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Who Pays for Property Damage After a Car Accident?

Michigan is a no-fault car insurance state. Yet, you may be able to file a claim with the at-fault driver's insurance if they hit your parked car. You may also be able to get up to $1,000 in damages through Michigan's "mini-tort" provision if you were driving at the time.

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Does Speeding Cause More Car Accidents?

Speeding was a contributing factor in 26% of fatal car accidents in 2017, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. If you or a loved one were seriously injured in a car accident caused by another driver speeding, don’t hesitate to give us a call.

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Do I need a Car Accident Attorney if I'm Not Injured?

We understand that you probably want to leave your car accident in the past. However, this can be difficult if you or a loved one is injured and needs compensation for medical bills, lost wages, and other damages. Fortunately, our car accident attorneys are ready to help!

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Did Distracted Driving Cause Your Accident?

While some technologies have improved the driving experience (such as GPS), they can also distract drivers from paying attention to the road. If you or a loved one have been seriously injured due to distracted driving, request a consultation with one of our Grand Rapids, MI car accident lawyers as soon as possible.

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Can Unsafe Tires Cause Car Accidents?

According to the National Transportation Safety Board, about 19,000 Americans are injured every year in car accidents caused by unsafe tires. If you or a loved one has been seriously injured in a car accident involving unsafe tires, request a consultation with one of our car accident lawyers today.

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Can One Lawyer Represent Two People From The Same Car Accident?

Our car accident lawyers are able to represent more than one client from the same car accident, as long as their interests don’t conflict. For example, it would be unethical for a car accident attorney to represent an injured passenger and a negligent driver from the same accident. You can trust our car accident lawyers to always represent clients in a way that is fair, honest, and ethical.

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5 Driving Habits That Cause Car Accidents in Michigan

Did you know that certain driving habits increase your risk for an auto accident in Michigan? Fortunately, our Grand Rapids, MI car accident attorneys are here to let you know what habits you should immediately stop so you can be safer while driving.

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What Should You Do if You are Pulled Over for DUI?

Every day, 29 Americans die in auto accidents that involve alcohol. That's one death every 50 minutes! Our DUI attorneys in Grand Rapids, MI understand that people make mistakes. Yet, they also want to make sure that you stay safe by not drinking and getting behind the wheel. At the very least, they want you to know what you should do if a police officer pulls you over for DUI.

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Do You Lose Your Driver's License for Your First DUI?

The court will suspend your driver’s license for up to 6 months after your first DUI conviction. For this reason, it’s important you call our DUI attorneys in Grand Rapids, MI right away. You may qualify for a restricted license after serving 30 days of the suspension. A restricted license lets you drive to work, school, home, and court-ordered locations.

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4 Defects that Cause Semi-Truck Accidents

Semi truck accidents are a real danger on the road. The sheer size of a semi truck means that an accident can leave you with serious personal injury. Luckily, our Grand Rapids truck accident attorneys are here to ensure you receive the compensation you deserve. But how do semi truck accidents happen? It turns out 4 major defects are more than likely to blame.

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4 Facts About Getting a DUI

If you’ve been arrested for drunk driving in Michigan, chances are you’re going through a wide range of emotions. The best course of action is to stay calm and consider your options. Our DUI attorneys have a long track record of helping people who have been arrested for driving under the influence, and we can help you too.

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5 Common Causes of Pedestrian Accidents

Pedestrians are 1.5 times more likely to be killed in a car collision than passengers. Negligent drivers make crosswalks, sidewalks, and other locations vulnerable places where anyone can become a victim of a pedestrian accident. However, negligent driving takes forms that you might not expect.

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5 Myths About DUIs in Michigan

Drunk driving laws can be complicated to understand, and there are plenty of myths surrounding what happens when you get a DUI. Our Grand Rapids DUI attorneys want to be clear about what is and isn’t true when it comes to the laws surrounding drunk driving offenses. Here are 5 commonly-held myths about receiving a DUI in Michigan, as well as the real truths you need to know.

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5 Tips for Safe Driving in Unfamiliar Areas

When you’re driving in unfamiliar areas, it’s important to take extra precautions in order to avoid a car accident. Between reacting to new obstacles, observing new speed limits, and trying to find your way around, there are more opportunities for accidents to happen. Our Michigan car accident attorneys want to make sure you stay safe on the roads.

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Do I Need to Wear a Motorcycle Helment?

Although riding your motorcycle without a helmet is dangerous, many motorists prefer the look and feel of helmet-free riding. In the state of Michigan, you can opt to ride a motorcycle without a helmet if you meet certain requirements. If you’re a motorcycle rider, here are the things our Michigan motorcycle accident attorneys want you to know about wearing your helmet.

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How Do I Prove Someone Hit My Car?

If you’re in a car accident in Michigan, you need to prove the other driver was at fault in order to file a third-party claim against their insurance. Our car accident attorneys are always willing to help guide you through the process of how to receive the compensation you deserve after experiencing an accident. All drivers have a responsibility to drive safely by obeying traffic laws, not driving distracted, and not operating their vehicles while under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

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How to Obtain Lost Wages After an Injury

If you’ve suffered a serious injury that caused you to miss out on work, you might be eligible for compensation for your lost wages. This type of compensation can go a long way towards helping you or your family after such a traumatic event.

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What Happens When Children Are Caught With Drugs At School?

Sometimes our children do things we don’t understand. If your child has been caught with drugs at school, you might be feeling angry, confused, and heartbroken. The best thing you can do is keep a level head until you know how your family is going to deal with this crisis.

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Passenger Injury Claims After a Car Accident

Have you been recently injured in a car accident where you were a passenger? If so, you may be eligible to receive compensation for medical bills, lost wages, and other damages. Continue reading to learn how you can file a claim for car accident injuries as a passenger. For more information, request a consultation with our car accident attorney.

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Who Can File for Wrongful Death in Michigan?

In the state of Michigan, the personal representative of the decedent’s estate is responsible for bringing a wrongful death lawsuit. If your loved one recently passed away as the result of another person’s negligence, call our wrongful death lawyer as soon as possible. We can help you prove that the other party neglected their duty to the decedent to exercise reasonable care.

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How to Prove Wrongful Death After a Car Accident

It’s unfortunate when a loved one passes away because of another driver’s negligence. We understand that this time is difficult for you and other surviving family members. However, there is a limited window of time for the decedent’s estate to file a wrongful death lawsuit. Our wrongful death attorney can help you win compensation for lost earnings, loss of companionship, and other damages.

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Can I Claim Damages If I Didn't Wear a Seatbelt?

Even if you didn’t wear a seatbelt at the time of the car accident, you could still be eligible to receive compensation for car accident injuries. Fortunately, our car accident attorney can help you understand your rights so you can hold negligent drivers and insurance companies accountable. Continue reading to learn how you can still file a claim after a car accident, despite not wearing a seatbelt.

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What’s a Minor in Possession (MIP) Charge?

We all hope that our children make good choices. Unfortunately, the high school and college years are filled with opportunities to get in trouble. If your child has a minor in possession (MIP) charge, your first step should be to call a criminal defense attorney. A defense attorney can help secure the best legal outcome for your child so one mistake doesn’t rule the rest of their life.

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Do I Need a Dog Bite Attorney?

More than 800,000 Americans receive medical treatment each year for dog bites, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. While most dog bites go unreported, don’t let this deter you from getting the compensation you need for medical bills, lost wages, and emotional trauma. Continue reading to learn why it’s always a good idea to call a dog bite lawyer.

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What to do if Your Teenager is Arrested

As a parent, few things are more upsetting than having your child arrested. Fortunately, our defense attorneys will fight aggressively for your child’s rights so he or she can receive a fair trial. Depending on the severity of the charge, your child may be tried as a juvenile or adult. Either way, you’ll need a juvenile justice attorney to help you secure the best outcome for your child. Continue reading to learn what you should do if your teenager is arrested.

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What to Do After a Motorcycle Accident

Warm temperatures, blue skies, and open roads are the perfect conditions for riding your motorcycle. However, it’s important you know what steps you’ll need to take if you’re ever in an accident. Our auto accident attorneys will fight aggressively for your rights to make sure you get the damages you need for medical bills, lost income, lost earning capacity, and emotional trauma. You can count on our personal injury lawyers for legal advice.

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How to Prove Personal Injury from a Dog Bite

If you or a loved one were recently bitten by a dog, you may be eligible for compensation. Our dog bite attorneys can help you receive damages for medical bills, lost wages, emotional trauma, and other injury-related expenses. In Michigan, the statute of limitations is 3 years from the day you were bitten. For this reason, it’s important to file your personal injury claim before the deadline. Otherwise, the courts will refuse to hear your case, no matter how deserving.

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How to Determine Fault in a Pedestrian Accident

If you or a loved one were involved in a pedestrian accident, your first call should be to one of our accident lawyers. You can count on our legal expertise to build a strong case. Our goal is to help people just like you get the compensation they need to recover from personal injury. Continue reading to learn how to determine fault in a pedestrian accident. For more information, schedule a consultation with one of our accident attorneys.

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5 Types of Medical Negligence Claims

Negligence happens when a doctor makes a “mistake” that results in personal injury. If you or a loved one has suffered personal injury from medical negligence, we recommend hiring a malpractice lawyer as soon as possible. A medical malpractice lawyer will advocate for you and hire experts of comparable education and experience to testify how they would have acted differently to avoid injury.

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How are Medical Negligence and Malpractice Different

If you or a loved one were harmed as a result of medical malpractice or negligence, you’ll need to call an attorney as soon as possible. A malpractice attorney will fight aggressively for your rights so you can get the compensation you need for medical bills, lost wages, lost earning capacity, emotional trauma, and other injury-related expenses. While not all bad medical outcomes result from malpractice, you’ll want to hire an attorney who will represent your best interests.

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Birth Injury FAQ's

Nothing is more heartbreaking than discovering your child has a birth injury, especially if it could have been prevented by your doctor and/or pharmaceutical company. Compensation for a birth injury can help pay for your child’s medical needs and even long-term care.

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Why You Need a Birth Injury Lawyer

If your child has a birth injury, you’ll want to schedule a consultation with a medical malpractice lawyer before time runs out to receive compensation. Like other types of personal injury claims, you have a limited period of time to take legal action. A malpractice attorney can guide you through the process so you can get compensation for medical treatment and even long-term care.

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Do I Need a Car Accident Lawyer after a Fender Bender?

It’s not uncommon after a minor auto accident to feel neck pain or tenderness. If you have a serious soft-tissue injury following a car accident, it is important that you contact an auto accident attorney as soon as possible to file a personal injury claim.

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How to File a Personal Injury Claim

If you are having difficulty holding a liable party accountable after personal injury, we recommend contacting a Grand Rapids attorney. A personal injury attorney will be able to walk you through the steps of filing a claim so you can get the compensation you deserve. Injury compensation is meant to cover medical expenses, lost wages, loss of future earnings, emotional trauma, and other related expenses.

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What to Know if Your College Student is Facing Criminal Charges

When you send your kid off to college, the last thing you want is to hear they’ve been charged with a crime. If your college student is facing criminal charges, the first call you make should be to a Grand Rapids attorney. A criminal record can disqualify your child from receiving federal student aid, ruin their chances of gainful employment after graduation, or even get them expelled from their dream college.

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What You Need to Prove a Medical Malpractice Claim

If you or a loved one were injured as a result of medical malpractice, we recommend contacting a personal injury attorney as soon as possible. A medical malpractice attorney will fight for your rights so you can receive the compensation you need to recover and move on with your life. Compensation for medical malpractice covers your medical bills, loss of wages, loss of future earnings, emotional trauma, and other related expenses.

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Consequences of a Drug Crime Conviction

The consequences of a drug crime conviction are long-lasting and far-reaching. Hiring a drug crime attorney will give you the best chance of either clearing your name or reducing your sentence. A drug crime conviction goes on your criminal record and can follow you around for the rest of your life.

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Differences Between Drug Possession and Drug Trafficking

TBoth drug possession and drug trafficking charges start with someone arrested for having drugs in their possession. However, the similarities end there. Since defendants and their families often get confused on the differences between drug possession and drug trafficking, we thought this blog post would be a great help.

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How To File a Michigan Dog Bite Claim

Have you or a loved one recently been bitten by a dog and sustained personal injury? If so, we recommend reading through our guide of what you need to know about Michigan dog bite laws. In this blog post, we explain when dog owners can be held liable and how you can get the compensation you deserve for medical bills, lost wages, and emotional trauma.

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Consequences of a Teenage Drug Conviction

No parent wants to get a phone call from school saying that their child tested positive for drugs. However, if it does happen you want to make sure that your child gets the medical and legal help they need to recover from drug addiction and move on with their life.

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Types of Traumatic Brain Injuries from Auto Accidents

The number one reason for bankruptcy in the United States is medical expenses, which is why it’s important to contact a personal injury attorney for traumatic brain injury caused by an auto accident. A Grand Rapids attorney will fight aggressively for your rights so you are able to pay for medical bills, rehabilitation, lost wages, and more.

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Interview Questions to Ask a DUI Attorney

After being charged with drunk driving, your first step should be to contact an attorney experienced in DUI and DWI defenses. The outcome of your case is partly determined by the legal representation you hire. In this blog post, we will go over questions you should ask a drunk driving attorney during your initial meeting.

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Safety Tips for New Motorcyclists

Motorcyclists have little protection during motor vehicle collisions, which increases risk for serious personal injury. If you or a loved one has recently been injured in a motorcycle accident, we recommend calling a Grand Rapids attorney as soon as possible.

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How Can You Prepare for a Domestic Violence Hearing

The results of a domestic violence hearing will decide whether a temporary restraining order or child custody order is needed. Since the safety of you and other family members depends on this hearing, it’s important you gather the necessary evidence of abuse to prove your case.

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Protection From Accidents

There are many precautions you can take to protect yourself from an accident. However, sometimes, despite our best intentions, disaster can still strike. When it does, be sure to contact an experienced local attorney with the appropriate legal experience to handle your court case.

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First Steps After Accident

After an accident, the stream of activity that follows can be a chaotic time, especially for the victim. Attorney Jerry Beurkens is aware of this, which is why, as an experienced local attorney, he decided to provide this helpful online legal resource for people struggling to figure out their next steps.

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3 Reasons for a Suspended or Revoked Driver’s License

Most Americans depend on their cars for being able to drive to work, run errands, or pick their kids up from school. However, when you have a suspended driver’s license, you are forced to find other arrangements, car pool, or take public transportation until your license is reinstated. A Grand Rapids criminal defense attorney can help you streamline the process of license reinstatement and show you what legal steps you’ll need to take.

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5 Different Types of Domestic Violence

If you are a victim of domestic assault, it’s important that you alert law enforcement to the situation as soon as possible. Having a record of your domestic assault will help you establish a pattern of behavior if you decide to press charges. Domestic assault typically escalates over time and can even result in your abuser killing you.

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What Constitutes a Traumatic Brain Injury?

If you or a loved one has recently suffered traumatic brain injury (TBI), you may be eligible for financial compensation. However, before consulting with an experienced Grand Rapids personal injury attorney, it’s important that you completely understand your medical condition and what constitutes a traumatic brain injury.

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Why You Need to File a Police Report after a Car Accident

Being involved in an auto accidentcan be scary, especially if you sustained serious car crash injuries. However, even with minor rear-end auto collisions, it’s important to get full documentation for your own protection. If you sustain injuries, or the other party claims injuries, a police report can help save you from paying undeserved damages.

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Levels Of Drunk Driving Offenses In Michigan

Have you or a loved one recently been charged with drunk driving in the state of Michigan? Under Michigan law there are three levels of drunk driving offenses that affect your eligibility for driver’s license restoration after a DUI.

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Recovering Driver's License After DUI

People depend on being able to drive their vehicles to get to work, run errands, or drop their children off at school. For this reason, it’s important that you contact an experienced DUI lawyer as soon as possible when facing a DUI charge.

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How A DUI Can Impact Your Life

Have you or a loved one recently been convicted of a Driving Under the Influence (DUI) offense? People often learn the hard way that a DUI can have a major impact on one’s life in a variety of different ways. Often times, it is very important to have a quality criminal defense attorney to help limit the amount of damage a DUI can have on your personal and professional life.

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What If I'm Hit By An Uninsured Motorist

Being involved in an auto accident in Grand Rapids is one of life’s most stressful experiences, doubly so if the person who hits you is an uninsured motorist. Without the proper coverage, it is much harder to recoup damages, medical expenses, and lost wages.

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What An MIP Means For a Teenager

Have you or a loved one recently received a Minor In Possession (MIP) or open container offense and are curious about the impact that it is going to have on your life? When dealing with alcohol, tobacco and marijuana, many teenagers are unaware of the impact their actions may have .

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The Damage a Spinal Cord Injury Leaves Behind

A spinal cord injury is the result of a sudden or traumatic event that fractures or dislocates the vertebrae. The damage is caused by bone fragments, disc material or ligament bruises that tear the spinal cord and produce the injury. The spinal cord can be compared to a computerized central server in charge of sending signals up & down from the brain to the rest of the body.

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Auto Accident and Hiring a Personal Injury Attorney

So you were in an auto accident and suffered injury? Then you must now be looking into hiring an auto accident injury lawyer.  At Beurkens Law, attorney Jerry Beurkens will work with you to give you the legal guidance you are looking for during your court case. If the auto accident was the other driver's fault, then you are likely entitled to money.

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Pedestrian Laws You Should Know

Pedestrian accidents usually occur when drivers aren’t paying attention. Cars can hurt people as easily as they can damage another car and, in some cases, cause critical or even fatal wounds if the vehicle is travelling fast enough upon impact.The personal injury lawyers at Beurkens Law have put together a quick reference guide of the pedestrian laws that everyone should know.

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