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Backseat Passenger Injured In Grand Rapids Car Accident

A Grand Rapids car accident has resulted in serious injuries for a 29-year old Grandville man.  Kevin Vangilder was seriously injured in a car accident that occurred at Eastern Street and Colbrook Street in the early morning hours on October 26, 2008.  Mr. Vangilder was riding in the backseat of a car involved in an accident and was not wearing his seat belt.  He was thrown into the car's windshield and is being treated for head injuries.  The driver, a 39-year old woman from Grand Haven, suffered non-life threatening injuries.  A front seat passenger was not injured in the accident.  It is unclear what caused the accident, and police are still investigating, although alcohol is believed to be a factor.

It is a real tragedy that this accident happened and that the injuries were so severe.  I hope that Mr. Vangilder and the driver are able to experience a full recovery from their injuries.

Passengers injured in a Michigan car accident have several possible claims for their injuries. First and foremost, they are always entitled to Michigan no-fault insurance benefits.  Even if the passenger victim did not have their own automobile insurance policy, they are still entitled to these benefits.  In addition to a no-fault insurance claim, passengers injured may also be able to sue the negligent driver for their personal injuries, even if it is against the driver of the car in which they were riding in, and/or a family member.

The Buckfire & Buckfire, P.C. law firm represents people injured in car accidents.  Both people injured in this accident are eligible for Michigan No Fault insurance benefits.  No Fault insurance will pay for all medical expenses and a portion of any wages lost because of the accident.  No Fault insurance may also provide them with additional benefits depending on the severity of their injuries.  Additionally, if Mr. Vangilder's injuries are very severe, he may be able to sue his driver for additional damages.  Although my clients are sometimes hesitant to sue someone they know, I always remind them that the lawsuit is actually against the driver's insurance company.  Finally, if alcohol was in fact involved, Mr. Vangilder may be able to sue a bar or restaurant that served the driver alcohol.

For more information after suffering passenger injuries in a Michigan car accident, call our top rated law firm now at (800) 606-1717.  We will explain your legal rights to you and represent you under our No Fee Promise, which means no legal fees or costs until we win or settle your case. Call today for your free consultation!

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