Our Midland car accident lawyers recently settled a disputed liability lawsuit for $485,000.00 on behalf of our client. Our client was a 22 year old college student who was waiting to make a left turn at an intersection and began her left turn once the light turned to red. The defendant was speeding and attempted to “beat the red light” through the intersection. She crashed into our client’s car at a high rate of speed and caused a rollover accident. The defendant argued liability, claiming that she crossed the intersection while the light was still green. The police didn’t believe her, and issued her a ticket for running a red light.
Michigan laws have specific statutes that address accidents in which a driver runs a red light and causes an accident with another automobile. These specific laws include that the at fault driver was negligent for:
- Failing to obey the instructions of the traffic control signal located at the aforesaid intersection which did then and there show red against the passage of the drive, in violation of Mich. Comp. Laws Ann. §257.612.
- Failing to yield right-of-way to the vehicle of the plaintiff which was then and there lawfully within the intersection, in violation of Mich. Comp. Laws Ann. §257.612.
Our client suffered significant trauma and underwent an emergency craniotomy due to head trauma in the rollover accident. She required significant medical care and hospitalization for her injuries. She also suffered a traumatic brain injury and has cognitive and behavioral problems as a result of those injuries. She has never been able to return to her pre-accident functioning and way of a life.
The Michigan car lawsuit was settled against the negligent driver for insurance policy limits and against our client’s own insurance company through an underinsured motorists claim. The case was scheduled for trial but settled prior to the trial. A portion of the settlement funds will be paid into a structured insurance annuity settlement to provide for specific payments over our client’s lifetime.
If you or someone you know suffers injuries in a Michigan car accident due to a negligent driver running a red light, call our top rated Buckfire & Buckfire, P.C. law firm now at (800) 606-1717. Our experienced auto accident attorneys have significant experience in these types of cases and very knowledgeable of other claims for general negligence other than the specific Michigan laws to prove and win your red light accident case. Call today for your free consultation! We will start working on your case immediately gathering all the evidence and witness statements to prove and win your case.