5 Causes of Michigan Car Accidents


According to the 2017 Michigan Traffic Crash Reports, there were 314,921 reported crashes of which 937 were fatal, 57,263 were personal injury, and 256,721 were property damage only crashes. 

Now, since a year has 365 days, that tells us that there was more than one crash on each of those days. That is a lot of car accidents – some of which can be faulted by bad weather or poor road maintenance and, still others, where the fault lies on either driver. 

So, what exactly are the causes of car accidents? Well, while the list is quite extensive, here are 5 to take a look at. 

1. Reckless Driving

Everybody is in a hurry nowadays and this leads to impatience, especially on the road. People go well over the speed limit, change lanes without their blinkers (and quickly), and even tailgate other drivers who are going slower than they would like them to go. Unfortunately, this type of “reckless behavior” leads to car accidents on the road. 

Obviously, it is difficult to be patient especially when we are late to work or for a meeting but taking precautions on the road is the safer option so everyone can avoid a collusion. 

2. Bad Weather

Sometimes, the fault doesn’t fall entirely onto the driver – bad weather happens. Heavy rain storms, hail, and ice/snow can all cause roads to become slippery and unsafe. When driving in these conditions, it’s always best to practice safe driving and, should visibility become low or the roads become too unsafe to drive, that drivers pull off to the side of the road and wait for the bad weather to pass. 

It can happen in a second where your car can slip and slide on the road causing a major car accident (possibly involving multiple cars) to occur. 

3. Drunk Driving

This is an obvious one. While some people would like to believe that they are ok to drive after just “a couple of drinks” or even just one drink, drunk driving can lead to car accidents – even ones that result in serious injury or death to either or both drivers. Simply put – if you drink, don’t drive. 

The next time you go out with friends, have one of them be the designated driver or, if that isn’t possible, arrange for other transportation home like a taxi or an Uber. It’s better to be safe and sober than drunk and sorry. Just saying. 

4. Distracted Driving

Many states, like Michigan & Florida, have recently passed laws where texting and driving are “traffic ticket” worthy. Driving while distracted – whether that is talking on the phone, texting, changing music, eating, or any other distracting behavior – can lead to car accidents. All it takes is for your eyes to leave the road for one second for an accident to occur. 

That text or call can wait. 

5. Tailgating

Tailgating is when a person is driving too close to the driver in front of them. It is an aggressive driving behavior to “motivate” slow drivers to speed up so the driver behind them can pass, however, this can lead to a car accident. Why? Because the person in front can stop suddenly which will cause the car behind them to ram into the rear of their car. 

So, if the car in front of you is too slow, either change lanes or be patient. It isn’t worth totaling your car or putting your life in jeopardy. 

Finding an Experienced Detroit Car Accident Lawyer

Car accidents can occur for a number of reasons, like drunk driving, tailgating, or even distracted driving, and there are still many more causes. If you have been involved in a car accident, we strongly advise contacting one of our experienced lawyers. We have extensive knowledge of the Michigan traffic courts and have helped many other clients with their personal injury suits. Don’t try to tackle your case alone. Let us help. Call us today at (313) 965-5555.


What is The Average Timeline for an Auto Accident Claim in Michigan?


Car crashes a.k.a auto accidents can result in personal injury claims which can be settled either in and out of court. Oftentimes, many claims can be settled between both parties even before a lawsuit is filed. However, each case is unique so how the claim proceeds depends on the specifics of the case.

With that said, below is an average timeline anyone can expect to see when dealing with an auto accident claim in the state of Michigan as well as the statute of limitations for personal injury claims.

Statute of Limitations

In Michigan, the statute of limitations for personal injury claims is 3 years from the date of the accident. An individual has until this period to file a claim in court and the clock typically starts from the date of the injury or accident. Once this period has lapsed, you will lose your ability to claim the injury in court and to ask the court to award damages for your injury. There are only a few exceptions to this rule which grants an additional year to file a claim.

First Step: Accident

The first notch in the timeline consists of the accident – in this case – a car accident. Two individuals are involved in an accident and now either one or both of them have suffered injuries. They will both likely seek medical attention for their injuries and one or both of them might need to have surgery or therapy to recover from their injuries. They will also likely get their insurance companies involved and local law enforcement will put in a report of the accident.

Second Step: Consultation

More than likely, one or both individuals will seek an auto accident attorney in order to recover damages as a result of the accident. They will likely be placing blame on the other for the accident and will seek compensation for medical expenses, lost wages, and vehicle damages. At this point, one or both individuals will secure a personal injury lawyer. If for any reason, a settlement can not be made beforehand, a lawsuit will likely be filed as a next step in this process.

Third Step: Settlement

During the settlement phase, the insurance company of the party in question will be contacted and a request for a settlement for their client’s damages will be made. This can be done informally or formally through letters. If the settlement request is successful, then a settlement agreement will be drafted and signed by both parties including the lawyers and insurance companies. If the settlement phase is unsuccessful, then a lawsuit will likely be filed and the case would then proceed to civil court.

Fourth Step: Civil Court

Papers will be filed by both parties through the courts and the court process will proceed while settlement negotiations will still try to be made. If needed, dispute resolutions like mediation will be used to come to an agreement. While most auto accident lawsuits will eventually be resolved with a settlement, sometimes, a civil trial might be necessary which would result in the normal trial process where the jury would decide if the alleged party is liable and if damages should be awarded.

Final Thoughts

Being involved in a car accident, and having injuries as a result no less, can be stressful, painful, and frustrating. In this situation, one would want to seek damages from the other party for their pain and suffering. At Marko Law, we’ve handled many personal injury and car crash claims and are quite knowledgeable of the process with the Michigan court system. You can be assured that we will do everything possible to ensure that you get the best possible outcome for your case and receive the compensation you deserve.


How Do I Choose A Criminal Defense Lawyer in Michigan?

Have you been arrested or are being accused of a crime? In either of these cases, it would be a wise decision to secure a criminal defense lawyer as quickly as possible. If you wait or believe you don’t need a lawyer, then you’ll likely face the possibility of extensive fines, jail time, and/or a fresh criminal record.

But, wait. If I need a lawyer, how do I go about choosing a lawyer? I don’t want to just call anyone. What if they screw up and I don’t win my case?

Don’t fret. We are here to help. Take a look at some of our sound advice on finding and choosing the right criminal defense attorney for your case.

Do I Even Need a Criminal Attorney?

No matter what the circumstances or how serious, if you are being charged with a crime in Michigan, you should seek the expertise of a criminal lawyer –– especially if you are unsure of what exactly you have been charged with.

A criminal defense lawyer can offer you a consultation, most often for free, where they would discuss what kind of charges you are dealing with, what are the recommended courses of action to consider, and how they can assist you. Even if you decide not to secure a lawyer (at your own risk, of course) at least consult with one instead.

What You Should Look For

Just as you would with any other professional, there are certain things that you should look for in a criminal attorney. Some of these include:

  • Experience: This one is a given. You want to find a lawyer who has ample experience dealing with similar cases to yours. They should have substantial courtroom experience and knowledge of the Michigan court system. Court can be expensive so you want an attorney who will make the experience as quick and smooth as possible.
  • Reputation: You obviously want a lawyer with a good reputation. They should have good references, reviews, and testimonials from past clients that they served. You would also want to check if they belong to any bar associations, professional organizations, or have received awards in their field.  
  • Personality: Look for someone who is easy to work with, who will answer your questions plainly and simple, and who is available when you need them. As an added bonus, find someone who has a passion for the areas of law they practice and is confident in their ability to defend you even when the going gets tough.

What Types of Questions Should I Ask?

When you do find a few potential lawyers, make sure to ask questions like:

  • How do you charge for legal fees? Are you hourly or do you charge a flat fee? Are you on a contingency basis? Do you require a retainer fee? Are there any additional fees I should know about?
  • What types of legal options do I have? How would the court process be for me? What could go wrong with my case? What legal strategies would work in my favor?
  • Where did you go to law school? How many years have you practiced law? How much experience do you have working with similar cases to mine? Do you often have to go to trial for your clients?
  • Will I only work with you? How often are you available to answer questions? Who else will be involved with my case? How can I contact you? Do I need to make an appointment every time I see you?

Choosing The Right Detroit Criminal Lawyer

If you’ve been charged with a crime, you should definitely reach out to a criminal defense attorney in Michigan, not only for the peace of mind, but so you can get the best possible outcome for your case.

At Marko Law, we not only have the expertise but the results to back up our success with clients who needed criminal defense. We are not easily intimidated, are passionate about Michigan law in and out of the courtroom, and go above and beyond for each and every one of our clients. If you need a criminal lawyer, you don’t need to look any further than us.


How Do I Know If I Have a Personal Injury Case in Michigan?

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Without stating the obvious, there are probably a number of things going through your mind while you are in excruciating pain from your recent injury –– like if you are going to have to miss work, how are you going to pay your bills, who is going to take care of your kids, and how will you pay for your medical expenses.

This is all completely understandable and, especially if the injury was caused by the negligence of another, you are likely wondering if you have a personal injury case that you can bring to the attention of a qualified attorney, right?

If you are nodding your head in silent acknowledgement, we get it and we are more than capable of giving you a little insight into whether you could have a Michigan personal injury claim to bring to the table.

Let’s take a look.

Statute of Limitations

Just like you, the person(s) involved in your case have rights so it is up to you to build a case that will prove that they are responsible and liable for your injury(s). So, one factor that will come into play is statute of limitations.

In Michigan (and most other states), you will have a time period in which you can file a personal injury claim which is three years. If you don’t file a claim before this period ends, then a court is likely to deny it. The three years starts from the date of your injury but, if your injury occurred some time after the incident, then the discovery date could be used to start the three year period instead.

Proving Negligence in Michigan

In a personal injury lawsuit, the plaintiff’s attorney has the responsibility of proving negligence on the defendant’s part that lead to their client’s injury. There are many ways in which a Michigan court can determine negligence which includes the “reasonably prudent person” principle and these four elements of negligence.

The “reasonably prudent person” principle attempts to establish negligence by comparing the actions of a law-abiding, responsible citizen with those of the defendant. If it can be established that the defendant’s actions do not reflect those of a typical law-abiding citizen, should they have been in the same situation, then the defendant would be found negligible in the eyes of the court.

For the four elements of negligence, these are:

  1. Duty – Did the defendant have a duty to prevent the accident?
  2. Causation – Were the injurer’s actions responsible for your injuries?
  3. Breach of duty – Did their actions result in a breach of duty?
  4. Damages – Does your injuries qualify as damages that they would be liable to pay?


Seeking a Michigan Personal Injury Lawyer for My Claim

While this certainly isn’t a thorough insight into whether you have a personal injury case, it can be a great way to screen whether you should approach a personal injury lawyer or not. However, if you are not sure or feel that you have extenuating circumstances that qualify you to file a personal injury lawsuit, then we are here to help.

At Marko Law, we have extensive knowledge and years of experience navigating the Michigan court system and have handled many personal injury claims. You can be confident that we can not only help you with your case but also seek to get the highest settlement that we possibly can to cover the expenses and damages left behind by your pain and suffering. Give us a call today at 313-965-5555 for your free consultation.


Michigan’s One Fair Wage Proposal Becomes a Public Act –– What This Means For Michigan Workers…



For starters, we hope the title didn’t give off the wrong impression –– this should definitely be seen as a good thing.

All over the country, Americans have been fighting to be paid a fair wage within their respective states and, they have a right to do so. I mean, after all, cost of living in individual states keeps rising and it isn’t keeping up with the minimum wage standard in the United States. Just to give you a peek, this list cultivated based off of the 2017 Annual Average Cost of Living Index ranked states like Hawaii, New York, Alaska, and Oregon as some of the top 10 states that are expensive to live in (thankfully, Michigan didn’t make the list).

So, it’s only fair that, to offset these costs, states provide their residents with liveable wages, right? Certainly, and Michigan has made some bold moves towards doing just that –– with the passing of the Michigan One Fair Wage.

The Michigan One Fair Wage proposal, as so duly noted on its official support site, seeks to raise the minimum wage to $12 by the year 2022 which would include servers, bartenders, and and whomever else works for below the minimum wage plus tips. According to their site, they feel that “All working people should get the guarantee of a minimum wage that allows them to make ends meet and increases their spending power. When working people make more money, they spend it locally, which helps drive the economy forward.”

Thankfully, the proposed bill, Senate Bill 1171, became a public act last year in December which will start raising the minimum wage starting in April of this year. Right now, the current minimum wage in Michigan is $9.25 and will increase to $9.45 in April of this year. By 2030, the minimum wage will be up to $12.05. For tipped wage, it is currently at $3.52 and will increase to $3.59 in April.

Obtaining Legal Counsel for Your Wages Case

Now, surely, this isn’t the icing on the cake when it comes to minimum wage and more should be done by legislation not only in Michigan but all across the country to ensure that citizens are able to take care of themselves and their families by getting paid a fair wage. That aside, this doesn’t mean that discrimination and injustice will not cease in the workplace.

If you have suffered an injustice, been discriminated against, had your wages withheld, or have a wage-related grievance with your current job, don’t wait around and try to resolve it on your own. Call Marko Law and we will be more than happy to handle the situation. We are certainly not intimidated by business owners, big or small, let alone the court system –– our domain. We take care of our clients and do our best to get the best possible result for your case.


Don’t Be A Bully! New Michigan Law Makes Cyberbullying Illegal



Prior to leaving the office in December 2018, former Michigan Governor Rick Snyder passed into law a new measure, known as House Bill 5017, that will make cyberbullying illegal starting in March of this year.  

According to Public Act 457, cyberbullying includes “posting a message or statement in a public media forum about any other person if…the message or statement is intended to place a person in fear of bodily harm or death and expresses an intent to commit violence against the person…The message or statement is posted with the intent to communicate a threat or with knowledge that it will be viewed as a threat.”

Those who violate this law can experience fines up to $10,000 and jail time of up to 10 years depending on the severity of the bullying.

According to Bullying Statistics:

  1. Over half of teens have been bullied online and about the same number have engaged in cyberbullying.
  2. Girls are more likely to be cyberbullied than boys.
  3. Victims of cyberbullying are more likely to experience low self-esteem and commit suicide.
  4. Over half of teens don’t tell their parents about cyberbullying.

Preventing Cyberbullying

As parents (and good friends), there are ways that we can prevent our children (and ourselves) from becoming victims of cyberbullying. How? By following some of these guidelines like:

  • Make sure that you talk to your children about cyberbullying and explain to them the impact it can have on others and the consequences of engaging in cyberbullying. Tell them what behavior is and isn’t allowed and expectations that you have.
  • Encourage them to open up if they have been victimized by a cyberbully and that they will not be punished and that it is not ok.
  • Teach them not to share information, messages, pictures, or videos on social media, to friends, strangers, etc. that they would otherwise not want to have go public and not to trust anyone other than their parents with sensitive information like passwords, phone numbers, or email addresses.  

What To Do If You Are A Victim of Cyberbullying

Not all crime victims experience physical trauma. Some, like in personal injury cases (i.e., cyberbullying), victims can experience psychological trauma as well. Aside from contacting a lawyer, here is what you should do if you or your loved one is a victim of a cyberbully.

You should keep any and all messages that were exchanged between you and the cyberbully(s) to use as proof that the cyberbullying occurred. This can usually be done via screenshots from your phone or computer. These can be given to police and to your lawyer to help with your case especially if they are violent or sexual in nature.

If you or a loved one are a victim of cyberbullying, you need to wait no longer and contact a personal injury attorney who has experience with these kinds of cases. You need a lawyer who will fight for your rights and who will not be intimidated by your harassers or the Michigan court system. At Marko Law, we understand our clients and do our best to achieve the best possible results for our clients’ cases. Give us a call today and schedule your free consultation.  


New Bills Could Change How Michigan’s Law Enforcement Seize Civil Property



We are sure that everyone here is well aware of the Fourth Amendment and how it works regarding search and seizure of a citizen’s home and property.

However, in our great state of Michigan, police are allowed to sometimes seize property for a person even without a charge placed against them or a judge formally registering a conviction against them.

But, some new bills being introduced by the House are trying to set in motion some changes to this long-standing controversial issue in Michigan –– with House bills 4001 and 4002.


  • Bill 4001 –  will require a criminal conviction to be conducted prior to law enforcement proceeding with any criminal procedure, forfeiture, or asset forfeiture.
  • Bill 4002 –  “To establish procedures, deadlines, burden of proof requirements for civil asset forfeiture legal proceedings in which a government agency (usually police) seek to take ownership of property that has been seized because it is suspected of being the proceeds or an “instrumentality” of a suspected drug-related crime. Among other things the bill establishes procedures allowing an innocent person who has an ownership interest in the suspected property (like the issuer of a vehicle loan) to get the property returned.”

Back in 2017, it was reported by state law enforcement agencies that $13.1 million of property and cash were confiscated from citizens through means of civil asset forfeiture. However, in some of those cases, either they were found not guilty and still had to forfeit over their property or in others, charges were never filed against them.

While some deeply support this move by the Legislature, it can be agreed that it should be tweaked. While this would still allow law enforcement the ability to seize property through probable cause, they must obtain a criminal conviction prior to selling or using the forfeited property.

Hiring A Motivated, Experienced Attorney for Your Civil Case

It can be agreed that this bill will certainly provide some added protections for citizens’ civil liberties, however, this isn’t the end of the story. While the Legislature does their best to implement laws to protect Michigan citizens, they are not completely safe from the downsides of the law –– which is where we come in.

When your civil rights have been violated and you have endured police misconduct, you need to contact a civil lawyer who is not intimidated by Michigan law enforcement or the court system. At Marko Law, we are reliable, professional, experienced, and motivated to protect your rights and ensure that you receive the best possible outcome from your case. We value all of our clients and do our best to sympathize with their situations. After all, everyone should be able to enjoy their civil rights without persecution or wrongdoing on the part of others. So, give us a call today and schedule your free consultation.


Ride A Bicycle? Now You Have 3 Feet of Space While Riding On The Road in Michigan!



How do you get around during your busy day?

Do you bike? Drive? Walk?

Well, if you are one of many who prefer biking, whether you simply enjoy the fresh Michigan air, are going eco-friendly, or for any other reason, there is now a new law that protects bicyclists from getting hit by an driver while biking down the road on your way to work.

“Give’em Three Feet”

Have you ever taken a look at the road and noticed those very small lanes with the bicycle symbol on them? Those lanes are designated just for bicyclists who are using the same road as you.

However, despite this clear cut direction for drivers on the road, there are risks that bicyclists have to deal with which can lead to accidents which then can cause injuries and death. Since 2007, bicycle fatalities have gone up 133% (wow!) and in 2016, there were a reported 1,988 bicyclists who were involved in car accidents which resulted in 42 deaths.


For a number of reasons. It could be a distraction (from either party) or, as the report also dictates, that the motorist was attempting to pass the bicyclist while they were going in the same direction.

Until this year, Michigan was a party to 10 other states who didn’t have a law that gave bicyclists a piece of mind while riding on the road alongside motorists. But now, they have joined the rest of the United States with this new 3 feet rule.

As of September 27, Michigan law now requires that, “…motorists overtaking bicyclists traveling in the same direction to pass with at least three feet of distance to the left of bicycle. If it is not possible to give three feet of space, passing must be done at a safe distance and speed.”

As well, when taking the driver’s education course in Michigan, motorists are now required to take at least 1 hour of instruction as it relates to bicyclists, motorcyclists, and pedestrians.

So, if a motorist doesn’t follow this law, what happens?

According to a strategist from the Office of Highway Safety and Planning, drivers can be given points on their license, 3 points to be exact, and a fine (which varies from county to county.)

Avoid Added Stress With A Zealous Bicycle Accident Lawyer

No matter what vehicle you decide to use during your daily routine, you should be able to feel safe while on the road. However, regardless of how safe we act, there is always that one person (whether they are distracted, intoxicated, etc) that will make a mistake that could cause an accident, despite what laws might be in place.

If you do find yourself in a bicycle accident, it can be stressful, painful, and an experience that you will take for the rest of your life. It can put you out of work, leave you with mounting medical bills, and a fear of ever getting back on the bike again. Get some piece of mind and allow us to take some of the burden off your back by calling Marko Law. Our bicycle accident attorneys will fight for your rights and get you the best possible outcome for your case. Set up your consultation with us today!

Employer Persecution of the Plus-Sized: How Michigan Law Protects Against Weight Discrimination in the Workplace



We are sure that everyone is at least partly familiar with the fact that employers are not allowed to discriminate against their employees based on certain factors like age, sex, or race.

But what about if you are overweight?

Yep, you got it. Both height and weight are covered underneath the Elliott-Larsen Civil Rights Act, MCL 37.2202 which clearly states that no employer can refuse to hire, let go, fire, etc. any employee, “with respect to employment, compensation, or a term, condition, or privilege of employment, because of religion, race, color, national origin, age, sex, height, weight, or marital status.”

Now, you might be asking –– do people really get fired if they gain a little weight or if they are overweight?

In actuality, yes, there have been many cases of employees (more specifically women) who have been fired or were denied employment simply because they were plus-sized. This is why back in 1976, the weight category was added to the act to safeguard employees against this form of discrimination.

For example, back in 2010, there was a case where a Hooters waitress was told that she either had to lose weight or face termination by her boss (even though she was a healthy weight for her height). As a result, she made a claim under the ELCRA.

The Ambiguity of Weight Discrimination Cases

However, most employment discrimination cases (including those involving weight) are not always so black and white. Some courts might be unlikely to conflict with an employer’s decision or they might decide that a employer’s decision is legal.


Either they don’t want to interfere with any regulations or policies already put in place when it pertains to appearance or grooming OR they feel that the employer had a valid reason (like that the employee’s physical fitness level is a job requirement.)

Like with Harris v. Hutcheson.

A dental hygienist was terminated from the dental practice she worked at. She filed a lawsuit claiming that the owner of the practice discriminated against her weight by constantly making remarks about her diet, her “waddling down the hall”, and her gym habits.

Come to find out, she was fired because of disagreements regarding patient care between her and another dentist (Dr. Dyras.) It was argued that the remarks about weight were a motivating factor, however, she had been employed at the practice for 22 years and (honestly) no reasonable employer would suddenly fire because of weight issues.

Hiring The Best For Your Discrimination Lawsuit

Michigan discrimination cases are never easy and it can be difficult to know whether or not you have a strong case to bring to the table. At Marko Law, we are not intimidated by the courts or sketchy employers –– we will make sure to be thorough and provide you with the best possible result for your case.

You need an employment discrimination attorney who is not only client-focused but also driven by results. Forget the billboard lawyers and give us a call instead.


Michigan’s Move Over Law: The Upgraded Edition

Michigan Move Over Law

Michigan, just like much of the rest of the country, has move over laws where motorists are required to either slow down or change lanes (sometimes both) whenever they are passing any stopped emergency vehicles with their lights flashing.

However, just recently, a new law was signed by Governor Rick Snyder which would provide stricter guidelines to the existing move over law. Prior to the law passing, motorists were only advised to proceed with caution or move over if possible.

Now, motorists are required to slow down to at least 10 mph below the posted speed limit. As well, this new law would apply to many other types of service vehicles that utilize lights including tow trucks and construction vehicles. If they are flashing, it applies. On the other hand, it doesn’t specify as to which speed limits the law pertains to (i.e., work zones, passenger car speed limits, heavy truck speed limits, etc.).

Even more, this new law replaces some of the other penalties that motorists would face for violating the law. Now, violators can expect to receive a $400 fine while points of their license would decrease from 4 points to 2 points.

What They Say

As expected, this new law is designed to better protect emergency workers and first responders who are helping motorists on the side of busy roadways as Governor Snyder states. However, James Walker, a board member from Wisconsin for the National Motorists Association has a differing opinion that could perhaps cause more crashes and accidents on the road.

“SB 477 is a really bad bill that will cause crashes by putting some vehicles suddenly in the left lane of freeways with a 20+ mph speed differential to other vehicles that are already one to almost two lanes away from a vehicle on the far right shoulder and have no safety reason to slow down to 10 mph below the limit. The changes in the fines to $400 make it absolutely ripe to be used as for-profit sting operations that have nothing to do with safety.

Even more, Senator Zorn believes that the new law would act as a serious deterrent for those driving around emergency vehicles especially with that $400 potential fine looming over their heads.

Seek Out A Competent Car Accident Lawyer

With this upgraded edition to the already current move over law in place, hopefully less emergency workers will be put at risk when helping motorists in need. However, we also hope that Walker’s foreshadowing of the downsides of the law don’t come into fruition. But if they do, you need an experienced, knowledgeable attorney who isn’t intimidated by the Michigan court system and who will fight for your needs til the very end –– even when your life seems to be turned upside down. Don’t hesitate and give us a call today to schedule your free consultation.