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Damages you can recover after a truck accident

Large trucks are responsible for a significant number of traffic collisions that occur around Michigan. Truck accidents that involve tractor-trailers or semis are far more likely to result in serious injury or death than accidents involving two passenger vehicles due to the differences in size and weight of the vehicles. For example, a man recently lost his life after getting in an accident with a garbage truck in Green Lake County. 

It is critical for victims of truck accidents to seek legal help right away and see what damages they can recover in the aftermath. The types of damages fall into two categories: economic and noneconomic. 

4 types of truck-driver negligence

One of the most serious types of motor vehicle accidents is when large trucks collide with passenger vehicles. While semitrucks are vital to our economy, they are also inherently dangerous to people like you. Tractor-trailers can weigh 30 times as much as cars and take 40 percent more distance to stop. The vast majority of deaths in commercial truck accidents are occupants of passenger vehicles. 

Many truck collisions occur due to the negligence of truck drivers. Here are some dangerous factors and behaviors that may contribute to large truck wrecks.

Is car insurance necessary in Michigan?

Although auto insurance is mandatory under state law, plenty of drivers hit the road without any coverage. In fact, Michigan has risen over the past few years in the ranking of states with the most uninsured drivers. It came in ninth place in 2007, going up to fourth by 2015 with over 20 percent of drivers lacking insurance, reveals the Insurance Information Institute.

It is no wonder that so many people choose not to purchase a policy when the price is so high. It may seem more cost-effective to take the risk and pay for vehicle repairs or replacement out of pocket. However, when it comes to a car accident, proper coverage is a must.

What to do right after a car crash

Michigan car crashes happen all too often. If you become involved in one, there are several things you should – and should not – do immediately afterward. The most important thing you should do is stay where you are until law enforcement officers arrive and give you permission to leave. Leaving too soon could put you at risk for officers charging you with leaving the scene and/or hit-and-run, both of which are crimes.

The first thing you should do is determine if anyone is injured. If so, call 911 on your cellphone, give your location and request the operator to send immediate medical and law enforcement assistance. Do not attempt to move any injured or unconscious person unless a hazard exists such as a fire, a downed power line or rising flood waters. Moving an injured person can worsen their injuries, especially if the injuries are to their neck or back.

4 common places where slip-and-fall accidents occur

Slip, trip and fall injuries are disturbingly common. According to the National Floor Safety Institute, fall accidents are the leading cause of emergency room visits. You may slip or trip and fall at almost any place, from your own home to retail stores. Where your accident occurs is among that factors that can influence whether you can file a lawsuit and obtain damages. 

You may be wondering where the most common fall accidents occur. Here is a list of the most common locations of these premises liability accidents.

What could happen if you drive uninsured?

When you do not have a lot of money, you might get creative about paying bills. One payment that may fall by the wayside is car insurance. Yes, you need a car to get to work, but keeping a roof over your head and the heat on may be more important.

However, there are certain grave risks to driving uninsured in no-fault states such as Michigan. In fact, these risks are so tremendous that they deserve a role when you consider how to allocate your bill payments.

Top 3 causes of winter car accidents

Fall is in full swing, and winter is just around the corner. It is already starting to rain here in the Plymouth area, and pretty soon it will be snow. These harsh weather conditions that may be all too familiar for you can cause serious dangers on the road. Unskilled, negligent or tourist drivers may not know how to handle these conditions and crash into you.

According to the U.S. Department of Transportation, poor visibility and slippery roads cause car accidents. But why exactly does this happen? Below is a look at how adverse weather impacts drivers.

Understanding the basics of Michigan's no-fault act

Michigan's no-fault insurance law is designed to ensure that individuals injured in car accidents timely receive compensation for their medical costs and lost income. Because the law also places limits on claims with the intention that individuals who have been injured can quickly receive benefits, it is important for car accident victims to be familiar with the legal options available to help protect them.

The no-fault system provides that car accident victims receive benefits for their medical expenses for a lifetime and significant wage loss benefits on what is referred to as a no-fault basis. The intention is for severely injured car accident victims to immediately receive benefits for the harm they have suffered. Michigan has the highest level of car accident medical benefits in the country.

Distracted and aggressive driving a problem in school zones

Distracted drivers can cause both car accidents and pedestrian accidents. Michigan ranks forty-seventh of the fifty states when it comes to distracted driving in school zones. Although Michigan falls near the bottom with regard to overall distracted driving in school zones, a recent report reveals that Michigan is the worst state when it comes to distracted phone use and aggressive acceleration near school zones.

In Michigan, several counties, including Oakland, Macomb, and Ottawa County, were ranked the worst when it comes to distracted driving in school zones. Increased awareness of the dangers of distracted driving and increased police enforcement may be able to help reduce the amount of distracted driving in school zones, but the truth of the matter is that distracted driving is a danger that will continue to affect pedestrians and others on the roadways for the foreseeable future.

Pedestrian struck by alleged drunk driver

Because pedestrian accident victims can suffer such catastrophic injuries, it is important for them to be familiar with the legal rights afforded to them following an unexpected pedestrian accident, as can be seen by one recent incident. There, in a Michigan community a couple hours west of the Wayne County area, a pedestrian accident left the victim critically injured. The 41-year old victim was transported to the hospital following the wreck, which appears to have been caused by an alleged drunk driver. The 38-year old driver was arrested at the scene of the accident on suspicion of operating a vehicle while intoxicated.

A pedestrian accident can change the lives of victims and their families forever. Victims may face a long and costly recovery process during which they are unable to work because of the injuries they have suffered. Together, their lost wages and medical expenses may cause extreme financial difficulty, adding to the emotional turmoil they may already be facing.


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