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Michigan truck accident blocks I-94 for 5 hours

A recent accident involving a truck hauling two trailers on Michigan's I-94 blocked westbound morning rush hour traffic for 5 hours.

According to Michigan State Police, a van cut in front of the truck at 8:10 a.m. on the highway. The truck driver reportedly slammed on the brakes to avoid hitting the van. However, the sudden shift caused one of the two trailers the truck was hauling to tip over and spill its load of contaminated dirt and residential waste. The police ticketed the driver of the van improper lane use causing a crash, and the lane was reopened by mid-noon.

In this case, the van driver was ticketed for a traffic violation. However, even though the issue of fault may seem clear, proving the issue of negligence in order to obtain a recovery can quickly become a complicated affair. The recovery the truck driver may seek may be met with resistance. For that reason, it is important to consult with an attorney if you have been injured by another driver's negligence. An attorney can help you find all sources of evidence and prepare a version of events that will allow a jury to properly interpret the facts in your favor.

The story still illustrates the large-scale consequences that can result from a truck accident. Truck drivers owe a greater duty of care to other drivers due to the size and nature of their rigs. For that reason, they are expected to keep an adequate distance behind other vehicles in case they are required to come to a stop. Although the truck driver in this story appeared to be maintaining a safe following distance, that often isn't the case. In such event, a tractor-trailer that tailgates may soon find itself overturned on a highway, blocking traffic for hours.

Source: Detroit Free Press, "Van caused dump truck accident that closed I-94," Eric D. Lawrence, August 2, 2012

  • Our firm handles situations similar to the one discussed in this post. If you would like to learn more about our practice, please visit our Ann Arbor Truck Accident page.

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