Accidents involving semi-tractor trailer trucks and other commercial vehicles happen with disturbing frequency in Macomb County, including in Warren, Sterling Heights, Shelby, Clinton and Macomb. And it hardly requires truck accident lawyers to describe the catastrophic nature of damage and injuries that can result when smaller vehicles are involved in such mishaps.
But the counsel of an attorney is absolutely required soon after a serious accident because damage to health, life, and property can have a profound impact on individuals and families. If you are seriously injured in an accident involving a truck, contact a lawyer at the Law Offices of Boyer Dawson & St. Pierre today.
The importance of skilled legal counsel
Legal counsel is important for victims because the financial loss from injuries or death can run into millions of dollars. But the nature of traffic laws in Michigan also forces all parties involved to argue before the court — on several points that can affect the outcome. Here is a list of some of those points:
- Uninsured motorist. If you were the registered owner of the car you were driving but lacked insurance, state law bars you from suing the at-fault driver.
- Car driver is at fault. In many accidents, the court determines a percent of blame where it appears two or more drivers share fault. If the operator of the car is found to be more than 50 percent responsible, that motorist cannot make a claim against the other drivers in the accident.
- Truck driver was intoxicated. If it can be proven that a liquor store, a bar, or another business illegally sold alcohol to a truck driver (particularly if he or she were visibly intoxicated), an injured motorist or other victim of the accident can bring a lawsuit against those businesses (in addition to the driver and his or her company).
- Assert the claim in 180 days. The rule (called a Dram shop Claim) on excessive alcohol service by a third party also requires that the victims bring the lawsuit forward against liquor providers within six months of retaining legal counsel.
Particularly with regard to percent-of-fault in an accident, a solid case requires forensics experts that can illustrate how the accident occurred. A strong team of lawyers representing the trucking company must be balanced out by equally experienced and skilled lawyers for the plaintiff.
Select the most experienced truck accident attorney in Sterling Heights and Macomb County
As with all personal injury cases, the plaintiff pays nothing for legal representation until the case is favorably concluded with an award settlement (i.e., on a contingency basis). That is why you can expect the attorneys at the Law Offices of Boyer Dawson & St. Pierre to scrutinize your case closely to determine if it has merit.
For more information on truck accidents and other types of personal injury claims, contact the Law Offices of Boyer Dawson & St. Pierre, 43805 Van Dyke Ave, Sterling Heights, MI 48314. Phone: 888-559-4705, Fax: 586-731-6370, by e-mail: [email protected] or contact us online.