Sterling Heights Car Accident Lawyers
When you’re hurt in an auto accident, you probably have some questions and need to seek legal council from a Sterling Heights car accident attorney. You may have heard that Michigan uses a no-fault system. While this is true, it doesn’t mean that you can’t recover for your damages. In fact, it means just the opposite. Michigan’s no-fault laws are meant to help people get the recovery that they deserve when they’re hurt in a Michigan automobile accident.
Michigan’s No-Fault Laws
In Michigan, each driver has to have no-fault insurance. Generally, when there’s an accident, each person’s insurance pays for their own injuries. Insurance covers medical bills, lost wages and even property damage in most cases.
There are a few different situations where you can recover from another driver involved in the crash. If you’re seriously hurt, disfigured or if someone is killed, you can bring a claim against the other driver. There are also some situations where you can bring a case against an out of state driver. In addition, you can also bring a small claim for up to $1,000 for damages not covered by insurance.
When the insurance company doesn’t pay
You might be in a situation where the insurance company isn’t paying you what you fairly deserve. If the insurance company tries to get away with paying you less than you deserve, you might not even realize it. If you’ve been hurt, we invite you to meet with your talented legal team to evaluate your case and make sure that the insurance company is paying you fairly.
The insurance company should cover your medical bills. They should even pay you an amount for your lost wages up to a maximum monthly amount. Another type of recovery you may be eligible to receive is a daily payment for lost household services. This covers things that you might not be able to do around the house because of your injuries such as household chores or mowing the lawn.
If your insurance company isn’t paying you everything they should, you have options. We help our clients recover from the insurance companies when they refuse to pay fairly. It’s important to allow our team to review your case rather than to make assumptions about your rights.
How we help
If you’re hurt in a sterling heights car accident, we can help. Our legal team helps clients recover when the insurance company doesn’t want to pay fairly for accident injuries. In addition, if the other driver acted negligently and caused the accident, you might have rights to recover from the other driver for your losses. We can evaluate your case and bring a claim on your behalf to exercise your rights to the fullest extent of the law.
When we work with each client, we have a proven system to prepare your claim. Our team works with you to accurately and completely document your medical problems and expenses. We need to be able to tell the insurance company and the courts how much you need to be fairly compensated for your injuries. Our team works diligently to prepare this documentation thoroughly.
How Jones Law car accident attorneys are different
At Jones Law, our team takes customer service seriously. We may have represented hundreds of accident victims, but we know that it’s your first case. Our Sterling Heights team of professionals takes the time to answer all of your questions so that you know what to expect at each step in the process. Consider us your teammate. There’s no question too small as we work together to get justice for you.
We’ve been there before. Let us use our team’s training and experience to make sure that you get top dollar for your claim. Whether your case is large or small, each client is our most important. Our team has the resources, skill and drive to pursue your case to the fullest extent of the law.
What is negligence?
When you drive a vehicle on a public road, you have a duty to drive the vehicle in a careful, prudent way. All drivers share this obligation. Too often, drivers don’t operate their vehicles in a reasonable, careful way. When drivers are negligent, the results can be tragic. In Michigan, there are sadly thousands of traffic-related deaths each year.
There are many different ways that Sterling Heights motorists can drive a vehicle negligently. Here are just some of the grounds you might have for filing a lawsuit against another driver:
- Texting while driving
- Operating while intoxicated – drunk driving, OWI, DUI
- Failing to obey a traffic control device, like running a red light
- Reckless driving
- Failure to yield
- Violation of speed laws
- Failing to leave enough distance between other vehicles
- Distracted driving
At Jones Law, we’re Sterling Heights auto accident experts. We know the ins and outs of Michigan’s motor vehicle laws. Our team has the training and experience to get results for you.
Recovering from a Sterling Heights auto accident
You might be surprised to learn just how much Michigan law entitles you to recover if you’re the victim of an auto accident. You can recover for your medical bills. If you can’t work, there’s recovery for that, too. In some cases, you can also get payments for not being able to do things around the house.
The insurance company knows all of this, and they want to get away with paying you less than you deserve. They might give you an amount that sounds good, but it might be far less than you can recover under Michigan law. Don’t sign your rights away.
Talk to our Sterling Heights personal injury lawyers to receive an honest opinion about the value of your case. We want you to get every penny that you deserve. Let us do an investigation and use our methods to investigate your case and uncover its true value.
No fee unless you win
You might worry that you can’t afford an attorney, but we have you covered. We want you to be able to collect what you deserve without having to worry about paying for a lawyer. When we represent you, we pay all of the fees up front. We don’t collect a fee unless you win. That means you don’t have to worry about paying for a lawyer. You can rest easy knowing that there’s no fee until you receive a check written to your name.
Your time to file a claim is limited
In Michigan, you only have a limited time to bring a claim for vehicle accident injuries. Your time to file a claim begins as soon as you’re hurt. It’s important that you call us as soon as possible. Time lost is often evidence lost, and we want to get to work investigating your claim. At Jones Law Firm, we don’t waste any time getting to work for you.
Contact us today
Our doors are open. Our consultations are always free. Let us answer all of your questions and put your mind at ease with our friendly team. There’s never any obligation. If you or a loved one has been hurt in a motor vehicle accident, we invite you to contact us at Jones Law.
Common types of cases
In our offices, we see all types of motor vehicle accidents. Many involve passenger vehicles. In addition, motorcycle accidents are very common. Michigan’s motorcycle helmet laws have changed in recent years, and that means that injuries from motorcycle crashes have changed, too. Motorcycle drivers have the same rights as all other motorists on the road.
Truck accidents are also very common. With the busy traffic on Detroit area highways and freeways, the danger from commercial traffic is immense. At Jones Law Firm, we know how to handle the aftermath of a crash with a commercial truck so that drivers receive full payment for their injuries.
Bicycle accidents are sadly also a part of the Michigan landscape. Bicyclists have the right to full use of the road, but drivers aren’t always careful enough around cyclists. Distracted driving, failing to leave enough distance, intoxication and just a lack of patience can all spell trouble for Michigan cyclists.
What if I did something wrong?
You might wonder if you can still recover for your damages if the accident was partially your fault. Many times, the answer is yes. Michigan uses a system of comparative fault.
That means you can still recover something in many cases, even if your actions contributed to the accident. Usually, your damages are reduced by what percent of the fault was yours. It’s important to speak with our team of experts before you make assumptions about your chances for recovery.
What if there was a drunk driving?
In Michigan, drunk driving is called operating while intoxicated. It’s true that if a person drives while intoxicated, it might go a long ways to determining fault for the accident. However, it’s not necessarily the only consideration. Michigan law still looks at the entire situation to determine how to apportion fault in your case.
For example, one driver is intoxicated. She stops at a stop sign. Then, another vehicle rear ends her. Even though the stopped driver might face charges for operating while intoxicated, that isn’t what caused the crash. Michigan personal injury law aims to apportion fault for the crash, even if one party broke a law.
What about a commercial license?
If the other driver has a commercial license, it can affect the case. Commercial drivers have a lower legal limit for drunk driving. That can make it easier to prove that a commercial driver had too much alcohol in their system to be driving safely. A commercial license also affects who you might be able to look to for recovery for your damages.
What about cases of vehicle malfunction?
You may have been in an auto accident because your vehicle or another vehicle malfunctioned. In this case, our team can help you explore bringing a claim against the car manufacturer or distributor. A defective vehicle design can result in a devastating crash. In that case, the company that makes the vehicle can be liable to pay. In these cases, you don’t necessarily have to prove that anyone acted negligently.
Should I just settle my case?
You might wonder if you should just settle for what the insurance company offers to pay. You may think it’s easier to take their word for it and take a settlement quickly. The problem with this is that most fast settlements are hardly adequate. Most of the time, they only represent a fraction of what you actually deserve. The insurance company might try to convince you that you can’t do any better than they’re offering. Much of the time this isn’t the case.
Insurance companies have tactics to try to get away with paying you less than you deserve. They might offer a fast payment that is too low. Sometimes, they try to drag out the proceedings in order to prevent you from filing a claim within the time limits. They hope that you aren’t going to work with a lawyer. Our team can make sure that you aren’t a victim of these common schemes.
Types of damages
There are a number of different types of damages that our legal team can explore for your case. Economic damages are certainly a significant portion of any recovery. This accounts for medical bills and lost work productivity. In these cases, it’s important to think about future medical bills and care as well as medical bills that you’ve already incurred.
You also likely have intangible losses. These can include psychological damages. You might also have pain and suffering. Many times, these losses are even greater than those for medical bills. It’s important to work on all of these potential avenues for recovery.
Will my case go to trial?
The truth is that the vast majority of cases resolve before trial. You shouldn’t think that working with an attorney means long, stressful days in a courtroom. In Sterling Heights auto accident cases and Detroit auto accident cases, the vast majority of cases don’t end up going to trial. It’s not uncommon to settle a case on the courthouse steps five minutes before the trial is set to begin. Our team knows how to use the Michigan legal process to maximize your recovery.
How does Jones Law Firm Help?
Our team has been there hundreds of times before. Let us take the pressure off of you. We know how to collect evidence. Often times this involves expert witnesses. We have a network of these witnesses that we can tap for your case.
We’re also mathematicians. We know how to calculate your current and future damages. If we’re with you in court, we know the ins and outs of the Michigan Rules of Evidence.
When we’re negotiating with the other side, we know how to be tough but fair to get the best result for you. Your case is likely full of nuances. We know how to evaluate these nuances and prepare your case in an aggressive manner.
Let’s work together
Put our experience to work for you. Our expert team can evaluate your case and work to maximize your recovery. Call the Jones Law today, and let’s work together to get you the justice that you deserve.