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Suffering a truck accident can be physically and emotionally draining. Unfortunately, big rig and other commercial vehicle accidents are common in the Rochester area of Michigan. I-75, which extends from the Michigan/Canadian border all the way to Florida, connects several major cities across the Midwest and East Coast.
As one of the busiest interstates in the U.S., I-75 is a popular trucking route. In 2021, 22 percent of truck accidents on I-75 in Michigan resulted in an injury. If you live in Rochester, Michigan, and take I-75 to work every day, semi-trucks may pose a risk to you on your commute.
The highly skilled truck accident attorneys at Matz Injury Law are here to help you if you have suffered a collision in a truck, auto, or motorcycle accident. Even minor injuries may entitle you to more compensation than you think. Give our compassionate law firm a call at 1-866-22Not33.
In Michigan, truck and bus accidents involving fatalities saw a 32% increase between 2020 to 2021. In Oakland County, the total number of crashes involving trucks and other large vehicles was 1,769. Tragically, three crashes resulted in fatalities and 384 people suffered injuries. Additionally, property damage crashes involving truck crashes totaled 1,478.
As more trucks and other vehicles return to the road, it is scary to think about how much worse it can get on the highways with such a stark year-over-year increase.
Car accidents can be catastrophic, but realistically, truck accidents typically cause the most serious injuries. Aside from the fact the massive size of a tractor-trailer or other type of truck can cause significant injury and damage since cars and motorcycles are so much smaller, there are some other differences too.
Truck accidents typically are caused by different sets of circumstances than car accidents. The latter is usually due to human error. It is not that truckers do not make driving errors or drive recklessly, but the most common risks are compounded because of the large size of trucks. Blind spots are bigger, it is more difficult to stop quickly, or make wide turns.
Equipment failure is also a common problem creating legal issues. Trucking companies and drivers are often under pressure to make deliveries and may skip maintenance and equipment examinations.
Many of the commercial truck accidents in Rochester, Michigan involve negligence, recklessness, or simple inattentiveness. Tragically, this means many of the injuries and deaths occurring each year on Oakland County highways are preventable. Common causes include:
Speeding, driving under the influence (DUI), and swerving in and out of traffic are just a handful of the most common reckless driving causes. Many traffic violations are also considered to be negligent behaviors on the road.
Distracted driving has become a public health issue. Between texting, dialing, and GPS navigating, it is common for drivers to take their eyes off the road. Other actions leading to drivers not paying attention include eating, drinking, smoking, or changing dials for climate control or radio.
It is unfortunately common for some of Michigan’s roadways to have road hazards that can lead to truck and auto accidents. Unexpected issues such as improperly marked construction, unexpected lane diversions, potholes, confusing traffic signals, unanticipated detours, and other dangers can contribute to accidents occurring.
As you probably know, Michigan roads in the winter can be treacherous if not properly treated or when poor visibility occurs. On average, Rochester sees 33 inches of snow each year and 32 inches of rain, on average. Truck drivers who do not take precautions when driving in wintry or rainy weather increase the chances of a crash occurring.
Most commercial trucks carry some type of cargo. If shipments are incorrectly loaded onto the vehicle, it creates a hazardous situation for motor vehicles driving on Rochester roadways. Cargo risks to consider include items spilling out and leaving dangerous road debris – or worse – flying debris that can land on another vehicle traveling the same highway; the sheer force of these items landing on a car can be devastating.
Truck drivers are commonly put under high pressure by their bosses or their customers to ensure the fastest delivery. As a result, trucking companies often put unrealistic time constraints on drivers to do more in less time. This often leads to speeding or not taking breaks, which is against federal rules.
The state of Michigan imposes a three-year statute of limitations on personal injury victims to file a claim. In the case of a truck accident, you must first file with your own insurance company within a year of the accident.
If you file an additional claim against a third party, you must do so before three years which begins on the date of the accident. In wrongful death cases, the time limit begins on the date the victim passed away.
Even if you think you may have missed the statute of limitations, you should still call the caring car accident lawyers at Matz Injury Law. Under Michigan law, there are some exceptions to the three-year rule. Our attorneys can evaluate the circumstances surrounding your accident and can determine if you are eligible to file beyond the statute of limitations.
In Michigan state law, there are two types of compensatory damages you are eligible to receive, depending upon the particular circumstances surrounding your case.
Economic damages refer to the actual financial losses you suffered. These are losses you can prove with documentation, such as medical expenses, doctor visits, medications, hospitalizations, surgeries, and therapies. It also can include lost wages for missed time at work and loss of future wages if you cannot return to work in the same capacity as before.
Non-economic damages are those losses that are not so easily calculable, such as pain and suffering. Michigan does not put a cap on pain and suffering for truck accident victims, but the victims need to prove what their suffering is worth. A good personal injury lawyer who is well-versed in Michigan personal injury law can help frame your case to get you the best possible compensation.
Under Michigan auto law, motorists operate in a no-fault insurance environment. This means you must carry no-fault insurance. You can pursue compensation through your own insurance company but keep in mind insurance adjusters are not going to have your best interests at heart. Their job is to either get you to admit fault or accept a meager settlement, neither of which benefits you.
In any personal injury case, it is best to speak to a skilled and experienced accident attorney ASAP who can provide you with sound legal advice. An attorney can ascertain the facts of your case, gather evidence, advocate for you, serve as the go-between with insurance companies, and work hard to get you the compensation you deserve to cover any medical bills, lost wages, property damage, and other losses you have suffered.
Accident victims are entitled to receive compensation. At Matz Injury Law, as your legal representation, we will fight for you or your loved one to receive the settlement or verdict you deserve for your suffering. Since 1977, Matz Injury law has been advocating for Rochester personal injury victims. To date, our team has recovered more than $300 million in compensation for our clients.
If we don’t win your case, you don’t pay a fee. When our personal injury attorneys win accident cases, we do not collect the industry standard 33% fee, just 22%. If you’re ready to discuss your case, call our law office at 1-866-22Not33 or complete our online contact form to request a free consultation.
$360,000 settlement on behalf of a 28 year-old dairy worker who suffered a separated shoulder.
$400,000 for a vacationing motorist whose SUV was struck by a pickup truck that crossed the center line on an icy northern Michigan road.
$600,000 settlement for a mild closed head injury victim.
$170,000 settlement for a construction worker who suffered a shoulder injury when struck by a driver on an icy road in Clare County.
$200,000 settlement on behalf of a young woman who suffered leg and foot fractures after an automobile/pedestrian collision.
$200,000 settlement in a rural county for a 4 year-old who died as a result of a truck/pedestrian collision.
$350,000 to a woman who suffered a broken arm when her vehicle was struck by a semi.
$825,000 settlement on behalf of a 25 year-old man in a rural county with a peroneal nerve injury as a consequence of an automobile/truck collision.
$290,000 for a 70 year-old woman whose car was broadsided by a driver who claimed he had the green light at an intersection.
$200,000 (policy limit) settlement for the wrongful death of a recent immigrant.