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Antrim County Truck Accident

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An Antrim County truck accident has resulted in serious injuries to a Grand Rapids couple.  The accident occurred on January 30, 2009 on U.S. 131 near South County Line Road when a car attempted to pass a plow truck.  A semi truck was in the other lane and attempted to slow down and shift onto the shoulder, but the car spun out of control and crashed into the semi.  The driver, 86, and his passenger, 84, were taken to Munson Medical Center where he is in critical condition and she is listed in stable condition.

I am very sorry this accident occurred.  I hope they are able to pull through and recover completely from their injuries.

In an accident like this, both the man and the woman should submit a claim for Michigan No Fault insurance benefits.  No Fault insurance will pay for their hospital bills and all reasonable and necessary follow-up treatment that they require because of this accident.  It will also allow them to receive payments for attendant care.  Attendant care benefits pay for supervised care after an accident victim has been released from the hospital.  A health care professional can receive these payments, or the accident victim can "hire" a family member to provide the care and the family member can receive the payments.

In addition, based on the news report, it appears that the man was at fault for the accident.  If this was in fact the case, he would not be able to file a lawsuit for his injuries unless another driver were also negligent.  However, his passenger probably could file a lawsuit against him if her injuries are severe enough.  The article does not state the couple was husband and wife, but even if they are, the wife could still sue her husband.  Many people think this may not be allowed, but I always tell my clients the lawsuit is really against the husband's insurance company.

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