Uninsured Motorist Lawsuit Filed by Ann Arbor Car Accident Lawyer

Our Ann Arbor car accident lawyers recently filed an uninsured motorist lawsuit on behalf of our client who was rear ended while driving on Heweitt Road and Michigan Ave. in Ypsilanti, Michigan. he uninsured motorist lawsuit seeks damages for the pain and suffering, disability, and other personal injury damages caused by the accident. The case was filed in the Washtenaw County Circuit Court in Ann Arbor, Michigan and seeks damages for the pain and suffering, disability, and other personal injury damages caused by the accident.

The impact of the collision was strong as the other driver rear ended our clients vehicle at a very high rate of speed and was given a ticket by the police for driving negligently and not keeping an assured clear distance between the two vehicles. In fact, under Michigan statute, MCL 257.627, all  forbids drivers from driving “at a speed greater than that which will permit a stop within the assured, clear distance ahead.” Therefore, victims who are injured in a Michigan rear ending accident often times have a great case against the negligent driver or driver at fault.

The at fault driver did not have a car insurance policy at the time of the accident. Fortunately, our client had purchased uninsured motorists coverage from his own insurance company, Allstate Insurance Company. This provides him with coverage in the event that he was injured in an auto accident by an uninsured driver. The lawsuit seeks payment of those benefits from the insurance company.

Our client suffered serious injuries in the rear end auto accident, including a thoracic spine fracture with spinal cord compression, a low back injury, and a neck injury. His treating neurosurgeon has recommended a surgery. However, he is proceeding with conservative treatment including spinal injections to try to avoid the need for surgery. No trial date has been set by the court.

Victims injured in rear end accidents do have legal rights and often times, under Michigan law, have a great case against the at fault driver.  To learn more about your legal rights after an Ann Arbor car accident, call our top rated personal injury accident law firm now at (800) 606-1717.  Our top rated Buckfire & Buckfire, P.C. lawyers will represent you under our No Fee Promise, which means no legal fees or costs until we win or settle your



Victims of Drunk Driver Seriously Injured In Head-On Canton Michigan Car Accident

Michigan Drunk Driver Car Accident AttorneysOur Michigan car accident injury Buckfire attorneys are reporting a fatal head-on accident on Sunday, July 15th in the early am hours in Canton.  According to police, a 26-year-old woman was driving the wrong way on Michigan Avenue and crashed into another vehicle head-on.  The woman driver was turning left from southbound Lilley and drove the wrong way along westbound Michigan Avenue. She was the only passenger in her vehicle, however the car she struck held both a driver and a passenger, 39-year-old Ypsilanti man and his wife.

Both drivers suffer serous injuries in the Michigan drunk driver accident and were taken to the University of Michigan Hospital in Ann Arbor. The passenger in the vehicle that was struck head-on also suffered injuries and was taken to St. Joseph Mercy Hospital and then transferred to the University of Michigan Hospital.

Alcohol appears to be the factor in the accident. The 26-year-old driver is suspected of driving drunk. Police reports show that both drivers were driving within the legal speed limit along Michigan Avenue – 50-55 mph.

I am very sorry to hear about this accident. I hope all victims of the car accident have a fast recovery without any permanent damages.

Wrong way drivers cause about 3% of all crashes, however when these type of accidents occur they can be fatal and tragic. Wrong way car accidents are usually more severe, often involving several cars and more impact damage. According to the Texas Transportation Institute, 75% of all wrong way crashes are caused by drunk drivers, and half peak around 2 a.m., just as this particular accident. (more…)

Michigan State Police Say Speed Not A Factor Of Car Accidents: Ypsilanti To Raise Speed Limits

Speed limits are determined through speed studies that analyze data using the “85th percentile speed.” The “85th percentile speed” is the speed at or below 85 percent of vehicles that are traveling. Though these studies, the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) and the Michigan State Police are able to set speed limits for our Michigan highways and roads.

A study recently done by the MDOT will raise the speed limits in some of Ypsilanti’s busiest intersections and areas. Ypsilanti is near the City of Ann Arbor, Michigan. The recent study was presented by Michigan State Police Lt. Thad Peterson to the Ypsilanti City Council, to increase speed limits as much as up to 10 miles per hour.  This increase in speed limits will not include areas that have high pedestrian populations, such as Cross Street and areas near Eastern Michigan University’s campus.

According to Peterson, results from the study are concluded by examing a road’s accident history, the number of lanes, the number of curves and how many hills it has, as well as roadside environment, which includes access points, the number of cars, the number of crosswalks, stop signs, and more. Peterson also says that most car accidents and those injured in are due to reckless driving, distraction, or drinking and driving, not excessive speeding.

For those that believe raising the speed limits will cause more car accidents in Michigan, Peterson says, “Contrary to popular belief, increasing speed limits has quite the opposite effect. Everyone thinks if you increase the speed limit drivers go faster and it tends not to happen that way. There is a very small percentage of people that actually speed up.”

By setting the speed limit in Ypsilanti, Michigan near the 85th percentile speed, it brings drivers to a normal range of speed, reducing speed diffentials, tailgaiting, and less car accidents.

Not everyone is on board for these changes however. Ypsilanti councilmember Michael Bodary is highly agains the idea claiming that the proposed changes include roads where there is significant amount of lane changing and by increasing the speed on those streets would also cause more car accidents and potentially more fatalities.

To learn more about the speed limit increase in Ypsilanti, Michigan, visit http://www.annarbor.com/news/ypsilanti/michigan-state-police-and-mdot-proposes-more-speed-limit-increases-in-ypsilanti/



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