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michigan car accident attorneysCar accidents in Michigan occur more often than anyone would like. In 2019 there were over 54,000 auto accidents that caused individuals injury. If you have been injured in a car accident due to someone else’s negligence, don’t go at it alone. We at the Mike Morse Law Firm are here to help.

Representing Car Accident Victims Since 1995

 
Mike Morse Law Firm was founded in 1995 and is the largest personal injury law firm in Michigan. Our car accident attorneys are experienced, compassionate and dedicated to helping Michigan accident victims receive the justice they deserve. Our expert support staff at Mike Morse Law Firm, combined with the firm’s legal expertise, makes our team a powerful, winning advocate for car accident victims.

Our accomplished attorneys at Mike Morse Law firm are dedicated to protecting the rights of our clients, including the right to have skilled and competent legal representation, regardless of economic status. Mike Morse Law Firm believes all victims deserve justice, and has put in place a No Fee policy. We require no upfront fees to start a claim, and collect no payment until compensation is won.

The emotional and physical pain from a serious automobile accident can be overwhelming, not to mention the financial burden it places on the whole family. If you have been injured in an accident but worry that you can’t afford an attorney, Mike Morse Law Firm is here for you. Let our compassionate, hard-working team at Mike Morse Law Firm answer your questions and explain all of your options. Call 855-MIKE-WINS for a free consultation.

A serious automobile accident negatively impacts individuals and families immediately, and may leave victims with long-term needs. It is critical to hire a law firm with the resources, compassion and experience to successfully settle your case so that your needs are met today, and into the future. Mike Morse Law Firm has successfully settled thousands of cases and has won over $1 billion dollars in compensation for their clients. If you have been injured in a car accident, call Mike Morse Law Firm for help. Available 24 hours a day. 855-MIKE-WINS.

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Our Michigan car accident attorneys specialize in Michigan auto accident law. We are experts at helping our clients with first and third party claims. Learn how our Michigan car accident lawyers can help you today. Remember, you pay NO FEES until we settle your Michigan car accident case!

Answers to Important Michigan Car Accident Questions

Am I entitled to money for my pain and suffering as a result of a Michigan car accident?

YOU ARE ENTITLED TO COMPENSATION FOR PAIN AND SUFFERING IF:

1. The other driver was more than 50% at fault for the accident (For example, they were drunk driving)
2. You suffer from a “serious impairment of a body function, or a serious and permanent disfigurement or death
3. You did not intentionally cause the accident.
4. You were not the driver/owner of an uninsured automobile involved in the accident.

How do I know if I suffered serious impairment of a body function or serious and permanent disfigurement?

The seriousness of your injury must be validated by a physician and usually includes diagnostic tests. Most importantly, the injury must significantly affect your life.

Courts look to see how long you were off work and what activities you can no longer do. If you continue to work after your accident and your activities are not significantly altered, then you are probably not suffering from a serious impairment of a body function. If you have scarring from the accident, an experienced attorney can evaluate whether or not you have a serious and permanent disfigurement.

How long after an accident do I have to file a claim?

In Michigan, accident victims have one year to file a lawsuit with their own insurance company for No-Fault benefits. They have three years to file a lawsuit against the at fault driver for pain and suffering. It’s crucial that accident victims know these time limitations as the penalties for failing to file on time can result in losing the right to pursue the claim and recover the benefits and compensation they would otherwise be entitled to. Watch the video below for more information.

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Common Causes for Car Accidents

Car accidents can happen for various reasons, but the most common causes are the result of driver error. Regardless of how an auto accident occurs, the stress and pain are often overwhelming. The injured person has a right to hold the at-fault party accountable and request financial compensation through a civil court. Still, first, you need a fault determination by investigating the cause of the accident. Below are some of the most common causes of car accidents.

Intoxicated Driving

 

Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol is incredibly dangerous and highly irresponsible. The effects of alcohol and some controlled substances dull the senses and impede the driver’s ability to react quickly to avoid a crash. Even a low blood alcohol level can impair judgment, but more consumption results in a greater risk of an accident.

Additionally, drivers who cause an accident while under the influence risk significant financial losses in a civil lawsuit, mainly if the accident results in death. All personal injury lawsuits include compensatory damages, which are designed to compensate the injured for losses, but under certain circumstances, the defendant may pay punitive damages designed to punish for particularly appalling behavior.

Speeding

 

Speeding alone is dangerous, but it often correlates with other bad driving behavior, such as driving while distracted or impaired. Some ways that speeding causes accidents include:

  • Increased speed makes steering and controlling a vehicle more difficult, especially when making abrupt movements or sharp turns.
  • The higher the speed, the more time the driver needs to stop. This is especially dangerous in congested areas where drivers may be closer together.
  • Speeding increases the chance of a rollover, particularly in larger vehicles with higher weight distribution.

Speeding has many consequences. Drivers face potential personal injury suits for car accidents, the high price of speeding tickets when caught, and the increase in insurance premiums when their risk to insurers increases.

Distracted Driving

 

Driving while distracted is one of the most dangerous forms of negligent driving. The three forms of distractions are:

  1. Visual distractions divert the driver’s eyes away from the road. These can include anything from the left or right of the vehicle or in any safety mirrors. Visual distractions may occur in small spurts or extended periods, but both impede the driver’s ability to accurately assess the area around them in time to react safely.
  2. Manual distractions require the driver to remove one or both hands from the wheel. These may include texting, adjusting the radio, putting on makeup, or eating. With one hand off the wheel, the driver reduces their ability to react as quickly as possible.
  3. Cognitive distractions are best described as daydreaming. The driver’s hands remain on the wheel, and eyes remain on the road, but the mind is elsewhere. Talking on a cellphone hands-free also qualifies as a distraction because it diverts the attention elsewhere mentally.

Many actions qualify as more than one or even all three types of distractions. For example, texting is a manual, visual, and cognitive distraction. Safe driving is both defensive and offensive. Alertness is a necessity.

Aggressive or Reckless Driving

 

Aggressive driving often accompanies speeding. Drivers intentionally violate the road rules in a heated reaction, and the results can be devastating. Some common examples of aggressive driving include:

  • Purposefully driving in the passing lane next to vehicles, making it impossible for someone to pass
  • Jumping in front of another driver to slow them down
  • Running through a red light or stop sign
  • Ignoring yield signs
  • Changing lanes rapidly and frequently
  • Not using a turn signal when switching lanes or turning onto another street

Tailgating, following too closely behind another vehicle, is the most common type of aggressive driving resulting in rear-end accidents. In some states, aggressive driving alone is not a chargeable offense, but when it causes an accident, it becomes reckless driving, which is chargeable.

Poor Weather Conditions

 

Bad weather can turn the road into a deadly area. Rain and snow cause slippery road conditions and poor tire traction, making stopping difficult and hindering the driver’s ability to control the vehicle.

Black ice is likely the deadliest result of inclement weather on the road. The ice is not actually black, but it is impossible to see because it forms over asphalt. It occurs most commonly when temperatures drop rapidly after rain, freezing quickly on elevated roadways. What makes black ice such a threat is that drivers cannot see it, tires cannot find traction on it, and there is no way to maintain control once a driver hits it. Additionally, it commonly occurs on bridges and overpasses where the dangers are significantly greater.

When combined with speeding or aggressive driving, poor weather conditions become increasingly more dangerous. A wreck caused by bad weather alone does not constitute a lawsuit. However, when a driver speeds on hazardous roads and causes an accident, they may face civil and criminal consequences.

Poor Road Conditions

 

Road conditions also contribute to dangerous driving situations in several different ways. Some common road conditions that present a danger to drivers:

  • Cracked, broken, or uneven pavement
  • Potholes
  • Sinkholes
  • Exposed rebar
  • Debris

When debris causes an auto accident, there may be a party at fault. For example, truck drivers may drop cargo on the road and leave it behind, causing a hazard for other drivers. In such cases, the responsible party could be the driver, the driving company, or the party that loaded the truck. Construction workers sometimes allow debris from the site to remain in the road, making the construction company or site supervisor responsible for any danger it may cause drivers. When a government agency fails to fix broken pavement or remove roadkill, the possibility of a lawsuit is minimal. Most government agencies have immunity from civil court.

If you suffered an injury in a car accident through no fault of your own, you deserve compensation for your losses. The car accident attorneys at Mike Morse Law Firm require no upfront fees to get started. Contact us today for a free case review.

Common Injuries From Car Accidents

A minor car accident may not only leave victims rattled, but injured, too. Because some injuries and symptoms do not appear immediately, those involved in car collisions should let a medical professional examine them. Understanding the most common injuries suffered in a car accident helps victims and their medical teams know what to look for. With a full inventory of injuries, parties know how much to seek in legal damages from the responsible individual or entity.

Soft Tissue Injuries

 

When a car accident damages tendons, muscles, ligaments and other connective tissue, a person may suffer a soft tissue injury, the most common type of auto accident injury. One soft tissue injury people hear most about is whiplash. The injury happens when the force of a collision whips a person’s neck forward and back violently. Other than the neck and head, violent motions during auto collisions may sprain a person’s middle and lower back. Force exerted on the spine could lead to back injuries.

Cuts and Scrapes

 

Unsecured objects inside a car can become dangerous projectiles during an accident. Cups, books, electronic devices and similar items may fly around and hit a person, causing scrapes and cuts. If the airbag deploys during an accident, it could cut or scrape a person. Compared to other motor vehicle accident injuries, cuts and scrapes pose little risk to collision victims and may not require medical treatment. Even then, it makes sense to take scrapes and cuts seriously and treat them, to keep the injuries from becoming infected.

Head Injuries

 

If car accident victims hit their heads, or if something hits them in the head, they could suffer minor or major head injuries. Drivers and passengers may slam their heads into the steering wheel or a side window, which could cause bruising or a cut.

A powerful impact could trigger a closed head injury that tears or bruises blood vessels and brain tissue. Closed head injuries may cause lingering brain damage or a concussion, depending on the impact.

Those who even suspect they hit their heads during an accident should let a medical professional examine them, even if they feel okay. Major head injuries may alter a person’s life, shifting the way the brain functions, handles emotions and processes information. While head injury patients could recover, they may spend the rest of their lives treating the injury.

Chest Injuries

 

Chest trauma caused by an auto accident ranges from internal injuries and bruising to cracked ribs. Chest injuries often happen when a driver slams into the steering wheel, but dashboards and seatbelts may also lead to chest injuries.

Leg and Arm Injuries

 

Motor vehicle collision forces that cause head injuries may injure a person’s arms or legs. For instance, being t-boned could fling a person’s arms or legs into the door. A passenger’s knees may slam into the seat in front of them or the dashboard. Limbs could become sprained, broken, scraped or bruised.

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

 

Aside from physical harm, accident victims may suffer emotional and mental harm because of the psychological toll a car collision takes on the mind. Common symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder after a car collision include:

  • Having nightmares about the accident
  • Feeling anxious when thinking back to the collision or when faced with the thought of getting back into a car or behind the wheel again
  • Having an adverse reaction to images and sounds connected to the accident

Those who suspect they could have PTSD deserve to speak with a mental health professional. That way, they know for sure whether they have a stress disorder and receive professional tips on treating their diagnosis.

Broken Bones

 

When a driver’s or passenger’s body connects with other parts of the vehicle, the force may put acute stress on the skeleton, which could break bones. For example, a person’s arm could become trapped against the door, or a locked-up seatbelt may break someone’s ribs. While common and rarely life-threatening, broken bones could require surgery and medical hardware to heal correctly.

Diagnosing Common Car Accident Injuries

 

Not only do personal injury victims deserve to know the most prevalent injuries suffered in car accidents, but it also makes sense to know how doctors diagnose injuries. After all, those harmed by another’s negligence likely want to receive compensation from the at-fault party for money they spent pinpointing their injuries. Medical technology helps patients know for sure if they have internal bleeding or internal bruising and which treatment options could work most favorably.

Medical History

 

Depending on a person’s medical history, she or he could be more susceptible to certain car accident injuries. Those injured should expect to sit with a healthcare professional to discuss their family medical history, symptoms and lifestyle.

Physical Exam

 

Physical exams help physicians determine an injury’s severity and nature.

X-rays

 

If car crash victims or their medical teams suspect they have a broken bone, harmed individuals may undergo X-rays. Using invisible electromagnetic energy beams, X-rays help doctors determine if a patient suffered a fractured bone or similar injury. The diagnostic tool also works on organs and internal tissues.

Computed Tomography Scan

 

Computed tomography scans use computer technology and X-rays to create in-depth images of the body. CT scans provide pictures of organs, bones, muscles and fat. If a physician feels someone needs a diagnostic test more powerful than an X-ray, she or he could recommend a CT scan.

Magnetic Resonance Imaging

 

Combining X-rays, magnets and radio frequencies, magnetic resonance imaging scans create in-depth images of bodily structures and organs.

Digital Ultrasound

 

Working much like sonar, digital ultrasounds use echoing waves of sound to peer inside the body. Digital ultrasound technology makes it easy for health care providers to identify various trauma and injury complications in real-time.

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Rear-End Accident Lawyers

If you’re looking for lawyers who specialize in rear-end accidents, look no further than the Mike Morse Law Firm. Our attorneys specialize in rear end accidents, whether they’re as a result of tailgating, distracted driving, speeding, failure to yield or any other reason. Our team can help you get the settlement you deserve if you’ve been injured in a rear end car or truck accident. Contact us for a consultation today.

Side Swipe Accident Lawyers

Were you involved in a car accident in Michigan where you were side swiped by a negligent driver? Our car accident lawyers are ready to assist you by dealing with the insurance companies in your stead. That way you will receive the full compensation you are entitled to. Contact our car accident lawyers today.

Michigan No Fault Benefits

Were you involved in a Michigan motor vehicle accident? If so, then you are entitled to certain Michigan no fault benefits. These benefits include:

1. payment of medical expenses

2. lost wages

3. replacement services

4. attendant care benefits and more.

Our attorneys are Michigan no fault benefits experts and will get you every dime that you deserve. Contact us today

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