The United States Department of Transportation estimates that the average semi-truck owner-operator will drive roughly 2.6 million miles throughout their career. For many truck drivers, Michigan marks the end of a long haul. Interstate 75, in particular, ends in Michigan after going through some major cities throughout the United States.
When truck drivers reach the end of a route, they are exhausted and, unfortunately, more prone to error. This is especially true when truckers are coming off busy routes. That means that other drivers should not assume that truckers will always make the right decision while driving in Sterling Heights, Michigan. When a truck driver makes a mistake, those in passenger vehicles are left to deal with significant injuries and medical bills.
However, a truck accident does not always mean financial ruin. Instead, the personal injury lawyers at Matz Injury Law can help truck accident victims get compensation for their injuries. Our law office has helped hundreds of clients get good verdicts at trial. We have also helped victims get hundreds of thousands — even millions — in settlements to address their injuries and losses after a car accident.
According to crash statistics, the most dangerous intersection in Macomb County is at the roundabout between the 18 ½ mile road and Van Dyke Ave right in Sterling Heights. This area saw 229 crashes in 2019 and another 131 accidents in 2020.
The second most deadly spot in Michigan can also be found in Sterling Heights — the intersection of 11 Mile Road/I-696 and Van Dyke Ave. There were 129 accidents in that spot in 2019 and another 124 in 2020. In 2019, the rate of fatal accidents in Sterling Heights was about half of the rate throughout the rest of Michigan.
In addition, a 2019 study named I-94 the deadliest road in Macomb County. Although I-94 does not run directly through Sterling Heights, it is still close enough that many Sterling Heights residents travel this interstate on a regular basis. Ten fatal accidents occurred on I-94 from 2017 to 2019.
Macomb County saw 21,871 total reported crashes in 2021. Of those, 4,619 accidents caused 6,328 injuries. There were also 59 total fatalities during that period as well.
Although car accidents and truck accidents are similar, there are some important differences between the two. Because of these differences, not every car accident lawyer will make a good truck accident attorney.
Trucking accidents tend to be more severe compared to car accidents. Truck accidents often involve higher speeds and a much larger vehicle, which generally means more injuries and higher medical bills. These serious injuries often end up being permanent or long-lasting, like brain injuries and permanent impairment. Wrongful death cases are often triggered in truck accident cases.
Trucking companies are very experienced in handling truck accidents. They likely deal with truck accidents far more often than the average passenger vehicle driver. Trucking companies also often use special trucking insurance, making dealing with the insurance company that much more difficult.
Truck accidents are often caused by different circumstances compared to car accidents. Car accidents are usually the result of human error (not paying attention, speeding, not stopping properly, etc.). Truck accidents can certainly be caused by driver error, but they also tend to be the result of the sheer size of the truck. It is harder to stop, turn, and maneuver when you are driving a larger vehicle.
Equipment failure and improper loading also cause many truck accidents. Because trucks are on the road far longer than the average car, they are more prone to equipment problems and failures.
Truck accident cases also often involve more than just two parties. They might have a separate insurance company for the driver or another company that was involved with loading the truck. They might also have another company that maintains the truck or owns the cargo.
All of these additional parties can make a truck accident case in Sterling Heights very complicated. Having a Sterling Heights truck accident attorney like the legal team at Matz Injury Law can be very helpful in these situations.
Sometimes truck drivers make maneuvers that are not safe, especially for the large vehicle that they are operating. This reckless action sometimes results in truck collisions.
Distracted driving can cause any type of motor vehicle accident. However, because trucks are slower and bigger, even a second or two delay in reaction time can cause a crash. As a result, distracted driving is especially dangerous for truck drivers.
Slippery, icy, and snowy road conditions can also contribute to accidents. Unfortunately, truck drivers are sometimes in a hurry to meet deadlines and drive too fast for the weather conditions.
Anyone who lives in Michigan knows that snowstorms in this area can be deadly. Because truck drivers come to Michigan from all over the United States, they might not be fully prepared to drive in weather that affects us, especially in the winter. Truckers are sometimes out on the road when they should not be or drive too fast in low visibility.
When cargo in a truck moves, it can cause control problems for a semi-truck driver. Improper loading can result in serious accidents due to control issues.
Being a truck driver requires adhering to strict timelines for deliveries. Unfortunately, these deadlines are not always realistic and may force a driver to drive too long or too fast.
If a driver is tired, their reaction time is slowed because of driver fatigue, and they may fall asleep at the wheel. Driving too fast sometimes results in problems controlling the tractor-trailer and being able to slow down to react to emergency situations or traffic congestion.
You must bring a legal claim against the trucking company that caused your accident within three years from the date of the accident. However, you must also file with your own insurance company before asserting a claim against someone else. You have just one year from the accident date to file with your insurance company.
In addition, if the accident resulted in property damage greater than $1,000, injuries, or death, Michigan law requires you to report the accident to the nearest local police station within 24 hours. Since most truck accidents result in significant property damage, you will most certainly have to file a police report.
In Michigan, there are two categories of damages that you might be able to receive after a truck crash.
Every case is different, but many will have both economic and non-economic damages. Talk to the accident attorneys at Matz Injury Law to learn more. Our law firm will be able to review your situation as part of our attorney-client relationship and help you determine what money damages might be available to you.
Yes. Because Michigan requires everyone to have no-fault personal injury protection coverage, your insurance is your first line of defense after any auto accident. After your PIP coverage is exhausted, you must turn to the truck driver’s or trucking company’s insurance adjuster for additional money.
However, insurance companies might not have your best interests in mind because they want to save money when paying your claim — they might try to get you to admit fault or provide you with a meager offer to get you off their backs. Neither option benefits you, so having the injury lawyers at Matz Injury Law work with an insurance company after any car accident is generally a good idea.
A personal injury attorney is even more valuable in truck crashes involving serious injuries. You often cannot gather information or talk to witnesses after this type of accident because of the severity of your injuries. Instead, a truck accident lawyer will do this leg work for you while you focus on recovering. They will also act as a go-between for you and the insurance companies involved in your truck accident claim.
Hiring a personal injury lawyer like those at Matz Injury Law makes financial sense — people who hire personal injury lawyers receive 340% more in compensation for their losses on average.
Matz Injury Law takes a lower percentage fee compared to other injury lawyers in Michigan. We take just 22% as a contingency fee in personal injury cases instead of 33%. That means you keep more of your lost wages, pain and suffering damages, and more after a semi-truck crash. Turn to Matz Injury Law for legal advice with a free consultation. We serve clients in Sterling Heights, Warren, Southfield, Troy, Livonia, and the surrounding areas. Contact us today for more information or call 866-226-6833.
The maximum contingency fee permitted by law is actually 331/3%. Michigan court rules require that the attorney fee be computed on the net sum recovered after deducting all disbursements properly chargeable to the enforcement of the claim.
We can charge 22% while virtually all other injury attorneys charge 331/3% because we are very, very, good at obtaining results for our clients.
We do not spend millions of dollars on television ads; instead, we offer a lower fee to all our clients. We do not have dozens of lower paid associates handling our work. All our clients are represented by Steven and Jared Matz. Steven Matz started the firm in 1977 and since then has dedicated his life to representing injury victims. Jared joined the firm in 2016 but grew up listening to stories, discussing theories, and generally learning at the dinner table about how to effectively and compassionately represent injury victims. Jared Matz was literally born to represent individuals involved in motor vehicle crashes.
All of our cases are handled on a contingency fee and all our cases are handled at 22%. Whether the case settles or goes through trial, the fee does not change. While our competitors make excuses as to why they charge so much, we are obtaining results for our clients at a lower fee.
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