For some motorists, driving can feel like a chore, but this is better than treating it as a time to multi-task. All motorists, whether they are operating a small passenger vehicle, motorcycle, tractor-trailer truck, or bus, have the important responsibility of following all traffic laws and driving in a safe manner. Automobile negligence in Michigan occurs far too often, causing motor vehicle collisions that result in catastrophic injuries and death. Negligent drivers can be held civilly and even criminally responsible for a car accident that results in injury and/or death.
Types of Automobile Negligence
Automobile negligence ranges from texting while driving, talking on a cell phone while driving, driving while under the influence of alcohol or drugs, speeding, failing to check blind spots before changing lanes, and everything from changing the radio to fiddling with a global positioning system (GPS). According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), more than 800,000 motor vehicles are being driven by an individual who is using a hand-held cell phone.
Any action that takes a driver’s attention away from the road can be considered a distraction and constitute negligence. The main types of distraction that cause automobile negligence include any non-driving activity an individual participates in while operating a motor vehicle that is visual, manual, or cognitive.
Car Accident Injuries
Car accidents in Michigan can result in serious injuries, such as:
- broken bones,
- burn injury,
- spinal cord injury,
- traumatic brain injury, and
Considering that these injuries are only some of many life-altering injuries that vehicle occupants, pedestrians, and bicyclists can suffer in a Michigan automobile accident, acts of negligence are much more dangerous than most people realize. In a lot of instances, automobile negligence stems from the structure and demands of our fast-paced society. Some car crashes are associated with a driver being distracted by children or pets in the car, fatigue, and even stress. And it isn’t always driver error or distracted driving that is responsible for automobile negligence, vehicle defects can also cause a driver to lose control of the vehicle and crash or limit the crashworthiness of the vehicle in the event of a collision.
Holding Negligent Individuals Legally Responsible
No matter what causes an auto accident, the aftermath often involves significant financial, emotional, and physical challenges for an individual to overcome. Although no-fault auto insurance and other policies provide recovery for car accident victims, these benefits may not be substantial enough to cover all expenses associated with a person’s injuries. Depending on the circumstance of the vehicle collision, an injury victim may be entitled to additional compensation from the insurance company, an auto manufacturer, or a driver who is determined to have caused the accident.
At Lipton Law, our Michigan automobile negligence attorneys are dedicated to helping people injured and family members of those killed in auto accidents caused by another person’s reckless behavior. We understand how difficult it is to not only recover psychologically and physically from a car crash, but also to keep all of the bills and expenses in line. Contact our Southfield personal injury law firm today at 800-CAR-CRASH for more information about how we can help.