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Michigan Supreme Court may take up fatal horse v. car crash case

Detroit area residents may remember hearing about a fatal car accident involving a vehicle and a horse several years ago in Emmet County. The tragic collision took place back in 2010 when a horse escaped its stable and ran into a car. The 42-year-old driver of the car, as well as the horse, were killed in the accident.

The victim's mother sued the stable's owner, and this case may now be reviewed by the Michigan Supreme Court.

An Emmet County judge has already ruled that the stable's owners could not actually be held liable for negligence in this car accident case because the property was not under their control at the time of the accident. It was being managed by a relative at the time.

In November, however, an appeals court reversed the decision of that court.

The Michigan Supreme Court is slated to hear arguments on the case in upcoming months.

If the court decides to take up this case, its decision could have a significant impact on the rights of car accident victims to pursue compensation from negligent property owners in the future.

When people are killed in car accidents like this one, their loved ones are often able to hold negligent parties accountable for the accident. This is a way to obtain compensation for funeral expenses, lost source of income, and pain and suffering, among other things.

In many cases, this is a very complicated process and it is beneficial for the loved ones of victims to seek legal counsel in order to ensure that they are able to identify the negligent parties and pursue the compensation and justice that may be available.

Source: Detroit Free-Press, "Michigan Supreme Court interested in fatal crash between car, horse," June 28, 2013

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