MDOT Construction Worker Hurt While Saving Another From Vehicle Collision
An MDOT contract construction worker was seriously hurt on Wednesday after a suspected drunk driver struck him along the side of westbound Interstate 96.
According to a spokeswoman for the Michigan Department of Transportation, the worker saved a colleague from being struck by the vehicle. He reportedly shouted for his colleague to get out of the way. The colleague then jumped the guard rail and managed to avoid being injured by the vehicle.
The drunk driver allegedly struck the MDOT worker’s vehicle while he was standing on the rear liftgate. The injured worker, who has not been named, suffered a concussion. He was hospitalized at Providence Park with serious injuries.
The 34-year-old suspected drunk driver, who also has not been named, was arrested for driving under the influence.
An investigation into this incident is ongoing.
Legal Options For People Hit by Drunk Drivers in Michigan
Here is attorney contributor Brian Kent with some thoughts on the legal options available to people who have been injured by drunk drivers in Michigan:
Michigan and several other states allow people who have been injured by drunk drivers to file lawsuits against the business who provided alcohol to the drunk driver, depending on certain conditions.
According to Michigan’s dram shop law, businesses can be held liable for providing alcohol if doing so was a foreseeable cause of the injury and the person they provided it to was under 21 or already visibly intoxicated.
People who have been injured by drunk drivers may have also have the option to file a personal injury lawsuit against the drunk driver who caused the accident. In some cases, those injured by drunk drivers may be able to sue both the driver and the bar who served them.
If you or someone you love has recently been injured by a drunk driver, you can learn more about your legal options and potential right to financial compensation by speaking to an experienced drunk driving crash victims lawyer.
Location of Interstate 96 Near Milford Road in Lyon Township, Michigan
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