If you have been seriously injured by a speeding driver in Michigan, Miller & Tischler, P.C. is well-prepared to protect your right to just compensation under the law. Our team of no-fault car accident attorneys is efficient and compassionate. We provide powerful legal representation in and out of the courtroom to clients throughout Michigan and have an impressive record of successful outcomes. Moreover, we charge you no attorneys’ fees until we win your case.
How prevalent are speeding accidents?
According to the NHTSA (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration), speeding plays a major role in car accidents. Speeding has been a factor in approximately one-third of all motor vehicle fatalities for the past 20 years. Not only does speeding often cause accidents, but faster speeds of travel typically exacerbate property damage and injuries. It should be noted that the law requires driving speed to be altered to accommodate road conditions. So, all drivers should be traveling more slowly in areas:
- Under construction or badly congested
- Undergoing bad weather conditions (fog, smog, sleet, snow, heavy wind or rain)
- With sun glare
- With poorly maintained roads (e.g. potholed or covered with debris)
- Adjacent to pedestrians or animals
Drivers who obey the posted speed limit but who fail to reduce their speed to accommodate road conditions are legally considered to be speeding.
Services Miller & Tischler’s Talented Attorneys Provide to Victims of a Speeding Accident
We have in-depth knowledge about Michigan’s no-fault laws. We will help you seek benefits under your insurance policy (or other applicable policy). If you have sustained a “threshold injury,” we can pursue a third-party claim against the at-fault driver. In either case, having our assistance can make a big difference when it comes to obtaining a substantial settlement.
In our state, unless your injury reaches one of three thresholds, you are not eligible to receive compensation for pain and suffering.Threshold injuries in Michigan include “death, serious impairment of body function, or permanent serious disfigurement.” Determining whether your injury meets one of these thresholds can be complex. Our car accident attorneys are well-equipped to be persuasive in or out of the courtroom in order to win you every dollar you deserve.
On your behalf, we will:
- Communicate directly with opposing attorneys and insurance adjusters
- Investigate the site of the accident
- Examine police and medical records
- Investigate the defendant’s prior history of any similar negligence or misconduct
- Interview witnesses
- Consult with experts in related fields
We have superior negotiation skills that will often result in a just settlement out of court, and extensive trial experience if litigation becomes necessary.
Why Speeding Is So Dangerous
Here’s why speeding increases both the risk of having an accident and the risk of having an accident with serious injuries:
- Speeding decreases a driver’s reaction time
- Speeding causes greater potential of loss of vehicle control
- Speeding reduces the effectiveness of protective equipment, like seat belts
- Speeding increases stopping distance and so makes collision more likely
- Speeding leads to greater impact and more severe injuries if there is an accident
Even a minor misperception or miscalculation can cause a catastrophic accident if one of the drivers is traveling at a high rate of speed.
Reasons the Driver Who Caused Your Accident May Give for Speeding
The following excuses for speeding are common:
- Running late for work, school, an appointment, sporting event, etc.
- Exhilaration of moving rapidly (most often mentioned by young, male drivers)
- Inexperience or unfamiliarity with the area (not aware of local speed limits, not understanding the dangers of high speed)
- Inattention (driving “on automatic” without paying attention to speed or road conditions)
- Driving under the influence (using poor judgment, like driving quickly for fear of a DUI arrest, or failing to pay attention to the fact that there is a blizzard)
- Traffic congestion that, ironically, can frustrate drivers who then race to make up time
- Anonymity Some drivers feel free to let loose among strangers on the open road
- Disregard for the law, more common in modern society — a certain percentage of drivers view traffic laws as “suggestions” rather than mandates
No matter what reason or excuse the speeding driver uses for causing you harm, it does not justify his/her actions. The accomplished car accident attorneys at Miller & Tischler will see to it that the speeding driver is held accountable for your injury.
Injuries the Speeding Driver May Have Caused
Speeding accidents result in a great variety of temporarily or permanently disabling injuries, including:
- Traumatic brain injury
- Broken bones
- Spinal cord injuries
- Soft tissue damage
- Internal bleeding
- Loss of vision or hearing
At Miller & Tischler, we realize that even injuries that permit full recovery may alter the course of your life (and the lives of your loved ones) for a significant period of time. Whether you have to wear a cast, undergo surgery, or have become permanently disabled as a result of the speeding accident in which you were involved, we will work hard and long to get you the financial support you need.
Damages We Will Fight to Win for You and Your Family
We will use our best efforts to help you receive the no-fault benefits (also known as economic damages) you need from the responsible insurance company including:
- Medical, rehabilitative, and pharmaceutical expenses
- Personal attendant care
- Household replacement services
- Work loss
- Long-term care
- Modifications to make your home accessible
Or, if your injury qualifies as a “threshold injury,” we will pursue non-economic damages for your pain and suffering. You may also be entitled to seek excess economic damages. If the speeding driver behaved in an especially heinous manner, exemplary damages may also be available in your third-party lawsuit.
Are you a victim of a speeding accident in Michigan? Contact Miller & Tischler Today!
If you are seeking both professionalism and individualized concern in the same law firm, call on Miller & Tischler, P.C. We have experience in speeding accident injuries and are eager to help you navigate Michigan’s complex personal injury laws.