Our Michigan auto accident attorneys recently came across a tragic report on a Downriver car accident that took place this Wednesday, August 28th, in the a.m. hours on I-96 near Milford Road in Lyon Township. According to witnesses, a vehicle lost control of his car and swerved across the lanes of Westbound I-96. To avoid a collision, a semi-truck driving behind the vehicle that lost control moved to the side of the road; however a tow truck crashed rear-ended the semi-truck and rammed into a concrete barrier.
The tow truck driver was a 42-year-old man and was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident. Injuries were also reported to a passenger riding in the semi-truck, as well as a passenger in another car that was involved.
We are very sorry to hear about this tragic accident. Our condolences go out to the family of the deceased victim and we hope all injured parties have a fast recovery without any permanent damages.
Expressway accidents often times can result in catastrophic injuries and fatalities due to the fact that vehicles are driving at a higher speed. According to statistics tailored by the Detroit Free Press, of the 871 people killed in traffic crashes in Michigan in 2009, 80 were on interstates. In fact, Westbound I-96 was listed as one of the top highest crash segments of freeways in Metro Detroit, with a total of 117 crashes from 2007 – 2009.
At the law firm of Buckfire & Buckfire, P.C. we advise victims of their legal rights. In this particular Lyon Township Downriver accident, 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 a no-fault benefit claim, depending on who is determined negligent and cause for the deadly collision, the family members of the deceased victim may also be able to file a Michigan wrongful death lawsuit against the negligent driver. The wrongful death statute permits family members and relatives to obtain compensation for their losses, including loss of society and companionship, loss of support, and economic loss. The estate of the deceased individual can also be compensated for victims conscious pain and suffering.
Depending on the seriousness of the injuries, both passengers injured 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 the injuries suffered in the crash. The injured passengers can claim these benefits even if they did not have a Michigan automobile insurance policy.
In addition to the injured victims may be able to file a lawsuit against the negligent driver if determined to be at fault in the accident. In this lawsuit, the victims 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 injured parties involved and family members should contact the best possible Downriver car accident lawyer to discuss their legal rights.