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Large truck crashes are a common occurrence on Michigan roads. These accidents often cause severe, life-changing injuries or result in fatalities due to the sheer size and weight of these vehicles. If you have been hurt or lost a loved one in a truck-related accident, a Lansing truck accident lawyer is here to help. You may be eligible to pursue compensation to help pay for medical bills you have incurred to treat your injuries and to help recoup some of the income you may have lost from being unable to work while in recovery.

I would recommend Jay Trucks & Associates to my friends and family. Jayson has done an outstanding job on helping with my case. Thank you.
– G. Garner

For over three decades now, Jay Trucks & Associates has been helping injury victims obtain fair recoveries for their injuries and other damages. We have obtained over $500 million for our clients and have successfully handled truck accident cases including a $935,000 recovery for a 29 year old female that was involved in a collision with a commercial vehicle that made a left turn into her lane.

We are prepared to discuss what happened and answer all of your questions during a free, no-obligation consultation. We charge no upfront costs should you hire us and you only pay us if you obtain a recovery.

No Upfront Fees. (800) 762-8623.

Am I Able to Take Legal Action?

Your ability to take legal action is dependent on certain factors unique to your situation. Our legal team needs to review everything that took place to not only help establish liability for your damages, but also whether negligence caused or contributed to the accident and your injury.

Negligence claims must prove four things:

If you have a viable case, our Lansing truck accident lawyers are prepared to conduct a detailed investigation to gather evidence to help you build a strong case for maximum compensation.

Request a free consultation to get started. Ph: (800) 762-8623.

How Much is My Truck Accident Case Worth?

Your financial recovery after a truck accident will vary based on the type and extent of your injuries, medical treatments you have undergone and may continue to need, when you will reach maximum medical improvement and so on. That said, you may be able to recover certain forms of compensation through your personal injury protection or PIP car insurance coverage. These are also referred to as first-party no-fault insurance benefits.

Medical Expenses

Any policies being issued or renewed prior to July 1, 2020 will provide unlimited coverage for any necessary and reasonable medical expenses, such as surgeries, Imaging tests, prescription medications, hospital stays, etc. After this date, anyone purchasing or renewing their policies must choose their coverage amount.

These coverage options under Michigan’s no fault auto insurance reform law include:

  • Unlimited PIP coverage
  • $500,000 in coverage
  • $250,000 in coverage
  • $50,000 for those enrolled in Medicaid
  • No PIP coverage with a qualified health plan

Portion of Wages Lost

You may be compensated for up to 85 percent of your income for up to three years if your injury has caused you to miss work for some time to recover.

Replacement and Household Services

These benefits make it possible for an accident victim’s normal household duties to still get done. You may be able to get up to $20 a day for up to three years to hire someone to perform ordinary and necessary services, such as cooking, cleaning, washing, grocery shopping, driving, running errands and even childcare.

You may even be eligible to pursue compensation for non-economic losses, such as physical and mental pain and suffering, emotional distress, loss of consortium or companionship, and diminished quality of life.

Find out more about the potential value of your case by calling a Lansing truck accident attorney.

Possible Liable Parties After a Truck Accident

Truck accidents often require extensive and exhaustive investigations to determine what exactly happened and how it happened. These cases can be difficult because more than one party could possibly be liable for any harm suffered. Examples of these parties could include:

Truck Driver

The truck driver generally faces legal liability for causing injuries and damages if his or her actions caused the accident. Violating state laws or federal regulations and driving while distracted, drowsy or under the influence of drugs or alcohol are all forms of driver negligence.

Truck Owner

The truck owner could be an individual or a company. The owner may also be the owner of the vehicle and could be liable if he or she failed to keep up with maintenance, such as checking that the engine, brakes, steering and hydraulics are in proper working order.

Trucking Company

The trucking company could be held responsible for the actions of their employee, as long as the truck driver is not an independent contractor. This could include failing to properly continue a routine inspection or maintenance on the vehicles or trying to cut corners in an effort to save money by having drivers meet unrealistic delivery deadlines.

Truck Manufacturers and Maintenance Contractors

In other situations, a vehicle or truck part that malfunctions or is defective could have caused the truck accident. The truck manufacturer could be held liable due to a defective part or the maintenance contractor could be held liable if the part malfunctioned because of faulty maintenance.

Cargo Owners, Loaders and Distributors

Cargo owners or distributors could be legally liable if they fail to take the necessary precautions to ensure that any hazardous materials are safely loaded or handled properly and the cargo causes a truck accident.

Advantages of Hiring a Lawyer

There are many advantages to hiring a lawyer after being injured in a truck accident. For one, accident victims generally recover more compensation when they seek legal help versus those that do not.

Our lawyers at Jay Trucks and Associates have more than 150 years of combined experience handling many different personal injury cases. Should you have a case and decide to move forward, we are prepared to obtain the police or accident report filed, black box data from the truck involved, the truck driver’s logbooks, inspection, repair and/or maintenance records, witness statements and use expert testimony to help build a strong case on your behalf. We have helped countless Michigan residents recover maximum compensation.

We also know how insurance companies think and the tactics commonly used to delay, devalue or deny legitimate claims. An insurance adjuster may seem friendly and like they are on your side, but they have ulterior motives. His or her overall goal is to save the company money, not to maximize your damages. This is why we recommend having an experienced lawyer by your side to protect your rights and best interests.

Have Some Questions? Ph: (800) 762-8623.

Filing Deadlines for Michigan Truck Accidents

There are multiple filing deadlines in Michigan that truck accident victims should know. Generally, you have one year from the accident to file a claim if you are pursuing first-party no-insurance benefits. Failure to file within the one-year window will likely result in your inability to obtain these benefits.

If you are denied these benefits, you may be able to file a lawsuit. The deadline in most situations is within three years from the date of the accident for a personal injury or within three years from the date of your loved one’s death. Failure to file within the statute of limitations will likely result in your claim being dismissed.

Applicable State and Federal Trucking Laws

State and federal laws govern Michigan’s trucking industry. Truck drivers traveling within and across state lines must obey certain regulations. At Jay Trucks & Associates, we are ready to determine whether the accident and your resulting injuries were caused by a violation of state or federal trucking laws.

Size and Weight Limits

The width of a commercial truck must be between 96 to 102 inches, the height cannot exceed more than 13 feet and 6 inches and the length of a single vehicle, including its load, cannot exceed 53 feet. Overall, the maximum gross weight for a commercial vehicle in the state is 80,000 pounds or less.

Commercial Truck Insurance

The Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) and the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) have certain commercial truck insurance requirements. All drivers must have liability insurance coverage and can opt for additional coverage to protect themselves in the event of an accident, by either purchasing physical damage truck insurance and/or bobtail coverage.

In accordance with the MDOT, truck drivers traveling within state lines much have enough liability insurance to cover the type of cargo being hauled. This includes the following amount of coverage:

Drivers traveling across state lines must follow federal regulations. Commercial trucks must carry between $750,000 to $5,000,000 in liability insurance based on the type of cargo being hauled. The lowest amount of coverage available is $300,000 for non-hazardous cargo in trucks weighing no more than 10,001 pounds.

Hours of Service Regulations

The number of hours truck drivers can operate their vehicles is restricted by the FMCSA’s hours of service regulations. This means that a truck driver can only drive a maximum of 11 hours after 10 consecutive hours off duty and cannot drive after he or she has reached 60 to 70 hours on duty in 7 to 8 consecutive days.

Drug and Alcohol Rules

Trucking companies are required to test their truck drivers for drug or alcohol use under federal law. This includes an initial test before hiring an employee and other tests throughout his or her employment.

Testing is also conducted after the following scenarios:

Truck accident cases can be complex. Our licensed Lansing truck accident attorneys are well-versed in state and federal trucking laws and how they may apply to our particular situation.

Give us a call at (800) 762-8623 or fill out our free online form.

Common Causes of Michigan Truck Accidents

Unfortunately, most truck accidents are caused by negligence, such as:

  • Distracted driving
  • Drunk or drugged driving
  • Drowsy driving
  • Speeding
  • Unbalanced or unsecured cargo
  • Blind spots
  • Maintenance issues
  • Following other vehicles too closely

This can lead to many different types of truck accidents:

  • T-bone collision
  • Rear-end wreck
  • Head-on collision
  • Rollover
  • Left-turn accident
  • Jackknife crash

Common injuries include traumatic brain injuries, spinal cord injuries, broken bones, burns and amputations, among many others.

Get in Touch With a Lansing Truck Accident Lawyer

For more than 30 years, Jay Trucks & Associates has been advocating for injury victims and their families, recovering millions of dollars in compensation for clients in Ingham County and throughout Michigan. Founder Jay Trucks and president Todd Trucks are both members of the Michigan Trial Lawyers Association.

Schedule a consultation with a Lansing truck accident lawyer at no cost to you. There are no risks or obligations involved. Should we represent you, there are no upfront fees. We only get paid if you win.

Our firm is ready to take your call at (800) 762-8623 or chat online.

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Due to their large size and weight, commercial trucks often cause deadly or serious, life-altering injuries when they crash into smaller passenger vehicles. If you or a loved one has been injured in an accident with a truck, consulting with an experienced lawyer can be an important part of the recovery process.

I’m very pleased with the work from Todd and his staff. They were always very helpful and always answered my questions. Very satisfied.
– L. Doyle

Jay Trucks & Associates has been protecting the rights of injury victims and their families for more than 30 years. We have recovered over $500 million in verdicts and settlements for our clients.

Some of these include a $2,000,000 recovery for a victim who sustained catastrophic injuries in accident with a County Road Commission truck and a $1,950,000 recovery for the estate of a victim who suffered fatal injuries in an accident with a propane truck.

We understand how to build a strong truck accident case and charge no upfront fees if we handle your claim. Contact a Grand Rapids truck accident lawyer today for a free consultation. There is no obligation to move forward if you have a case and no upfront fee if we represent you. We do not get paid unless you do.

Free Consultation. Ph: (800) 762-8623.

Do I Have a Viable Case for Compensation?

If you have been harmed in an accident with a commercial truck, such as a semi-truck, 18-wheeler, tractor-trailer, box truck, garbage truck, dump truck, flatbed or a cement truck, negligence may have played a role.

There are several things that need to be taken into consideration to assess whether you may have a viable case for compensation. In a free legal consultation, our attorneys are prepared to examine your circumstances and evaluate the potential legal options available to you.

Negligence claims must prove four elements in court:

Proving negligence can be complicated, especially in truck accident cases where multiple parties could be at fault. That is why it is important to call a licensed Grand Rapids truck accident lawyer to see if you may have a case.

Free Consultation. No upfront fees. Ph: (800) 762-8623.

How Much Could My Case Be Worth?

Since no two motor vehicle accidents are the same, the value of your case will depend on factors unique to your situation, such as the extent of your injuries, required medical treatment and your recovery time.

Through your personal injury protection (PIP) car insurance coverage, you may be eligible to recover damages for economic losses. Also known as first-party no-fault insurance benefits, PIP coverage could help pay for the following:

Medical Expenses

Policies issued or renewed before July 1, 2020 provide unlimited coverage for medical expenses. Drivers purchasing or renewing policies after that date must select the amount of coverage they want. This is in accordance with Michigan’s no-fault auto insurance reform law. Coverage options include:

  • Unlimited medical coverage
  • Up to $500,000 in coverage
  • Up to $250,000 in coverage
  • $50,000 for Medicaid recipients
  • No coverage if enrolled in a qualified health plan

Medical expenses could include the cost of surgery, hospital stays, prescription medications and ongoing care like physical therapy.

Portion of Lost Wages

For missed time at work due to the injuries you suffered, you may be able to obtain up to 85 percent of your former income for up to a three-year period.

Household Replacement Services

If your injuries are severe enough that you cannot complete household tasks, you may be able to obtain up to $20 per day for up to a three-year period to hire someone to help clean the house, do lawn care, pick up groceries, take care of children and other related tasks.

There are other forms of compensation that may be available in a truck accident case. Our attorneys may be able to file a lawsuit to recover compensation not available from an insurance claim, such as pain and suffering, lost enjoyment of life and lost companionship.

Learn more about truck accident compensation by scheduling a free consultation with a member of our legal team. There is no risk in calling us.

Who Can Be Held Liable for My Injuries?

Most truck accident cases require a detailed investigation to determine what happened and how. A complete review of the evidence may indicate one or more individuals or entities liable for your injuries, such as:

Determining liability can be difficult without the help of a qualified Grand Rapids truck accident attorney on your side. We know how to investigate these types of cases and gather the necessary evidence to prove fault.

Complete a Free Case Evaluation form to get started.

Does Hiring a Lawyer Help My Case?

It is important that you seek legal representation if you have been involved in a truck accident. Generally, injury victims recover more compensation with the services of a lawyer than those without one.

Our legal team at Jay Trucks & Associates has decades of experience handling many different motor vehicle accident cases. Should you have a case and we represent you, our lawyers are prepared to review police reports, analyze medical records, interview witnesses, and consult with experts to recreate the accident scene. This includes collecting the following forms of evidence:

  • The truck driver’s logbook and driving records
  • The driving history of the truck and trailer
  • Vehicle maintenance and inspection records
  • Records of possible violations of state and federal laws
  • Records of previous arrests

We also know how insurance companies operate following these kinds of accidents. An insurer’s goal is to pay out as little as possible for each claim to save themselves money. They are trained to elicit certain responses from you to get you to sound guilty, less truthful or contradictory. That is why hiring a lawyer could be beneficial. We can handle the insurance company on your behalf, and we have the resources to help pursue maximum compensation for you.

Contact Jay Trucks & Associates to see how we may be able to help. (800) 762-8623.

Deadline to Take Legal Action for a Michigan Truck Accident

There are several deadlines when it comes to taking legal action for a Michigan truck accident. The insurance company will have a certain time limit to file a claim to seek compensation for your injuries and damages.

Truck Accident Case – $175,000 Recovered
For a truck driver that suffered a right femur injury in a collision.

To seek first-party no-fault insurance benefits, victims generally have one year from the accident to file. Benefits could include medical bills incurred and will likely incur in the future, lost wages, surgery, physical therapy, medications, etc. Failure to file within the year will likely result in losing the right to pursue these benefits.

Another option if denied compensation is to file a lawsuit. Most truck accident victims have three years from the date of the accident to bring a personal injury lawsuit forward or three years from the date of death to bring a wrongful death lawsuit forward. This is in accordance with the statute of limitations in Michigan. Failure to file within either three-year deadline will also likely result in a court dismissal.

Not sure which deadline applies to your situation? Call a Grand Rapids truck accident attorney.

Trucking Laws and Regulations That May Apply to You

The trucking industry in Michigan is governed by state and federal law. Every truck driver traveling in and out of the state must follow many trucking regulations. Our legal team is prepared to help determine if a violation of state and federal laws may have contributed to or caused the accident that led to your injuries.

Insurance Requirements

The Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) and the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) have specific truck insurance requirements. Liability insurance coverage is mandatory, while physical damage truck insurance and bobtail coverage are optional but can provided added protection in an accident.

The MDOT requires truck drivers traveling within the state to have a certain amount of liability insurance. The amount depends on the freight or cargo being carried and where it is being carried to.

Drivers traveling outside state lines must abide by federal truck insurance regulations. Commercial trucks are required to have between $750,000 and $5,000,000 in liability insurance depending on the cargo being transported. It could go down to $300,000 for non-hazardous cargo in a truck weighing less than 10,001 lbs.

Legal Load Limits

The overall width of a commercial vehicle statewide varies between 96 to 102 inches. The standard height of a truck cannot be more than 13 feet and 6 inches and the length of a single truck including the load cannot be more than 53 feet. The maximum gross weight for commercial vehicles in Michigan is 80,000 lbs. or less.

Hours of Service Rules

The FMCSA restricts the number of hours (known as hours of service rules), that a truck driver can operate his or her vehicle in an effort to prevent drivers from becoming fatigued traveling on the roadway every day. This includes not driving more than 11 hours after being on duty for 10 consecutive days.

Drug and Alcohol Testing

Federal law also requires trucking companies to properly test truck drivers for drug and alcohol use. Drivers must be tested during the hiring process and over the course of their employment, including but not limited to:

Truck accident cases require in-depth knowledge and understanding of state and federal trucking laws and regulations. A reputable Grand Rapids truck accident lawyer from our firm is ready to help if you have a case.

Why Truck Accidents Often Happen

Truck accidents most commonly happen due to:

  • Driver fatigue
  • Truck driver error
  • Failure to check for blind spots
  • Loose or unsecured cargo
  • Equipment malfunction
  • Tailgating other vehicles
  • Speeding or other reckless behavior
  • Driving under the influence
  • Driving while distracted
  • Loss of control of the vehicle
  • Lack of routine inspections
  • Lack of vehicle maintenance

Negligence can lead to many different accidents, such as underride collisions, jackknife accidents, rollovers, rear-end crashes and T-bone collisions.

Once you have sought medical attention for any injuries, we recommend seeking legal help as soon as possible. The claims process to pursue compensation for your damages can be complex and time-consuming and hiring a lawyer may benefit you.

Discuss Your Claim with a Grand Rapids Truck Accident Lawyer

For over three decades, Jay Trucks & Associates has been protecting injury victims’ rights, recovering millions in compensation on behalf of our clients in the Grand Rapids area, Kent County and across Michigan state.

Our founding partner Jay F. Trucks is a member of both the Michigan Trial Lawyers Association and American Trial Lawyers Association, organizations dedicated to promoting a fair and effective justice system.

Contact our firm to request a consultation completely free of charge. There is no risk or obligation to move forward and no upfront fees for our services. We only get paid if we help you obtain compensation.

We are available to take your call (800) 762-8623.

When a car, truck or SUV collides with a commercial truck, the damage, both to the smaller vehicle and its passengers can be catastrophic. In times like these, contacting a knowledgeable lawyer can be an important step as you consider possible legal options.

I would highly recommend their services to anyone in need of a good attorney…
– J. Pereida

The truck accident attorneys at Jay Trucks and Associates have experience handling truck accident cases and a proven record of success including a  $935,000 recovery for a female driver that suffered multiple bone fractures when a commercial vehicle collided with her after making a left hand turn into her lane.

We offer a free case review so we can determine if you may be eligible to seek compensation. Our lawyers are dedicated to helping the injured obtain compensation they need for medical costs, lost wages from missing work and other losses. We are not paid unless our clients are paid first.

Free Consultation. Ph: (800) 762-8623.

How Do I Know if My Case is Valid?

Proving negligence in a truck accident claim could be complicated without the help of an experienced truck accident attorney. To determine if your case is valid, you or your lawyer must provide evidence to establish the four elements of negligence.

Our Flint truck accident lawyers may be able to help you. Call (800) 762-8623 today.

Who Can Be Held Accountable for My Injuries?

If you hire us to represent you, we are committed to building a strong case to try to hold all negligent parties responsible and recover the maximum compensation available.

Often, more than one party is at fault for a truck accident:

Others who could potentially be held liable for accidents include the maker of the trailer, owner of the trailer, company that leased the trailer, suppliers and shipping companies.

How Soon Should I File My Claim?

You should get started as soon as possible because if you wait, the liable parties may be more likely to attack your credibility or claim you have a preexisting injury or were injured in some other situation besides the accident.

There are various deadlines that may affect your claim. For example, you may be eligible to pursue compensation from the no-fault insurance policy on your car. These claims must be filed within one year of the date of the accident.

Third-party insurance claims, such as a claim against the liability insurance policy on the truck or its driver, may be subject to different deadlines depending on what is written in the policy. If you were hit by a truck without a trailer, you may have a claim against the bobtail insurance policy.

Your lawyer may be able to file a personal injury lawsuit on your behalf. The Michigan statute of limitations allows most personal injury victims three years to file a claim, but this period may be shorter or longer, depending on the circumstances of your claim.

If you miss a deadline, you could lose a chance to pursue compensation, so it is important to discuss this issue with a qualified lawyer as soon as possible. Our Flint truck accident lawyers are available to determine the deadline that applies to your claim.

Call (800) 762-8623 today.

How Much Might My Claim Be Worth?

This is perhaps one of the most frequently asked questions and it is never easy to answer because truck accident cases are all different, different injuries require different kinds of medical treatment and there could be multiple parties involved, each of whom could share some fault.

Economic Damages

These are the out-of-pocket expenses related to your injury. For instance, you could be compensated for past, present and future medical expenses such as doctor visits, hospital stays, ambulatory transportation, medical devices, physical therapy, medications, X-rays, etc.

If your no-fault insurance policy was purchased or renewed before July 1, 2020, you should have unlimited coverage for these kinds of expenses. Policies bought or renewed after this date have different levels of coverage, depending on what the policyholder chose:

  • Unlimited
  • $500,000
  • $250,000
  • $50,000 for Medicaid enrollees
  • No coverage, if you have a qualifying health insurance plan

These limits are explained in the new law that makes sweeping changes to the no-fault insurance system in Michigan.

You could also qualify to receive compensation for lost wages if you were forced to take time off from work during your recovery. No-fault insurance may cover up to 85 percent of lost wages for up to three years. These policies may also provide up to $20 per day to help you pay for help around the house because your injuries prevent you from doing things around the house.

If you lost a loved one in a truck accident, and he or she was working to support the family financially, the surviving family members could qualify for lost future income.

If your car or any other property was damaged in the truck accident, or if you need property enhancements such as a lift or ramp for wheelchair access to your vehicle or home, you may be able to recover compensation for these costs.

Non-Economic Damages

These are the psychological effects that victims sometimes suffer after a serious accident. Victims can sometimes be compensated for any physical pain and suffering endured, along with physical disability or disfigurement, mental trauma, loss of companionship or loss of enjoyment of life.

The Flint truck accident attorneys at Jay Trucks and Associates understand the difficulties individuals and families often endure after a serious truck accident. If you were injured or lost a loved one due to the negligence of another party, and your claim is validated by our legal staff, we are prepared to work tirelessly to recover as much compensation as possible.

Have Questions? Contact Us Today. Ph: (800) 762-8623.

Commercial Trucking Laws That Might Apply to Your Case

Our attorneys are prepared to carefully review your situation to determine if any state or federal regulations were violated before your accident. For example, the FMCSA has specific regulations on when drug and alcohol testing must be done following a crash. Employers must test if the crash causes death or the victim requires immediate treatment away from the scene.

Our attorneys may also investigate whether the driver was properly tested in the past or if he or she tested positive in the past. Drivers must be tested before being hired for a job, when they are under reasonable suspicion or when they return to duty after testing positive.

Michigan has a series of regulations on weight limits for commercial trucks on Interstate highways and other designated highways. For example, single axle vehicles are subject to these restrictions:

Our Flint truck accident attorneys are prepared to investigate to determine if these restrictions were followed in your crash. Overweight trucks could be more at risk for tipping over or being harder to stop.

Learn more about how we may be able to help you in a free consultation. We keep our clients informed throughout the legal process, handling communication and negotiation with insurance companies, and preparing to go to trial when necessary to pursue maximum compensation.

Jay Trucks and Associates. We are here to help you. (800) 762-8623

What Causes Truck Accidents to Occur?

While there could be several reasons why truck accidents happen, many of them are caused by:

  • Speeding or driving recklessly
  • Driving in poor weather or poor road conditions
  • Driver fatigue
  • Driver inexperience
  • Loose, unsecured or unbalanced cargo
  • Debris on the roadway
  • Failure to check blind spots
  • Tailgating
  • Hitting a vehicle while stopped or in motion
  • Driving off the side of the road
  • Failure to conduct vehicle maintenance
  • Mechanical issues
  • Failure to properly inspect the vehicle
  • Drifting into other vehicle lanes
  • Loss of vehicle control
  • Driving while distracted on the phone, eating or using a GPS device

Negligence often results in some of these common truck accidents:

Reach Out to a Flint Truck Accident Attorney Today

The attorneys at Jay Trucks and Associates have a proven track record of results. We have taken on more than 1,000 cases, representing clients across the state of Michigan and we do not collect any fees unless we win your truck accident case.

Call us today to schedule your complimentary consultation so we can review the details of your claim and determine if you may have been injured because of another’s negligence. Our helpful team of legal professionals is available to take your call anytime, 24/7. Our lawyers are prepared to handle cases involving a variety of large commercial vehicles, tractor-trailers, cargo trucks, semi-trucks, 18-wheelers, flatbed trucks and more.

You can reach us by calling (800) 762-8623 or filling out a Free Case Evaluation form and someone will gladly contact you soon after.

No Upfront Fees. Free Consultation.

Accidents with a commercial truck, such as a semi-truck or 18-wheeler, often cause serious injuries that can be life-changing or even fatal. These accidents often affect the victim and his or her loved ones emotionally, physically and financially.

I would like to thank you for all of your support and efforts to make things easier…
– T. Fraly

At Jay Trucks and Associates, we understand you may feel overwhelmed and not sure what to do next. We have more than 30 years of experience helping Michigan injury victims by aggressively pursuing maximum compensation on their behalf.

We have a proven track record that includes a $2,000,000 settlement for a victim who suffered a catastrophic injury,  a $208,000 recovery for a 58 year old truck driver that suffered neck and back injuries, and $90,000 for a 46 year old truck driver that sustained a back injury.

Our founder, Jay Trucks is currently an active member of the Michigan Association for Justice and American Trial Lawyers Association.

The Clare truck accident lawyers at our law firm welcome the opportunity to learn the details of your accident and determine whether you may have grounds for a case. Our initial consultation is completely free. If we represent you, there are also no upfront fees since we do not get paid unless we are first successful in recovering damages for you.

Complete our Case Evaluation Form today.

How Do I Know if I May Have a Truck Crash Case?

If you are a victim of a truck accident, it is important that you contact a Clare truck accident attorney as soon as possible. At Jay Trucks and Associates, we are well-versed in the differences between Michigan semi-truck accidents and car crashes, and we are prepared to help you navigate the confusing truck accident legal process, if you have a case.

Some of the major ways that truck collisions differ from car accidents include:

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What Is The Value of My Case?

Every motor vehicle accident is unique, so it is difficult to give you a specific monetary value without learning more about what happened and the injuries you suffered.

You may be eligible for first-party no-fault insurance benefits from your personal injury protection (PIP) coverage:

Compensation may also be available through a third-party insurance claim filed with the other entities responsible for the truck or its cargo. For instance, the driver may have primary liability insurance to pay for damages suffered by crash victims. If you are hit by a truck with no trailer attached, you may be able to file a claim for compensation with a bobtail insurance policy.

Can Hiring a Lawyer Benefit My Truck Accident Case?

Our firm handles complex personal injury cases on a regular basis, and we have been doing so for over 30 years. We understand Michigan’s complex insurance laws, including the No-Fault Auto Insurance Reform Law.

There are many other benefits to working with our trusted attorneys. If you hire us, we are prepared to:

  • Fully investigate your accident
  • Pursue claims against all liable parties, such as the truck driver and truck owner, to hold them financially accountable for your injuries
  • Communicate with the insurance companies and all third parties
  • Protect your legal rights and best interests throughout the legal process
  • Keep you informed about your claim

Those who hire experienced attorneys often recover more compensation than those who do not

Learn more by calling us at (800) 762-8623.

Is There A Deadline for Filing My Michigan Truck Accident Claim?

There are multiple deadlines to be aware of in a Michigan truck accident claim:

Inform Your Insurance Company

Insurance companies typically have a deadline telling policyholders how much time they are given to report a claim. Sometimes that deadline may be vague, but it is better to file with your insurance company immediately rather risk being denied the ability to obtain benefits.

First Party, No-Fault Insurance Benefits

Accident victims have exactly one year from the accident to file for no-fault benefits but filing immediately or within days is best. If you miss this deadline, it is unlikely you will not get an extension and you will lose your chance to obtain benefits. Some of the types of compensation you may be eligible for include:

  • Past, present and future medical bills
  • Lost wages
  • Physical therapy
  • Surgical interventions
  • Prescription drugs
  • In-patient hospital stays

Truck Accident Lawsuits

Michigan’s statute of limitations provides three years from either the date of the accident or injury to file a personal injury claim or three years from the date of death to file a wrongful death claim in court.

If you are eligible to pursue a third-party truck accident claim and your attorney can establish negligence, there are non-economic damages he or she may be able to pursue that may not be available in an insurance claim:

  • Pain and suffering
  • Emotional distress and mental anguish
  • Loss of a spouse or other loved one
  • Loss of the enjoyment of life

Although three years sounds like a long time, it is not. Truck accident claims take a lot of time to investigate – your attorney needs time to investigate not just the accident, but also any other third parties who may share liability.

There are multiple exceptions to the three-year rule that may require you to file significantly sooner, or later. We strongly recommend that you contact an attorney to find out what statute of limitations may apply in your situation.

Call Jay Trucks and Associates today: (800) 762-8623

Should I Take An Offer From An Insurance Company Before Talking To A Lawyer?

We do not recommend that you accept any offer from the insurance company until you speak with your lawyer. Insurance adjusters may sound like they are working on your behalf, but they are trained to sound friendly and helpful. In reality, their job is to make sure your claim has as little effect on company profits as possible.

Additionally, because it is a truck accident, there will likely be multiple types of insurance policies that you may be able to file a claim against for damages.

Having one of our experienced lawyers on your side can provide peace of mind so you can focus more on your recovery. We understand the many tactics an insurance provider may use to try and trick you into saying or doing something that could damage your claim or your credibility.

We can handle all communication with the insurance companies and other third parties, so you do not have to. We are prepared to protect the value of your claim through each step of the legal process.

Trucking Industry Laws That May Impact Your Claim

There are state and federal laws governing commercial trucking, regulating things like the number of consecutive hours drivers can be behind the wheel, the maximum weight a trailer can carry and securing cargo.

Commercial trucks are regulated at the federal level by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) and at the state level by the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT).

For instance, under FMCSA rules, drivers who are carrying property cannot drive more than 11 hours after being off duty for 10 straight hours. The Federal Highway Administration has a webpage explaining how to calculate the maximum allowable weight a commercial truck can carry on the Interstate Highway System.

MDOT also has regulations on the height and length of truck-tractors and semitrailers, including movement of oversize or overweight vehicles and the permits you may need.

Common Causes for Truck Accidents

Commercial vehicle operators drive a larger and heavier vehicle and therefore are charged with a greater duty to take precautions to prevent causing harm to other motorists, pedestrians, motorcyclists or bicycles that may be traveling on the road.

Truck collisions are often caused by driver negligence, such as:

  • Distracted driving
  • Drowsy driving
  • Driving under the influence
  • Aggressive driving behavior
  • Unbalanced or improperly loaded cargo
  • Equipment malfunction
  • Inexperienced truck drivers
  • Drivers in ill health
  • Severe weather conditions
  • Poor truck maintenance
  • Drivers being unfamiliar with a route or local road construction

These and other forms of negligence can contribute to many types of truck accidents, some of the most common being:

  • Underride crashes where the car slides under the trailer
  • Jackknife collisions where the trailer swings out wide of the cab
  • Rollovers
  • Rear-end crashes, which occur when a truck plows into the back of a car, possibly because the truck driver was tailgating

Frequently Seen Injuries Caused by Truck Collisions

There are a range of injuries that drivers and other vehicle occupants could suffer from a collision with a truck. Injuries from a Michigan truck accident could include:

  • Third-degree burns
  • Deep lacerations
  • Whiplash or other neck injuries
  • Spinal cord injuries
  • Traumatic brain injuries
  • Severe bruising
  • Internal bleeding or organ damage
  • Lost limbs
  • Fractured bones
  • Airbag injuries

If a car is smaller or the truck overturns on top of a car, injuries may be catastrophic or fatal.

Contact One of Our Knowledgeable Clare Truck Accident Lawyers Today

Our experienced attorneys are committed to helping you obtain compensation from the parties at fault for your accident, if we find you have a case. Over more than 30 years, we have obtained more than $500 million in compensation for our clients.

We have represented thousands of injured victims in Clare and throughout Michigan, and we are committed to aggressively pursuing the benefits and compensation you need. Read testimonials from other satisfied clients who used our services.

At Jay Trucks and Associates, we charge zero upfront fees and only get paid if we are successful in obtaining compensation for you. The initial consultation is also free and there is no obligation to take legal action.

Free consultation. No upfront fees. (800) 762-8623.

Commercial vehicle accidents can cause serious, sometimes life-altering injuries. In addition to weeks, months or even years of recovery, injury victims and their families may have to face long-term financial instability, along with the physical pain and emotional trauma. At Jay Trucks and Associates, helping injured victims in Grand Traverse County, Kent County and throughout Michigan has been our number one priority for over 30 years. We want you to be able to focus on your recovery and have the peace of mind that comes with having an experienced attorney on your side.

I’m happy with the way my case was handled. Very patient and professional.
– J. Corwin

Our Traverse City truck accident lawyers have a proven history of success, recovering over $500 million in compensation for our clients. This includes a $2 million recovery for a Michigan traffic crash victim who suffered catastrophic injuries. Our firm’s founder is Jay Trucks, who currently holds active membership with the Michigan Association for Justice and American Trial Lawyers Association.

Our initial consultations cost you nothing, giving you a chance to learn if your case has merit and discuss your legal options. If we represent you, there are no upfront, out-of-pocket costs. You only pay our fees if we are successful in obtaining a recovery for you.

Call today: (800) 762-8623

Do I Have a Valid Truck Crash Case?

If your truck accident was caused by the negligence of another, you may well have a claim. However, crashes with a commercial vehicle are more complicated than car wrecks because they may involve:

We strongly recommend that you contact a Traverse City truck accident attorney soon after your accident. During your free initial truck crash consultation, we can review the factors that may have contributed to your accident to help us determine whether you may have a claim.

Complete our Case Evaluation form to get started.

How Much Is a Truck Accident Case Worth?

No two cases are the same, so we need to review the facts of your case to calculate what it may be worth. However, there are many factors that contribute to the overall value of a claim, including the type and severity of your injuries, the extent of medical care you will require and the length of your recovery time.

You may be able to recover different forms of compensation through your personal injury protection (PIP) insurance:

Medical Costs

Insurance policies purchased prior to the auto insurance reform law that took effect July 1, 2020 automatically have unlimited PIP, or first-party no-fault insurance coverage, for your medical bills. The amount of coverage under PIP policies going forward will be determined by how much a driver chooses to purchase. Under Michigan’s no-fault auto insurance reform law, the coverage options are:

Covered medical treatments might include things like surgeries, in-patient hospital stays, prescriptions related to your injuries, future medical care that may be required, such as physical therapy, medical devices, such as crutches or a wheelchair.

Covered Lost Wages

If you are unable to work while recovering, your PIP coverage may also provide 85 percent of your previous wages for up to three years from the date of your accident.

Household Replacement Services

If your injuries are so severe that you are no longer able to do normal daily tasks, such as cleaning your house, shopping for groceries, yard work or other household activities, your no-fault insurance will also provide up to $20 per day to hire someone to help you for a maximum of three years.

Additional forms of compensation may include:

Learn about other types of compensation that may apply if you have a case: (800) 762-8623

How Can an Attorney Benefit My Case?

Personal injury claims that are handled by lawyers typically result in more compensation for the injured victim than for those who do not have legal representation.

Our experienced Traverse City truck accident lawyers understand the complex insurance laws in Michigan, including the No-Fault Auto Insurance Reform Law and the many trucking regulations, both federal and state, that may impact your claim.

Other benefits of retaining an experienced attorney include:

Does Michigan Have a Deadline for Filing a Truck Accident Claim?

In Michigan, there are multiple deadlines that could apply to a truck crash claim. Insurance companies usually have deadlines, so it is important to contact a lawyer right away to help you file a claim to avoid missing the deadline for your claim.

First-Party, No-Fault Insurance Claims

Injured claimants typically have up to one year from the date of the truck crash to file. Failing to file your claim within that time period will disqualify you from pursuing compensation under your PIP coverage.

Personal Injury Lawsuit

You may have a valid case for a personal injury lawsuit if negligence led to the truck crash that caused your injuries. Michigan’s statute of limitations gives injured victims just three years from the date of the accident, or in the event of a wrongful death claim three years from the date of death, to bring a lawsuit against the at-fault party.

Three years is not as long as it sounds, because your attorney will need ample time to investigate your accident, gather evidence, speak to witnesses and negotiate your settlement. If you miss your filing deadline, the court will likely dismiss your case and bar you from the opportunity to recover any damages.

Our Traverse City truck accident lawyers are available to review the details of your accident, determine what deadline may apply in your situation and answer your legal questions.

Our firm is available to answer your chat or your phone call 24/7: (800) 762-8623

Are There Any Trucking Laws That Apply to My Claim?

Michigan truck drivers, and out-of-state truck drivers, must follow both federal and state regulations. We are prepared to determine whether there was any violation of one or more of these laws that may have caused your accident.

Mandatory Insurance Requirements

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) and Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) have various requirements for truck insurance. For example, a truck driver must have liability coverage. Other coverages may include property damage and bobtail coverage.

MDOT also has requirements for liability coverage for other drivers who travel through the state, but the amount of coverage is dependent on the type of cargo being transported, as well as its final destination.

Some examples of MDOT’s minimum mandatory liability coverage:

  • A minimum coverage of $300,000 is required for trucks transporting household goods
  • General freight carriers require a minimum coverage of $750,000
  • Oil carriers requires a minimum coverage of $1,000,000
  • Hazardous material carriers require a minimum coverage of $5,000,000

Truck drivers who go beyond state lines must adhere to other federal truck insurance regulations. This includes liability insurance coverage with limits between $750,000 and $1,000,000. Again, the amount of coverage is dependent on the type of cargo. Coverage for non-hazardous cargo could be considerably less – $300,000.

Legal Maximum Load Limits

In addition to meeting federal and state insurance requirements, truck drivers, owners and trucking companies are also required to abide by the legal load and size limits. Michigan’s maximum commercial vehicle gross weight limit is 80,000 pounds. Other statewide limitations include:

  • Overall width of between 96 and 102 inches
  • Maximum height of 13 feet, 6 inches
  • Maximum allowed length of a single truck is 53 feet

Hours of Service Requirements

Truck drivers are required to follow federal hours of service regulations. These FMCSA rules are intended to help prevent drivers from operating their vehicles in an impaired or fatigued state.

Mandatory Drug and Alcohol Testing

Trucking companies are required by federal law to regularly test their drivers for both alcohol and drug use. Initially, this testing must happen prior to being hired and whenever the employer thinks it necessary, but also at other specific times, such as:

There are many other regulations at the federal or state level that could apply to your claim, which is why having an experienced, knowledgeable attorney to represent you could benefit your claim.

Why Do Truck Accidents Happen?

Truck crashes caused by another’s negligence commonly happen for one or more of the following reasons:

  • Operator error
  • Driver impaired due to fatigue
  • Truck driver operating under the influence of alcohol or drugs
  • Distracted driving
  • Tailgating, excessive speeding or other aggressive driving behavior
  • Equipment malfunction
  • Improperly secured cargo
  • Failure to do proper vehicle inspections or maintenance
  • Truck driver lost control of the vehicle
  • Insufficient driver training

Driver error and negligence are often the cause of preventable jackknife collisions, rollover accidents, rear-end crashes, underride accidents and T-bone crashes.

Contact a Trusted Traverse City Truck Accident Attorney Today

There are many important reasons to hire one of our qualified lawyers to handle your case. Our legal team at Jay Trucks and Associates has decades of experience handling complex accident claims, and we have recovered millions in compensation for the injured clients we have represented.

We are prepared to pursue maximum compensation on your behalf, if you have a valid case. We encourage you to read what other satisfied clients have said, including one client’s comment, “My case was falling apart. Jay Trucks rescued me and helped me with everything I needed.”

We are available to take your call and schedule your free initial case review anytime, day or night. We take personal injury claims on contingency, which means simply, no upfront costs for you to hire us. We get paid nothing unless we achieve a successful recovery for you.

Jay Trucks and Associates.
We are prepared to help. (800) 762-8623