Personal injury: Wrongful death claims might follow fatal crash

| Jul 19, 2018 | Personal Injury |

According to  police in Michigan, a 20-year-old man will likely be arraigned on charges related to a fatal car accident that occurred in the early morning hours of a recent Tuesday. The crash investigation is ongoing, but a preliminary report indicates that the driver fled the crash scene on foot. It is not known whether he suffered any personal injury, but his two passengers lost their lives.

Reportedly, the driver failed to maintain control of the vehicle, and it left the roadway. The car rolled over after crashing into a tree. Authorities say firefighters had to use mechanical equipment to get the two passengers out of the wreck. Sadly, they had both already succumbed to their injuries by the time the first responders arrived.

The deceased passengers were a 21-year-old woman and a 20-year-old woman, both from Southfield. Law enforcement located the driver shortly after their arrival at the scene, and they allege he appeared impaired. After administering a breath test, they decided to take him to a hospital to have a blood test done. The results of those tests are pending.

Regardless of whether criminal charges are filed, or the outcome of a criminal case, the surviving family members of the deceased passengers may pursue financial relief. An experienced personal injury attorney can provide the necessary support and guidance for filing wrongful death lawsuits in a Michigan civil court. Proving negligence is typically a challenging task, but a lawyer can assist with that and the documentation of claims. If such a lawsuit is successfully presented, a monetary judgment might be entered to cover economic and noneconomic damages.

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