Accidents are an unfortunate part of daily life. The Wolverine State is one of the top ten for accidents that cause damage or injury. Risks vary from the congested interstates near Detroit to the straightaways that encourage speeding on the Upper Peninsula.
In a motor vehicle collision, a person is often dealing with a stranger, and a simple exchange of insurance information can rectify a dispute. Sometimes, problems on the road are an extension of issues at home or in the community. In the case below, the law stepping in may help keep her children safe.
A Southfield woman is in trouble after endangering her children in an accident. Her two daughters, aged 5 and 2 were injured in separate incidents when she may have caused a five-car accident and struck a utility pole during an apparent attempted flight from police.
The officer who stopped to question her said the woman drove erratically, slowing and speeding up after she had reversed to strike the officer's patrol car. She was not able to give an acceptable account of her actions after the fact, according to the officer.
Local police believe the woman will face child endangerment charges as well as failure to stop for a police officer. Michigan Children's Protective Services may be involved in the future care of the children if the mother is deemed unfit to care for them.
Drivers who endanger others with their actions may be held liable in civil court as well as criminal court. An attorney can help establish if a lawsuit can help rectify the problems caused by a reckless or distracted driver.