Drivers in the Lansing area use various highways and other roadways to travel to and from work, head out on vacation, and recreate. However, a peaceful and carefree drive can suddenly become a nightmare when another driver chooses to drive in a negligent, careless, reckless, or distracted manner.
You have legal rights and options if you recently suffered injuries in a car crash due to another driver. As soon as possible after your accident, reach out to an experienced personal injury lawyer who can guide you through the claims filing process.
The experienced Lansing car accident attorneys at Michigan Injury Lawyers understand the pain, suffering, and inconvenience that often accompany car crashes in the Lansing area. Our legal team can investigate your accident circumstances, file a claim with the appropriate insurance company, or take your case to a litigation proceeding in the court system.
Our legal team also keeps fully abreast of the recent changes in Michigan insurance coverage laws that may affect the monetary compensation you may recover in your case.
For a free case evaluation and legal consultation with a skilled Lansing car accident lawyer, please contact us online for more information.
- Why Choose Us to Represent You in Your Lansing Car Accident Case?
- How Much Money Is My Lansing Car Accident Case Worth?
- Where Do Car Accidents Frequently Happen in Lansing?
- Types of Lansing Car Accidents
- Common Lansing Car Accident Injuries
- Fighting the Insurance Company after a Lansing Car Crash
- What to Do Following a Lansing Car Accident
- Speak With a Lansing Car Accident Attorney Right Away
Why Choose Us to Represent You in Your Lansing Car Accident Case?
Following a Michigan car accident, you want the strongest possible legal team in your corner to advocate for your rights and interests at every stage of your case.
Look no further than the experienced and compassionate Michigan car accident attorneys at Michigan Injury Lawyers. We understand the significant pain, inconvenience, and suffering that often comes with serious car accident injuries. We also know that accident victims frequently must undergo substantial medical treatment and remain incapacitated for a long time.
Our legal team can handle all dealings with insurance company representatives on your behalf. Additionally – and unlike many personal injury law firms – our legal team is not afraid to file a lawsuit in court on your behalf or, if necessary, take your case to a civil jury trial or binding arbitration proceeding.
We can guide you to make informed and intelligent legal decisions at every stage of the process and work to maximize the total monetary damages you recover in your case.
Let us pursue the total monetary damages you deserve for your accident-related losses.
How Much Money Is My Lansing Car Accident Case Worth?
Every car accident case is different. The types and amounts of monetary damages an accident victim may recover will depend on the insurance claim that you file, the nature and extent of your injuries, the scope of your medical treatment, the cost of your medical treatment, whether you suffered a permanent injury in your accident, and whether you had to miss time from work after your accident.
Michigan is a no-fault state. Consequently, in most scenarios, accident victims must turn to their insurance company and Personal Injury Protection (PIP) policy. Under a PIP policy, depending on the coverage limits, an accident victim can recover compensation for their related medical expenses, lost income, replacement services, and damage caused to others’ property – regardless of who caused the subject car accident.
However, if they suffered a threshold injury, such as a severe permanent disfigurement or serious impairment of a bodily function, they can file a car accident lawsuit with the at-fault party's insurance company. These are called third-party personal injury claims.
The accident victim must satisfy several legal elements to recover monetary damages as part of a third-party claim:
- They must show that the other driver committed one or more negligent acts, such as violating a traffic law, exhibiting road rage, or driving while intoxicated or distracted.
- The victim must show that their car accident directly resulted from the other driver's negligence.
- The accident victim must demonstrate, through medical testimony or records, that they suffered at least one physical injury as a direct and proximate result of their car accident.
An injured car accident victim may recover additional monetary damages as part of a third-party claim.
Recoverable compensation in a third-party injury claim may include economic damages for:
- Related medical expenses
- Anticipated medical costs upon suffering a permanent injury
- Lost income
- Loss of earning capacity
- Mental distress
- Past/future pain and suffering
- Loss of use of a body part (such as from paralysis)
- Loss of life enjoyment
- Permanent disability or disfigurement
- Lifetime care costs
- Loss of spousal companionship and consortium
Our legal team can review the facts and circumstances of your case with you and determine the type of insurance claim you can file following your car accident. We can also determine the monetary damages you can recover as part of your claim or lawsuit.
Where Do Car Accidents Frequently Happen in Lansing?
In Lansing, most motor vehicle accidents happen on busy highways simply because more traffic is on these area roadways. Lansing's most dangerous highways include I-496 and U.S. Route 127.
In addition to busy highways, Lansing traffic accidents frequently occur in Downtown Lansing and in East Lansing – most especially on the Michigan State University (MSU) campus, where traffic often becomes congested during rush hours and class changes. Finally, some accidents may happen in parking lots, garages, and alleyways.
You are not alone if you suffered injuries in a recent car accident in one of these locations. In addition to seeking the prompt medical treatment you need to recover from your injuries, talk to a knowledgeable Lansing car accident attorney as quickly as possible.
At Michigan Injury Lawyers, our legal team can immediately investigate your accident circumstances and develop a plan of action to move your case forward efficiently and successfully. We can also file a claim with the appropriate insurance company and begin negotiating the fair monetary compensation you deserve.
Types of Lansing Car Accidents
Lansing car accidents come in all shapes and sizes, including:
- Rear-end accidents, where the front of one vehicle hits the back of another vehicle
- Sideswipe accidents, where the sides of two vehicles collide while they are traveling on the same road and in the same direction
- Head-on collisions, where the front of one vehicle hits the front of an on-coming vehicle
- T-bone or broadside collisions, where one vehicle hits the side panel of another vehicle, typically at a traffic intersection
In many of these accident scenarios, other people drive carelessly or unsafely. One of the most common causes of Lansing traffic accidents is traffic law violations, such as speeding, failing to use turn signals, and failing to yield the right-of-way to other vehicles and pedestrians at the proper times.
Car accidents may also happen when people in Lansing drive distracted or carelessly. Distracted driving can take many forms, but it usually involves using an electronic device, such as a cell phone, smartwatch, or GPS navigation system, while driving.
At other times, drivers may lose focus when they listen to loud music, adjust the volume on their radio, or engage with passengers. These activities may cause a driver to look away from the road and miss seeing an oncoming vehicle.
Finally, some Lansing car accidents happen when drivers drink and drive. A passenger vehicle operator with a blood alcohol concentration – or BAC – of at least 0.08 percent is legally intoxicated. Drivers under 21 and commercial truck drivers must meet stricter standards.
Drunk driving is hazardous because alcohol slows down the central nervous system and its ability to function. Intoxicated or drugged drivers may lose their ability to concentrate on the road. They may have impaired vision, preventing them from seeing other vehicles and pedestrians nearby. An intoxicated driver might also suffer from delayed reflexes, preventing them from reacting to an emergency that suddenly arises on the road.
If you suffered injuries in a Lansing car crash that resulted from another driver's reckless behavior, you are not alone. At Michigan Injury Lawyers, our team can immediately begin investigating your accident circumstances and reviewing your legal options for moving forward.
Common Lansing Car Accident Injuries
Victims of serious car accidents in Lansing may suffer severe physical injuries depending upon their accident circumstances. Since every Lansing car crash differs, an accident victim's injuries may vary considerably. Generally, the more significant a collision, the higher the chances that a driver or passenger will suffer severe injuries.
In some instances, car crash victims suffer permanent injuries. Car crash victims who suffer permanent injuries may experience lifelong pain, suffering, and convenience. They may also need to undergo medical treatment – including physical therapy – for a significant time after their accident.
Some of the most common injuries that area car accident victims suffer include:
- Soft tissue neck and back contusions
- Rib fractures
- Broken bones
- Eye injuries
- Mouth, jaw, and teeth injuries
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Spinal cord damage
- Complete and incomplete paralysis injuries
If you suffered any of these injuries in a recent Lansing car accident, our legal team can begin working for you right away. We can gather your medical bills and medical treatment records to date and assemble these documents into a settlement demand package.
After you complete most of your medical treatment, we can forward this demand package to the appropriate insurance company adjuster and begin pursuing the settlement compensation you need.
Fighting the Insurance Company after a Lansing Car Crash
Following a car accident in Lansing, we can begin negotiating favorable settlement compensation from the insurance company on your behalf. Insurance companies want to save as much money as possible. Our legal team can aggressively negotiate on your behalf by highlighting the strengths of your case (including favorable medical records and expert testimony) and downplaying any weaknesses. We can also initiate litigation if they refuse to offer you the fair monetary award you deserve.
What to Do Following a Lansing Car Accident
Following a Lansing car crash, you can ensure that your personal injury case proceeds efficiently. First, follow through with any recommended medical treatment. This is especially true if you suffered a broken bone, concussion, or other serious injury in your accident. Following a prescribed medical treatment regimen increases your chances of complete physical recovery and recovering favorable monetary compensation from the insurance company.
You should also telephone your insurance company about the accident – or better yet, have us make that call for you. We can then determine your potential legal options and the type of insurance claim you may file.
Finally, retain all necessary documentation, including copies of police reports, medical bills, medical treatment records, injury photographs, accident scene photographs, camera footage of the accident (if any), and property damage photographs. Once you forward those documents to us, we can include them as part of your settlement demand package.
Speak With a Lansing Car Accident Attorney Right Away
The compassionate legal team at Michigan Injury Lawyers is ready to represent you in your case and maximize your total monetary compensation and damages. For a free case evaluation and legal consultation with a skilled Lansing personal injury attorney, please call us at (517) 435-9370 or contact us online today.
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Michigan Injury Lawyers Office
1223 Turner St., Ste. 333
Lansing, MI 48906