Our Michigan auto accident lawyers represent clients who suffered serious injuries when involved in an car accident with a stalled vehicle in a street, road, or highway. Too often, a stalled car or truck is left in the middle of the roadway, many times without the hazard lights on or hood up, and an unsuspecting driver will crash into the vehicle and suffer serious injuries. Passengers in that same vehicle may also be seriously injured.
The Michigan Vehicle Code Act, 257.618a discusses the steps a driver must take to remove a stalled car from the main traveled portion of roadway after being involved in a Michigan auto accident and civil infractions that could result if a car is not removed.
257.618a, Sec. 618a.
(1) Unless the operator of a motor vehicle involved in an accident knows or reasonably should know that serious impairment of a bodily function or death has resulted from the accident, the operator or any other occupant of the motor vehicle who possesses a valid driver license shall remove the motor vehicle from the main traveled portion of the roadway into a safe refuge on the shoulder, emergency lane, or median or to a place otherwise removed from the roadway if both of the following apply:
(a) Moving the motor vehicle may be done safely.
(b) The motor vehicle is capable of being normally and safely operated and can be operated under its own power in its customary manner without further damage or hazard to the traffic elements or to the roadway.
(2) The operator or any other person who removes a motor vehicle from the main traveled portion of the roadway as provided in this section before the arrival of a police officer is not prima facie at fault regarding the cause of the traffic accident solely by reason of moving the motor vehicle as provided in this section.
(3) The decision of the operator or any other person to remove or not to remove a motor vehicle from the main traveled portion of the roadway as provided in this section is not admissible in a civil action as evidence that a serious impairment of bodily function has or has not resulted from the accident.
(4) A person who violates this section is responsible for a civil infraction.
If you or someone you know has been involved in a Michigan car accident with a stalled vehicle, you do have legal rights and should pursue them immediately after the accident. When choosing your law firm for your Michigan car accident case, you need to choose the right attorney so that you may receive a fair settlement. Your car accident lawyer can also help you receive all of your Michigan No-Fault Insurance benefits, including medical expenses, lost wages, attendant care services, and other benefits.
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Our car accident lawyers will represent you in your stalled car accident 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 Car Accident Lawyer
Individuals injured in a Michigan auto accident with a stalled vehicle should contact the lawyers 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.