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Children need to be monitored at all times around vehicles, especially when a car is backing out. Children can run quickly and, because the driver has limited sight in their mirrors, the driver may not see the child until it is too late. According to safety advocates KidsandCars.com, approximately 48 children are injured ever week from backover accidents. As a Detroit injury attorney, safety is my primary concern. Therefore all drivers should be careful when backing up in places where there may be children playing.

The biggest problem is that mirrors can create a false sense of security that the area behind a driver is clear, when in reality there is a child playing right behind it. In most cases, these accidents occur in a driveway and involve a family or friend of the child. Therefore if a child is in the yard playing, the driver needs to know exactly where the child is before they back out. If a driver can’t see the child, they should make sure that the child is not behind the vehicle.

Parents also should be diligent in teaching their children not to play in or around vehicles. Children are naturally drawn to cars because they are large machines that pique the child’s interest. They need to be aware that these vehicles are not toys and they need to stay away from them if they are not a passenger. Still, children being children, it is impossible to predict what a child might do. Therefore, ultimate responsibility falls on the adult driver in keeping children safe and preventing injury.

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During their initial free consultation, many clients want to know how much money they can expect for their injuries. They hope that a personal injury lawyer can give them an estimate of what to expect from a settlement or a verdict. While this is an understandable question, there is unfortunately no way to provide an estimate for what a case may be worth. Ultimately, the settlement or verdict you potentially receive will be based on the specific facts of your case and your specific injuries.

It is important for clients to understand exactly what a personal injury case is – it is an attempt to make someone as whole as possible after the have suffered injuries due to another person’s negligence. In other words, the goal is to return you to the state you were in before the injuries. Obviously, turning back the clock is impossible and with certain life-changing injuries, such a wrongful death, money is wholly inadequate for replacing what you have lost. But this is the only way we have to help those who have suffered an injury.

This means that it is important for a client to understand the injuries they have suffered and what they can expect to recover for them. Economic damages are relatively easy to value. These include medical bills, lost wages, future medical, etc. Since they are quantifiable, it is relatively straightforward to add them up when seeking recompense. Non-economic damages, while no less important, are somewhat more difficult to value. These include things such as pain and suffering, loss of enjoyment of life, loss of consortium, etc. An experienced injury attorney can help you identify these damages and give you some ideas on how to value them. While it may be difficult to put an exact number of these injuries, it is possible to evaluate claims based on the totality of your injuries.

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An option available on most auto insurance policies is known as Underinsured Motorist Coverage (UIM). This coverage exists for people who have been seriously injured in a car accident and who find that the at-fault party’s insurance coverage does not make them whole. As a Detroit Personal Injury Lawyer, it is a good idea to speak with your insurance agent about adding this coverage. It is often relatively inexpensive and can be a major help for an injured person.

In Michigan, a person is required to carry at least $20,000/$40,000 worth of coverage. This provides $20,000 worth of coverage for a single person, $40,000 worth of coverage for a single accident. As anyone who has spent a night in the hospital can tell you, $20,000 will barely cover that hospital stay. This leaves almost nothing left for future medical and other costs associated with an injury.

UIM coverage can supplement this coverage, giving an injured person an opportunity to be made whole by their own insurance company. A Detroit Personal Injury Lawyer can help with this first-party claim. Before settling with the at-fault party’s insurance company, speak with an attorney who can make sure you are taking the steps necessary in order to preserve your right to make this claim.

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Some people hesitate to contact a Detroit Personal Injury Attorney because they worry about the stigma of a lawsuit. They worry that people will think less of them for seeking help after an accident, assuming that their friends or family might accuse of them of seeking a handout. The truth is, the vast majority of people who file personal injury lawsuits only want what is fair. They aren’t looking for a handout — they only want to be made whole after an injury. If you are worried that people might look down on you for filing a lawsuit, this fear is unfounded.

One reason there’s a stigma with personal injury cases is that we hear about “frivolous lawsuits” constantly. We are told these lawsuits drive up insurance costs because it costs so much money to litigate. In reality, if a case is truly without merit, it is often dismissed right away. There are mechanisms in place to help the defense dismiss these cases and judges have little tolerance for cases blatantly without merit.

The reason there is so much animosity towards these lawsuits is that insurance companies and corporations want as few as possible. They know that if they can prevent people from contacting a Detroit Personal Injury Attorney, they can save substantial amounts of money. By preventing people from pursuing what is rightfully theirs, these corporations can continue padding their bottom line.

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It may be easy to become complacent while traveling on the road. Most people drive so often, they may forget basic steps to keep them and their loved ones safe. As an experienced Detroit car accident lawyer, I know too well the tragedies that may occur when proper safety measures are not followed.

Oftentimes the summer months mark an increase in accidents across the country. Many people set off for family vacations and road trips. Prevention and proper planning help reduce the number of accidents and serious injuries from driving on the road.

These tips from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration can help ensure you and your loved ones are safe.

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Personal injury lawyers have a negative reputation in some circles. Commonly called “ambulance chasers” and other derogatory terms, these attorneys and their clients are sometimes viewed as a person out looking for a quick buck. While this isn’t the case in most instances, it is a relatively common perception. Therefore, it is important for an injured person to always tell the truth and remain as credible throughout the process. By being honest with your Detroit Personal Injury Attorney about the details of the accident, prior injuries, and all information that may be relevant to your case, you can be sure to protect this credibility.

It is natural for injured people to want to downplay any mitigating circumstances that could impact their case. For instance, a person may not have been wearing their seat belt at the time of the injury and they worry that this may cause them to lose any possibility of recovery. Fortunately, this is not the case. While it might cause a jury to assign some blame to you, it will not immediately prevent you from recovering damages.

What will torpedo your claim even faster is lying or attempting to cover up certain facts. Once an insurance adjuster finds out that a person has lied, they will immediately begin playing hardball and will do everything possible to prevent you and your Detroit Personal Injury Attorney from recovering anything. If the case eventually goes to trial, they will point out this inconsistency and paint you as someone who just wants an easy paycheck and isn’t really hurt. A lawyer can deal with issues in the case, but losing credibility is extremely difficult to overcome. Therefore, always be honest about the facts of your case, lest you wind up significantly harming your chances of getting the money you need.

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The moments after a car accident are hectic and scary. A person is just driving along, minding their own business, when suddenly, BAM! Suddenly, they are looking at themselves and any passengers for visible injuries and assessing their car for damage. It may be difficult, but it is important for people to take certain steps in order to preserve any potential injury claims arising from this accident.

First is to make sure that you are OK and anyone else involved in the accident is OK. Health is of paramount importance, so if you feel too injured to move, stay still and wait for paramedics. If possible, try to move the vehicles to the side of the road to get out of the way of danger, but if you are too injured to move, stay in the car and wait for help to arrive.

If everyone is OK and the cars have been moved safely to the side of the road, begin collecting all information from the other drivers and take as many pictures as possible. Some people may assume that the police report will contain all relevant details, but there are times when police do not fill out a report. Therefore a driver should be diligent in collecting as much information at the scene as possible, including witness statements.

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As the weather continues to warm, more motorcyclists take to the road on trips and fun rides. As a Detroit motorcycle accident lawyer, we often see how those fun outings may turn into a nightmare when proper precautions are not taken. Here are some basic safety tips to help keep you and all the riders in your life stay safer will riding.

For starters, although the helmet laws in Michigan have changed in the past few years, you may want to do your research before riding without a helmet. Anyone 21 years old or older who has two years or more of riding experience can choose to not wear a helmet, however many experts still say choosing a helmet may mean the difference between a life-altering accident and walking away with only some scrapes and bruises. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration estimates helmets saved the lives of more than 1,600 motorcyclists in 2011 and another 703 lives could have been saved if they had worn helmets.

It is important to always be alert and never be under the influence of drugs or alcohol when operating a motorcycle. Even more so than other drivers, it is important to operate your motorcycle defensively in order to stay safe. Because motorcycles are much smaller than the average vehicle, they can easily be missed in another driver’s blind spot.  It is important to remember other drivers may not see you.

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Some of the most serious accidents on the road involve tractor trailers. Since they are so much larger than passenger vehicles, they can be responsible for life-changing injuries. They may wonder if punitive damages are available to increase their reward. It is entirely possible that you may be eligible for punitive damages if the trucker or trucking company responsible for your accident cut safety corners. An experienced truck accident lawyer will examine the facts of your case to determine if punitive damages should be considered. If so, they will aggressively fight to maximize your recovery.

Punitive damages are damages meant to punish a company for certain actions. Typically, these would include safety rules that were ignored. Some examples could be hauling a load that exceeds weight requirements, ignoring hours of service requirements, or ignoring maintenance on their equipment. If something like this is found to have contributed to cause your accident, you may be eligible for punitive damages.

It’s important to be thorough in an accident investigation in order to find these safety problems. Not only does potentially increase the compensation, it also helps to prevent future accident. When trucking companies see that they will be held financially responsible for cutting corners, they are less likely to engage in this conduct. Most trucking companies are honest companies that follow the rules, but some are not. These people need to be held responsible for the injuries they cause.

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Accidents caused by drunk drivers often result in serious injuries. Since drunk drivers are slow to apply the brakes or don’t react at all, they often hit the other car at a high rate of speed. In an instant, a bad decision can result in serious injuries, even a wrongful death. If you or a loved one has been injured by a drunk driver, a personal injury lawyer can get you the compensation you deserve.

Perhaps the most frustrating part of drunk driving accidents is that they are entirely preventable. The decision to drink and drive is made before a person leaves the house – if you drive to a bar or party where you know you’ll be drinking, you are setting yourself (and other innocent drivers) up for failure. The best way to prevent drunk driving is to leave your car at home. This allows you to have a good time while keeping everyone safe.

And today, it’s never been easier to find a ride. Apps like Uber and Lyft make it incredibly easy to call a cab, no matter where you are in the Detroit area. The ride is generally very affordable and very convenient. It’s certainly cheaper than causing an accident because you are impaired behind the wheel. Traditional taxi services have also greatly increased their customer service, making this a pleasant option as well. Instead of driving to the bar, take a taxi there to help guarantee you won’t be tempted to drive drunk.

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