Auto Accident Law

AUTO ACCIDENT LAW

Unfortunately, at some time in our lives, most of us will experience an auto accident. When you are in a car accident, even if you are not injured, there are certain things that you should and should not do. When seeking assistance after a car accident, it is very helpful to consult with a lawyer who is familiar with Michigan’s auto accident laws. Insurance companies for people who cause accidents will attempt to avoid paying damages, and may offer inadequate settlement offers to unrepresented persons, if they make an offer at all. Your own insurance company is unlikely to fully inform you of the benefits you are entitled to receive under Michigan No Fault Law, and many insurance companies have been known to deny or cut off benefits to people who are legally entitled to receive them. An experienced lawyer can help you protect your rights.

What To Do After An Accident

If you are involved in an accident involving injury, or substantial damage to the property, stay at the accident scene until the police tell you that you can leave. If you have any question about whether the damage caused by the accident is substantial, err on the side of caution – when the law requires you to wait for the police, leaving the scene of an accident can result in criminal charges and driver’s license sanctions.

Even if you think you are at fault, do not admit liability. There may be factors which you don’t know, which played a role in the accident, and it may turn out that the other driver was more at fault than you. Do not make statements to anybody at the accident scene, except for the police. When you speak to police, tell them only the facts of what happened. Let the officers draw their own conclusion from the facts.

Get Medical Treatment

See a doctor. Michigan’s no fault insurance law covers medical treatment necessitated by a car accident. If you don’t seek medical attention, you may find that you are unable to obtain “no fault” benefits for your injuries – your insurance company may argue that your injuries arose from something that happened after the accident. If you sue the other driver for injuries you suffered, you may similarly find that the other driver argues that your injuries were not related to the accident. Also, the “adrenaline rush” from the accident can mask your symptoms – a physical examination may reveal an injury that you do not yet feel. Tell the doctor if you have any loss of memory, headache, blood or fluid in your ear, dizziness, tinnitus (ringing in the ears), disorientation, nausea, confusion, or any other unusual physical or mental feeling.

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