Car accidents are one of the most common types of personal injury claims filed in the United States. In 2016, 34,439 people were killed in motor vehicle accidents in the U.S. In addition, over two million are injured in traffic accidents each year in this country. Sadly, these numbers seem to be increasing each year. As you can imagine, insurance companies are flooded with claims each day from car accident victims in Michigan and throughout the country. Therefore, many of these companies are not very eager to pay claims, even the no-fault insurance companies we have in our state.  The Kalamazoo car accident lawyers of The Clark Law Office fight large insurance companies each day to protect the rights of our clients to receive full compensation for all damages. You deserve to receive the benefits you are entitled to receive by law when you are injured in a car accident.

Call 517-347-6900 to schedule a free legal consultation with one of our Kalamazoo car accident attorneys. We will help you get the money you need to pay bills and living expenses.  We can also help you file for pain and suffering damages against a negligent driver who caused your accident.

Types of Car Accidents in Kalamazoo

There are many different types of car accidents in Kalamazoo. Even what appears to be a slight “fender bender” can result in traumatic injuries that cause long-term pain and impairment. We urge you to seek medical treatment and contact our Kalamazoo personal injury law firm if you are in a car accident, but especially if you are involved in one of these serious, injury-causing car crashes:

  • Rear-end Car Accidents — Rear-end car crashes can cause severe neck and back injuries that cause chronic pain and long-term impairments. Whiplash is a common injury that may heal on its own, but some individuals experience long-term trauma from whiplash.
  • Head-on Car Accidents — This type of car crash can be one of the deadliest car crashes you can experience. Head-on collisions often result in fatalities or permanent disabilities for the occupants of the vehicle. Distracted driving, drunk driving, and drowsy driving are often the causes of head-on car crashes.
  • Side-Impact Car Accidents — Side impact car crashes are also extremely dangerous. There is not much protection for the car’s occupant sitting at the point of collision. Victims may suffer serious brain injuries, spinal cord injuries, amputations, and damage to internal organs from side-impact car crashes.
  • Rollover Car Accidents — Any vehicle can roll over upon impact with another vehicle; however, SUVs, vans, and trucks have risks of rollover in a traffic accident. Seatbelts can help secure the occupants, but seatbelts cannot prevent the injuries caused by glass shattering and the vehicle crumpling in on the victim as it rolls over.

If you are involved in a car crash in Kalamazoo, you can obtain a copy of your traffic report from the Kalamazoo Public Safety Office online or by visiting the office at 150 E Crosstown Pkwy, Suite A in Kalamazoo.  If you retain our office, our staff obtains a copy of the report on your behalf so that you do not need to worry about this important step in a Kalamazoo car accident investigation.  Call 517-347-6900 to discuss how our Kalamazoo car accident attorneys can help you with your claim.

Common Causes of Kalamazoo Car Accidents

Common Causes of Kalamazoo AccidentsUnder Michigan’s no-fault insurance laws, you must file your accident claim against your no-fault insurance coverage. Your insurance benefits should pay for your medical care, some lost wages, property damage, medications, physical therapy, and medical equipment. In some cases, you may also receive compensation for transportation costs to and from medical appointments and money to help pay for personal care or household services while you recover.

However, you do not receive compensation for your pain and suffering. Pain and suffering claims can be substantial depending on the type and severity of your injury. If you are unable to return to work, a recovery of compensation for a pain and suffering damage claim can help provide the money you need to pay for your living expenses. Therefore, it is important to discuss a third-party pain and suffering claim with our Kalamazoo car accident lawyer during a free consultation.

To recover compensation for a third-party insurance claim, you must meet the injury threshold set by Michigan’s no-fault insurance laws. You must also prove that the other driver was at least 50 percent at-fault for the crash. Some of the examples of negligence that may be used to prove a driver caused an accident include:

  • Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol (DUI and DWI)
  • Speeding and reckless driving
  • Fatigued and drowsy driving
  • Distracted driving
  • Failing to yield the right of way
  • Following too closely or tailgating
  • Aggressive driving or road rage

There are hundreds of ways a driver can be negligent in causing an accident. However, the crucial step is to prove the driver caused the accident. Without proof that the other driver was responsible for causing the crash, you cannot recover money for a pain and suffering claim.

Investigating a Third-Party Car Accident Claim

The Kalamazoo car accident lawyers of The Clark Law Office has extensive experience investigating car accidents to prove fault for a third-party insurance claim. Some of the steps and resources we use to identify the liable party and secure evidence to prove fault include:

  • Obtain copies of the crash reports
  • Review the crash report and interview the police officer and other emergency personnel who responded to the crash scene
  • Inspect and document the accident scene, including taking photographs, videos, and measurements
  • Interview and obtain statements from witnesses
  • Search for video evidence of the collision
  • Work with an accident re-constructionist to recreate the accident to prove how it happened
  • Inspect the vehicles and investigate product liability claims
  • Review the weather and road conditions that day to determine if either had an impact on the cause of the crash
  • Work with other industry experts, when necessary, to uncover the cause of the crash to identify the responsible driver

If you have been injured in a car crash in Kalamazoo, do not attempt to file a third-party claim alone. Let us help you investigate the crash to prove you are not at-fault, so that you can recover the maximum compensation for your claim.

Call Us To Learn About Our No-Fee Policy for Car Accident Cases

Call 517-347-6900 to schedule a free legal consultation with a Kalamazoo car accident lawyer. We accept car accident cases on a contingency fee basis. You do not pay any upfront fees, and we do not charge an attorney fee unless we recover compensation for you. Call now to speak with an attorney!