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If you’ve been injured in a truck accident in Michigan, having a lawyer assist with your case is a wise decision. Truck accident claims are complex and could involve multiple responsible parties.  Additionally, the laws that govern the trucking industry are strict, and a knowledgeable lawyer can determine when rules are violated at the expense of public safety.

Michigan Traffic Crash Stats from 2020 show that heavy trucks/buses were involved in 11,344 crashes. If you have been injured in a collision with a large truck, don’t wait to seek legal help. Time is of the essence to collect evidence regarding your case and protect your rights. Mike Morse Law Firm is the team you need to fight for you when you are hurt and don’t know where to turn. We want to help you get the compensation you need to move forward with your life.

What Does a Commercial Vehicle Accident Lawyer Do?

After a truck accident, insurance company representatives can get very pushy trying to get you to settle your case. It can be tough to resist their offers, especially if you cannot work, and mounting bills add stress to an already overwhelming situation. You need objective legal consultation to know where you stand and how you should proceed. It is never a good plan to settle before knowing the damages you are entitled to based on your injuries. These are ways an attorney helps you after a CMV accident.

Determines At-Fault Parties

Many people think drivers are always solely responsible for truck crashes. However, numerous parties have potential liability for these accidents. Furthermore, it is not a straightforward process to determine fault. There are a lot of factors that affect the whys and hows of truck accidents. An experienced Michigan lawyer knows the questions to ask to find the answers. An investigation can take time, and your attorney handles this while you focus on healing.

Works With Insurance Companies

You can be confident that insurance companies will do their best to shift blame for an accident toward you to pay as low a settlement as possible. It is best to avoid talking with them at all and let your attorney handle the communications.

While Michigan is a no-fault state, insurance companies often try to undercut what is reasonable and necessary to cover medical expenses both now and in the future. You may have to pay for injury care that they don’t think is necessary for years to come. Your attorney protects your rights to fair compensation.

Handles Complex Negotiations

Negotiations related to truck accidents are highly complex legal matters. If there are multiple defendants in a claim, the waters get even muddier. Your attorney holds the responsible parties accountable while working diligently to get you the compensation you deserve. Legal teams for all liable parties will battle to avoid paying rightful compensatory damages. A critical advantage is having an attorney who knows how to value your case and remain steadfast about the terms.

Assists With Filing Lawsuit

According to the Michigan statute of limitations, you have three years to file a personal injury lawsuit. If you fail to file on time, your case will likely be dismissed. Your attorney handles the paperwork for you and all the communications related to filing your lawsuit. It is crucial to get this process started right away. Time is literally wasting where evidence retrieval is concerned.

You need all the facts available to support your case and file a viable lawsuit, and your attorney uses that information. While as many as 96% of pre-trial settlements happen with personal injury cases, your attorney is always preparing for the next step if it comes.

Researches Your Case

One of the most valuable services an attorney provides a client is doing the legwork on a case. Research makes a difference in the outcome of a truck accident trial. There is immense work preparing a court case, especially if more than one party may be liable for your injuries.

Your attorney finds out whether drivers, trucking companies, manufacturers, loading companies, or government entities played a part in your accident. Attorneys also consider how various laws apply. Analyzing all parts of your case to calculate a fair damage award is a critical aspect of an attorney’s role.

Develops Your Legal Strategy

An attorney spends a lot of time developing a legal strategy before going to court. Your case may require expert testimony and accident scene reconstruction specialists to show exactly how things occurred. The point is to provide a complete picture of your case and prove the other party’s liability for your injuries, so there is no question about your right to compensatory damages.

Knows How To Work With Comparative Fault Laws

Michigan is a comparative fault state. Comparative fault affects the amount of damages you can recover if you bear a percentage of fault in an accident. Your percentage of fault reduces the amount you recover. Michigan also follows the 51% rule, so you cannot recover damages if you are more than 51% responsible for your injuries. Your attorney makes sure that the comparative fault law is applied fairly in your case. Other parties will fight to have their percentage of fault reduced, so you need a lawyer to protect your interests.

Why Do You Need a CMV Lawyer?

There is no doubt that truck accident law is filled with complexities and the legal nuances are many. Issues in these cases are subject to many motions and maneuvers by defense lawyers because the stakes are high. There are two critical reasons to have a skilled attorney in your corner.

1. CMV Accidents Cause Devastating Injuries

A commercial truck does immense harm to a human body. The injuries are typically so severe that many individuals never make a full physical recovery. You may suffer lasting injuries to the brain and spinal cord. You could have burns, lose limbs, or have chronic pain as a result of your trauma. Permanent disability occurs all too often. Many of these injuries require ongoing medical treatment or personal care.

A skilled truck accident lawyer knows how important it is to get compensation that covers your needs for a lifetime. You may also have a family who counts on your income, so you need a dedicated attorney to walk you through the legal process.

2. CMV Accidents Have Unique Legal Considerations

The trucking industry is legally held to a very high standard because of the nature of the work. A lawyer knows that truckers and trucking companies must follow specific federal regulations, abide by state and local laws, or risk liability for negligence. Your lawyer uses this information to hold liable parties responsible and make them accountable when they cause you injury.

Get a Michigan Lawyer To Handle Your Truck Accident Case

Mike Morse Law Firm specializes in Michigan truck accident cases. Our experienced attorneys have the know-how to deal with single-party and multi-defendant personal injury lawsuits. Because truck accident cases can be complicated legal matters that take time to litigate, you need an attorney ready to go the distance.

If the neglectful actions of another party have injured you, it’s time to find out how we can help. There are no fees until we win. Please fill out this quick contact form to get started, and within two hours, we will let you know if you have a case.

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