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Accidents caused 136,053 unintentional deaths in the U.S. in 2014, making it the fourth leading cause of death in the U.S. data from the Centers for Disease Control shows. Accidents can happen anywhere and can cause the victim to suffer catastrophic injuries.

Top Three Causes of Accidental Deaths in the U.S.

Many types of accidents can lead to a fatal injury. According to the CDC, the leading three causes of accidental deaths in the U.S. in 2014 include:

Unintentional poisonings which include drug overdoses- 38,851 deaths

Traffic accidents- 35,398 deaths

Falls- 31,959 deaths

While poisonings and drug overdoses are usually a grave mistake on the part of the victim, fall and car accidents especially can be tied to the negligence of others.

Traffic Accidents

For decades, traffic accidents caused the most unintentional deaths in the U.S. but the opioid epidemic has changed the dynamic somewhat. Even so, traffic crashes take many lives and injure hundreds of thousands of Americans each year.

A car accident can result in the following injuries:

Broken ribs from airbag deployment

Broken leg, arm, and facial bones

Neck and spinal injuries

Head trauma

Proving Negligence

If you are seeking compensation for a bicycle, car, motorcycle or truck accident, you must prove the person who hit you was negligent. That means you need to provide evidence of the other party’s negligence. Sometimes the issue of liability is straightforward, but it some cases it can be hard to point to a direct cause or action that led to a collision, which is why USAttorneys encourages you to get legal assistance. One of our accident attorneys in Michigan can investigate your accident, gather evidence and consult with experts, so you have an undefeatable injury claim.

Falls

Falls cause a large percentage of death for adults over the age of 65, but a fall can cause harm to anyone no matter their age. When we think of injurious falls, we often think of people falling from high up, but many devastating falls occur in everyday situations when a person in walking or standing. You don’t have to fall a far distance to suffer a severe injury.

Premises Liability in Michigan

Michigan law requires victims of slip and fall accidents to prove four things to have a valid premises liability claim:  

  • The property owner or their employees had a legal duty to protect the plaintiff from harm, and
  • The property owner neglected their duty to keep the plaintiff safe on their property.
  • The plaintiff was injured because of the hazardous condition, and
  • The victim suffered economic and emotional damages because of their injury.

Filing a Personal Injury Claim

If you plan on settling your case in civil court, you must appear in a district court when the value of your claim is $25,000 or less. For claims over $25,000, your claim must be filed with a circuit court.

http://courts.mi.gov/self-help/directories/pages/trial-court-directory.aspx

Below are addresses of district courts in Michigan:

Lansing 54 A District Court

Lansing City Hall

124 W Michigan Ave # 54A

Lansing, MI 48933

 

US District Court Clerk

110 Michigan St NW

Grand Rapids, MI 49503

 

US District Court Clerk

231 W Lafayette Blvd # 827

Detroit, MI 48226

 

Below are addresses of Circuit courts in Michigan:

Third Judicial Circuit Court

Coleman A. Young Municipal Center

2 Woodward Ave #711

Detroit, MI 48226

 

16th Judicial Circuit Court

40 N Main St

Mt Clemens, MI 48043

Get Legal Advice

Before you file your claim or accept a settlement, let USAttorneys connect you with an accident lawyer near your Michigan area. You can set up a consultation and learn how a lawyer can turn your claim into a generous award.