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Personal injury suit could address damages from fatal crash

A devastating car crash cost a young mother her life and left one of her sons critically injured. The Michigan woman's other son was also in the vehicle at the time of the wreck, but he survived without injuries. The victim was pregnant with her third child. Although it is not clear if the family plans to take any action, personal injury and wrongful death claims are common responses to accidents such as this.

The accident occurred on Jan. 7, 2018, when the woman was taking her two sons for a sledding outing in another part of the state. She was traveling along U.S. 131 when her vehicle stalled, and she pulled over to the shoulder of the highway. At that point she called her father, and he advised her to stay put until he could get there to help. Before the phone call ended, he heard a crash and the line went dead.

Although she had safely moved her vehicle over, a pickup truck struck them from behind. The damage to the car was so severe that firefighters had to cut the vehicle open to safely remove the pregnant woman and her children. She and her 3-year-old child were both transported to an area hospital with critical injuries, while the other son suffered only a few scratches to his face. Unfortunately, the mother did not survive, and later died at the hospital.

Police are currently investigating the circumstances that led to the accident, and they have already disclosed that alcohol and speed were not contributing factors. However, a driver does not have to be criminally charged in order to be held responsible for a devastating accident. Michigan victims and families may pursue personal injury or wrongful death claims against negligent drivers. When successfully pursued to completion, these suits provide necessary compensation for medical bills, unexpected funeral expenses, pain and suffering and more.

Source: star-telegram.com, "Pregnant woman's car stalled, so she called her dad. Then he heard the crash, family says", Jared Gilmour, Jan. 9, 2018

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