A northern Michigan 4-car crash killed a man on his way to work at a new job. The fatal accident occurred at a stop sign when the 33-year-old's Jeep was rear-ended by another vehicle, which forced it and another vehicle into traffic at the intersection, police said. A GMC Jimmy then collided with the Jeep. Following, the accident, the man suffered from a severe head injury from which the man never recovered. Drugs or alcohol were not said to be suspected as factors in the crash.
Police said that the chain of accidents was triggered when a 23-year-old man driving a Pontiac minivan hit the Jeep from behind, forcing it into a stopped pickup truck driven by a 46-year-old man. Both the Jeep and the pickup were shoved into traffic, where the GMC smashed into the Jeep. The minivan driver was treated for non-life-threatening injuries, and the other two drivers in the accident were not injured. All the drivers were reportedly wearing their seat belts.
The driver of the Jeep and his wife had just moved from downstate Michigan for new jobs in education. A page collecting donations for the widow said that the crash happened just days after the man's 33rd birthday, while he was driving to his new job. The fund had raised $12,000. The man's organs were donated.
Wrongful death in a fatal car crash, perhaps caused by another driver's negligence or drunk driving, may impact the life of much more than one person. Entire families may be affected by the loss of a loved one from a fatal accident or medical malpractice. A Michigan attorney with experience in helping families achieve closure after a wrongful death may be able to help arrange compensation for pain and suffering, loss of companionship and other damages.
Source: M Live, "St. Johns native dies of injuries suffered in 4-car crash near Traverse City", Garret Ellison, August 25, 2013