Despite decades of government programs discourage drinking and driving, drunk driving represents one of the major causes of all Michigan car accidents. Indeed, it is estimated that approximately 27% of all serious Michigan car accidents are caused by drunk or drugged driving. Michigan lawmakers take drunk driving seriously, and have enacted a strict set of penalties to punish those found guilty of drunk driving. However, criminal cases are more concerned with punishing an alleged drunk driver for violating the law than providing financial assistance to injury victims. Thus, criminal proceedings often provide little solace for accident victims.
While a criminal case against a drunk driver may not provide much help to an accident victim, anyone who has been injured in a Michigan DUI accident may be able to pursue a claim for compensation against the allegedly drunk driver through a civil personal injury lawsuit. If a crash results in the death of an accident victim, the surviving family members of the deceased may pursue a Michigan wrongful death claim.
In the event that the defendant dies as a result of the accident, injured parties are not without a remedy. This is because Michigan car accident victims can name the estate of an allegedly negligent driver in either a personal injury or wrongful death case.
Michigan Family of Five Killed in Recent DUI Accident
Recently, a family of five from Michigan was killed in a car accident as they were returning from vacation in Florida. According to a local news report covering the tragic accident, the accident occurred around 2:30 in the morning.
Evidently, the family was heading northbound on the highway when a pick-up truck entered the northbound lanes of the highway going the wrong way. The pick-up truck collided head-on with the family’s SUV. After the collision, both vehicles caught fire. All five people inside the SUV, as well as the driver of the pick-up truck, were pronounced dead at the scene. One witness told reporters that he was barely able to avoid a similar collision moments before the pick-up truck struck the family’s SUV. Apparently, the witness was in the northbound center lane and had to change lanes at the last minute to avoid a collision. He explained that the pick-up truck was “absolutely flying.”
Have You Been Injured in a Michigan DUI Accident?
If you or a loved one has recently been injured in a Michigan DUI accident, you may be entitled to monetary compensation for the injuries you have endured. At the Neumann Law Group, we have a proud history representing accident victims in all types of Michigan personal injury cases, including drunk driving accidents and other types of Michigan car accidents. To learn more about how we can help you pursue a claim for compensation, call 616-717-5666 to schedule a free consultation today. Calling is free, and we will not bill you for our services unless we can help you recover for your injuries.
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