Our fatal I-94 expressway car accident lawyers at Buckfire & Buckfire, P.C. are reporting a fatal one-vehicle crash on I-94 near Verona Road, killing William Gatesy, Dawn Gatesy, and William Gatesy III. The accident happened on Monday, February 18th, around 3:30p.m. According to police, the vehicle veered off the highway eastbound colliding into a tree. As a result of the crash the 2 remaining passengers sustained injuries. It is unclear what caused the crash, however a medical problem may have played a role.
I am terribly sorry to hear about this crash. My condolences go out to the family of the deceased victims, and I hope the injured victims have a fast recovery without any permanent damages.
According to research, nearly 20 percent of motor vehicle crash deaths result from a vehicle leaving the roadway and hitting a fixed object alongside the road. Fixed objects include trees, utility poles and traffic barriers are the among the most common objects struck.
In addition, recent statistics tailored by the Detroit Free Press reveal that of the 871 people killed in traffic crashes in Michigan in 2009, 80 were on interstates. In fact, I-94 was one of top ten expressways in metro Detroit with the highest crash rate, with 125 crashes.
Our fatal expressway car accident attorneys advise victims of their legal rights. For this particular I-94 single vehicle crash, both injured passengers may be able submit a claim for Michigan No-Fault benefits. No-Fault benefits will cover their medical expenses, lost wages, attendant care, replacement services, and other benefits related to injuries suffered in the car accident. The injured passengers can claim these benefits even if they did not have a Michigan automobile insurance policy.
In addition to a no-fault insurance claim, the injured passengers may also be able to file a lawsuit against the driver determined to be at fault and caused the accident. In this lawsuit, the injured victims can claim damages and compensation for the injuries suffered in the accident. The insurance company for the negligent driver typically pays a settlement for this type of case.
The family members of the deceased victim may be able to make a claim for Survivor Loss Benefits. This can include payment of funeral expenses, lost wages, and loss of other services.
In addition, the family members of the deceased passenger victim may also have a claim for a Michigan wrongful death lawsuit againt the negligent driver. At the very least, all parties involved in the accident and family members should contact the best possible fatal I-94 expressway car accident attorney to discuss their legal rights.