BY: Lisa Esser-Weidenfeller | IN: Personal Injury
Motor vehicle accidents are consistently one of the top ten causes of death both in Michigan and across the United States. According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety Highway Loss Data Institute, of the 3,602 people who died in large truck accidents in Michigan in 2013, (the most recent year for which statistics are available at this time) 67 percent of those victims were drivers and passengers of other, usually smaller vehicles.
When you’re in a car accident with another vehicle on the road in Michigan, you probably already know to take down the other driver’s information including his or her insurance information. In addition to working with your own insurance company, you’ll work with the other driver’s insurance company or the other vehicle’s owner to cover costs related to the accident.
However, when you’re in an accident involving a truck, it can be difficult to determine whom you will have to deal with in the first place. There are several legal theories in Michigan that can help you and your attorney decide who is most likely to be held legally responsible and how to move forward with any claim.
So Who’s Responsible?
Unfortunately, several parties have the potential to be held legally responsible for damages, injuries, and fatalities caused by a truck accident in Michigan:
Your goal is to obtain financial compensation for losses and damages that the accident caused for you. While any of these parties may be responsible for a number of reasons, you and your lawyer will need to assess which party is most likely to be held responsible under the applicable laws.
Theories of Liability
There are several theories of liability that might apply when determining who is responsible for injuries caused in a trucking accident in Michigan.
The various possibilities for determining the responsible party will be different in every situation. Your best option is to discuss your case with a qualified and experienced personal injury lawyer. For a free consultation to discuss your situation and your right to recovery, please contact the attorneys in Sommers Schwartz Personal Injury Litigation Group today – we’re here to help!
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Lisa Esser-Weidenfeller focuses her practice on medical malpractice, automobile negligence, and general negligence litigation on behalf injured plaintiffs.