The difference between a fatal auto accident and a collision in which victims suffer only non-fatal and non-life threatening injuries can be measured in seconds or inches. These slight differences may also affect the chances of an injured party to recover damages from the party whose negligence caused the accident. In a recent collision between a sedan and a semi-trailer truck just north of Grand Rapids, two women were thrown from the back seat in the sedan. The exact cause of the accident has not yet been determined.

The sedan was traveling north on U.S. Highway 131 when it attempted to change lanes. The car collided with a semi-trailer truck also traveling north on 131. At the point where 131 crosses I-96, the sedan struck the semi-trailer tractor. The sedan ricocheted into the guard rail and bounced back into the traffic lane where it struck the trailer. The car then struck a concrete barrier and came to rest.

The two passengers in the back seat of the sedan were both thrown from the vehicle. Police believe that neither of them was wearing a seat belt. Police were also investigating whether the two women were in violation of Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s “stay at home order.” Neither of the women was believed to have suffered a life-threatening injury.

Despite the prognosis that neither of the injured women is expected to die from her injuries, one or both of them may have suffered serious and debilitating injuries. Anyone who has suffered an injury or lost a loved one in a similar accident may wish to pursue a claim for damages against the negligent party. An experienced personal injury may be able to assist anyone seeking damages by providing an evaluation of the evidence and an estimate of the likelihood of recovering damages for medical expenses, loss of income and pain and suffering.