Michigan residents may have heard of a recent car accident that claimed one life. The fatal accident involved three vehicles and caused multiple injuries in addition to the fatality.
According to authorities, the accident occurred in Pontiac, Michigan when a northbound vehicle crashed head-on into a car traveling south. The 75-year-old driver of the southbound vehicle was subsequently trapped in his car and later declared dead at the scene of the accident. A 66-year-old passenger traveling in the same vehicle sustained injuries and was transported to a nearby hospital.
Witnesses stated that the accident was caused by the northbound vehicle when it tried to change lanes in order to pass through an intersection. In the process, the vehicle's 51-year-old driver lost control of his car and collided directly into the southbound vehicle.
Sources reported that the impact of the collision was so strong that the southbound vehicle was pushed into another vehicle traveling south. The 21-year-old driver of the third vehicle also suffered injuries and was taken to the hospital for treatment. The driver of the northbound vehicle was injured as well and hospitalized.
Investigations are ongoing as to the cause of the accident. However, officials allege alcohol was a factor in causing the crash.
A major traffic accident such as the one described may have a devastating effect not only on the lives of the victims but also on the lives of their family members. If the accident was caused by the negligence of another driver, all the victims in the crash are entitled to claim compensation for their injuries from the negligent driver. Medical expenses and funeral expenses are included in such compensation. Victims may choose to take advantage of the services of an experienced professional in filing personal injury claims in order to receive adequate compensation for their pain and suffering.
Source: Detroit Free Press, "Man dies, three others injured in car accident in Pontiac," Ann Zaniewski, Jan. 21, 2013