SUV Driver Arrested After 2 Others Killed In Suspected DUI Accident
An unidentified driver was arrested following a traffic accident that left two people dead in Wright Township on Sunday night. 72-year-old Larry Hein and passenger 67-year-old Joyce Hein were traveling eastbound in a motorcycle trike at around 10 p.m. when they were struck by a truck traveling southbound at the intersection of 40th Avenue and Cleveland Street. Both were thrown from their vehicle and taken to the hospital where they were later pronounced dead. Both victims were also wearing helmets.
The name of the driver has not been released. He was brought to Ottawa County Jail on charges of operating while intoxicated causing death. The crash remains under investigation.
Legal Recourse For the Families of Drunk Driving Victims
Here is Brian Kent of CrimeVictim.Attorney with commentary on the legal options available for families of fatal drunk driving accident victims:
It’s a scary thought that at any moment, an innocent motorist’s life can be changed forever because another driver decided to drive drunk. Every year, thousands of American families endure one of the most painful unexpected tragedies – losing a loved one to a drunk driver. While there may not be a way to ease the grief of losing a loved one too soon, the families of drunk driving victims do have options for legal recourse. For some families, taking legal action can provide a sense of justice and help provide financial support for damages related to the loss of a loved one.
In Michigan, families in this difficult situation may have grounds to file a lawsuit against the driver and also potentially the alcohol vendor who served the driver the night of the crash. According to state dram shop laws, businesses can be held liable for continuing to serve alcohol to customers who have become “visibly intoxicated.”
Many families suffer a variety of financial and emotional hurdles after losing a loved one to a drunk driver. A successful lawsuit can help provide the financial assistance you may need while moving on for damages like:
- Medical bills
- Funeral costs
- Therapy costs
- Lost wages
- Pain and suffering
Each family’s case is different. If you want to better understand your options, we advise speaking with an experienced drunk driver victims lawyer.