Michigan Car Accident: Driver Hits Man on I-75; Thought it was Deer
In Buena Vista Township, Michigan, a driver was traveling on interstate 75 when he hit what he thought was a deer. It wasn’t until he arrived home and found no hair or other signs that he’d hit an animal that the driver went back to the scene of the accident.
He returned to the scene of the accident and discovered that he’d actually hit a man that was walking down the expressway after his car had ran out of gas. That man injured was a Michigander from Bay City – and, fortunately, police believe that his injuries are not life threatening.
According to Brian Cole of the Michigan State Police, “If you run out of gas or have any type of equipment problems, stay inside the safety of your vehicle and call for help. Never try to cross the freeway.”
What should you do if you’re in an auto accident? Follow the Goodwin and Scieszka 10 steps:
- Take a quick inventory of yourself and your passengers to make sure everyone is OK. Also calm yourself by taking a few deep, steadying breaths. An accident can flood your system with adrenaline, and the rush of adrenaline can cloud your judgment and make you forget things.
- Check to see if the other driver is OK. Assuming that you and your passengers are able to safely exit your vehicle, go and check on the other driver. Also see if they have already contacted the police or if you need to do so.
- Call the police. If anyone is injured, request emergency services as well. Police are not necessarily required for every auto accident, but they do make the claim service go more smoothly. Once you have ensured that the police are on their way, you can return to your vehicle to wait for them.
- Exchange insurance information. If the police are called to the scene, this is pretty simple as they will get the information for you and provide you with the completed police report. Otherwise, you’ll need to talk to the other driver to get his or her contact information, insurance provider and policy number.
- Get information from any witnesses who saw the accident. These witness reports will be used by the insurance company to determine who was at fault for the auto accident. That will affect whether you pay a deductible and what type of medical settlement you might be able to pursue.
- Have your vehicle towed away, if necessary. If you don’t feel safe driving the vehicle home, you should arrange for a tow truck. This tow should be covered by your Michigan insurance company as long as you have collision coverage. Signs of a vehicle that cannot be safely driven include leaking fluids, bent wheels and anything that prevents the driver’s door from opening freely.
- Seek medical attention. Even if emergency medical attention was unnecessary at the scene, it’s still a good idea to follow up with a doctor for a full examination. Many injuries do not become obvious until after the adrenaline has worn off, so you may be more injured than you’d thought. Getting medical care right away is an important step in defending your health and fortifying any medical expenses settlement you might receive from your insurer.
- File a claim with your insurance company. The claim will usually take 10-15 minutes to complete, so wait until you’ll have an uninterrupted space of time to report the accident. Most of the information your insurance company will ask should be listed on the police report, so filing the claim should be fairly straightforward.
- After filing the claim, be sure to write down your claim number and the name of your adjuster. You will have separate adjusters for vehicle damage and your medical payments; make sure to provide the medical adjuster’s information to your doctor so that your expenses can be billed properly.
- Contact your attorney. If you or a loved one has sustained a serious injury as a result of an auto accident, an attorney can help you get the money you deserve from your claim.
Goodwin & Scieszka is your personal injury firm that’s been handling Michigan automobile accidents for over 30 years. We’re here for you when you need us the most.