On average, a fatal car accident occurs every 15 minutes of every day in the United States. Accidents in which someone is seriously injured are even more common. And while road conditions or mechanical failure cause some car accidents, about 90% of serious accidents are caused by human error: speeding, driving while drunk, distractions, drowsiness—or just plain carelessness.
One person’s bad decision can have a sudden and permanent impact on many other lives. If you have been the victim of a car accident in Michigan, you understand this on a personal level. One moment, you are living your life, working and caring for your family, and planning for the future. The next, you are in pain, unable to do things that once came easily, and facing a loss of income and mounting medical bills. The future you were looking forward to may now look uncertain, or even impossible.
Our car accident lawyer team understands that an accident injury can make your whole life feel out of control. We work with you to put control back in your hands.
In the immediate aftermath of a serious car, truck, or motorcycle accident, it’s important to get to safety, contact the police to make a report, and get examined medically, even if you think you are okay. You could be in shock and not realize that you have been injured. If you are able, take pictures to document the accident.
In the days and weeks that follow, while you are trying to deal with your pain and get your life back on track, you will likely be contacted by an insurance company—perhaps your own, perhaps that of the other driver. You may be asked to make a statement about the accident or even to sign a waiver in exchange for what seems like a good settlement. Even though the accident wasn’t your fault, you should say as little as possible to a claims adjuster, and you should never sign anything before speaking to a Michigan car accident lawyer.
Despite insurance companies’ advertisements saying they’re on your side and you’re in good hands with them, the reality is that insurance companies are not there to look out for you. They are for-profit companies that make money by paying out less in claims than they are paid in premiums. The more they pay you, the less profit they make. Your well-being is not their priority.
Insurance companies also know that you are in a vulnerable position after a car accident. You are in pain, perhaps unable to work, with medical bills piling up in addition to your usual expenses. You need money. The insurance company hopes that if they make you a settlement offer, you will sign it and waive any future claims against them.
The problem is that you may not know what your claim is really worth. And if your damages later turn out to be much higher than you first thought, you will have no recourse if you have accepted the insurance company’s settlement.
You can be sure that the insurance company has legal counsel to help them strategize and fight against claims, including obstructing and delaying as a tactic to wear injury victims down and cause them to give up. To protect your interests, you need an attorney of your own to level the playing field. Insurance companies know this, too: data from the Insurance Research Council indicates that plaintiffs who are represented by attorneys receive settlements that are an average of 3.5 times greater than settlements received by unrepresented claimants.
We do not charge legal fees up front to car accident victims. You pay only after we help you recover on your claim.
At Michigan Injury Attorneys, our focus is on helping our clients get the financial resources they are entitled to, and to hold the people who caused their injuries accountable. We know that a financial recovery can’t erase everything that you’ve suffered, but it can give you some security and peace of mind while you focus on what matters: getting better.
Our extensive trial experience means that we are prepared to pursue the most favorable settlement for you, and equipped to advocate for you in the courtroom if necessary. We are committed to making the legal process as productive and comfortable for you as possible. To learn more about what our car accident attorneys can do for you, contact Michigan Injury Attorneys today to schedule a free, no-obligation consultation with a car accident lawyer.