Our auto accident attorneys at Buckfire & Buckfire, P.C. came across a recent report issued by Michigan Traffic Crash Facts that death from Michigan car accidents have decreased by 5 percent since last year.
According to the Michigan State Police, the decrease in the number of deaths is the result of a decline in the number of accidents. These types of accidents include:
- Alcohol related auto accidents – Decrease from 283 in 2010 to 274 in 2011.
- Drug involvement accidents – Decrease from 153 in 2010 to 127 in 2011.
- Cell Phone related car accidents – Decrease from 881 in 2010 to 821 in 2011.
- Commercial motor vehicles accidents – Decrease from 95 in 2010 to 73 in 2011.
- Motorcycle accidents – Decrease from 125 in 2010 to 109 in 2011.
- Pedestrian Accidents – Decrease from 131 in 2010 to 140 in 2011.
- Bicycle Accidents - Decrease from 29 in 2010 to 24 in 2011.
- Deer-related accidents – Decrease from 55,867 in 2010 to 53,592 in 2011.
In addition, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), in 2010, 32,885 people died in motor vehicle traffic crashes in the United States, which was the lowest number of fatalities since 1949.
In Michigan alone, traffic deaths decreased from 937 in 2010 to 889 in 2011. This may not seem like a vast difference; however any decrease in this number is good news and very important.
Our car accident attorneys at Buckfire & Buckfire, P.C. always recommend drivers to take every safety precaution necessary before getting behind the wheel. To help further eliminate traffic deaths our car accident lawyers suggest tips such as always wear a seat belt, always designate a driver on a night out, make sure that your vehicle is properly maintained, take a driver safety class, and be cautious of allowing distractions while operating a vehicle.
Death From Michigan Car Accident Claims
Family members who have lost a loved one due to a car accident in Michigan do have legal rights. If a family member died from an auto accident in Michigan, the family members can make a claim against the driver an downer of the car that caused the death. This is called a wrongful death lawsuit. The lawsuit can be brought by the personal representative of the estate, usually a family member. Even if the other driver or owner of the car did not have insurance, an Uninsured Motorist Claim can be filed if this coverage exists.
Family members of the decedent can sue for the loss of companionship, loss of services, loss of income, and other losses. Typically, the settlement is shared by members of the family and the amount of each share is either agreed upon by the family members or decided by the judge
No Fee Promise For Death From Michigan Car Accident Cases
Our car accident attorneys will represent you and your family members under our NO FEE PROMISE. This means that you will not be charged any legal fees whatsoever unless we obtain a settlement or recovery for you. You have absolutely no obligation for legal fees unless we win your case. If we do not obtain a settlement for you, you owe us nothing!
Contact Your Michigan Car Accident Attorney
Individuals who have lost a loved one due to a Michigan auto accident should contact the attorneys at Buckfire & Buckfire, P.C. Our office will start working on your case immediately and begin gathering the witness statements and evidence to prove and win your case.
Call our office now at (800) 606-1717 to discuss your Michigan wrongful death claim or fill out the Get Help Now box to the right and “Click to Send.” A top-rated experienced car accident attorney will be in contact with you shortly.