Detroit Car Accident Lawyer Gerald H. Acker Comments on Hit-And-Run Pedestrian Accident Report

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Alcohol and speed often are factors in Michigan hit-and-run accidents, says Gerald H. Acker, a personal injury lawyer in Detroit at Goodman Acker, P.C.

We hope that this accident serves as a reminder to all drivers that if they are involved in an accident they have a responsibility to stop and help a victim. It’s against the law to leave the scene of an accident.

Detroit pedestrian accident lawyer Gerald H. Acker of the Law Offices of Goodman Acker said a recent fatal hit-and-run accident in western Michigan illustrates how catastrophic such accidents can be for victims.

Acker commented on a report in CBS Detroit (“Police Seek Hit-And-Run Driver Who Dragged Man 3 Miles,” November 5). According to CBS Detroit, a 61-year-old pedestrian was killed after he was struck by a vehicle in Walker and dragged for three miles by a driver who fled the scene.

“Unfortunately, hit-and-run accidents are all-too-common in Michigan. They typically result in severe or fatal injuries to victims, as this news report illustrates,” said Acker, whose firm represents victims of negligence and families who lost loved ones in accidents. “Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family of the man who died. We hope that this accident serves as a reminder to all drivers that if they are involved in an accident they have a responsibility to stop and help a victim. It’s against the law to leave the scene of an accident.”

Acker said hit-and-run accidents sometimes occur as a result of a driver’s fear of being caught by law enforcement officials.

“While the Walker accident is under investigation, it’s not uncommon for hit-and-run drivers to be under the influence of drugs or alcohol and driving recklessly or distracted by a cell phone or some other device,” he said. “By fleeing the scene, drivers are only going to make their problems worse.”

According to CBS Detroit, the accident occurred in early November as the pedestrian was attempting to cross Wilson Avenue at Chesterfield in Walker at around 10:30 p.m. CBS Detroit reports that he was hit by a 17-year old girl driving southbound before being hit by another vehicle traveling northbound.

The CBS Detroit article says that the man was dragged for about three miles by what police believe was a dark-colored SUV with 10-15 racing-related bumper stickers on the back window and bumper. The vehicle dragged the man’s body until it was dislodged, and the driver never stopped, CBS Detroit said.

“When a driver fails to stop at the scene of an accident, alert law enforcement or medical personnel, or exchange insurance information with an accident victim, the victim’s life could be put in immediate danger,” Acker said. “Leaving a person who needs immediate assistance is an illegal and cowardly act.”

Acker said attorneys can help victims and their families pursue compensation and closure. A lawyer can help hold the responsible individual accountable and send a message that negligent behavior will not be tolerated on Michigan roads.

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. If you were injured or a loved one was injured or killed in an accident, contact Goodman Acker immediately. Their office is located at 17000 West Ten Mile Road, 2nd Floor, Southfield, MI. The firm can be reached by telephone at 1-866-DONT-LOSE or online by completing the contact form. Visit http://www.goodmanacker.com for more information.

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