If you have been injured in a truck accident in Ann Arbor or elsewhere in Michigan, you likely have many questions about your future. You may not be able to return to your job after your truck accident, and you may wonder how you’ll pay your medical bills and support your family.
Truck accident cases are particularly complex. An experienced truck accident attorney can explain your legal options and guide you through the complicated claims. An attorney’s help will ensure you receive the maximum compensation you need to cover your expenses and losses.
Christensen Law can help you evaluate your injuries for settlement purposes, and go to court, if necessary. Our goal is to seek the settlement you need and deserve. To learn more about our Michigan semi-truck accident lawyers, call us today to schedule a free initial consultation.
How a Lawyer Can Help with Your Truck Accident Case
For more than 25 years, Christensen Law has handled complex truck accident cases and helped injured victims get justice. We fully understand Michigan’s complicated no-fault insurance laws. The skilled commercial truck accident attorneys at Christensen Law are prepared to:
- Fully investigate your truck accident.
- Pursue claims against all liable parties, such as the truck driver, trucking company, and truck owner, and hold them accountable for your injuries.
- Communicate and negotiate with the insurance companies and all third parties.
- Protect your legal rights and best interests throughout the legal process.
- Keep you updated and informed about your claim.
Why Are Truck Accident Cases More Complex?
A claim involving a truck accident is much more complicated than a regular car accident for a number of reasons:
- Federal and state laws and regulations apply to truck accidents. These rules and regulations govern truck insurance requirements, record-keeping and record-retention periods.
- Numerous parties are often involved in a truck accident claim, including the person in the passenger vehicle, the truck driver, the truck owner, the trucking company, and the truck manufacturer. Multiple insurance policies may be involved.
- Many survivors of truck accidents have serious injuries that require long-term treatment and rehabilitation.
For the injured person in the motor vehicle, figuring out what to do next can be incredibly stressful and overwhelming. The experienced Ann Arbor truck accident lawyers at Christensen Law have the skills and resources to handle all aspects of these complex and challenging cases.
Who Can Be Held Responsible After a Commercial Truck Accident?
The liable parties largely depend on the circumstances of the particular truck accident, and every truck accident case is different. The parties often held liable in truck accident cases include:
- The truck driver
- The truck owner
- The trucking company
- The truck part manufacturer
- The contractor
- The cargo loading company
- Insurance companies
At Christensen Law, our experienced Ann Arbor truck accident attorneys will investigate your accident and determine who was responsible. We know how to deal with multiple parties after truck accidents to help get you the maximum settlement.
Damages in a Truck Accident Lawsuit
Michigan uses a no-fault insurance system. If you are injured in a truck accident, you will have to first collect economic damages through your own insurance company’s no-fault coverage. With the no-fault system, you collect benefits regardless of whether you or the truck driver were at fault. You may be able to recover expenses, also known as personal injury protection (PIP) benefits, with a first-party claim. Those expenses include:
- Medical expenses
- Wage loss
- In-home attendant care
- Replacement services
- Special transportation mileage
Truck accidents often involve serious or even permanent injuries. This may allow you to sue the at-fault party with a third-party claim. Most third-party lawsuits allege that a truck driver, trucking company, or another party was negligent. If you suffered permanent disfigurement or seriously impaired bodily function, these are considered threshold injuries that allow you to recover damages through a lawsuit for non-economic losses, such as pain and suffering.
To win a lawsuit and recover non-economic damages, you will need to establish by a preponderance of the evidence that the truck driver owed you a duty of reasonable care and breached that duty. Also, the breach must have directly caused your injuries, and actual damages must have resulted.
In truck accident cases involving fatalities, the surviving family members can recover compensation through a wrongful death lawsuit. These lawsuits seek payouts for the pain and suffering of the victim, the loss of society and companionship of family members, and economic losses caused by the death.
The experienced Ann Arbor truck accident attorneys at Christensen Law will work hard to get you the maximum compensation for these damages:
- Medical expenses (past, present, and future)
- Loss of current income and potential earnings
- Pain and suffering
- Reduced quality of life
- Emotional trauma
- Physical therapy and rehabilitation
- Property loss
- Funeral expenses in accidents involving fatalities
Statute of Limitations on Truck Accident Claims
Under Michigan’s statute of limitations, a person injured in a truck accident must file a lawsuit within three years of the date of the accident. There is also a time limit for filing a lawsuit against your insurance company. If your insurance company refuses to pay your no-fault benefits, you must file a lawsuit within one year of the date on which the last unpaid benefit was incurred. If you fail to meet these deadlines, you will be barred from filing a lawsuit.
Talk to a Truck Accident Attorney in Ann Arbor Now
The Ann Arbor truck accident attorneys at Christensen Law understand the complexities and challenges of truck accident cases. Our skilled and compassionate truck accident lawyers will fight tirelessly to ensure you receive the maximum compensation you are entitled to.
Contact Christensen Law today. We offer free, no-obligation consultations. Our lawyers will discuss your legal options with you. We work on a contingency-fee basis, which means you won’t owe us a cent until we secure compensation for you.