How Does A Semi-Truck Accident Differ From A Car Crash?
The sheer size of semi-trucks often makes accidents involving them deadlier. Semi-truck accidents also typically involve more claims for catastrophic injuries.
Semi-trucks weigh some 80,000 pounds. This is why these trucks are typically known as “big rigs.” They are also called “18-wheelers” because of the number of tires on the trucks. In Michigan, nearly 12,000 heavy trucks, including semi-trucks, were involved in crashes on the roadways in 2015.
Some factors that contribute to semi-truck accidents are:
- truck driver fatigue.
- impaired driving.
- inexperienced driver.
- poor driving record.
- unhealthy driver.
- poor truck maintenance/equipment failure.
- distracted driving.
- unfamiliarity with highway.
- road construction.
- weather conditions.
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 can be involved in a semi-truck claim.
- Many survivors of semi-truck accidents have catastrophic injuries that require lifelong treatment and rehabilitation.
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.
Our Verdicts & Settlements
The semi-truck accident team at Sinas Dramis has helped hundreds of trucking accident victims and their families get the compensation they deserve. Here are some of the verdicts and settlements that our Michigan semi-truck lawyers have obtained.
- $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 with a wife and three adult children in a semi-truck/motor vehicle collision.
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 will accept a semi-truck accident case, only to then refer the no-fault portion of the case to another law firm, which can be frustrating for victims and their families.
Rest assured, however, that the Sinas Dramis semi-truck team will handle ALL ASPECTS of your trucking accident cases, including 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 will be at your side every step of the way, helping you on your road to recovery. Here’s how we will do that.
- Our Michigan semi-truck accident lawyers will fight for your entitlement to no-fault personal protection insurance (PIP) benefits, including 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.
- Our lawyers may also bring a wrongful death suit, if the other party involved (truck driver, trucking company, etc.) was somehow negligent.
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.
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