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Michigan Truck Accident Wrongful Death Lawyer

Truck Accident Wrongful Death Lawyer

When you have lost a loved one in a fatal tractor-trailer crash, you need a Michigan truck accident wrongful death lawyer with the experience, skill, resources and proven results to fight for and protect you and your family. That is exactly what you get with the attorneys at Michigan Auto Law. 

Our attorneys have recovered more million dollar settlements and trial verdicts for tractor-trailer crash victims in our state, including the largest ever trucking settlement of any attorney or law firm in the state. Our attorneys have specialized in helping families who have lost loved ones in fatal semitrailer crashes, both in Michigan and in other states where attorneys ask us to co-counsel because of our expertise and national reputation in this area of law. Our attorneys have also recovered record-setting semitrailer settlements and trial verdicts in multiple counties throughout the state of Michigan. 

Specialized Michigan Truck Accident Wrongful Death Lawyers

Our Michigan truck accident wrongful death lawyers specialize in wrongful death cases where we help families like yours who have lost a loved one in a fatal semitrailer crash that was the result of an at-fault semi driver’s negligence. This type of case is one where a person has lost his or her life due to the “wrongful act, neglect or fault of another.” (MCL 600.2922(1)).  

Most law firms in our state cannot say they specialize, but ours can. Steven Gursten has been a past-president of the American Association for Justice Truck Accident Litigation Group and has taught attorneys all over the country on how to handle these cases. He has litigated to verdict or settlement over 300 tractor-trailer crash cases in our state, more than any other attorney in the state.  Steve and the other attorneys at our law firm are also asked to co-counsel and work with other attorneys throughout the nation on catastrophic and fatal semitrailer crash cases.  

More than Fifty Years of Experience Winning Cases

We have more than 50 years of experience recovering record-breaking settlements and trial verdicts for our clients. In fact, our Michigan truck accident wrongful death lawyers have recovered more million-dollar-plus settlements and trial verdicts on behalf of our clients than any other attorney or law firm in our state.

Record-Breaking Settlements and Verdicts

Our success in recovering record-breaking settlements and trial verdicts for our clients includes a $34 million settlement that was the largest ever trucking settlement of any attorney or law firm in our state. 

As a result of our track record of success and reputation for taking cases to trial, our attorneys can often fatal semitrailer crash cases faster and for significantly more money. 

Let our Michigan truck accident wrongful death lawyers leverage their success to help you.

Known For Our Caring, Compassion, Communication and Integrity

The help that our Michigan truck accident wrongful death lawyers provide to people is all done with a commitment of caring, compassion and communication and a reputation for the highest integrity within the legal profession. 

While our law firm is large enough to handle even the most complicated cases, our attorneys pride themselves on providing personalized service, tailored to meet the specific needs of each client. We are responsive and attentive to every client. If you become a Michigan Auto Law client, we will keep you informed throughout the process, answering every question and making your legal experience as easy and smooth as possible.

These are just a few of the reasons why our attorneys are continually given five-star reviews by our clients. 

The Michigan truck accident wrongful death lawyers at our law firm are among the most awarded fatal semitrailer crash attorneys. Our law firm has consistently been named by independent third parties as being among the “Best Lawyers” and “Best Law Firms” in not just Michigan, but throughout the entire U.S. We also have more attorneys ranked as “Super Lawyers” than any other Michigan personal injury law firm, including two attorneys ranked among the top 50 attorneys in the state, in a review of over 60,000 attorneys of all areas of practice.

We Pride Ourselves on Working Hard for Our Clients

We appreciate the recognition, legal honors, and awards. But what we are most proud of is how hard our Michigan truck accident wrongful death lawyers work to help our clients and their families get through what is likely one of the most difficult, emotional and stressful experiences in their lives.

The many honors and legal awards that our attorneys receive simply reflect the hard work, caring and compassion that we put into helping each one of our clients make the best legal recovery possible after they were hurt in a crash.

Our Mission is to Be the Best Semitrailer Crash Attorneys for You

Our mission is simple: We want to be the best semitrailer attorneys in Michigan for you.  That means more than just working incredibly hard and marshaling all our experience, skill and dedication and grit to get you the best possible settlement or trial verdict. It also means treating you – every person we help – with dignity, respect, compassion and caring.

Contact us for a free consultation. Our Michigan truck accident wrongful death lawyers are here to help.

Over 1,000 5-Star Reviews

Lynda Nunez, Riverview
My husband was killed in an automobile accident involving a gravel hauler truck on the freeway. The left front steer tire of the gravel hauler blew on I-75 near the Rouge River bridge, and the truck hit my husband’s car, trapping him between the retaining wall and the gravel hauler … It became apparent that I needed to seek out an attorney. After interviewing four different lawyers, Steven Gursten of Michigan Auto Law stood out amongst them as the guy to go to for several reasons … He did so much research and he explored every possible avenue to get me the best settlement possible.Google

How Our Michigan Truck Accident Wrongful Death Lawyers from Can Help You

Our Michigan truck accident wrongful death lawyers specialize in helping people and families who have lost a loved one due to the negligence of an at-fault semi driver. We help people from all over the state and our proven results are better than any other personal injury attorney or law firm in Michigan. 

We make sure that families understand 100% of their legal rights after they have lost a loved one in a fatal tractor-trailer crash. Our attorneys are here to assist and help with all aspects of your family’s claim, including: 

  • Ensuring that your loved one’s dependents are receiving all of the No-Fault survivor’s loss benefits that they are entitled to
  • Investigating and verifying all of the insurance and coverage limits that may be involved in your loved one’s fatal crash case
  • Getting your family the best possible settlement as quickly as possible, which may include compensation for your loved one’s pain and suffering as well as damages for loss of your loved one’s financial support, society and companionship

Why Do I Need a Michigan Truck Accident Wrongful Death Lawyer?

If your family has lost a loved one in a fatal semitrailer crash, an experienced Michigan truck accident wrongful death lawyer from our firm will help protect your family’s legal rights to recover compensation and benefits. We will also help prevent vital evidence from being destroyed and hold all responsible parties accountable.

You and your family may be able to recover compensation for your loved one’s pain and suffering as well as damages and benefits for loss of your loved one’s financial support, society and companionship. Fatal crash laws are complex and can present many traps for the unwary. That is why having a skilled and experienced attorneys from our law firm is so important. 

Time is of the essence with fatal semitrailer crashes because the defense attorneys hired by the trucking company may start legally destroying key evidence as soon as three months after the crash. Documents that can prove negligence on behalf of the trucking company can be destroyed within that short window of time. Black box, or electronic data recorder evidence, can be overwritten and erased. If you wait you risk being unable to gather evidence that is necessary to prove liability or damages. 

Federal regulations and state laws can both apply to tractor-trailer crashes, adding even more complexity for attorneys who are unfamiliar with litigating semi crash cases. Federal regulations include insurance requirements for semis, retention of electronic logging device (ELD) data, and how long the company must retain their records.

There are frequently multiple negligent parties who are liable and responsible for a loved one’s death in a fatal semitrailer crash. They include: (1) the semi driver; (2) the trucking company; (3) the company that performed maintenance on the semi; (4) the semi’s manufacturer; (5) the shipping company; (6) the load broker; (7) the leasing agent for the tractor-trailer company; (8) the trailer owner; (9) tire manufacturers; and (10) the company that loads and unloads the cargo. 

Your attorney can find additional negligent parties who are also responsible for your injuries. In many cases, additional parties who are also liable are missed.   Beyond the obvious negligent parties that include the driver and the company, this can also include the company that performs maintenance on the semi or tractor trailer, the manufacturer, the load broker or a leasing agent for the tractor-trailer company, and the company that loads or unloads the cargo.  

That is why it is so important to call and have a free consultation with an experienced Michigan truck accident wrongful death lawyer immediately if you have lost a loved one in a fatal tractor-trailer crash caused by the negligence of an at-fault semi driver.

Top Tractor-Trailer Crash Settlements

The dedicated and experienced Michigan truck accident wrongful death lawyers at our law firm continue to break records for the top settlements for motor vehicle crashes in the state. 

Here are just a few examples of our recent settlements:  

  • $34.5 Million – Attorney Steven Gursten secured the largest-reported automobile settlement in the U.S. This is the largest ever automobile injury settlement by an attorney in Michigan. 
  • $13.5 Million – Attorneys settled a case for a victim in an automobile crash who suffered major burn injuries. 
  • $9 Million – Attorney Steven Gursten obtained this recovery for a man who lost both of his legs in a rear-end collision. This was the largest Michigan pain and suffering only settlement in the state of the preceding decade.  
  • $7 Million – The parents of a young man who was killed by a speeding driver sued for his pain and suffering before he passed. This was the top reported settlement in the state that year. Notably, our attorneys were also able to recover an additional $4 million dollars in contribution over the insurance policy limits for the family.  
  • $6.2 million – Details about parties, injuries and insurers are confidential for this settlement.
  • $5.65 Million – A jury awarded this amount to our client who had suffered a traumatic brain injury as a result of being run over in a crash. This was the largest reported crash verdict in Macomb County and in the state for the year.
  • $5.1 Million – This fatal crash settlement in a rear-end collision case was the largest reported fatal crash settlement in Washtenaw County and the largest reported motor vehicle fatal crash settlement in the state for an individual killed in a crash in 2018.
  • $520,000 – Our attorneys successfully obtained the largest pain and suffering only verdict ever in Ottawa County in 2018 and the largest reported crash verdict on the west side of the state in 2018.

There is a reason why our law firm and our Michigan truck accident wrongful death lawyers receive more referrals from attorneys for fatal crashes than any other law firm in the state. We continue to win cases for our clients and their families, over and over again, offering our care and compassion to hopefully lessen their burden during such a difficult and sorrowful time. 

Read more about the settlements our attorneys get for our clients: Michigan Settlements and Verdicts.

Resources from our Michigan Truck Accident Wrongful Death Lawyers

If you lost a loved one due to the negligence of an at-fault tractor-trailer driver, you probably have a list of questions for your Michigan truck accident wrongful death lawyer. Below our attorneys have provided helpful resources to provide information about the questions that they are most frequently asked.

Does Our Family Have a Lawsuit?

Read about how the law may apply to your family’s possible fatal tractor-trailer crash case

Damages and Compensation

Find out what the law says about the damages that can be recovered, by whom, and what person has the right to file a lawsuit

How Much Time to File A Claim?

Our attorneys discuss the filing deadlines for a fatal crash claim after a fatal semitrailer crash 

Financial Support from No-Fault Survivor’s Loss Benefits 

No-Fault survivor’s loss benefits ensure that the dependents of a person killed in a fatal tractor-trailer crash have the financial support their deceased loved one had been providing

Michigan Truck Accident Wrongful Death Lawyer FAQs

What else do you need to know if you are considering hiring a Michigan truck accident wrongful death lawyer? You may have questions about whether it is worth getting an attorney, what to look for in an attorney, how much it may cost, and how long it may take to get a settlement.

Read the answers below to our FAQs or call to speak to an experienced attorney from our law firm for free with no obligation now.

Is getting a Michigan truck accident wrongful death lawyer worth it?

Don’t take our word for it. The insurance industry’s own data shows that a person who is represented by an experienced Michigan truck accident wrongful death lawyer recovers significantly more than a person who is not. In fact, attorneys who are known for going to trial – which our attorneys are known for – can settle cases for significantly more money and often much faster. Also, at Michigan Auto Law, you do not pay unless we win. A Michigan Auto Law attorney will handle all aspects of your case so you and your family can grieve and begin trying to rebuild your lives after the loss of your loved one. We are always here to answer any questions about the case, the process, the law, the insurance company, the adjuster, the judge or anything else. We are here for you.

What to look for when choosing a Michigan truck accident wrongful death lawyer?

First, you want a Michigan truck accident wrongful death lawyer with extensive experience handling cases where families have lost loved ones in fatal semitrailer crashes. Second, you want an attorney who specializes in fatal tractor-trailer crash cases. He or she will know how to find often hidden layers of additional insurance so you can get the compensation you deserve. Third, you want a an attorney whose law firm is big enough to successfully handle trucking cases because these types of cases require a lot more money, time and resources than other types of cases. Fourth, you want an attorney who cares for his or her clients and shows them compassion and respect – so be sure to always check a prospective attorney’s reviews to see what clients have said about his or her level of caring and responsiveness and, of course, quality of results.

Can I change my Michigan truck accident wrongful death lawyer?

You can change your Michigan truck accident wrongful death lawyer at any time and for any reason. If your attorney is not representing you and your family in the way you expect, then you can and should make a change. Our Proven Attorney Transition Plan makes it easy and quick to get an experienced attorney from our law firm who will be there and fight for you. It starts with a free consultation. Next, you sign up to have Michigan Auto Law represent you. Then, that same day, we order your file from your previous attorney and we immediately get to work putting your case back on track for you and your family to recover the compensation for your loved one’s pain and suffering as well as damages for loss of your loved one’s financial support, society and companionship that you are entitled to under the law.

How much does a Michigan truck accident wrongful death lawyer cost? (h4)

We know that one of your first questions after losing a loved one due to the negligence of an at-fault semi driver may be: How much does a Michigan truck accident wrongful death lawyer cost me? You are not alone in wondering. Many people imagine that hiring an attorney is expensive. Not so! At Michigan Auto Law, we will never ask you to pay any fees unless and until we win your case. You do not pay anything up front or out-of-pocket. Our attorneys are paid at the end of the case and only if a recovery is made for you and your family first. This is called a contingency fee, which means we only get paid if you and your family get paid – which means we win your case first. And you always get our 100% client satisfaction guarantee.

How long does a settlement take for a Michigan truck accident wrongful death lawyer?

Each case is unique, so it is a difficult question to answer but in general there are several factors that can help answer how long it will take your attorney to obtain a settlement in your case. These factors include determining: (1) the compensation for your loved one’s pain and suffering; (2) damages for the loss of your loved one’s financial support, society and companionship; and (3) the medical, hospital, funeral, and burial expenses for which your loved one’s estate is liable. Additional factors include the track record and reputation of your attorney (because attorneys known for going to trial can settle cases for more money and often much faster), the at-fault semi driver’s insurance company, adjuster, defense attorney and the at-fault semi driver’s liability insurance policy limits.

Get Help From A Michigan Truck Accident Wrongful Death Lawyer Now

To speak with an experienced Michigan truck accident wrongful death lawyer now, call our law firm now or fill out our contact form for a free consultation with one of our experienced attorneys. There is absolutely no cost or obligation. We are here for you – 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Our law firm consistently wins record-breaking verdicts and settlements in the state on behalf of victims like you. Even more important than our record settlements in the state is how our attorneys treat the people we help. To see what our own clients have to say about the caring, compassion, and communication they received from us, you can read in their own words about their experience here on our testimonials page from victims we have helped. You can also read about our 100% client satisfaction guarantee.

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