Michigan roads can be dangerous under any conditions, with many drivers failing to pay enough attention to the road, speeding, following too closely, or operating their vehicles while impaired. Accidents that involve semi-trucks and other large vehicles are even more dangerous. Although truck drivers must be licensed and trained to safely operate their vehicles, the pressures and stress involved with hours of driving can lead to lapses in judgment. A local news report discusses a recent accident involving two semi-trucks and a car, which ended in tragedy.
According to the recently published article, the crash happened on April 28 on Interstate 94 near Albion township. It appears that a semi-truck driver was following a car too closely, and when the car started braking to avoid colliding with another semi-truck in front of it, the semi in the rear crashed into the car. After the initial collision, the car was crushed into the other semi-truck and sandwiched between the two large vehicles. When police and EMTs arrived on the scene, the only occupant in the car was pronounced dead, and one of the semi-truck drivers was hospitalized with minor injuries.
Victims of accidents involving semi-trucks or other large vehicles may face different challenges in seeking compensation for their losses. Semi-truck drivers have an increased duty to the public to operate their vehicles safely, and state and federal regulations mandate acceptable and unacceptable driving practices. An accident victim needs to know exactly what regulations applied to the trucker involved in the crash and should be able to determine if any safety regulations were violated before the accident occurred. If an accident victim can demonstrate that a truck driver was not complying with safety regulations or was in violation of a traffic law before an accident occurs, then proving the truck driver’s negligence and holding them accountable becomes much easier.
One of the most important steps in successfully pursuing a Michigan car accident lawsuit is the investigation stage. While law enforcement officers and other government regulators generally perform thorough investigations into what caused an accident, these public investigations are not designed to support a negligence claim. A qualified private investigator working with a knowledgeable personal injury law firm can help ensure that no evidence is lost and that the accident victim is prepared to make their case for a settlement or judgment.
Who Can Accident Victims Turn to for Help?
If you or a loved one has been hurt or killed in a semi-truck collision or other Michigan car accident, making a call to the Michigan personal injury attorneys with the Neumann Law Group may be the first step to obtaining the compensation that you deserve. Our lawyers understand the distinctions between different types of car crashes, and without strategic planning and diligent representation, you can be confident that your rights will be protected throughout the process. We represent clients in all types of Michigan injury and negligence cases, including semi-truck accidents. To schedule a free initial consultation today, contact us at 800-525-NEUMANN.