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Michigan Truck Accident Lawyer

The injuries caused by a truck accident can haunt you and your family for many years to come. Just dealing with the immediate concerns can be overwhelming: Who will pay for your medical bills? How will you get your car fixed or replaced? What will happen if you can’t work? Thinking about the future can send you into a panic.

At Christensen Law, we understand the challenges you are facing. Our compassionate Michigan truck accident attorneys have decades of experience successfully handling complex trucking cases like yours. We have the skills and the resources to take on deep-pocketed trucking companies and their insurers. Our law firm has recovered millions of dollars in verdicts and settlements for truck accident victims across Michigan. In fact, we have obtained the largest verdict in Michigan for a victim of a truck vs. car crash. You can rest assured that we will not stop fighting for you.

If you have been hurt in a truck accident, contact our law firm today to learn about your legal right to compensation. Don’t settle for less than you deserve. Let us fight for justice while you focus on healing.

Why Truck Accident Cases Are More Complex

The sheer impact of an 80,000-pound commercial motor vehicle slamming into a 5,000-pound passenger car leaves little chance of the car’s occupants escaping unharmed. Even worse, trucking companies are totally focused on minimizing what they pay to their victims.  Frequently they have their own representatives and accident reconstruction crews at the scene before it is even cleaned up. It is imperative that you are armed with experienced trucking lawyers.

Some of the elements that make truck accident cases much more complex than claims involving two passenger vehicles include:

Injuries are typically more severe. Victims may be left with life-altering, debilitating injuries. In the worst cases, victims do not survive the crash. Truck accident injuries can be very expensive to treat and may have a permanent impact on the victim’s ability to earn a living or maintain the same quality of life as before the crash.

There are often multiple potential at-fault parties and insurance companies involved. There are many companies that play a role in keeping a commercial truck on the road, and their role in the truck’s crash should be thoroughly investigated. Sadly, when multiple parties are involved, they may try to play the blame game and cause delays in your claim for compensation.

Investigations are more complicated. Your commercial truck accident lawyer will need to gather and preserve a wealth of evidence, as well as work with a team of knowledgeable experts to get to the bottom of what exactly caused your crash. These investigations require skill, resources, costly experts, and swift action.

Layers of state and federal trucking laws apply. The trucking industry is heavily regulated, with many safety protocols in place to protect everyone on the road. When trucking companies and drivers break these laws, their negligence can cause a devastating accident. It is important that you have a truck accident attorney who has extensive knowledge of Michigan trucking laws as well as Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration regulations.

How Our Michigan Truck Accident Attorney Can Help

You should never attempt to file or negotiate a truck accident injury claim without a highly qualified attorney on your side. The trucking companies will have aggressive adjusters and attorneys working to protect their interests, and you deserve the same.

At Christensen Law, our respected team of top trial attorneys will:

  • Provide a free, no-obligation consultation so we can discuss your accident, your injuries, and your legal right to compensation
  • Ensure you have access to appropriate treatment for your injuries, if you are having a difficult time finding a doctor or specialist
  • Move quickly to gather evidence and prevent the trucking companies from destroying important evidence
  • Work with highly trained accident reconstruction experts to investigate and determine the cause of your crash
  • Identify all parties that should be held responsible, as well as all sources of compensation for you
  • Work with you to thoroughly document the full extent of the damages you have suffered
  • Consult with medical specialists, economists, life care planners, and other professionals to assess how your injuries will affect you in the future
  • Negotiate aggressively with all the insurance companies and parties involved, demanding the full and fair compensation you deserve
  • Prepare to take your case to trial if the trucking company refuses to offer a satisfactory settlement

If you have been contacted by an insurance adjuster or been offered a settlement by a trucking company, please call us right away. A semi-truck accident lawyer can review your case free of charge and help you understand the full value of your claim.

Who Can Be Responsible for a Truck Crash?

Although the truck driver was the one behind the wheel of the 18-wheeler that hit you, there are many other parties that could share responsibility for the damages you suffered. Some of the players we will look at in your case include:

  • Truck’s driver, who may have been distracted, tired, speeding, or otherwise behaving recklessly
  • Trucking company, which may have pressured the driver to be on the road longer than allowed, failed to properly inspect the vehicle, or ignored safety regulations
  • Company responsible for truck’s maintenance, which may have cut corners or failed to fix a problem with the vehicle, such as faulty brakes or worn-out tires
  • Company responsible for loading the truck’s cargo, which may have failed to properly secure the load or overloaded the vehicle, causing the driver to lose control
  • Manufacturer of a defective part or vehicle system that caused the truck driver to crash
  • Government agency or contractor responsible for maintaining a dangerous section of roadway

With decades of experience investigating and litigating these complex cases, our truck accident lawyers in Michigan have helped countless crash victims get the justice they deserve. We are committed to holding negligent truck drivers and the companies behind them accountable for the damages they cause.

Evidence We May Use in a Truck Accident Claim

Crafting a strong claim for compensation after a truck accident requires considerable evidence. The more evidence there is to support your claim, the stronger position you are in when demanding full compensation. Some of the types of evidence we may seek to uncover in your case include:

  • Photos of the accident scene, the vehicles involved, and the damages
  • Statements from eyewitnesses
  • Surveillance videos from traffic cameras or nearby businesses
  • Accident report from law enforcement
  • Black box data from the big-rig
  • Accident reconstruction analysis from a renowned expert
  • Hours of service records detailing whether the driver was on the road for too long
  • Cellphone records showing whether the driver was talking or texting at the time of the crash
  • Trucking company records on the truck equipment and the driver
  • Medical records documenting your injuries and the treatment you are receiving
  • Testimony from medical specialists to outline the full extent of damages suffered, including future anticipated losses

Our attorneys approach all settlement negotiations from a position of strength, and we will be confident in our ability to take your case to trial if necessary. This level of evidence gathering and preparation shows trucking companies and insurers that we are prepared to fight for the maximum compensation you deserve.

Compensation in a Truck Accident Claim

As an accident victim, you have probably already started to see the domino effects a serious injury can have on your life. It’s not just a matter of seeing the doctor and getting treatment. It’s a matter of finding transportation, missing time from work, and constantly wondering whether your life will ever be normal again.

Our team will work with you to document all the ways in which your life has been changed by your injuries. We will demand full and fair financial compensation for both economic and non-economic losses. Depending on the no-fault PIP coverage you have selected, we will seek and recover:

  • Emergency room bills
  • Surgery expenses
  • Hospital stays
  • Treatment from medical specialists
  • X-rays, MRIs, and other testing
  • Follow-up doctor visits
  • Rehabilitative therapy
  • Medications
  • Assistive mobility devices such as wheelchairs
  • Accommodations to your home
  • Caregiving expenses
  • Mileage to and from medical appointments
  • Future anticipated treatment needs
  • Loss of income
  • Loss of earning capacity for the future
  • Pain and suffering damages
  • Emotional trauma such as post-traumatic stress disorder
  • Lost quality of life
  • Scarring and disfigurement

Unfortunately, there is no way to calculate from the outset what your case is worth. Just as your recovery will take time, it will also take time to understand all the ways your injuries will affect you. Insurance companies often try to rush accident victims to accept a settlement immediately, before they understand the true extent of their injuries. This is why it is so imperative that you have a knowledgeable Michigan truck accident attorney on your side to accurately determine the full value of your case.

Contact Christensen Law today for a free evaluation and answers to your questions.

Statute of Limitations on Michigan Truck Accident Lawsuits

In Michigan, there is a limit on how long you have to file a personal injury claim after a truck accident. This time limit is known as the statute of limitations. It limits the amount of time you have to file a lawsuit to three years from the date of the accident. If you do not file a claim within this timeframe, you will not be able to recover compensation.

Common Causes of Truck Accidents in Michigan

Just like every person we help is unique, every case we work on is different. However, our team does see some common causes of truck accidents on Michigan roads. These include:

  • Drowsy driving or fatigued driving
  • Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol
  • Distracted driving
  • Speeding or driving too fast for conditions
  • Following too closely or tailgating
  • Failing to check blind spots
  • Reckless or aggressive driving
  • Unfamiliarity with route
  • Poor weather or road conditions
  • Poorly maintained vehicles
  • Defective truck parts or systems
  • Unsecured cargo or overloaded trucks

Our skilled legal team is ready to start work on your case immediately to determine the cause of your crash and identify who should be held accountable.

Common Injuries Caused by Truck Accidents in Michigan

Truck accidents typically leave victims with catastrophic injuries that they never fully recover from. Our truck accident attorneys in Michigan often work with experienced medical professionals to evaluate the long-term effects of severe, life-altering injuries such as:

  • Head and traumatic brain injuries
  • Spinal cord injuries
  • Back and neck injuries
  • Broken bones in the legs, arms, and chest
  • Punctured organs and internal injuries
  • Disfigurement
  • Death

In the most tragic semi-truck accidents, we help families demand justice for loved ones through wrongful death claims.

Talk to a Truck Accident Lawyer in Michigan Now

Listening, Protecting, Winning ─ that’s our motto, and that’s what guides us. We understand the uphill battle that truck accident victims face. Our team is here to listen to you, protect you from aggressive insurers and trucking companies, and fight to win the maximum compensation you deserve.

Contact us now to schedule your free consultation, and let us get started on your case.