Detroit Car Accident Attorney
If you have been injured as a result of a car crash in Detroit, the advice and representation of a car accident attorney from Haque Legal will help you navigate the array of legal issues that will likely surface. Haque Legal is a law firm recognized for recovering millions of dollars for victims of automobile accidents by our personal injury lawyers since Haque Legal is proudly a Plaintiff law firm that focuses solely on personal injury law.
Why We Focus On Personal Injury
Many attorneys represent auto accident injury victims while handling multiple additional areas of practice, including criminal defense and family law. It is challenging for an attorney to manage different areas of practice, stay up to date on the most recent changes in each discipline, all while developing a strong level of competence in representing auto accident victims. It is our earnest belief that by focusing only on the area of personal injury law, we can avoid being a “jack of all trades and master of none.” We are proud of the reputation we have earned as aggressive advocates for the injured throughout the Detroit area.
Every case is different, with its own set of underlying circumstances and its own set of challenges afterward. No responsible car accident attorney can guarantee you a specific payout for your particular incident. An experienced car crash lawyer can, however, help to advocate for you and attempt to see that you receive the compensation to which the law entitles you.
Why You Need A Car Accident Lawyer From Haque Legal
Not sure if you even need an auto accident attorney? We have seen first-hand the devastating consequences an automobile accident can have on innocent victims and their families. Just a few of the issues that arise after a car accident include:
Medical bills. Your first concern after being involved in an auto accident, of course, is your health. But while you focus on getting better, the medical bills can start piling up—ambulance rides, emergency room visits, individual doctor bills, and more. The full extent of the damage may not initially be clear, from internal bleeding to potential chronic pain resulting from a lingering injury that could necessitate follow-up tests, visits, and medications. That’s why it’s so important to see a doctor immediately after the accident, even though this can be costly.
Car repairs. If you were in a car accident chances are that your car was damaged as well. You’ll need someone to restore it to proper working order once you can drive again.
Lost wages. If the extent of your injuries is severe, you may not return to work immediately, or return to your full workload, or in some cases, permanent disability may prevent you from working in any profession. You may be entitled to compensation for some portion of that lost revenue, but a layperson may find the laws surrounding disability and insurance challenging to navigate.
Michigan’s no-fault insurance system. In America, insurance laws vary from state to state. Michigan is one of several states operating under a no-fault car insurance system, in which drivers carry insurance to cover the cost of an accident for themselves rather than turn to the driver responsible for the wreck. That does not mean, however, that you cannot necessarily seek further damages once you have reached the caps on your insurance payouts.
Personal injury protection (PIP). This is a type of no-fault insurance coverage that helps pay the medical costs and even lost wages of a driver injured in an accident. PIP insurance may not cover damages if the injured driver isn’t treated within 14 days of the crash. There can also be limits on PIP insurance payouts, although this does not necessarily mean you can’t potentially seek additional compensation. This is why it is so vital that, following your accident, you should find medical care immediately and contact a Detroit car accident lawyer as soon as possible.
Our attorneys have significant experience in handling automobile accidents and medical injury claims, along with recovering compensation for Detroit injury victims.
Haque Legal’s Approach to Auto Accidents
We are a law firm committed to obtaining the maximum recovery possible for our clients. Our goal is to maximize the damages in your case to ensure you recover proper compensation for your physical injuries, loss of income, inability to perform specific duties while injured, out-of-pocket expenses, and potentially permanent issues. We understand we must illustrate your injuries and present a clear picture to the insurance carrier as to how this car wreck has impacted your quality of life.
Once our car accident attorneys commence representation, we will thoroughly investigate the claim. If possible or appropriate, we may:
- Interview all available witnesses. Time is always a factor with witnesses. Memories fade, and people move around or out of state, making wrangling them and getting their statements a top priority.
- Obtain photographs of the scene if liability is at issue, via our investigators. The increased prevalence of hidden security cameras at nearby businesses may also provide relevant footage of the crash.
- Obtain photographs depicting the property damage involved in all vehicles. Photographic evidence helps preserve the exact state of a car’s damage immediately afterward, as well as help confirm the nature of the crash itself.
- Perform a background check on the defendant, including their criminal history. Incidents in the other driver’s legal past, including potential suspensions or revocations of their license, may have a bearing on your case.
What You Can Do For Your Car Accident Lawyer
Obtain all medical records before and after the accident. Some drivers may rely on medicines or have underlying medical conditions that impair their ability to be behind the wheel, which could serve as evidence that they failed to comply with what is legally known as their “duty to care” when operating a motor vehicle.
Retain competent experts to assist us in presenting our case if the claim proceeds to litigation. An experienced car accident lawyer will have access to a bevy of outside experts who can help explain the complicated causes and complications of an auto accident.
Procure and review cell phone records if we have reason to suspect the at-fault party was using their phone at the time of the car wreck. Distracted driving is an increasingly common cause of auto accidents. A history of the driver’s phone activity just before the accident can be used to prove negligence and is accessible for those with the technical know-how.
Potential Damages To Recieve
Haque Legal Approach to Auto Accidents has a history of positive case results. Again, no two cases are exactly alike—even one truck accident resulting in a shoulder injury may be different from the next—but in the past, we have helped clients achieve significant damages, including:
- $1 million for a father killed in a motorcycle accident
- $200,000 settlement for a hit-and-run accident causing a spinal injury resulting in spinal fusion surgery.
- $85,000 settlement from a negligent teenager driving through a stop sign and causing severe and permanent shoulder and knee injuries.
Personal injury is one of the most challenging areas to practice in with a high level of competence. We often take over cases from other law firms who have failed to locate all available insurance policies, lines of coverage, contact all possible witnesses, investigate the accident, or take time to speak with each treating physician to obtain a thorough understanding of our client’s injuries and future course of medical treatment.
Do I Need A Lawyer?
Not sure if you even need an auto accident attorney? Keep in mind that, in any auto accident litigation, you’ll deal with an insurance company that employs a team of lawyers and adjusters whose primary job is to minimize payouts and maximize profits for the company. This is what they do all day. When in doubt, contact an experienced Detroit auto wreck attorney who will give you an initial consultation at no cost.
What Can A Lawyer Do For Me?
Experienced motor vehicle attorneys are your representation. Their purpose is to maximize the damages to which you are legally entitled. In a no-fault state like Michigan, you turn first to your own insurance company for compensation, but that doesn’t mean your insurance company is on your side. They are not in the business of maximizing payouts, but minimizing them, and their professional insurance adjusters are trained in techniques to help them achieve this. Do not speak with an insurance adjuster on your own, even if it’s a seemingly friendly conversation. Also making small talk can be hazardous; if they ask how you’re feeling and you say, “I’m feeling fine,” that can be admissible in court. It’s best to let your car accident lawyer deal with the insurance company.
Should I Accept A Settlement?
It’s possible, early on, that an insurance company may offer you a settlement for your Detroit traffic accident. This may seem like a good thing at first—money in hand, with no hassle!—but in fact, it could be a trap. Insurance companies seek to minimize their payouts and thus any initial settlement is potentially significantly lower than the amount to which you are entitled. Further, a settlement generally excludes you from seeking any further damages. By accepting the initial settlement, you are exempting the insurance company from covering longer-term complications, such as chronic pain or a lingering disability, which you may not even be aware of at the time of the settlement.
Common Car Accident Injuries
A wide range of injuries is possible depending on the type and severity of the accident itself—was it a T-bone, a head-on crash, a rear-end collision—but the nature of your injuries might not correspond to the seeming seriousness of the accident itself. Cuts, bruises, and even broken bones may be more readily apparent to the untrained eye. Other common injuries from car wrecks can include a “whiplash” injury to the soft tissue of the neck and back, spinal cord damage or herniated discs, internal bleeding, a head injury, or a traumatic brain injury (TBI). Symptoms of some of these injuries may not immediately appear or may linger and worsen as time goes on. That’s why you must seek medical attention immediately following an accident, and why an experienced car accident lawyer can help you plan for outcomes you may not have immediately foreseen.
How Much Does A Car Accident Lawyer Cost?
Generally, our attorneys, work on a contingency fee, meaning their compensation is a designated portion of whatever damages you receive. There may be some additional court fees and expenses as well, depending on the case. However, a consultation with Haque Legal Approach is free.
How Much Time Do I Have To File A Lawsuit?
Statutes of limitation vary from state to state. A statute of limitation is the maximum amount of time you have to file a given complaint. In Michigan, an accident victim has three years to file a lawsuit against an at-fault person and one year to file a claim against their insurance carrier (for example, if PIP covers you). However, the legal process can be long, and the more time passes, the more difficult it can be to make a successful case. Witness memories may fade, witnesses may move out of state altogether, you may lose some of your records. Start the process with a car accident lawyer as soon as possible to give yourself the best possible outcome.
What Can I Do To Protect My Rights?
Your priority should be to report the accident immediately to the police and obtain a copy of their report when it is made available. Get the names and badge numbers or names of the officers on the scene if you can. If it is safe to do so, take photos or videos of the accident scene, which may use later. Also, it is critical to seek proper medical care, both to make sure that your health is being seen, and to document any injuries. Do not post them online or comment on social media that may hinder your case later. Try to keep your copies of the police report, your medical records, and receipts for any other expenses incurred as a result of the accident altogether. Your Detroit car accident attorney can walk you through all these steps and more.
Contact the Detroit Car Accident Attorneys at Haque Legal
If you were in a car accident, contact the attorneys at Haque Legal. You can easily reach the automobile accident attorneys of Haque Legal at (248) 996-9954, or you can write to us using our online contact page for your free consultation. Our knowledgeable personal injury attorneys can use their years of experience to help you get the compensation you’re entitled to under the law, and we’re ready to talk to you right now.