Multiple people were injured and a small child was killed in a recent accident. Michigan police suspect the person who caused the wreck was driving recklessly. When another person’s negligence results in an accident, victims and their families can pursue compensation through either personal injury or wrongful death claims depending on the situation.
Shortly before 5 p.m., the driver of a minivan pulled onto U.S. 127 from a private driveway. However, the car was soon struck from behind by a car that was likely traveling well above the posted speed limit. Two adults and two toddlers were in the van at the time of the accident, only three of whom survived. The adults were transported to an area hospital where they were treated for minor injuries before being released. One of the 3-year-old toddlers was transported by air for treatment; the other child was also taken to the hospital, but did not survive.
The 18-year-old driver and passenger of the car believed to have caused the wreck were treated for minor injuries. According to police, witnesses reported that the car had been spotted speeding and passing other vehicles on the shoulder. Although the investigation is ongoing, the driver is expected to face criminal charges.
Criminal charges are not necessary for Michigan families who hope to seek justice through the civil justice system. However, any evidence gathered by authorities for a criminal investigation may also be useful for demonstrating a driver’s negligence in connection with a claim for monetary damages. Successfully proving that another person acted negligently and thus caused harm is essential for achieving necessary compensation through personal injury and wrongful death claims.