Michigan Semi-Truck Accident Lawyer

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. Our attorneys are committed to getting you 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.

Contact an experienced Michigan semi-truck accident attorney today for a free initial case review.
We don’t collect any fees until you win or settle your case.

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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.

More information on federal and state semi-truck laws, trucking regulations, and semi-truck accident claims here.

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.

Semi-Truck Accidents – Know the Law

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
  • speeding
  • 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 negligence, our lawyers may also bring a wrongful death suit.

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Frequently Asked Questions about Semi-Truck Accidents in Michigan

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.

→ Read the FAQs about Semi-Truck Accidents in Michigan


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Filing a Semi-Truck Accident Claim and the Laws That Govern the Trucking Industry

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.

Read About Trucking Accident Claims and Semi-Truck Laws


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What to Do If You’re Involved in a Truck Accident

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.

Read About What to Do After a Semi-Truck Accident


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.