Four killed in Oliver Township, Michigan car accident
Oliver Township, Michigan car accidents remain an unfortunate and often tragic element of modern life, often leaving drivers, passengers, and bystanders injured. Such accidents often necessitate representation by Michigan Car Accident Attorneys, and can occur as a result of failure to follow regulations, less-than-ideal weather conditions, or other circumstances.
Accident in Oliver Township
Huron County sheriffs responded to a two-vehicle car accident in Oliver Township, Michigan at the intersection of Stein and Maxwell roads on Saturday, July 28 that left four, Joshua C. Heck, 40, Jessica A. Heck, 38, Taylor J. Heck, 13, and Brendon Smith, 13, dead, and two, Jarrod R. Heck ,15, and Jacob A. Langley, 20, injured. Investigators have stressed that many details of the accident remain unclear, but have noted that it may have been the case that one vehicle entered the intersection in question without being aware of the presence of the other vehicle. Although this incident is unquestionably tragic, our office understands that it can still serve to remind citizens both of their responsibilities as drivers and of their rights in the event that they should find themselves in a car accident.
Michigan No-Fault Law
Michigan no-fault law requires all motorists to possess insurance, and guarantees recovery for parties injured in car accidents. It does, however, limit recovery to cases involving serious and permanent injury or impairment, or death.
Another significant change brought about by Michigan no-fault law is an alteration in the type of individual covered under the law. While traditional insurance permitted only those individuals directly involved in the accident to seek recovery, no-fault law permits recovery by the injured and their spouse or relatives if they were involved in the accident, the operator and passengers of the vehicle, and non-occupants or pedestrians injured by the vehicle. Thus, in the case in question, the legal representatives of the deceased parties and the injured parties would potentially be protected by the law.
In seeking compensation, these parties could attempt to recover pain and suffering damages (also called non-economic damages), or monetary damages designed to account for medical or funeral costs or the loss of potential future wages.