Michigan Semi-Truck Accident Lawyers
Any accident is unnerving, but when you’re in a collision with a semi-truck or commercial vehicle, it can be even more unsettling. You might be dealing with serious injuries and damages to your vehicle. Chances are, if you’re reading this, you need a trusted and distinguished Michigan semi-truck accident lawyer.
We want to make sure you are taken care of and get on the road to recovery as quickly as possible. Read on to see how a Sinas Dramis truck accident attorney can help you recover the compensation you need and deserve, or contact us for a free case review.
How Does A Semi-Truck Accident Differ From A Car Crash?
No matter what you call them – semi-trucks, tractor trailers, big rigs, 18-wheeler, 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.
In Michigan, nearly 13,000 heavy trucks, including semi-trucks, were involved in crashes on the roadways in 2017!
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
$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.
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 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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