Though auto accidents are often caused by the negligence of other drivers, such as distracted driving and drunk driving, severe weather conditions can make roads hazardous, as we learned in this recent Detroit highway pile-up
Detroit, MI (PRWEB) March 12, 2013
Two siblings who were traveling with their parents were killed in a massive pileup on Interstate-75 on Jan. 31, according to article in the Detroit News which stated that poor weather conditions played a role in tragedy. Detroit car accident lawyer Gerald H. Acker noted that driver negligence, such as speeding, tailgating, or using a cell phone behind the wheel, often is a contributing factor in weather-related crashes.
Attorney Acker, of the Law Offices of Goodman Acker, said drivers need to remain alert at all times, but should especially be vigilante during difficult winter weather conditions.
According to the Detroit News, several dozen motor vehicles were involved in a mile-long pile-up that involved passenger cars, vans, pick-up trucks and tractor-trailers.
The News reported on Jan. 31 that hours after the accident occurred, 30 vehicles were involved in a chain-reaction series of collisions, during which three 18-wheeler trucks jackknifed and other drivers lost control of their vehicles. Two siblings from Canada traveling with their family died. A third person died in another car involved in the massive accident. According to the News, 20 ambulances were dispatched to the scene to help transport accident victims to local hospitals. The News cited a snow squall as the cause of a dense whiteout, which materialized quickly, causing drivers to begin hitting their brakes and sliding into other vehicles.
Acker said fatal Michigan accidents often involve heavy, fast-moving commercial trucks. “Automobile accidents are one of the leading causes of accidental injury in the Detroit, Michigan area,” Acker said. “Though auto accidents are often caused by the negligence of other drivers, such as distracted driving and drunk driving, severe weather conditions can make roads hazardous, as we learned in this recent Detroit highway pile-up. Because semi-trucks can sometimes weigh as much as 80,000 pounds when fully loaded with cargo, they are especially dangerous in a collision. The main lesson we can all learn from this tragedy is to be as informed about weather reports as possible and to drive cautiously at all times, without tailgating.”
Victims interviewed in the News article explained that some of those injured in the crash sat in other people’s vehicles in order to stay warm while waiting for emergency crews, while others stood amidst the accident wreckage, talking and looking dazed.
Michigan personal injury lawyer Acker affirmed that confusion often exists after such a catastrophic series of crashes. “When a motor vehicle wreck occurs, it is easy to become confused and not know what to do after the accident,” he attests. “It's a good idea to keep a checklist in your wallet or cellphone, listing phone numbers to call and questions to ask. You should also have your insurance papers in your car glove compartment. If anyone is injured, call the police for help and tell them you need medical assistance. If anyone involved seems to be under the influence of drugs or alcohol, tell that to the police when you call for help. Always call the police, whether there are injuries or not."
About the Law Offices of Goodman Acker
The Detroit, Michigan personal injury attorneys at the Law Offices of Goodman Acker offer personal injury litigation services, including catastrophic automobile negligence claims, no-fault claims, medical malpractice, premises liability and nursing home negligence. Their offices are located at 17000 West Ten Mile Road, 2nd Floor, Southfield, MI and the firm can be reached by telephone at 1-866-DONTLOSE or online at http://www.goodmanacker.com.