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24 Jul 2012

Ionia County Wrongful Death Settlement for Fatal Motorcycle Accident

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Our Michigan fatal motorcycle accident lawyers recently settled a wrongful death lawsuit  relating to a passenger death in Ionia County, Michigan.  The case was filed on behalf of the surviving family members of a 43 year old woman who was killed in the accident.   She was survived by her husband and two children.   The accident victim was a passenger on her husband’s motorcycle and was thrown off of the bike when a deer ran out of a cornfield and into their lane of travel.  This happened during the twilight hours, just after sunset.

While in the roadway, several other automobiles were able to observe the situation.  Because they were driving at an appropriate speed and properly observing the roadway, they  were able to avoid striking the motorcyclist and his wife.  However, one driver was not paying careful attention and struck her.  The driver claimed that he was driving carefully and within the speed limit. 

We thoroughly investigated the wrongful death claim on behalf of the family.  This included interviewing and taking depositions of all witnesses, downloading the black box information from the defendant’s vehicle to determine speed and braking distance, and consulting with an accident reconstruction expert.  Based upon our detailed investigation, we were able to build a strong case of negligence against the driver who struck the decedent.

We filed the wrongful death  lawsuit in the Ionia County Circuit Court in Ionia, Michigan.  After taking depositions of witnesses, the parties appeared for a voluntary settlement mediation.  After several hours of negotiation, the parties agreed to settle the case for $485,000.00.  The defendant driver had insurance policy limits of $500,000.00.   This settlement did not include claims made under the Michigan No-Fault Act for funeral expenses, lost wages, and loss of services.  We obtained these benefits directly from that insurance company.

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