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Many residents of Michigan drive on highways as part of their daily commute. Unfortunately, these are some of the most dangerous roads that a driver can be on. Some local highways where fatal accidents have occurred are I-75 between I-96 and the I-94 interchange, 7 Mile Road connected to Telegraph Road, and I-94 between Vining Road and Telegraph Road.

Michigan highways have maximum speed limits set up to 75 mph, often at 55 or 65. Car accidents that occur at these high speeds tend to be more severe and more consistently result in serious injuries and death. If you have been injured – or have suffered the wrongful death of a loved one – due to the negligence of someone else, then you deserve to be compensated for your losses. 

Have you experienced this sort of pain and suffering? An experienced highway car accident lawyer with Mike Morse Law Firm, the largest personal injury law firm in the state, can quickly build a solid motor vehicle accident case on your behalf. Contact us today to schedule your free case consultation. Call us 24/7 at 855-MIKE-WINS or submit an online case review form

Common Causes of Michigan Highway Accidents

Highway accidents occur every day for numerous reasons. The following are some of the most common causes.

Distracted driving

Driving is a complicated task that requires a person’s full attention. Distracted driving is anything that takes a person’s focus away from driving. 

Common driver distractions include:

  • Texting 
  • Talking on the phone
  • Eating
  • Programming the GPS
  • Eating or drinking
  • Adjusting the radio
  • Talking with passengers

Speeding

Most of us have seen a driver speed past us, even if we were driving the posted speed limit. Speeding is the second most common cause of auto accidents, killing over 25 people a day on average. 

Speeding is dangerous because the faster a person drives, the slower his or her reaction time will be. What’s more, the faster you’re driving, the less control you’ll have over your vehicle and the longer it will take to come to a full stop. 

Driving under the influence

Despite public awareness of the dangers of mixing driving and alcohol, people continue to get behind the wheel under the influence. In Michigan, it is against the law for a person over 21 to drive with a BAC of .08 or more. 

Alcohol affects a person’s ability to drive safely. It can impair a driver’s:

  • Coordination
  • Vision
  • Reaction time
  • Judgment
  • Comprehension

Penalties for drunk driving are strictly enforced. If caught driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol, a person faces heavy fines, license suspension, and possible time in jail. 

Reckless driving

A reckless driver purposely disregards highway traffic laws and is a danger to all other motorists on the road. 

Common forms of reckless driving you see on Michigan roadways include:

  • Weaving in and out of traffic
  • Excessive speeding
  • Tailgating
  • Improper signaling
  • Cutting other drivers off

A car accident caused by a reckless driver could have easily been avoidable if the driver had obeyed the rules of the road. 

Inclement weather

The residents of Michigan know to be prepared for all types of weather conditions. Rain, snow, fog, strong winds, and ice can create treacherous hazards on the highway. 

Drivers should reduce speed and drive with extra care while traveling in poor weather. If possible it’s recommended to pull over and wait for road conditions to improve. Sadly, many fail to take safety precautions resulting in car accidents and even multi-car pile-ups. 

Why Hire a Michigan Highway Car Accident Lawyer

The moments following a motor vehicle accident on the highway can be confusing, overwhelming, and painful. You could be left with serious physical injuries – not to mention questions on the best way to move forward. 

Auto accident victims must choose whether to simply file a claim with their insurance company or hire a personal injury attorney to recover compensation. Since Michigan requires drivers to hold no-fault insurance benefits, you may wonder whether hiring a car accident lawyer is necessary. 

There are many benefits of having a trusted attorney on your side after being involved in a motor vehicle collision, especially when the accident took place on a highway.

Unlike accidents on local city avenues and streets, highway accidents often involve several vehicles. This can make it complicated to identify who was the at-fault and negligent driver. After taking on your car accident case, our lawyers will investigate the accident and gather evidence to determine fault. 

This may include:

  • Obtaining police reports
  • Speaking to witnesses 
  • Hiring expert witnesses such as car accident reconstructionists
  • Reviewing pictures and video footage from the crash
  • Talking to medical professionals and gathering your medical records

Even if it is obvious that the other driver was at-fault for the accident, the auto insurance company may try to coerce you into making statements that will lower the value of your claim. An adjuster may try to pressure you into accepting a settlement that is far less than your claim is actually worth. 

When you have Mike Morse Law Firm representing you, though, your rights will be protected. Your car accident attorney can handle all negotiations with the insurance companies so you are treated fairly. 

Compensation After Your Michigan Highway Accident

A car accident can take a financial toll on victims and their families. The no-fault benefits provided in your insurance policy may provide a payout for some of these expenses such as medical bills and lost wages. However, a highway accident lawyer can help you maximize the compensation you recover. 

Your car accident lawyers may be able to help you recover compensation for:

  • Medical bills
  • Lost wages
  • Loss of future earning potential 
  • Property damage
  • Pain and suffering
  • Loss of enjoyment
  • Disfigurement
  • Wrongful death

Contact Our Highway Car Accident Lawyers Today

If you have been injured or someone you love has been killed in a Michigan highway accident, don’t hesitate to contact Mike Morse Law Firm today. Our compassionate car accident attorneys can offer the support and legal advice you need at this difficult time. 

Our law firm has proudly been serving clients in Michigan for over 25 years. We care about our clients and will fight to get you the compensation you deserve, even pain and suffering damages if appropriate. We take cases on a contingency fee basis, which means you’ll never pay out of pocket. No win, no fees guaranteed.

Schedule a free consultation with our car accident lawyers so we can help you with your Michigan highway accident case. Call us 24/7 at 888-MIKE-WINS, email us, or click to start a live chat.

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