On the afternoon of June 13, 2019, in Nottawa Township west of Mount Pleasant, Michigan, a Dodge Charger ran a stop sign and collided with a GMC pickup. The accident took place at the intersection of Weidman and Meridian Roads and injured four people.
It appears that the Charger failed to yield to traffic that had the right of way. The occupants of the Charger were composed of two men, the 18-year-old driver and a 23-year-old passenger, and a 42-year-old woman. All three suffered life-threatening injuries with Isabella County police finding one unconscious upon arrival at the scene. The woman was treated at a local emergency room before being airlifted, while the other two were immediately airlifted.
The driver of the pickup, a 62-year-old man, suffered minor injuries. He has been identified as a resident of Lake, while the other three are from the Wiedman area. The investigation is still ongoing, and the exact nature of each victim's injuries is still unknown.
In this case, the pickup driver may have good grounds for a personal injury lawsuit against the driver of the Charger: or rather, his auto insurance provider. First, the pickup driver will have to file with his own insurance provider, and this may reimburse him for vehicle damage and other losses. Michigan being a no-fault state, there are limitations on who can file a third-party insurance claim.
In particular, victims must show that they suffered a permanent injury or disability in the wake of a car accident to be eligible for compensation under personal injury law. Then, they will need to enter into negotiations for a settlement or take the case to court. Leaving this complicated task to a lawyer may be wise. A lawyer may also hire investigators to obtain proof of the defendant's negligence.