Two Injured in Truck Accident on 18th Avenue in Georgetown Township, MI
Georgetown Township, MI -- June 8, 2022, two people were injured after an accident where a commercial truck hit their vehicle on 18th Avenue.
Preliminary reports indicated that the crash took place at around 3:30 p.m. along 18th Avenue at Chicago Drive.
According to officials, an 83-year-old Hudsonville man and an 80-year-old Hudsonville woman were in a Town & Country traveling northbound on 18th Avenue. At Chicago, officials said that a Dodge Ram box truck disregarded a red light and crashed into the van.
The Hudsonville couple were taken to a hospital, one in serious condition. Right now, no further information is available.
Commentary on Truck Accident on 18th Avenue in Georgetown Twp.
If what police say here is true, then it's pretty unlikely that the crash happened without the truck driver making a big mistake. Could this be some highly unusual situation the truck driver couldn't avoid? Sure, and I wouldn't suggest ignoring those possibilities. More likely, however, is that the truck driver was just being reckless or wasn't paying attention to the road. But whether or not the truck driver is at fault is not the only point of concern here. Something that comes with decades of experience with commercial truck wrecks is knowing that victims and families need evidence beyond simply who's to blame.
One thing to consider, for example, is the age of the victims here. With two people in their 80s, a defense team is no doubt going to try to use their age against them. Put simply, elderly victims tend to have preexisting issues just because they've been through a long life. So why is this a challenge? Well, companies can say that this or that injury is actually just an injury the victim already had or that the crash may have exacerbated something that was there before rather than causing a brand new injury. Doing so successfully can help them shirk a lot of responsibility.
To overcome this, victims and families having professionals on their side can help immensely. I've often overcome such deflections by having medical experts use state-of-the-art imaging tech to show and explain the difference between fresh injuries and preexisting ones. They can put into terms that any average jury could understand how exactly a collision can cause a particular injury, what it takes to diagnose that injury, and the process of getting the victim healthy again. Every time I've done this, the defense decides they'd rather cooperate than let that convincing presentation reach a jury.
To be clear, I can't say what did or didn't happen here, who is or isn't at fault, or what exactly is going to follow for those involved. All I can do is offer some insight into what I've dealt with across hundreds of commercial vehicle wrecks. When folks anticipate and prepare for these challenges as soon as possible, they give themselves the best chance to get the help they deserve.