Car accidents are rare throughout most of the year in Michigan, but winter weather often increases the risk of a collision. Several ice-, snow- or animal-related accidents are easily handled with an insurance claim and a possible report to law enforcement, but any collision of two vehicles requires a greater response and often medical attention.
A 55-year-old driver from Detroit was killed in an accident on the westbound side of I-94 in Macomb County. The incident, which involved at least four vehicles in all, also resulted in at least three minor injuries. Michigan State Police reported that a tractor-trailer was unable to respond to slowing traffic before striking the car driven by the woman who died at the scene.
The truck then rolled over and landed on two other vehicles, causing most of the other injuries. The other victims were taken to a local hospital for treatment. Police continue to investigate the circumstances of the crash before determining if charges are warranted.
Trucks can be a surprising hazard in many ways, from reduced maneuverability compared with passenger vehicles to reduced ability to stop at high speed. Drivers should always do their best to keep clear of heavy vehicles.
Victims of motor vehicles accidents and the survivors of crash fatalities have the right to sue for financial damages from the drivers, operators and companies that may be responsible. Compensation for damages resulting from an accident and reimbursement for medical expenses may be part of a settlement or jury verdict. An experienced attorney can help sort out these options and advise victims.