Anyone who has driven in Michigan in the winter has likely experienced a considerable amount of snowfall and other inclement weather. Long-time residents of the state also understand how important it is to practice safe driving when the roads are slippery. Authorities believe slippery conditions played a role in a recent fatal crash in Michigan, but whether or not the driver was driving too fast for conditions is still under investigation.
According to reports, the crash occurred sometime in the morning of Monday, Dec. 27. Apparently, a man, 62, was driving his SUV on Gratiot Avenue in Chesterfield Township close to 26 Mile Road. He then suddenly lost control of his vehicle and broached the center line. That was when he collided with another SUV.
The 62-year-old man was ostensibly the only occupant of his SUV. The other SUV was being driven by a 28-year-old woman, who was carrying her 14-year-old niece and 2-year-old daughter. The 62-year-old man was declared dead at the scene, and all the occupants of the SUV he hit suffered serious injuries and were taken to a local hospital.
Was weather to blame?
Authorities believe slippery conditions played a role in causing the man to lose control of his SUV and collide with the other vehicle. However, they have yet to determine if the man was driving too fast for conditions or otherwise acting negligently behind the wheel. Those injured in the crash should speak with an experienced personal injury attorney to gain a full understanding of their rights and options regarding seeking compensation for the damages they incurred. If authorities determine the man was driving too fast for conditions, those findings may be offered as evidence in a related personal injury claim.