A Farmington Hills accident involving a car and a SMART bus has sent one man to the hospital. The accidnet occurred on Orchard Lake Road near 13 Mile on January 27, 2009 when a car and a SMART bus were involved in a head-on collision. No details of the causes of the accident were available but the elderly driver of the car was transported to the hospital with what appeared to be non-life-threatening injuries while the bus driver and a passenger were not injured.
I am very sorry this accident occurred. I hope that the man is able to recovery completely. I am, however, glad that this accident was not worse. If there had been more people on the bus, it is very likely someone would have been injured since buses usually do not have seat belts and other safety features.
Even though it is not clear who was at fault, the driver of the car should submit a claim for Michigan No Fault benefits. No Fault insurance will pay for his ambulance and for his hospital bills. It will also pay for all reasonable and necessary follow-up treatment and for other benefits such as household replacement services or attendant care if these become necessary.
The man may also be able to file a lawsuit against the bus driver or SMART if his injuries were very serious and if the SMART bus driver was negligent in causing the accident. The man or a member of his family should contact a lawyer immediately to discuss his injuries and the police report of this accident to determine if the man has a valid lawsuit which he could file.
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