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Fatal Northern Michigan Car Accident Near Traverse City

Our Michigan auto accident attorneys are reporting a tragic story in the news about a fatal Northern Michigan collision that took the life of Curtis John Prohaska, a 33-year-old  man, near Traverse City. The accident took place this week in Garfield Township at the intersection of Secor Road and West Silver Lake Road in the early a.m. hours.

According to police officials, Prohaska was approaching a stop sign on Secor Road when he was rear-ended by another vehicle driven by a 23-year-old man, Michael Wear.  Due to the impact of the collision, Prohaska’s Jeep, as well as the stopped pickup truck in front of Prohaska was pushed into the intersection and into the path of southbound traffic on West Silver Lake Road.

Prohaska was taken to the Munson Medical Center in Traverse City after suffering a serious head injury in the fatal crash, however later died due to his resulting injuries. No other serious injuries were reported.

We are very sorry to hear about this tragic accident and our condolences go out to the family of the deceased victim.

According to the Michigan Department of Community Health, about 30 percent of all closed head injuries in Michigan, including traumatic brain injuries (TBI's) are caused in car accidents. In the United States, TBI’s related to auto accidents account for 28 percent. Such an injury is one of the most catastrophic outcomes of a collision.

At the law firm of Buckfire & Buckfire, P.C. our personal injury attorneys advise victims of their legal rights.  For this particular fatal crash, the family members of the deceased victim may be able to make a claim for Survivor Loss Benefits.  This can include payment of funeral expenses, lost wages, and loss of other services.

In addition, to no-fault benefits, the surviving family members may also be able to file a Michigan wrongful death lawsuit against the driver determined to be negligent and cause of the collision. Damages under this law provides for a variety of claims.  This includes, but is not limited to, loss of society and companionship, loss of services provided by the family member, and other economic losses sustained by the family.  A claim can also be made for the conscious pain and suffering of the decedent from the time of the accident until death.  At the very least, our Northern Michigan Traverse City wrongful death auto accident attorneys, highly recommend that they should hire the best possible lawyer to investigate these possibilities.

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