Our Michigan guardrail lawyers handle cases for clients injured due to a defective highway guardrail or road divider. Guardrails are supposed to protect occupants of motor vehicles from serious injury, but too often they are dangerous and defective and cause serious harm.
In many accidents, the guardrail system is the cause of the catastrophic injury and the vehicle occupant would have suffered only a minimal injury had the guardrail functioned properly.
Which Guardrails are Dangerous and Defective?
One guardrail system, the ET-Plus, manufactured by Trinity Industries, is under investigation because its end terminals are dangerous and defective.
The investigation found that the end terminals of the guardrail have been know to penetrate the outside of the vehicle, instead of causing the vehicle to absorb the impact and peel away the automobile. This has resulted in vehicle occupants being speared by the guardrail, causing serous injuries.
These injuries are often catastrophic and include traumatic brain injury, spinal cord injury, amputations, and even death.
Can I File a Lawsuit for Injuries Caused by a Dangerous Guardrail?
Yes. If your injuries were caused due to a dangerous guardrail, you can file a lawsuit against the company that made, sold, and installed the system.
To win the lawsuit, our experts must prove that the injures suffered in the accident were the result of the defective guardrail itself and would not have occurred if a safe system was in place.
Types of Claims In Guardrail Injury Lawsuits
There are several types of claims for compensation available in a Michigan guardrail injury lawsuit. The injury victim is entitled to No-Fault insurance benefits. These benefits provide for payment of lifetime medical expenses, lost wages, attendant care services, household services and other benefits.
The injured vehicle occupant can also file for compensation for pain and suffering, disfigurement, disability, and loss of enjoyment of life. In addition, claims for excess wage loss and other economic damages can also be requested in the case. These damages often result in substantial settlements.
In the event of a death caused by a guardrail, the surviving family members can file a wrongful death lawsuit. These cases seek settlements for the pain and suffering of the victim from the time of accident until death (even if it is only a matter of seconds), loss of society and companionship from surviving family members, loss of income and support, and other claims allowed under the Michigan Wrongful Death Act.
Notice Requirements in Michigan Guardrail Defect Accident Cases
In Michigan, a person injured due to a defective guardrail has a limited period of time to notify the negligent government agency of the defect. These deadlines range from 60 to 120 days after the accident, depending on the agency and defect alleged.
The failure to provide that notice may cause dismissal of your case. This time deadline does not affect your ability to sue the guardrail manufacturer or the driver that caused the vehicle to strike the guardrail.
Best Michigan Defective Guardrail Accident Lawyers
Our legal team includes the most successful guardrail 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
Michigan Guardrail Injury Lawyer No Fee Promise
Our Michigan guardrail lawyers will represent you in your case 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 Guardrail Accident Attorney
To start your case now, contact the guardrail accident attorneys at our Michigan law firm. We will start working on your case immediately and do everything necessary to win your case. Call now at (888) 797-8787 for your free, no obligation case review.
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