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Truck Injury Lawyers

Truck Injury Lawyers

by Bret Schnitzer

If you have been in a terrible accident with a truck in the United States our firm can assist you in recovering damages for your injuries. We are based in Michigan and have handled hundreds of accidents for over 30 years. Did you know that DOT regulates all trucking companies. Often times there are DOT violations that need to be addressed which may have caused the injuries associated with your truck injury case. We know how to sue the trucking industry and hold them accountable for negligence in the ownership or operation of their trucks.

There are stringent regulations as to the number of hours a driver can operate a Tractor Trailer per day. There are regulations regarding inspection of the tractor trailer every time it is operated. These regulations and others can be effectively used to litigate and prove negligence against the truck driver and the owner of the truck or the employer of that truck. Often times trucking companies also use leasebacks to try to avoid liability. We know how to get through the thinly veiled defenses and obtain the justice you deserve. Let our over 25 years of experience litigating with the trucking industry assist you in your claim. We will handle your case from start to finish in all trucking accidents in Michigan. Schnitzerlaw can also work with lawyers in your State outside of Michigan to get you the damages and benefits you deserve. We have worked with co-counsel in many States outside of Michigan, with no additional costs to you. Call us for a free consultation at (313) 389-2234.

“He Was Drunk”, An Intoxicated Person Caused My Accident.

“He Was Drunk”, An Intoxicated Person Caused My Accident

by Bret Schnitzer

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We have sued drunk drivers many times. Drunk Driving causes innocent motorists and their families to suffer devastating injuries and loss. The less known terrible truth about drunk drivers is that often times their insurance companies “admit liability” on the first the day of trial to allow them to prevent the Jury from learning that the defendant was drunk and caused the accident. Think about how unfair it is to allow the insurance company to fight liability for eighteen months of litigation, and then admit liability on the first day of trial and prevent the jury from learning the defendant was drunk. (Eighteen months is the typical time frame from the filing of a lawsuit to a trial).

The insurance company often times fights liability fiercely throughout the entire litigation, and makes the victim and their attorney hire experts and take depositions to meet their burden of proof to establish that the drunk driver was in fact drunk. This can require the attorney to invest considerable time and money deposing everyone and anyone who processed any blood alcohol testing to establish the “chain of custody” of that testing. The Michigan Rules Of Evidence  establish strict guidelines for the admission of testing results to ensure they were not tainted and/or testing equipment was properly calibrated or properly sterilized. If there was a PBT test then the Police officer also needs to be deposed and brought in to testify as well.

In some cases, an expert witness needs to be retained to establish the effects that the blood alcohol content or drugs had on the driver to cause the accident. All of these procedures cost both time and money and allow the insurance company to fight liability at every turn to hide their insureds culpability. The insurance attorneys may spend hours examining and cross examining the witnesses as the insurance company tries to find some technical flaw that they can use to exclude the alcohol results. Some insurance companies simply sit back and wait to see if the injured parties attorney does everything they need to do to prove their client was drunk. If the injured parties attorney is not highly experienced sometimes they fail to do what is necessary to prove the drunk drivers liability. If proper witnesses are not retained or timely listed , witness lists are not filed timely, discovery is not done properly, the insurance company may get an opening to defend the case on liability even under extreme circumstances of a highly intoxicated drunk driver. Bear in mind that the Michigan Court Rules prohibit the mention of the fact that an insurance company is involved or the limits of insurance liability. The jury never gets to know that an insurance company has been fighting liability through their attorneys throughout the litigation.

The insurance company is generally very happy to take advantage of any attorney who is not properly prepared, too busy to properly handle the case, or not experienced enough with the drunk driving accidents. On the first day of trial the insurance company generally files an “admission of liability” once they are convinced that the injury attorney has or will be able to establish the defendant was drunk. If the inexperienced / unprepared lawyer did not file witness lists in a timely manner or hire experts, or subpoena witnesses properly it may be too late and the drunk driver wins. Even when the highly experienced attorney “jumps through all the hoops” the insurance company may wait until the first day of trial, admit liability and files a “motion in limine” arguing to the Judge that since they have “now” admitted fault there is no legitimate reason that the jury should know that their client was “drunk” because they have “now” admitted they were at fault for the accident. That sounds pretty unfair doesn’t it, yet many Courts will agree that once the defendant “admits liability” the fact that the defendant was “drunk” is not coming in as evidence.

Schnitzerlaw have, however, established a novel and proven method to prevent the insurance company to pull this stunt under many more circumstances. Many lawyers, even those who are experienced injury attorneys do not know or understand this Downriver Car Accident Attorney method of preventing the insurance company from admitting liability and thus hiding the fact the defendant was drunk from the jury. The implimentation of this novel method takes place at the beginning of the case not the end. That makes it extra important to hire the Car Accident Attorneys now If you are hurt by a drunk driver we will certainly implement this procedure which makes it more difficult for the insurance company to a hide the fact that the drunk driver was drunk from the jury. Call us for a free consultation at (313) 389-2234.

Hiring An Auto Accident Attorney In Michigan

Hiring An Auto Accident Attorney In Michigan

by Bret Schnitzer

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About 75,000 individuals are injured and about 900 individuals are killed in Michigan auto accidents each year. About 73 people die in truck accidents and almost 2,000 people are injured in truck accidents each year. Being injured in an accident can be a traumatic experience. It is even more horrifying if someone you love is killed in an accident. If you have been a victim of auto accident, you need to contact an accident attorney as soon as possible.

Michigan is a no-fault state, so insurance companies will pay regardless who is at fault in an accident. According to the no-fault law, a motorcycle is not regarded as a motor vehicle; however, a motorcycle accident lawyer can help you receive compensation if you are injured in a motorcycle accident.

The statute of limitations for a vehicle accident in Michigan is three years against the At Fault driver, but only one year for No-fault benefits, so you need to contact an accident attorney before the limitations expire. An accident lawyer can help you put your life back together. He will not be afraid to fight with the insurance company, and he will make sure your rights are protected.

When hiring an auto accident lawyer, you need to make an appointment for a free consultation. The attorney will listen to your case and tell you if it is worth pursuing. It is best to settle out of court if possible, so your attorney will attempt to negotiate with all parties involved. If you have been injured in a motorcycle or truck accident, make sure you hire an attorney who has experience with those types of cases.

Your accident attorney should be someone you trust, and he should be someone who makes you feel comfortable. When meeting with your lawyer, you should ask him how much money he feels you can get, and you need to ask him how long it will take to settle the case. You also need to make sure you understand his fees for handling the case.

Accident attorneys can get you compensation for medical bills, lost wages, damages to the vehicle and pain and suffering. Accidents can be emotionally, physically and psychologically exhausting, so having an accident attorney on your side will be reassuring. You can then get the compensation you deserve, and you can start to move forward with your life. Call us a (313) 389-2234 for a free consultation today.

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