Cars transport us to work, school, shopping and recreational activities. We rely on automobiles for the convenience and ease of transportation. Most motor vehicle owners are safe and law abiding drivers. But a serious car accident caused by a careless driver can turn your life upside down. Car accidents resulted in more than 1,350 injuries and 44 deaths in Southwest Michigan in 2010. Each of those accidents affected one or more families in our community.
If you are injured in a car accident, it’s important to have a lawyer who is experienced in representing car accident claims review your injury and explain your legal rights. Conybeare Law Office assists victims of personal injury in Berrien County, Van Buren County, Cass County, Niles, St. Joseph, South Haven, Dowagiac and Benton Harbor. We provide personalized legal representation to each client.
Help is a phone call away. Contact us today at (269) 983-0561 or (800) 983-0561 for a no-charge consultation. Every personal injury case, large or small, is important to us. We work on a contingency fee basis. You will not pay any attorney fees unless we obtain a settlement or verdict for you.
How a Southwest Michigan Lawyer Can Help After a Car Accident
Car accidents account for the majority of traffic injuries and deaths in Southwest Michigan. Speeding, reckless driving, inattention, talking on a cell phone and fatigue are often the cause. Weather and road conditions, rural roads without posted speed limits, and highway maintenance issues might also contribute. The personal injury attorneys at Conybeare Law Office know the roadways of Southwest Michigan and the police agencies that investigate car accidents.
How Michigan’s No-Fault Law Applies to Your Car Accident
Before Michigan’s No-Fault Act was adopted in 1973, a person wrongfully injured in a motor vehicle accident had to look to the negligent driver to recover damages caused by an accident. These damages included both economic (wage loss, medical expenses, vehicle damage, or property damages), and non-economic (pain and suffering, loss of companionship, etc.) damages. Often, because of the financial strain of accident-related bills, this forced accident victims to file lawsuits soon after an accident.
The No-Fault Act eases the burden of having to file a lawsuit to recover basic economic losses. Under the No-Fault Act, an injured person’s damages are divided into two categories – economic and non-economic losses. Economic damages are normally paid by the injured person’s own insurance company without regard to fault in the accident (thus the name no-fault insurance). The types of economic damages that an injured claimant can collect from a no-fault insurer include wage loss, medical expenses, and loss of services. The allowable medical expenses include whatever is required for an injured person’s care, recovery or rehabilitation, including mileage and transportation costs. The only economic loss damages recoverable against the driver at fault are those that exceed the limits available under no-fault insurance.
Limited economic losses and all non-economic damages are recoverable from the driver and/or owner of the motor vehicle at fault in the accident. However, the Michigan No-Fault Act limits pain and suffering damages to claims involving death, serious impairment of body function or permanent serious disfigurement. If an injury does not meet this threshold there is no claim for non-economic loss damages against the party at fault in the accident. This is a highly challenged area of Michigan law, and a key focus of Conybeare Law Office in representing persons wrongfully injured in motor vehicle accidents.
The no-fault law is complicated. Any victim of a car accident in Southwest Michigan will benefit from contacting our law firm to understand their legal rights. Whether or not we represent you, there is no charge for the initial consultation.
Contact Our Southwest Michigan Car Accident Lawyers
At Conybeare Law Office we will review your case and advise you of your ability to seek compensation for your personal injury. Our lawyers are skilled at negotiating settlements with insurance companies to cover your medical bills and compensate you for your damages. We handle many types of auto accident claims, from the more modest to the million-dollar claims. Each client gets the personalized legal representation they deserve.
Since 1984, Conybeare Law Office has served the legal needs of residents of Southwest Michigan. If you’ve had an injury due to someone else’s neglect, contact one of our personal injury attorneys at (269) 983-0561 or (800) 983-0561.