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Kent County personal injury lawyerPaying for vehicle repair costs and medical needs are usually some of the last things on a person's mind after an auto accident. The moments after a collision are chaotic. An injured person may give little thought to the financial consequences of the crash as he or she is being transported to the hospital. However, as the initial shock of the accident wears off, questions about how to pay for the repairs and medical bills may begin to arise. The question of financial responsibility is especially pressing if the at-fault driver is uninsured or underinsured.

Reimbursement for Accident-Related Costs When the At-Fault Party is Uninsured

Michigan law mandates auto insurance. Unfortunately, some people drive without auto insurance or, more commonly, without enough auto insurance. If you were hit by a drunk driver, distracted driver, or someone who was driving negligently and you find out they do not have insurance, you may understandably worry. 

Fortunately, there may still be a way to recover compensation after an accident with an uninsured driver. Many people have uninsured and underinsured motorist coverage. This coverage is designed for exactly this type of situation. If you were hit by an uninsured driver, you may be able to file a claim with your own insurance company to get compensation. A personal injury attorney can advocate for you and communicate with the insurance company on your behalf during this process. 

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Grand Rapids, MI truck accident lawyerFollowing commercial truck accidents in Michigan, many people are aware that accident reconstruction experts could be used by either side in a dispute over possible financial compensation. So-called accident reconstructionists are considered experts because they have advanced understandings of various elements relating to crashes, so they can usually offer detailed analysis of what the cause of an accident actually was.

The state of Michigan actually has its own Traffic Crash Reconstruction that is part of the Michigan State Police (MSP) and has a primary purpose of determining as accurately as possible how a collision occurred using the physical facts and evidence available at crash scenes. There are numerous areas of a crash scene that will be inspected by experts in these cases.

Accident Reconstruction Concerns

When experts are reconstructing accident scenes, they usually evaluate the following kinds of information:

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Grand Rapids, MI car accident lawyerMLive Media Group recently reported that a list of the top 10 most dangerous intersections in Kent County based on police car accident report data showed that United States Route 131 and Wealthy Street in Grand Rapids remained the most dangerous intersection for the sixth year in a row. The report stated that 31 percent of all fatal motor vehicle accidents occurred at intersections.

Grand Rapids itself actually had seven of the top 10 crash locations on the list. A few days before that story was published, a 42-year-old woman was facing two second-degree murder charges after running over five Make-A-Wish bicyclists while under the influence of prescription drugs.

Common Causes of Multiple-Vehicle Accidents

The full top 10 list included:

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Kent County personal injury lawyerFrom Brewery Vivant to City Built Brewing Company to Greyline Brewing Company to the Mitten Brewing Company to Harmony Brewing Company, there is no shortage of local brewery options in Grand Rapids. While these locations certainly offer adults the opportunity to taste some unique beverages, people who overdo alcohol consumption are at greater risk of causing drunk driving accidents.

It was only a few weeks ago that a 27-year-old man was arraigned on two felony charges after he allegedly struck and then dragged a bicyclist more than a mile-and-a-half while having a breath alcohol concentration (BAC) of 0.21, nearly three times the legal limit. A Remus man who allegedly rear-ended and killed a motorcyclist was sentenced to one year in Isabella County Jail, while earlier this year, a Kentwood woman was sentenced to at least five years in prison following a January 2021 drunk driving crash that killed a young man.

Michigan Dram Shop Liability

One common theory of liability often floated by people who were victims of drunk driving crashes is that people who sold alcohol to the intoxicated individuals should also be liable. While there is certainly some justification for this belief, there are limited situations in which alcoholic vendors might be liable.

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Grand Rapids multi-car crash attorneyFive people reportedly suffered injuries in a three-vehicle accident near Grand Rapids that involved a Chevrolet Impala trying to change lanes, striking another vehicle, and then crossing into the opposite lane and hitting a GMC pickup truck. The car accident injuries reportedly ranged from minor to critical.

Just days after that story, a list of the 20 most dangerous intersections in Michigan in 2021 was released that featured two intersections in Grand Rapids: United States Route 131 (US 131) and Wealthy Street ranked fifth, and Franklin Street Southwest and US 131 ranked 18th. The 134 total car crashes at US 131 and Wealthy Street marked a 17.5 percent increase from the 114 in 2020 and almost a 9 percent increase from the 123 in 2019 with injuries increasing from 18 in 2019 to 23 in 2020 to 26 in 2021.

Common Causes of Multiple-Vehicle Accidents

The bottom line to multiple-vehicle accidents remains that more damage will always be possible in these cases because your own vehicle could be struck by more than one other vehicle, and such collisions increase the possible amounts of damage to cars. One of the most common questions following any multiple-vehicle crash is to wonder why and how an accident happened.

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