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Michigan Car Accident Settlements & Compensation

Michigan car accident lawyer settlementsThe amount of a Michigan car accident settlement depends on a number of factors. There is no way to estimate the amount of your settlement until an experienced car accident lawyer has had the chance to evaluate these factors.  Many lawyers may tell you that your case is worth a lot of money just so you hire them, but an honest lawyer with integrity cannot give you a realistic settlement amount number until all of the factors of your case have been properly assessed.

What are the Factors That Determine a Car Accident Settlement?

Important factors that determine the amount of a Michigan car accident settlement include:

Fault for the Accident

In many auto crash cases, the fault or negligence of a driver cannot be seriously disputed.  This is true in cases involving rear end collisions or when a driver runs a red light and strikes another vehicle.  However, in may cases there is a dispute as to which driver was at fault in causing the accident.  In those situations, it is necessary to take depositions of all eyewitnesses and investigating police officers to determine who was most likely negligent in causing the accident.  At a trial, the jury can even assign a percentage of fault to more than one driver involved in the accident.

Obviously, a driver that was completely at fault and caused an accident will not be entitled to a settlement.  However, many cases involve a dispute as to which driver was negligent for the accident.  For your case, our attorneys will do a thorough investigation to prove that the other driver caused the accident and that you were not at fault.  This will help increase the amount of your settlement. 

Insurance Coverage

The amount of liability insurance coverage available is a critical factor in determining your settlement amount.  Many times, there may be more than one insurance policy to pay your claims.  This is especially true when the driver of the automobile and the owner of the automobile are two separate people and each has their own insurance policy.  There are also occasions in which a party has an umbrella insurance policy, or excess policy, that pays a settlement above and beyound the regular insurance policy limits.  You may also have underinsured motorist coverage on your own vehicle which could increase the total amount of your settlement.

Our attorneys will fully investigate all potential insurance policies to make sure that you receive the highest possible settlement.  Many insurance company adjusters will not disclose these additional policies directly to you and try to settle your case for a minimal amount.  Our lawyers will determine all possible sources of insurance to guarantee that you will receive the maximum possible settlement amount.

Injuries & Damages

Your settlement will ultimately be determined based upon the type and nature of your injury.  Insurance companies pay settlements to accident victims with the most serious injuries.  Under Michigan law, the injured person is entitled to compensation for a number of things, including:

  • Pain & Suffering (at the time of the accident and going into the future)
  • Fright & Shock
  • Psychological Injuries (like PTSD &  depression)
  • Scars & Permanent Disfigurements
  • Disability from Work & Activities
  • Loss of Income & Wages (past, present, & future)
  • Bystander Claims (witnessing a family member injured in an accident)
  • Death (filing a Wrongful Death Lawsuit)

Other Settlement Factors

Other settlement amount factors include the location of the accident. Many counties in Michigan are notorious for giving high jury awards while others are known for giving low jury awards.  The courthouse where your case is filed does often impact the amount of the settlement that you receive because the attorneys for both sides understand the size of awards in different parts of the State of Michigan. Insurance companies also pay close attention to the location of the lawsuit.

What are Examples of Michigan Car Accident Settlement Amounts?

Our Michigan car accident lawyers have won top settlements and jury verdicts for our clients.  Below are examples of auto injury cases handled by our law firm.

  • $1,800,000 Settlement for a Lansing area woman who suffered a brain injury in an accident on I-96.
  • $1,375,000 Settlement for a woman who suffered spinal cord injury in a Detroit car accident that caused paralysis.
  • $1,000,000 Judgment against a negligent driver for hitting a bicyclist in a Detroit suburb.
  • $  900,000  Settlement in an Eaton County, Michigan wrongful death settlement
  • $  950,000  Settlement in St. Clair County for a woman who suffered serious injuries in a car accident.
  • $  700,000  Settlement for an I-94 auto accident near Ann Arbor
  • $  525,000  Settlement for a Detroit man who suffered a fractured pelvis from in a highway shoulder accident.

Other Settlements for Auto Accidents in Michigan

  • $15,000,000 auto negligence settlement. A passenger of slow-moving farm equipment was injured when another motor vehicle rear-ended it. The passenger became a quadriplegic and suffered spinal cord injuries, closed-head injuries, and seizures.
  • $7,000,000 fatal car accident settlement. A passenger was killed in an Oakland County car accident due to the negligence of the at-fault driver.
  • $6,872,931 jury verdict. A passenger was injured in a Dearborn car accident when it was rear ended by another vehicle.  The passenger suffered post-concussive syndrome, rotator cuff tears, and a cervical disc herniation which required surgery.
  • $5,000,000 auto negligence settlement.  A passenger was injured in an Interstate 475 collision when a semi-truck drove through the median and struck the passenger head-on. The passenger suffered from major orthopedic, brain, and internal injuries.
  • $2,325,000 auto crash jury verdict. Two passengers were injured in a car accident when a propane trailer struck their vehicle. The passengers suffered from traumatic brain injury, foot fractures, and pelvic fractures requiring a hip replacement.
  • $1,750,000 settlement in an auto accident lawsuit. A passenger was injured when the driver of a pickup truck ran a stop sign and turned left into oncoming traffic. The passenger suffered from a fractured spine and ribs.
  • $1,500,000 third-party Macomb County auto accident settlementThe passenger suffered extensive injuries and long-term disability.
  • $1,000,000 auto injuury settlement. A truck driver was injured in a T-bone auto accident by another driver and suffered permanently disabling injuries, including a disc herniation which required surgery.

Who are the Top Rated Michigan Auto Accident Lawyers?

Best Michigan Car Accident LawyersOur legal team includes the most successful car accident attorneys in Michigan. Buckfire & Buckfire, P.C. and our lawyers have won the top awards in the legal profession, including:

  • U.S. News & World Report Best Law Firms
  • "Best Michigan Personal Injury Attorney" by American Lawyer Academy
  • Named Top 100 Trial Lawyers in Michigan
  • Honored as "Super Lawyers"
  • Top Martindale-Hubbell Rating (AV) for Skill & Integrity
  • Member of Million Dollar Advocates Forum

Michigan Car Accident Lawyer Review

Mi-k'el Schimman
randall blau birth injury attorney"I was seriously injured in an auto accident as the passenger of a car being driven by a friend. I did not understand the no-fault laws and was looking for a law firm to help me. I chose Buckfire & Buckfire after researching law firms on the internet. My attorney was Robert Lantzy and he kept in constant communication with me. The firm helped me get all of my no-fault benefits paid and won a great settlement for me. I would highly recommend the law firm to anyone in need of a great Michigan personal injury law firm."
Written by: Mi-k'el Schimman
About Buckfire & Buckfire, P.C.
Date published: 5/9/2016
5/5 stars    

Our No Fee Promise on Michigan Auto Accident Cases

Don't worry about the money you might need to hire a lawyer.  You can afford to have the best car accident law firm on your side without paying a penny out of your pocket. It  literally costs nothing to get started and if your auto accident case is unsuccessful for any reason, you owe us nothing. We promise you in writing:

  • No money to hire us or get started on your case
  • We pay all case costs and expenses from start to finish
  • You pay no legal fees whatsoever unless you receive a settlement
  • Phone calls to our office are always free, forever.

Start Your Michigan Car Accident Claim

There are three ways to get started on your car accident case today to get the settlement you deserve. You can:

  1. Submit the Free Case Review Box on this page. An auto accident attorney will contact you shortly.
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  3. Call (888) 797-8787 any time of day to speak with an injury lawyer about your case.

Warning: There are strict time deadlines for filing Michigan car accident lawsuits. Call us today to learn more about the Michigan auto accident laws.

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