A truck driver told authorities he was watching another truck exiting the freeway at Stoney Lake Road when he hit a Subaru Outback and a Mazda 6 with his semi on Route 31. The crash took place at about 12:45 p.m. on July 5 near the small Michigan town of New Era, and seven people were injured in the accident. All five occupants of the Outback were injured and taken to the hospital for treatment.
The driver of the semi as well as the driver of the Mazda 6 were also taken to the hospital for treatment of their injuries. Authorities said that there were three children in the Outback who suffered the most serious injuries, and they said that some of the injuries were life-threatening. The area surrounding the crash was closed for roughly six hours, and traffic had to be diverted off the freeway via the Stoney Lake Road off-ramp.
In the aftermath of a crash involving a big rig, occupants of other vehicles could incur serious injuries. The effects of these injuries may linger for months or years or even result in a permanent disability.
While the accident is still under investigation, it appears that distracted driving could have been the proximate cause. Motorists owe a duty of care to occupants of other vehicles on the road, and when this duty is breached and others are harmed as a result, an attorney representing an injured victim could choose to file a personal injury lawsuit against the negligent driver seeking compensation for medical expenses and other losses.