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Car Accidents

Have You Been Injured in an Auto Accident?

It always amazes us how poorly Michigan insurance companies handle auto accident claims, especially after a serious accident in Michigan. Many clients who have been injured in Michigan auto accidents come to us for help because they do not get straight answers from insurers, and in some cases no answers. We understand the frustration and help with a thorough investigation to determine the cause of the accident and who holds responsibility for the resulting injuries. We answer questions for victims of accidents, and we are best positioned to answer yours.

Car Accident Grand Rapids MI.


Buchanan & Buchanan is considered among the top Michigan auto accident law firms experienced with:

  • Car Accidents
  • Motorcycle Accidents
  • Truck Accidents
  • Bicycle Accidents

Accident claims in Michigan involving death or serious injuries require the highest level of attorney skill and experience. But that’s just half the equation. Michigan accidents resulting in brain injury, paralysis, disfigurement, burns, death, or catastrophic injury require medical expertise, too.  Lawsuits for injured people and their families demand, from beginning to end, the expertise of experienced medical professionals to oversee the complex medical issues that are at the core of these serious auto injury claims.  At Buchanan & Buchanan we employ and consult with experienced medical professionals in many different areas of medicine.


Every year thousands of people are injured in Michigan motor vehicle accidents – many very seriously. In fact, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, every 10 seconds someone in the United States is involved in a car accident. Here are some other interesting facts pertaining to Michigan car accidents:

  • Car crashes continue to be one of the leading causes of injury or death in Michigan.
  • Car accidents often take the lives of thousands of Michigan teenagers ages 16-20 every year.
  • Auto accidents also continue to be one of the leading causes of injury or death for older adults over 65 in Michigan.
  • Many pedestrians die from injuries related to auto accidents in Michigan.
  • Many pedestrians sustain non-fatal injuries in Michigan car accidents.
  • Many Michigan traffic fatalities are alcohol related; either the driver or an affected person (e.g., a pedestrian or a bicyclist) had a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of at least 0.08 gram per deciliter (g/dl).

Investigating Accidents


At Buchanan & Buchanan our attorney professionals use their experience in handling car accident cases to investigate contributing causes of car accidents to ensure that you will receive full compensation for your injuries. All of the factors involved in the cause of an auto accident in Michigan need to be clearly identified and organized for presentation in Michigan courts. We will handle the investigation so you can concentrate on recovering from your injuries.

We also interact with Michigan medical care providers on your behalf as we gather key information and details concerning your car accident case preparing for settlement or trial.

Auto accidents are generally evaluated under the law of negligence in the State of Michigan. A person who negligently operates a motor vehicle in Michigan may be required to pay any damages including personal injury caused by driver negligence, either to person or property. Generally, people who operate cars or trucks in Michigan must exercise “reasonable care under the circumstances.” Failure to use reasonable care is the basis for damage claims in most car accident lawsuits in Michigan.

Michigan courts look to a number of factors in determining whether a driver was negligent. Some examples of factors evaluated to determine driver negligence in Michigan can include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Driving too fast or too slow
  • Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol
  • Failing to signal while turning
  • Disregarding weather or traffic conditions
  • Disobeying traffic signs or signals
  • Failing to drive on the right side of the road
  • Texting while driving

A driver may also be liable for a car accident if a Michigan traffic court determines that the auto accident was caused by intentional or reckless conduct. A driver who is reckless is one who drives unsafely, with willful and wanton disregard for the probability that the driving may cause an auto accident and/or related injuries.

In another example, if a mechanic fails to properly repair an automobile, and the failure causes a car accident in Michigan, the person who improperly repaired the automobile, and his repair shop, may be liable for injuries sustained. Other driver negligence factors such as poorly maintained roads and malfunctioning traffic control signals can contribute to the cause. Improper design, maintenance, construction, signage, lighting or other highway defect, as well as improper striping on the road’s passing lanes, a sharp obstruction or problem with the roadway that obstructs drivers’ vision, or poorly placed trees and utility poles can also cause serious car accidents in Michigan. Finally, if an auto accident in Michigan is caused by an intoxicated driver, a bar or social host may be liable for damages sustained if they served an obviously intoxicated guest, who then drives and causes a car accident in Michigan.


In all car accident cases in Michigan, it is essential that measures be taken promptly to preserve evidence, investigate the car accident in question, and to enable physicians or other expert witnesses to thoroughly evaluate any injuries sustained. If you or a loved one has suffered an injury in a car accident, call Buchanan & Buchanan now at 1-800-272-4080. The initial consultation is free of charge, and if we agree to accept your case, we will work on a contingent fee basis, which means we get paid for our services only if there is a monetary award or recovery of funds. Don’t delay! You may have a valid claim and be entitled to compensation for your injuries, but a car accident lawsuit must be filed with Michigan courts before the statute of limitations expires.


Michigan No Fault Insurance Laws are confusing - Car accident claims in Michigan involving death or serious injuries require the highest level of attorney skill and experience, and medical expertise.
One out of eight auto accident fatalities involve large trucks such as big rigs or tractor trailers.
Motorcycle accidents in Michigan are frequent and dangerous - we are here to help.
With increased bicyclists on our roadways, the number of bicycle accidents are increasing.
Buchanan & Buchanan, P.L.C.
171 Monroe Ave. N.W. Suite 750
Grand Rapids, MI 49503
voice: (616) 458.2464
toll free: 1-800-272-4080
fax: (616) 458.0608
email: mail@buchananfirm.com