Motor vehicle accidents are one of the leading causes of death and injury in the United States. Thousands of people are killed and injured in car accidents each year, including Michigan. Our Traverse City car accident lawyers help accident victims in Traverse City, and the surrounding area file accident claims to recover the compensation they deserve when they have been injured in a car crash.

The first thing we do at The Clark Law Office is to listen to you. We want to know what happened, the injuries you suffered, about your recovery, and how you are doing now. Our attorneys then explain the process of filing car accident claims under Michigan’s no-fault insurance laws. They also explain how you may be entitled to additional compensation by suing the driver who caused your crash. It is our goal to recover the maximum compensation from all available resources for your claim.  To learn more about how we can help you with your car accident claim, call 517-347-6900 to schedule a free legal consultation with a Traverse City car accident lawyer.

Common Causes of Car Accidents in Traverse City

Most of the common causes of car accidents are preventable human error. Even though we refer to crashes as “accident,” traffic crashes are very seldom fit into the true definition of an “accident.” Therefore, many of the causes of car crashes are related to a driver.  Examples of human error that can contribute to the cause of a car crash include:

  • Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs (DUI and DWI)
  • Fatigued or drowsy driving, especially a risk for truck drivers, night shift/swing shift employees, and students
  • Distracted driving, including texting, cell phone calls, grooming, eating, taking care of children, using social media, reading, etc.
  • Speeding, reckless driving, and aggressive driving (road rage)
  • Tailgating or following too closely for conditions
  • Failing to yield the right of way, crossing lane, and other traffic infractions

In addition to human error, several other things may contribute to a motor vehicle accident. For example, poor weather conditions or dangerous/hazardous road conditions can be a factor in a car accident. Defective automobile parts and defective cars can also contribute to the cause of a car crash.  Our Traverse City car accident lawyer investigates each car accident to determine the cause of the crash. By identifying the at-fault party in a car wreck, our attorneys can determine the types of insurance claims that may result in compensation for you and your family. In addition, we obtain and secure key evidence during our car accident investigation to help prove that you were not at fault for the crash. This element is very important if we want to be successful in recovering compensation for your pain and suffering damages.  Call The Clark Law Office at 517-347-6900 to request a free consultation with a Traverse City car accident lawyer.

Compensation for Damages in a Michigan Car Accident Claim

When you are involved in a car accident, you may sustain several types of damages because of the crash. Those damages are divided into two categories — economic and noneconomic damages.  Economic damages are your out-of-pocket or financial damages. Under Michigan’s no-fault car insurance laws, you file a claim for these damages with your insurance provider. Your insurance provider should pay the benefits of your car insurance policy related to the expenses of the car accident. Examples of damages that you may recover compensation for from your no-fault insurance coverage include:

  • Medical expenses, including the cost of emergency room visits, surgery, physical therapy, medications, and other costs associated with your medical treatment.
  • Loss of income, however, no-fault insurance only reimburses you for 85 percent of your lost income up to three years following the accident.
  • Personal care and services, including reimbursement for home care and help with your household goods.
  • Vocational rehabilitation if you are unable to return to the same job after the accident.
  • Mileage reimbursement for travel to and from medical appointments.

Non-economic damages are referred to as “pain and suffering” damages. The compensation you receive for noneconomic damages is intended to compensate you for your physical pain, mental anguish, and emotional suffering. However, a claim against your no-fault insurance provider will not include compensation for your suffering and pain. You must file a third-party claim to recover compensation for these damages.

Recovering Compensation for the Suffering and Pain Caused by the Car Accident

A third-party claim is filed against the driver who caused the crash. However, that driver must have been at least 50 percent responsible for the cause of the collision. If you contributed to the cause of the crash by 51 percent or more, you cannot collect compensation from the other driver.  In addition, you must also meet the other requirements for this type of injury claim, including an injury threshold that is very narrowly defined by Michigan law. Furthermore, you must be able to prove that you were injured in the crash.  Our Traverse City car accident lawyers at The Clark Law Office have experience handling these types of accident claims. Call our office at 517-347-6900 for a free appointment with one of our attorneys. We can perform a case review to determine the benefits and compensation you should receive for your car accident claim.

Car Accidents and Dangerous Intersections in Traverse City

During 2017, there were 1,019 motor vehicle accidents in Traverse City. While none of the intersections in the city made the top 50 list of dangerous intersections in Michigan, some of the city’s intersections do have a higher number of accidents than others. Intersections that appeared on the list, but not in the top 50 included:

  • Barlow Street at E. Front Street (29 crashes)
  • Front Street at E. Grandview Pkwy. (27 crashes)
  • Division Street at W. Front Street (25 crashes)
  • Front Street at S. Garfield Avenue (25 crashes)

Other intersections made it on the list, but with less than 25 crashes that year.

Traverse City Car Accident Lawyers Working for You and Your Family

Our goal is to protect your legal rights and ensure you receive the benefits you are entitled to receive by law from your no-fault insurance company. We also are diligent in pursuing all other forms of compensation from other sources and third parties to maximize your chance of receiving full compensation for all damages.  To learn more about our legal services and no upfront fee, contact The Clark Law Office by calling 517-347-6900 to schedule a free legal consultation.