Michigan car accident lawyers at Buckfire & Buckfire, P.C. are reporting on a Kentwood three-vehicle crash involving a Rapid bus and two cars. The accident occurred when the Rapid bus slowed to turn near the intersection of 60th Street and Eastern Avenue. A car rear-ended an SUV which in turn rear-ended the bus. The car driver was hospitalized in critical condition and the driver of the SUV received medical treatment for non-life-threatening injuries.
I am so sorry to hear about this accident. I hope both drivers are able to experience a full and speedy recovery.
Michigan law provides a special rule for dealing with rear end accident. MCL 257.402 provides that drivers who hit the rear end of a car "shall be deemed prima facie guilty of negligence." That means that Michigan law creates a presumption that the person who hit the rear end of another car is at fault for the accident and guilty of negligence. This presumption can be rebutted by other testimony or evidence that would justify hitting the rear end of a car, for example, testimony that the accident occurred at night and the car that was hit did not have working taillights.
Our car accident lawyers advise victims of their legal rights. For this type of three-vehicle crash, all injured drivers and passengers may be able to submit a claim for Michigan No-Fault benefits. No-Fault benefits will cover their medical expenses, lost wages, attendant care, replacement services, and other benefits related to injuries suffered in the car accident. The injured victims can claim these benefits even if they did not have a Michigan automobile insurance policy.
In addition to a no-fault insurance claim, the injured drivers may also be able to file a lawsuit against the driver determined to be at fault in the accident. In this lawsuit, the injured victim can claim damages and compensation for the injuries suffered in the accident. The insurance company for the negligent driver typically pays a settlement for this type of case. At the very least, all parties involved in the three-vehicle crash should contact the best possible car accident lawyer in Michigan to discuss their legal rights.