Police in Michigan have reported that two women were killed in a chain-reaction crash involving five vehicles on June 3. Initial reports suggested that the accident may have been caused by road rage, and state troopers say that their investigation is far from complete. The accident took place on the southbound lanes of Interstate 75 near the Mack Avenue exit ramp in Detroit at about 11:00 a.m.
According to a Michigan State Police report, the sequence of events began when a Jeep SUV struck a Ford SUV after abruptly moving from the left lane of Interstate 75 to the center lane. Accident investigators say that the Jeep spun out and rolled over at least once before coming to a rest. Paramedics were quickly dispatched to the scene, and they transported 10 injured road users to a local hospital. Their injuries are not thought to be life-threatening.
The two women killed in the crash were both passengers in the Jeep Grand Cherokee. Police say that the vehicle was carrying as many as eight people at the time of the crash and the two women were not wearing seat belts. The Jeep's other passengers escaped the accident without injury.
Road users are expected to take all reasonable precautions to protect themselves from injury, and they may find it more difficult to pursue car accident lawsuits if police reports reveal that they acted recklessly. However, negligent behavior does not necessarily bar recovery under Michigan's comparative negligence law, and experienced personal injury attorneys in the state may seek economic damages in car crash cases even in situations where their clients bear some of the responsibility for causing the accidents that injured them.
Source: Fox 2 Detroit, "Women killed in I-75 crash were in overloaded car not wearing seatbelts, police say", Amy Lange, June 5, 2017
Source: Findlaw, "Michigan Negligence Laws" , accessed on June 14, 2017