Two women, one man killed in multiple-vehicle crash

On the afternoon of Monday, January 4, three people were killed following a six-vehicle crash around 3:30 p.m. in Livonia, according to a report from the Detroit Free Press.

According to the Wayne County Medical Examiner’s office, the accident occurred at Five Mile Road and Levan. Apparently, an 80-year-old defrocked priest from Livonia was driving westbound on the road when his vehicle veered out of his lane, crossed the median, and hit a vehicle coming from the opposite direction.

The driver of the other vehicle was identified as a 67-year-old woman from Redford, and the passenger, her 88-year-old mother from Livonia, was pronounced dead at the scene. Both drivers of the two vehicles were taken to the hospital, but they both died later of their injuries.

The 67-year-old driver of the second vehicle was taking her mother back to an assisted living home in Livonia.

Several other vehicles were involved in the crash, and the authorities mentioned that some of the occupants sustained minor injuries.


21-year-old man dies in Oakland County accident

On December 22, a two-vehicle accident occurred at around 1:00 in the morning at White Lake Township in Oakland County and left a 21-year-old man dead. According to a report by CBS Detroit, the crash occurred when the man was driving northbound on Bogie Lake Road and turned in front of a southbound vehicle, which was being driven by a 65-year-old man. Apparently, there was a sharp curve on Bogie Lake and Cedar Island Road where the accident took place.

Lieutenant Larry Sheldon stated that it is still unknown whether the 21-year-old male was trying to make a U-turn or just turning left, although there was no road to the left of the collision site.

The 65-year-old man sustained significant injuries and was in critical condition when he was brought to a local hospital. The 21-year-old man was pronounced dead at the scene. Speed, alcohol, and weather were not considered factors in the accident, and the case is still under police investigation.


Police trooper injured in Detroit crash

The Detroit News reported on December 9 that a Michigan State Police Trooper was injured when a southbound 1995 GMC SUV drove through a flashing red light and struck the officer’s patrol car as it was traveling east at around 2:50 in the morning. The accident happened at the Fenkell intersection near St Mary’s in the west side of Detroit.

One police trooper inside the patrol car sustained injuries and was treated at a local hospital for back and neck pain, while another trooper did not sustain any injuries.

The driver of the SUV, identified as a 31-year-old man from Inkster, was also treated for injuries. According to an investigation, the Inkster man had four outstanding warrants and three current license suspensions. He was believed to be under the influence of drugs when the crash occurred. He has been arrested on the outstanding warrants and is being held while the collision is investigated further.

If you have been injured due to a negligent driver in Detroit, please consult with our car accident attorneys at Detroit Personal Injury Attorneys by calling us today at (248) 948-9696.


Benton crash kills one

On the evening of November 28 at around 9:00 p.m., a man was killed after his car was struck by another vehicle on I-94. According to the authorities, the man pulled off the road onto the shoulder to change his flat tire. When he was done and waiting to safely merge back onto the highway, a second vehicle traveling at a high rate of speed struck him.

The official reports said that the victim’s car flipped over, and the driver was trapped inside; he was later pronounced dead at the scene. Two passengers in his vehicle were able to get out of the car and were taken to the hospital for treatment of their critical injuries.

The second driver, whose identity has not been released, was uninjured in the collision. Authorities have charged him with operating a vehicle while intoxicated causing serious injuries and taken him into custody at Berrien County Jail.


Man arrested after fatal hit-and-run

A 36-year-old man from Detroit was arrested for drunk-driving and fleeing the scene of the accident after hitting a woman while she was crossing 7 Mile Road near Runyon at around 5:50 p.m. on Sunday, November 8. He was charged with operating a motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol causing death and and failure to stop at the scene of an accident resulting in death, according to reports.

The authorities said that George McCree did not stop to render assistance to the 48-year-old female victim after he struck her with his vehicle. McCree was arrested after further investigation. He is currently being held on a $25,000 bond with a probable cause hearing set for November 17 and a preliminary exam on November 24.

The attorneys at Detroit Personal Injury Attorneys find this type of behavior absolutely unacceptable. If an intoxicated driver has caused you injury or harm, call us today at (248) 948-9696 to find out how we can help you make things right.


I-94 construction crash kills two

Construction worker Rafael Castillo-Saavedra died after he and a coworker were hit by a motorist in a closed lane on Interstate 94 in Detroit late in the evening of Sunday, October 11.

The motorist, Marvin Harris, was headed east in his 1999 red Chevrolet near West Grand Boulevard at 9:50 p.m. when he struck another parked vehicle and the two workers, who were working on sealing cracks on the concrete. The construction workers were occupying a lane that had been closed to traffic for their protection.

Harris and Castillo-Saavedra were both pronounced dead at the scene of the accident, while the second construction worker was transported to a nearby hospital and remains in critical condition.

Geno Alessandrini, Business Manager of the Michigan Laborers’ District Council told the public that the accident is a reminder of the inherent dangers of construction sites. “On behalf of the 12,000 members of the Michigan Laborers, we extend our condolences to the family, friends, and co-workers of Rafael,” he said.

The accident is still under investigation by state troopers.


Man dies after a zipline accident in West Michigan

85-year-old man James J. McNeil fell to his death while on a zipline ride at Bay Shore Camp in Huron County last Thursday, September 24, at around 1:30 p.m.

Based on statements by witnesses, McNeil had just started the ride when he fell 25 feet when the harness separated from the rope. McNeil’s wife witnessed her husband fall to his death.

After the accident, the deputies of the Huron County Sheriff Department began the investigation. When the emergency crew unsuccessfully revived McNeil, he was brought to Scheurer Hospital but was already pronounced dead. Initial findings showed that the zipline ride was in good condition and that the attendant is certified to handle the ride, so it is still unknown why the accident happened.

It is a law in the United States to make such property premises safe. Our lawyers at Detroit Personal Injury Attorneys send their thoughts and condolences to the family and friends left by this tragic accident.


Car manufacturers face lawsuit over defective keyless ignition system

Ten automaker giants are now facing class action lawsuits over millions of cars equipped with keyless ignition systems that may fail to shut off the car’s engines, even after the drivers leave the car with the electronic key fobs. This poses the risk of injuries and death due to carbon monoxide poisoning.

According to the lawsuit, which was filed by 28 plaintiffs in a federal court in Los Angeles, the companies failed to install an auto-off feature that would shut the engine off if left running for a long period of time. The lawsuit also stated that many drivers misunderstood the role of electronic key fobs, believing that the car will stop as soon as the key fobs were no longer inside the car.

So far, 13 deaths and several injuries have been associated with the issue. Among the car makers involved are Toyota, Fiat, Chrysler, General Motors, Honda, and others.

At Detroit Personal Injury Attorneys, consumers who have been harmed by a defective vehicle in Detroit can seek help in recovering the damages they have incurred through a lawsuit. Call us at (248) 948-9696 for a free case assessment today.


Lansing firefighter dies in tragic hit-and-run accident

Dennis Rodeman, a 35-year-old firefighter for the Lansing Fire Department and former U.S. Marine, died on September 9 after a hit-and-run accident. According to police reports, the incident occurred on Cedar Street and Jolly Road intersection while Rodeman was collecting funds for muscular dystrophy research through a “Fill the Boot” fundraising campaign.

The suspect in the hit-and-run was driving a pickup truck and fled the scene before being caught by the police. Police reports also showed that there was an altercation between Rodeman and the 22-year-old suspect before the accident took place, causing police to suspect that the hit-and-run was intentional. After a pursuit by police vehicles, the suspect ran from his truck and was eventually stopped by the police on foot.

The entire team at Detroit Personal Injury Attorneys, extends its condolences to the family and friends of Mr. Rodeman.


NVIDIA recalls tablet computers due to overheating batteries

American technologies company NVIDIA Corp. is recalling approximately 83,000 of its NVIDIA SHIELD tablet computers after receiving reports that the ion-lithium battery in the tablets may overheat and pose a fire hazard.

The affected NVIDIA products have model numbers 1761, P1761W and P1761WX, and serial numbers ranging from 0410215901781 to 0425214604018. The recalled products were sold at GameStop retail outlets nationwide and online at BestBuy.com, NewEgg.com, GameStop.com, and Amazon.com between July 2014 and July 2015.

To date, the company has received four reports of battery overheating, two of which resulted in damage to property. Consumers are asked not to use the tablet computers and to contact the company for details on how to receive a replacement tablet at no cost.

Poorly designed and manufactured electronic gadgets may not only pose harm to one’s property; they can cause injuries that may result in hefty medical bills and lost time at work. We at Detroit Personal Injury Attorneys might be able to help you recover from the damages brought about by a defective product in Detroit. Call us at (248) 948-9696 to know more about filing a product liability case today.