Drunk Driving Accident in Lenawee County

I just came across a tragic news story regarding a Lenawee County drunk driving accident that took the life of a fifty-one year old woman.  According to the report, Judith Ekquist of Clinton Township, was standing in her son’s driveway when a vehicle driven by Anthony Kolbus of Tecumseh left the roadway and struck them both.  Ms. Ekquist suffered fatal injuries and her son was also injured.

What was planned to be an innocent summer walk turned into a tragedy because of a drunk driver. My thoughts and condolences go out to this family.  I certainly hope that her son has a quick and speedy recovery.  Mr. Kolbus was arraigned on criminal charges and is awaiting his preliminary examination.  He is apparently free on bond until the next proceeding, which is probably most disturbing to the family.  The issue of bond can be addressed by the court at a later time.

In addition to the criminal charges, there are also civil claims that can be brought by the accident victims and their families.  The victims are entitled to receive Michigan No-Fault Insurance benefits to cover medical bills, funeral expenses, and other benefits.  These claims are typically made against their own auto insurance policy.  For a complete explanation of these benefits, read our book “The Ultimate Michigan Car Accident Handbook.”

Further, the family can make civil claims against the drunk driver and possibly the person or establishment that served him alcohol prior to the accident.  This could give rise to a Wrongful Death lawsuitThere are strict deadlines for these claims so it is essential to contact an experienced car accident lawyer as soon as possible.

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