5 Reasons You Need a Michigan Car Accident Attorney
July 15, 2019
Last year, Michigan motorists were involved in 312,798 traffic crashes. That’s one accident every minute and 41 seconds. As a result of these collisions, 974 people died and 75,838 were injured. While most people try to drive cautiously, sometimes an accident can’t be avoided. If you or a loved one is injured in a crash, hiring a lawyer may be the last thing on your mind. However, contacting an experienced Michigan car accident attorney should be one of the first things you do.
Here are five ways a qualified lawyer can help you receive the compensation you deserve.
1. A car accident is a traumatic experience
If you’ve ever been involved in an accident, even a minor one, you know how upsetting it can be. And, if you’re seriously injured, the distress is even worse. You are probably shaken up and unprepared to make important decisions. Yet, the other driver or their insurance company may pressure you to provide information. A reputable Michigan car accident attorney will handle the details of your claim so you can focus on recovering from your injuries.
2. Michigan no-fault law is complicated
Many experts believe Michigan no-fault is one of the most complicated insurance systems in the country. And, the recent extensive reforms will make the laws even more confusing to the average motorist. Accident attorneys are well-versed in the intricacies of no-fault law. They are up-to-date on the changes that have already taken place and those going into effect in 2020.
3. You may also be entitled to “pain and suffering” damages
Under current no-fault law, accident victims are entitled to PIP (personal injury protection) benefits. These include unlimited lifetime coverage of necessary medical services, including attendant care if needed. In addition, PIP benefits cover a portion of lost wages and replacement services for up to three years. However, drivers who were less than 50% at fault may also be entitled to compensation for pain and suffering. These non-economic damages can be sizeable, and proving your case involves a complex legal process. Hiring a skilled lawyer to handle your claim will help you achieve the most rewarding outcome.
4. You may have injuries that are not immediately apparent
After an accident, you may not be aware of the extent of your injuries. For example, you may have sustained one or more “soft tissue injuries” to your muscles, tendons or ligaments. These injuries are not visible on x-rays and may take days or weeks to show up. The same is true for concussions. An accident attorney will advise you on the steps you should take to receive the maximum amount of compensation.
5. Insurance companies don’t have your best interests at heart
Many motorists are mistrustful of the other driver’s insurance company. However, even your own insurance company may pressure you to settle for less than you’re entitled to. With a knowledgeable Michigan car accident attorney on your side, you can avoid a premature or insufficient settlement.
“We understand how stressful it is to be hurt in an accident,” says Mark Bernstein of The Sam Bernstein Law Firm. “Call us as soon as you can. We’ll fight to win the compensation you and your family deserve while you concentrate on healing.”
Auto accident law is complicated, but finding the right attorney is simple.
Call 1-800-CALL-SAM today for a free no-obligation consultation.