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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.

After an auto accident, it is the responsibility of each party to exchange information and wait for the police if they have been called. Unfortunately, some people ignore these responsibilities and drive off after an accident. This is incredibly frustrating for a person, especially if they have been injured by this negligent driver. They may worry that there is nothing they can do to recover damages for their injuries, but this is not the case. A personal injury lawyer can work to get you the money you need to make you as whole as possible after your accident.

In Michigan, adding Uninsured Motorist (UM) Coverage is optional. Some states require a driver carry this insurance, but in Michigan a driver must explicitly add it. It is generally inexpensive and can provide significant help after a hit and run. It may be wise to speak to your insurance agent about adding this coverage as additional protection against such an accident.

It’s important to note that UM Coverage only covers bodily injuries, not property damage. If a person is involved in an accident and there is only property damage, UM Coverage will not cover damages to the vehicle. That would be covered by Comprehensive and Collision coverage, which is separate. Again, your insurance agent can explain the coverage you have and how you may be impacted by being involved in a hit and run or an uninsured driver.

Some people assume that they can handle a personal injury case on their own. They think they can get a similar settlement and, without having to pay attorney’s fees, will actually have extra money left over. It is certainly a person’s right to handle their own case, but it should be noted that it’s generally not wise. Before trying to handle your own case, speak to a personal injury attorney for a free consultation to learn how they may be able to help.

Some studies have shown that people with attorneys collect more in their settlement than people without an attorney, even when accounting for attorney’s fees. If this sounds incorrect, consider that an attorney knows how to properly evaluate a case and properly value injuries. When people handle a case on their own, they often leave out important damages like future medical and non-economic damages. These can be substantial so it’s important to know just what types of injuries you are facing.

Personal injury lawyers are extremely familiar with injuries and know exactly what to seek when trying to settle a case. They also have access to experts who can prove these injuries and bolster the evidence that proves their worth. This is vital when seeking damages and proving a person’s case. If you handle a case on your own, you may not have the same resources at your disposal to prove your case.

There are times when an insurance company jumps in after an accident and makes an offer. Often, they tell the injured person that this is the best they can expect. They also tell the injured person that if they don’t accept it, they may not receive any money whatsoever. This pressure is extremely difficult for someone also dealing with a serious injury. A personal injury lawyer can be of great help during this time. Before accepting any money from the insurance company, contact Davis Law Center for a free consultation.

These bullying tactics are very common with insurance companies. They know that a person doesn’t know how to properly evaluate their claim. They also know that if they can get a person to accept a settlement that is far less than they should receive. This is why it’s so important to speak to a lawyer before accepting a settlement – once you have settled your claim that is the end of it. You cannot go back, even if further treatment is needed.

A personal injury lawyer knows how to evaluate claims and knows how to get an injured person the compensation they deserve. They will deal with the insurance company and make sure that the injured person is treated fairly. Don’t be bullied into accepting an offer that is far too little to properly compensate you.

When a person suffers an injury due to the negligence of another, there are certain elements they will need to prove in order to successfully recover damages. A personal injury attorney will look at your case to make sure it satisfies the following elements. If it is does, they will aggressively fight to get you they money you deserve.

The elements of a negligence tort are:

  • Duty of care

One of the most difficult damages to calculate for an injured person is future medical. Because people aren’t experts at calculating damages, this is an area where a person can leave money on the table if they try to negotiate a settlement on their own. This is bad because there is no second bite at the apple once you’ve settled your case. An experienced car accident lawyer will make sure that future medical treatments are identified and compensated.

The only way to calculate future medical treatments is to have a doctor testify about their necessity. For example, a person may have injured their back in a way that will eventually require surgery for a herniated disk. Because the person might want to see if their back improves with rest, they put off the surgery for as long as possible. But a doctor will testify that, eventually, a person will need surgery to correct their back issue.

Once the doctor has testified to the necessity of the treatments, the car accident lawyer will introduce evidence about the cost of these treatments. This might include testimony from an economist about the cost of treatment, medical bills from previous surgeries, etc. This gives the jury an idea of what to award in order to properly compensate the injured person.

People are trained to pass on things that sound too good to be true. This means that some people hesitate to contact an attorney because they worry they will be charged. They hear “free consultation,” but assume there must be some kind of catch. In reality, there is no catch to a free consultation with a personal injury attorney. If you have been hurt in an accident, take advantage of this consultation to get the information you need.

A free consultation is good for both client and attorney. For the attorney, they can learn about the facts of a case, get some general information, and get a feel for the client. This helps them learn if they might be a good fit to represent a particular client. Instead of forcing the client to sign a contract, the lawyer can be certain they are the right fit for the client.

The advantage for the client is that they can learn about a particular law firm, listen to the types of cases they normally handle, and get some information about what to expect from this process. Since many people are unfamiliar with personal injury cases, this information can be invaluable. And, if after the meeting they determine the attorney is a good fit, they can retain that lawyer.

When a person is injured in an accident, it is very important to see a doctor right away and continue seeing that doctor until you have reached maximum medical improvement. This continuity makes it very easy for a personal injury lawyer to prove causation and show that the injuries were related to the accident in question. If a person waits too long or routinely skips doctor’s visits, the insurance company will use that as ammunition to deny your claim. These gaps in treatment can cause problems down the road, so be sure to see a doctor right away and continue seeing him or her.

The two biggest causes of gaps in treatment are not seeking out a doctor’s advice immediately after injury and not following up once the person begins to feel better. In the first case, a person may not think they need help because they feel OK immediately after the accident. But in the days or weeks that follow, they begin to feel progressively worse. Some people wait for months hoping the pain heals on its own. Time may not be enough – see a doctor immediately, even if you think your injuries are minor after a car accident.

In the second case, they may think their injuries are healing so they blow off doctor’s visits. Taking time out of your day is not convenient, but it is necessary to preserve your case. If, after a few months, things begin to hurt again, the insurance company may try to claim that because the injured stopped treating, this pain was caused by a subsequent injury. By following a doctor’s advice until you have been released from his or her care, you can be sure that your injuries are being properly treated and documented.

Traumatic brain injuries, even mild ones, need to be taken seriously. As a Detroit auto accidents attorney, I know many of these types of injuries can occur in an auto accident. It is important to know the signs and know what you should do if you suffer from any type of TBI.

TBIs are more common and may have longer lasting effects than previously thought. New research has shown that symptoms may not show up for days or weeks indicating a person has suffered a TBI. As a Detroit auto accidents attorney, I would recommend seeking treatment from a medical professional if you suspect your auto accident left you with any type of traumatic brain injury.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 1.7 million people sustain TBIs every year. Of those, 52,000 die, 275,000 are hospitalized and nearly 1.365 million are treated in emergency rooms and released. Motor vehicle accidents are the leading cause of traumatic brain injury-related deaths, with the highest rates of death found in adults aged 20 to 24.

When a person has been injured in a car accident, sometimes the at-fault insurance company will try to get a recorded statement. They explain that this is a routine part of the process and that it will help expedite the claim. Because they don’t know how to proceed, some people voluntarily give this statement. In general, this is a bad idea. If the insurance company tries to get a statement from you, simply tell them that all communication should go through your injury attorney. They will stop contacting you after that.

If you have given a statement to the insurance company, it’s certainly not the end of your case. But it could present some problems down the road. There are times when people misremember certain details or fail to mention something during the initial recorded statement. The insurance company will pounce on that and claim that a person is making up the story.  This can cause delays in your case. You are not required to give any statements to the insurance company. Therefore you should just refer the adjuster to your injury attorney.

This is why it’s so important to speak to a lawyer immediately after your injury. Preventing problems in your case can is of paramount importance to getting you the money you need as quickly as possible. A lawyer will prevent problems that can derail your case. If you have been injured, speak to a lawyer as quickly as possible.

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