On November 16, 2015, a client of Goodman Acker P.C. was driving westbound
on Fenkell at Hubbell Road in Detroit, Michigan when he was struck by
a vehicle that ran the red light at the intersection. As a result of the
collision, our client then crashed into a light pole near the intersection.
The Detroit Police Department took an accident report.
Our client was transported via EMS to DMC Sinai Grace. His injuries include
a closed head injury with bleeding inside the skull and a neck injury.
He is also suffering from pain along his right side and left shoulder.
Our client’s injuries will require treatment for his recovery.
Our Michigan car accident lawyers have filed a first and third party lawsuit
on behalf of our client. The lawsuit will be filed in Wayne County Circuit
Court since the accident took place in the City of Detroit. The first
party lawsuit is being filed against our client’s own insurance
company for her no-fault benefits. The no-fault benefits we are seeking
to obtain include wage loss benefits, medical expenses, and attendant
care benefits. The third party lawsuit is being filed against the at fault
driver, the driver who ran the red light, for our client’s
pain and suffering damages also known as non-economic damages.
Running red lights is not an uncommon scenario on our Michigan roads and
highways. Drivers are often in a hurry or constantly speed through yellow
lights that ultimately turn to red once they are in the intersection.
What those drivers do not realize is that when they run a red light they
are not only putting themselves at danger but everyone else on the road
in the same intersection. In fact, according to the Insurance Institute
Highway Safety, in 2011 about half of the people killed in red light running
deaths were individuals other than the driver who ran the red light.
These types of collisions often do not result in minor injuries, but serious
or life-threating injuries. Statistics also prove the serious dangers
of red light running. According to the National Center for Statistics
and Analysis (NCSCA) and the Office of National Highway Traffic Safety
Administration (NHTSA), on average, two people died each day in red-light running
car accidents in 2011 in the United States. Other statistics from the NCSCA and the NHTSA
from 2001-2011 an average of:
- 751 people died each year in red-light running car accidents
- 63 people were killed each month in red-light running collision
- In 2011, 118,000 people suffered injuries in a red-light running crashes
Statistics also show that these types of crashes have decreased over the
years; however the numbers are still alarming.
So how can you protect yourself as a driver approaching an intersection?
Remember to always watch for cross traffic, do not try to make the yellow
light, and even if you have the right of way be aware of traffic from
the opposite direction turning across your lane.
Unfortunately, even with these precautions accidents will happen. If you
or a loved one is injured as a result of another driver running a red
light in the City of Detroit or throughout the State of Michigan, make
sure to contact our car accident
lawyers today at (248) 793-2010 to understand your rights. You may be entitled
to benefits you are not aware of and that your insurance company will
not tell you, as well as damages for your pain and suffering. We offer
a free, no obligation
case review and will be able to answer any questions that you may have.