5 Causes of Michigan Car Accidents

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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?

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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.

 

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

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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.

Why?

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!