While many Michiganders enjoy the sight of a snow-covered landscape, few enjoy the accompanying perils of icy roads and blinding storms. While many hazards, such as black ice, are unavoidable, reducing speed and taking other precautions can reduce the risk of a serious winter car accident.
Here is a guide to safer winter driving and why it is important to call an experienced car accident attorney if you or a loved one is injured.
According to the most recent data from Michigan State Police, which covers the months of October, 2021 through April, 2022, the majority of car accidents occurred because drivers failed to slow down or adjust other driving behaviors to accommodate winter road conditions such as ice, snow or slush.
Here are the latest facts:
In most cases, yes. Injured drivers and passengers typically receive Personal Injury Protection (PIP) benefits from their own No-Fault policy (or that of a spouse or relative from the same household). PIP benefits include medical and hospital bills, prescriptions, rehabilitative therapy and other necessary services, including home care, up to the coverage level chosen by the policy holder. In addition, PIP benefits cover 85% of lost wages and up to $20/day for replacement services such as housekeeping or yard work.
However, because the 2019 No-Fault reforms allow policy holders to choose their preferred level of PIP medical benefits, accident victims may incur medical bills far above their coverage limits.
To receive compensation for these excess costs, in addition to damages for non-economic losses such as pain and suffering, the victim must file a claim against the at-fault driver. Since these cases involve a complex legal process, hiring an experienced car accident attorney is the best way to ensure a successful result.
To receive compensation for intangible losses such as pain and suffering and medical bills exceeding the victim’s No-Fault policy limits, it is necessary to prove that another party was at least 51 percent at fault for the accident.
Here are some of the tools law enforcement officers and insurance adjusters may use to determine who was responsible for the crash:
To avoid paying out a large settlement, insurance companies use their own investigators and lawyers to try placing blame on the other driver(s). This is why it is essential to hire an experienced car accident attorney who knows how to fight for your rights and win the compensation you deserve.
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Winter weather is unpredictable, and a heavy storm can cause a variety of driving mishaps, including impassable roads, vehicles stuck in snowdrifts and bumper-to-bumper traffic.
Prepare for winter emergencies by making sure your vehicle is ready for the season.
If you are stranded due to wintry weather, follow these safety tips:
If you or a loved one is injured in a Michigan car accident, we can help. Our experienced lawyers have the skills, knowledge and resources to win the compensation you and your family deserve.
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