Injured Due to Negligence? Tell Us Your Story.
It’s alarming how quickly accidents can happen. During the brief time it takes for a driver to glance at their smartphone or check their GPS, they can strike and seriously injure a pedestrian, cyclist, or another motorist and their passengers. Sometimes those injuries can impact victims for the rest of their lives.
At Conybeare Law Office, we make it our mission to ensure that those injured in accidents due to the negligence of another party across Cass County are fairly compensated. If you live in Dowagiac, Cassopolis, or anywhere else in or around Cass County or West Michigan, call The Bear today at 269-769-BEAR. You can also fill out this contact form for your free initial consultation with a Cass County personal injury attorney. We want to help.
Our Cass County Personal Injury Practice Areas
We understand the impact that a serious accident can have on your future. Every personal injury lawyer on our team knows how painful it is to lose a loved one and realizes the stress you are under as medical bills pile up and you lose time at work. The Cass County personal injury lawyers at Conybeare Law Office have helped many Cass County clients deal with insurance companies and the legal system to ensure they received the money they deserved.
Every year, hundreds of people are injured and some are killed in car accidents across West Michigan. In 2020, there were nine fatal accidents and 236 accidents causing injury in Cass County, with common causes being driver distraction and drunk driving. If a negligent driver has left you with injuries, a Cass County car accident lawyer can help you pursue maximum compensation for your medical bills, lost wages, and other damages.
Many people use ride-sharing apps like Uber and Lyft to get around. Michigan has seen an increase in rideshare accidents, which can occur at any time. At Conybeare Law Office, our car accident attorneys know the laws surrounding these services and will aggressively negotiate for the compensation you deserve.
Motorcyclists are a minority on the road. As a result, many drivers do not think about them or look out for them. Driver negligence and inattention can be deadly for motorcyclists. Over 5,000 motorcycle riders a year lose their lives. If you’ve been injured, let us be your legal advocates from start to finish so that you can focus on your recovery. With our experience and legal knowledge, our motorcycle accident lawyers can bring the kind of customized, compassionate representation that you deserve for your motorcycle accident claim.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reports that most fatalities and injuries associated with truck accidents involve pedestrians and occupants of other vehicles. The size and force of most trucks practically guarantee that a collision will have a catastrophic outcome.
If you’ve been left injured or disabled in a crash involving a commercial vehicle, the truck accident attorneys at Conybeare Law Office will fight for the financial recovery you need and deserve. We have the highest verdict ever in Cass County– $1,914,000 – in a truck accident case that ended in a wrongful death.
DUI continues to be a major problem across West Michigan. In 2020, there were 39 motor vehicle accidents caused by alcohol, drugs, or a combination in Cass County, leaving 58 people injured and killing seven others. If you’ve been hurt by a drunk driver, a Cass County auto accident lawyer will provide experienced legal representation to get you the money you deserve.
Driver negligence can be deadly for bicyclists, who aren’t protected by anything more than a helmet. If you’ve been injured on a bicycle, speak to a Cass County personal injury attorney at Conybeare Law Office and we will protect your right to receive compensation for medical expenses, lost income, and more.
Pedestrians cannot compete with the sheer size and weight of cars and trucks on the road. In the event of an accident, they can suffer serious injuries or death. If you have been injured in a pedestrian accident, you should focus on getting the care you need to get back on your feet. The highly experienced Cass County pedestrian accident lawyers at our firm can help you recover fair compensation for your injuries.
Losing someone you love is extremely difficult. If your loved one died as a result of negligence, you need an attorney who is compassionate and experienced in handling wrongful death cases. While we know that money won’t bring the person back, it can provide your family with financial security and a sense of justice as you come to terms with your loss. Let the wrongful death attorneys at Conybeare Law Office advocate for you during this difficult time.
Other Practice Areas
Conybeare Law Office has an extensive personal injury practice that also includes:
Other Case Types
Conybeare Law Office practice areas also include:
- Civil Rights and Law Enforcement
- Civil Rights and Schools
- Employment Law
- Social Security Disability
- Veteran’s Disability
Q. Why Should I Hire a Michigan Car Accident Lawyer For a Michigan Crash Over an Out-Of-State Lawyer?
One of the biggest benefits of utilizing an experienced Michigan car accident lawyer, like those at Conybeare Law Office, is that you have someone on your side who understands the details of Michigan car accident law.
Michigan is one of the few ‘no-fault states’ for car accidents. This means that a victim’s own insurance will typically pay for medical bills, property damage, and other losses up to a point, regardless of who was at fault for the crash. However, under many circumstances, Michigan law provides that the victim in the accident can seek additional money for pain and suffering and other financial harms. Similarly, money for loss of financial support, love, and companionship can be pursued when a family member dies in a car accident.
There are also specific statutes of limitations that apply to Michigan car accident cases:
- The time limit to file a claim against the at-fault driver is three years from the date of the accident.
- The time limit to submit a claim for no-fault benefits to your insurance company is one year.
Out-of-state lawyers often don’t know these deadlines. Failure to file a claim within the statute of limitations will result in your case being thrown out of court and you being barred from collecting any money for your injuries.
Michigan’s laws are different from those of other states. You wouldn’t hire a hand surgeon to do your heart surgery. Expertise matters. If you were in a Michigan crash, or you are a Michigan resident, you deserve a lawyer who knows Michigan law. Don’t settle for less.
Q. I’ve Been Injured in an Accident. What Should I Do?
If you’ve been injured in an auto accident, your safety should be your main concern. Call 911 to report the crash to the police and, if anyone is seriously injured, request an ambulance. While waiting for the police to arrive, take the following steps:
- Exchange contact and insurance information with the driver who struck you. Avoid making any statements about what you may have done to contribute to the accident.
- Get the contact information for any eyewitnesses who can support your version of the events later on.
- Take pictures of the accident scene, including damage to all vehicles involved, skid marks, and road debris.
When the police arrive to make an official report of the accident, get the names of the officers and request a copy of the report when it becomes available.
If you know you’ve been injured, go to the hospital to get your injuries assessed and treated. Even if you think you’re fine, except for a few bruises, go to the emergency room or see your doctor as soon as possible to make sure. Some injuries don’t manifest symptoms right away, especially if you’re in shock after an accident. If you were injured, don’t speak to the insurance company until you have retained a Cass County personal injury lawyer who can look out for you and make sure you are treated fairly throughout the entire process.
At Conybeare Law Office, we know how Michigan car insurance companies use the law to look out for themselves, not you. Michigan has a comparative negligence law that allows insurance companies to pay less if you were partially at fault for a crash, so you can expect them to do everything they can to point the finger at you. Don’t let this happen to you. Conybeare Law Office can help educate you on these tactics so you don’t fall victim to them.
Q. What is the Value of My Personal Injury Case?
The amount of compensation you may be entitled to depends on a variety of factors, especially the extent of your injuries and the impact they have on your life, both now and in the future. The more serious the injuries, the more your day-to-day life will be impacted.
This “impact” includes everything from lost wages, to medical expenses incurred as a result of the injury, to decreased earnings in the future. The purpose of compensation is to account for these changes by ensuring that the victim’s quality of life is roughly equal to what they would have enjoyed if the accident never happened. Your personal injury lawyer will assign a dollar amount to your claim and seek a fair settlement with the insurance company or take the case to trial.
A Cass County Personal Injury Attorney is Here for You
Nobody expects to be hurt in an accident or file a personal injury lawsuit. However, unexpected accidents can impact your well-being, finances, and health, leading to worry and anxiety over your future.
If you’ve been hurt due to someone else’s negligence or reckless conduct, you have the right to seek compensation. You shouldn’t have to deal with insurance companies and negotiations on your own. Contact Conybeare Law Office today for a free consultation with a Cass County personal injury or car accident lawyer. Call The Bear today at 269-769-BEAR or fill out this contact form. We also serve Van Buren County, Berrien County, and Kalamazoo. Remember: if it’s not fair, call the Bear!