Michigan attorneys help people get back on their feet after a crash
Even for the safest drivers and motorcycle riders, the risk of an accident is part of life on the road. Whether it’s a fender bender in a grocery store parking lot or a multicar pileup on a busy highway, collisions can result in injuries and the most serious of them can have life-altering consequences. At the Hamo Law Firm in Flint, our attorneys have nearly four decades of experience representing people injured in car and motorcycle crashes and have a track record of getting clients the full compensation available under the law.
Typical causes of auto accidents
There are a number of factors that can lead to vehicle collisions, ranging from poor weather conditions and road hazards to mechanical failures and driver negligence. Some of the most common types of negligence that lead to accidents are speeding, distracted driving, driver fatigue, driving while intoxicated, careless lane changing and failure to yield. A seasoned attorney can help identify the cause of a crash and determine who is responsible for the resulting damages.
Common injuries in car and motorcycle crashes
The injuries that a person can sustain in a car or motorcycle accident vary widely based on the circumstances. They may include lacerations, broken bones, head and brain injuries, neck and back damage and mental and emotional distress. Motorcycle riders are particularly at risk of serious injuries because their vehicles offer little protection for the rider. Injuries suffered in an accident can have long-term consequences, requiring significant medical treatment and limiting the type of work that the injured person can do.
Money damages for accident injuries
Victims of Michigan accident cases can recover related medical bills, both those incurred immediately following the crash and for expected future treatment. Property damage, missed wages due to time away from the job while recuperating and compensation for pain, suffering and emotional distress, are also compensable under the law in some cases.
Michigan’s no-fault insurance system requires that a person injured in a collision first seek reimbursement from their own insurer for medical bills, lost wages and other out-of-pocket expenses. These benefits, known as personal injury protection (PIP) are capped at certain amounts. In order to sue another driver who was allegedly at fault, you must show the accident caused serious impairment of a bodily function or permanent and serious disfigurement. In those instances, or where an accident resulted in death of a loved one, you may be able to recover damages for pain and suffering.
Michigan has a comparative negligence system that allows an injured person to recover damages even if they are partly to blame for a collision. However, your recovery will be reduced based on your percentage of fault. What’s more, if you are found to be more than 50 percent liable for the accident, you will be barred from recovering damages for pain and suffering.
An experienced personal injury attorney can help you determine responsibility for an accident and make the strongest possible case for compensation.
Contact an experienced Michigan accident lawyer for a free consultation
If you or a loved one was injured in a car or motorcycle accident, the Hamo Law Firm can help you weigh your legal rights and options. We let you focus on physical recuperation with the confidence that we are working aggressively to hold those responsible for the accident fully accountable. We are conveniently located in Flint. Call 810-234-3667 or contact us online for a free consultation.