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Calculating lost wages in a car accident claim

It is true that accidents do happen, but some accidents can be life impacting. A car accident can leave you with significant physical injuries that can be quite painful and take a long time to heal. These injuries, in turn, often force car accident victims to incur emotional pain and suffering, medical expenses and lost wages. If the accident in question was caused by the negligence of another, then these damages may be recoverable through a personal injury lawsuit. However, before you can recover compensation for your injuries, you have to understand how damages are calculated.

Marijuana may increase risk of motor vehicle accident

Michigan recently legalized the recreational use of marijuana, which is inline with the decriminalization that is occurring across the nation pertaining to marijuana-related offenses. Although the drug is becoming more widely acceptable in society, many have concerns about how marijuana use will affect those who are under its influence when they climb behind the wheel of a motor vehicle. Many Michigan residents are well aware of the dangers of drunk driving, but drugged driving, including driving under the influence of marijuana, can be just as dangerous.

Teen drivers cause many nighttime car accidents

Parents of teenagers know that teaching them to drive can be a scary experience. These young drivers are given the heavy responsibility of operating a motor vehicle in a safe fashion with no experience. Although parents and driver education programs do their part to ensure these motorists are skilled and knowledgeable before being released on to the roadways, the truth of the matter is that it can take a significant amount of time for some of them to develop the experience and skills necessary to be safe drivers.

Truck accidents continue to plague our roadways

Semi-truck accidents remain a problem across America. In fact, data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration shows that in 2017, approximately 450,000 accidents involving big trucks were reported. More than 4,000 of these crashes were fatal in nature, and more than 300,000 of them resulted in injuries. The vast majority of these injuries and deaths are suffered by individuals in other vehicles, as well. This is likely because large trucks can cause significantly more damage to passenger vehicles than passenger vehicles can cause to semi-trucks.

How negligence presents itself in motorcycle accidents

With the weather starting to slowly warm up, more and more Michigan residents will hop on their motorcycles and hit the road. Although riding a motorcycle can be a peaceful and joyful thing to do, it can also be extremely dangerous. This is primarily because other motorists often act negligently around motorcyclists. Sadly, when a motorcycle accident occurs, riders usually suffer extensive harm. This is because these individuals are without the protections that are afforded by passenger vehicles. While compensation may be recoverable through a personal injury lawsuit, in order to succeed in one of these claims, an individual must successfully show that the errant driver's negligence caused the accident in question.

Injured in an accident? Consider if vicarious liability applies

Semi-trucks seem to be a constant presence on most of Michigan's roadways. Even roads that appear to be out of the way can be utilized by these big rigs to avoid traffic delays and cut time off of their trips. Delivery trucks must also visit businesses even in the smallest communities. This isn't an issue when these trucks are safely driven, but when a driver acts negligently while behind the wheel of one of these vehicles, he or she could cause a truck accident that leaves a victim with extensive damages.

Legislators propose bills to curtail distracted driving

There's no doubt that distracted driving continues to pose a threat to Michigan's motorists. Oftentimes, this distraction is perpetrated by cell phone use, including texting. Michigan enacted a law in 2010 that banned texting and driving, but the law has proven difficult to enforce, and the deterrent effect hasn't seemed to curtail distracted driving-related accidents much. In fact, 2017 alone saw more than 5,000 accidents attributable to individuals who were using electronic devices behind the wheel. More than 20 of those wrecks proved fatal, with another 1,500 resulting in injuries.

Michigan firm aggressively standing for car accident victims

Recently, this blog discussed a recent pedestrian accident that left a local woman with serious injuries. Sadly, these types of tragic accidents occur all the time. Victims of these wrecks are often left with significant damages, including physical and emotional pain and suffering, as well as financial losses in the form of lost wages, medical expenses and rehabilitation costs. Such a sudden jolt to one's physical, emotional and financial well-being can leave victims stunned, stressed and utterly overwhelmed.

Pedestrian accident leaves student in critical condition

Walking near Ann Arbor's roads can be devastatingly dangerous. In the blink of an eye, an errant driver can veer onto a sidewalk, or motorists fail to yield to pedestrians when they are legally crossing the street. The results of these instances are nothing short of tragic. Victims of pedestrian accidents can suffer serious injuries that can have life-long consequences. Many of these victims are left with permanent disability or disfigurement, and the emotional trauma imposed upon them is significant. Their financial losses can be severe, too, quickly amassing from medical expenses, rehabilitation costs and even lost wages.

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