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2 injured in car accident in Ann Arbor

Two Ypsilanti residents sustained serious injuries in a car accident last night in Ann Arbor on the eastbound side of M-14, according to a news report. The accident took place at about 11 p.m., after which M-14 east was closed for about two hours at Barton Road.

Few details have been released about the accident, but it appears that the Michigan State Police do believe that alcohol was a factor. They were on the scene last night investigating the accident.

The car's driver, a Livonia man, was not injured. The nature of the injuries of the two Ypsilanti residents, who were passengers in that vehicle, is not clear.

At this point, this appears to have been a one-car accident.

When accidents involve drunk driving they can be especially devastating simply because they are so easily preventable.

In fact, as we mentioned earlier this week, the National Transportation Safety Board is asking all states to get much tougher on drunk driving. This is in light of a recent study that showed while only .03 percent of car accidents are fatal, 22 percent of drunk driving car accidents result in death.

Under current laws, drunk drivers can be held accountable both criminally and civilly. Criminal charges are left up to police and prosecutors while civil action is something that is optional for drunk driving accident victims.

Holding a negligent driver civilly liable for injuries caused in an auto accident can result in compensation for medical expenses, lost wages and pain and suffering incurred due to the accident.

Source: Heritage Newspapers, "ANN ARBOR: Late-night crash closes M-14 at Barton Road exit," Dec. 20, 2012

  • More information about car accident claims and drunk driving is available on our Ann Arbor law firm's Drunk Driving page.

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