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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.

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.

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.

Many people, when first meeting with their personal injury attorney, want to know if this lawyer can guarantee a paycheck. They want to know exactly how much they can expect to receive for their injuries and exactly when they can expect it. A lawyer can never guarantee the results of any case, nor can this attorney guarantee any particular settlement amount or verdict.

While a lawyer can’t guarantee a particular outcome due to ethical concerns, Davis Law Center can make certain promises to their clients. One promise is that we will work tirelessly to see your case through to as successful a resolution as possible. We understand that your case is the most important matter in your life and we take the responsibility of handling it seriously.

We can also promise to give you sound advice on how best to proceed with a personal injury case. Ultimately, the decisions are up to the client on whether to accept a settlement or take a case to trial. Our experience in personal injury cases helps us understand how to evaluate an offer relative to the case overall. This can help a client make the right decision for themselves and their family when choosing to accept or reject a particular offer.

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.

Out of all types of accidents, motorcycle accidents can be the deadliest and can incur the most injuries. An experienced Detroit motorcycle accident attorney is best equipped to handle any type of motorcycle accident and to help the victims recover the compensation he or she deserves. Motorcycle accidents occur for all types of reasons, some the fault of the motorcyclists, but many are the fault of another party. A well-versed Detroit motorcycle accident attorney is the best to determine what type of accident occurred and to place the fault on whoever is responsible.

Too often, there are accidents because a motorist is distracted or a motorcyclist is in the blind spot of a larger vehicle and the driver of the larger vehicle fails to spot the motorcyclist in time. An accident can occur much like any motor vehicle accident as well, including being involved in a rear-end collision, a left-turn collisions, or being affected by a road hazard. In some cases, motorcycle defects or impaired driving are behind the accident.

Many motorcyclists face issues because people assume that riders are risk takers. They might assume that the motorcyclist is somehow at fault for his or her injuries because there were riding irresponsibly. The truth is, most motorcyclists are responsible riders who take their safety very seriously. An injury attorney will fight to prove that the rider was not at fault at all and work to get the maximum compensation possible for your injuries.

Although Michigan is a “no-fault” state and you will have coverage from your own insurance should an accident occur regardless of who is at fault, you may be able need a Michigan accident lawyer to help make sure you are able to recoup damages from those involved. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration estimates someone is involved in a car accident approximately every 10 seconds in the United States.

An experienced Michigan attorney can often recoup substantially greater monetary settlements than someone representing himself. Our attorneys are confident in fighting on your behalf in court. We can help you sue for breach of contract should the insurance company unjustifiably deny your claim for damages.

Should the other driver be uninsured or underinsured and you do not have coverage for an underinsured driver, our attorneys can determine your best course of action and help you sue the other driver.

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.

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.

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