The crash, last Monday afternoon (December 4), happened on Telegraph Road (U.S. 24) near West Stein Road in La Salle Township, about half an hour south of Detroit. Local authorities were forced to close the road in both directions for about three hours because of the severity of the crash.
No Time to React
According to witnesses, the vehicle that caused the crash (a Dodge Durango) suddenly veered over the center line and struck a minivan nearly head-on. The victims were in the front seats of the minivan and are believed to have died instantly. Two passengers in the rear of the van were both seriously injured.
The Durango then also reportedly hit a second car, injuring its driver. The minivan and the second car were sent into a ditch, while the Durango was spun around by the impact and remained on the road, where it briefly caught fire.
At least one source has reported that, only a few minutes prior to the crash, local police had received a call alerting them that a vehicle fitting the Durango’s description had been seen driving recklessly in the area. The truck had narrowly missed hitting at least one other vehicle and then nearly struck a school bus, prompting another motorist to call 911.
Alcohol, Drugs a Major Problem
With so many other things to worry about, it’s almost understandable that people aren’t aware of the danger that driving under the influence holds. Last year, about 15 percent of all injury-causing crashes in Monroe County involved drivers who were under the influence of alcohol, drugs, or both. But those most dangerous drivers caused the majority of the county’s fatal crashes (nine of sixteen).
Of course, this problem isn’t restricted to one county. Recent information shows that Michigan sees nearly 300 drunk driving fatalities on average each year, with 271 in 2016.
Detroit Car Accident Lawyer
Accidents like this one show, unfortunately, that it doesn’t matter how safe a driver you are—you’re still at risk because of the actions of others. Drunk drivers are unpredictable and potentially lethal. Michigan has made progress in getting them off the roads, and efforts continue, but it might be impossible to ever get to zero.
If you have been the victim of a car crash caused by a drunk driver, it’s important to work with a law firm you can trust as you seek compensation from the driver who harmed you. The attorneys at Christensen Law have extensive experience helping car accident victims recover fair compensation.
Call us today at 248-213-4900 or fill out the form below to learn more and schedule a free consultation to discuss your case.