A car accident can be an extremely traumatizing experience and can leave victims feeling lost have numerous questions about their legal rights and options after suffering and confused. The attorneys at Buckfire & Buckfire, P.C. understand that victims injuries. We answer many of these frequently asked questions in order to guide people through the legal process.

These questions include:

  • Should I hire a lawyer after an accident?
  • How much does it cost to hire a lawyer?
  • Who pays for damages to my car?
  • How much time do I have to file an auto accident lawsuit?
  • How much is compensation for pain and suffering?
  • How is a settlement determined for my injuries in a car accident claim?
  • Is Michigan a no-fault insurance state?
  • Am I entitled to get paid for lost wages after a car crash?
  • Who pays my medical bills and treatment expenses?
  • Can an injured passenger file an injury claim?
  • What qualifies you for a car accident lawsuit?

Unfortunately, car crashes in Michigan are a common occurrence. In 2018, there were 974 fatal car crashes in Michigan. The number of accident deaths keeps rising every year despite advances in vehicle safety and safety features.  In addition to deaths, there are thousands of serious and life-changing injuries that happen every day in a motor vehicle collision.

Common reasons for these accidents included careless and reckless driving, distracted driving, drunk driving, and negligence.  In many crashes, there are disputes and confusion about which driver was at fault for the accident.

The Michigan no-fault insurance laws are both complex and confusing.  Victims and their families often get the runaround by their own insurance company.  Many people lose out on valuable benefits and settlement payouts because they did not seek the proper legal advice after the accident.  There are strict time deadlines for filing claims and if you wait too long to speak with an experienced lawyer you may lose your rights to fair compensation.

Get Answers to Your Questions & Free Legal Advice

We have listed below the most frequently asked questions of our attorneys from car accident victims.  Of course, you likely have many more questions about your own case and your legal rights after the crash.  For free legal advice, call us now to speak with one of our experienced attorneys.

Yes, you can if you or a member of your household had an auto insurance policy with uninsured motorist coverage or if the car that you were driving had uninsured motorists coverage on it.

This question depends on a number of factors. These include whether you had any fault in the accident, the serious nature of your injuries, the type of treatment you received, the length of your disability, your medical prognosis, and the amount of insurance for your claim. Other factors, like the location of the accident, also play a role. The Michigan car accident lawyers at our firm can give you a better idea after learning the facts of your case.

This depends on a number of factors, but most important is the type of collision insurance coverage you had on your own vehicle. This determines how much your insurance company will pay for the damage and the amount of the deductible. To learn more, request “The Ultimate Michigan Car Accident Handbook.”

There are many factors that are used to determine the amount of a settlement in a Michigan car accident case when you make a claim against a negligent driver. These include the seriousness of the injury, the extent of medical treatment, the amount of time missed from work, and any disabilities caused by the car accident. The insurance policy limits of the at fault driver also often determines the size of the settlement. Every case is different and a fair settlement cannot be determined until all of the factors are fully investigated. You can see a sample of our settlements on this website.

Yes, if you are a passenger in a Michigan car accident and are injured because the driver of the car that you were in caused an accident, you can file a claim against that person, even if it is a family member or friend. The insurance company of the driver pays the settlement.

Yes. You do have a Michigan car accident case for your injuries against the driver that ran the red light. Your injuries sound very serious and do qualify filing a case against the driver.

Yes, you have a valid claim against both. You can also file a claim for Michigan No-Fault benefits to cover your medical bills, lost wages, attendant care services, and other allowable expenses.

Yes. If the other driver was negligent in driving his car, you can file a car accident lawsuit against him. You can also make a claim for Michigan No-Fault Insurance benefits even if you were not in your car at the time of the accident.

Yes, even if there was no direct contact with your SUV as long as you, or a witness, were able to get the license plate number of that vehicle.

Adults must file their lawsuit within three years of the date of the accident and children have until their 19th birthday to file a lawsuit, even if the accident occurred when they were infants. It is important to contact a car accident attorney in Michigan as soon as possible so that you do not miss important deadlines that can destroy your case.

Yes. You certainly are entitled to receive your Michigan No-Fault Insurance benefits to pay for your medical bills, lost wages, and other expenses. If you had uninsured motorists coverage on your policy, you can also make a claim under your own policy for your personal injuries, which include your pain and suffering, scar, disfigurement, and other damages. There are shorter time limits for making these claims so you should contact our office immeidately.

Of course. Michigan car accident lawyer Daniel Buckfire at our firm wrote “The Ultimate Michigan Car Accident Handbook.” You can get your free copy from the Library page of our website.

Yes, you can file a Michigan car accident case for your personal injuries suffered in the accident. Depending on who your car insurance company is, you may be able to obtain Michigan No-Fault insurance benefits even if your car was not insured in Michigan.

In general, there is a three year statute of limitations periods for filing lawsuits for personal injuries in Michigan car accident cases. However, the period for filing lawsuits is different for no-fault insurance claims and uninsured motorists cases. If you were injured in an accident, you should call our Michigan car accident lawyers immediately to make sure that you do not miss an important deadline

To file a Michigan car accident lawsuit against another driver, you must have suffered injuries in the accident that are considered serious under Michigan law. To determine if your injuries qualify under Michigan law, you should contact our office immediately to speak with an experienced Michigan car accident lawyer.

Yes. The driver of a car in Michigan has a duty to drive safely to everyone on the roads, including passengers in the driver’s own car. Even if you are a friend or family member of the negligent driver, you can still make a claim for your personal injuries. The driver’s insurance company pays the settlement and the insurance coverage and rates to the driver are typically not affected.

The statute of limitations is the time period that a person must file a lawsuit at the courthouse after an accident. It sets the deadline for filing claims. In general, a lawsuit against a negligent driver in a car accident must file suit within three years of the date of the accident. The time frame for filing no-fault insurance claims and uninsured motorist claims is usually one year. There are some exceptions to these time limits but it is important to contact our office as soon as possible so that your deadline does not pass.

A driver who rear-ends another driver is almost always determined to be negligent under Michigan law. There are very few exceptions and every driver must travel at a safe speed to be able to stop within the assured clear distance ahead, so as not rear-end another vehicle. If your injuries are serious, you probably have a good case against the other driver.