Juliana Karmann, a freshman pre-med student at Denison University in Ohio, was driving home last Friday evening for the Thanksgiving holiday along with three other students. She never made it home. Juliana was traveling west on the Ohio 15 when her 2004 Chevrolet SUV hit the rear end of a 2001 Freightliner tractor-trailer. It was not her fault. It is being reported that the driver of the Freightliner, a Detroit man, stopped at a stop sign on southbound Township Highway 95 and then tried to cross the westbound lane, without the right of way, and go east on Ohio 15. Police say Karmann had the right of way. The Freightliner driver failed to yield. When Karmann struck the tractor-trailer, she spun out and slid across the eastbound lanes of Ohio 15 where she struck a 2009 Chrysler carrying two passengers. Juliana was dead at the scene of the crash. One of her passengers continues to recover from his injuries
The driver of the tractor-trailer was charged with negligent homicide and failure to yield. He was taken to Wyandot County Jail in Ohio.
Losing a loved one in a fatal accident can leave a family feeling not only helpless and devastated, but frustrated and angry. Knowing that the incident could have been avoided altogether makes it that much more difficult to deal with. Fortunately, Michigan law offers legal recourse to family members of those who have lost their lives due to the negligence, recklessness or wrongdoing of others.
Freedman & Freedman takes on wrongful death cases throughout Michigan and the surrounding areas, including in Livonia, Canton, Northville, Plymouth, Detroit, Southfield, Troy and Rochester Hills. We offer a free, no obligation case evaluation with an experienced attorney to discuss your rights and your legal options in regards to your loss. We will work for you on a contingency fee basis, meaning you pay nothing unless we are successful in recovering a settlement or judgment on your behalf.