Back to School Safety Tips for Macomb County Schools

The back to school season is an exciting time for Michigan students, parents, and school staff. It can also be a dangerous time: Buses, heavy school zone traffic, and high concentrations of inexperienced teen drivers work together to significantly increase the risk of sustaining auto accident injuries in and around school zones. In fact, according to the National Safety Council, more children are hit by cars near schools than at any other location. After an accident occurs, an experienced Macomb County car accident lawyer can help secure compensation for injuries sustained by students, parents, teachers, and school staff. But it is up to all drivers to accept personal responsibility for avoiding school zones accidents by adopting safe driving habits. Michigan School Zone Accidents ...

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Macomb County Motorcycle Accidents Trend Up in Summer

Motorcyclists in Michigan will be riding out the rest of summer trying to squeeze in as much road time as possible. But motorcycle accidents in Macomb County are more common this time of year, partially because there are more riders, but also because other motorists simply aren't looking out. The Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) reports that the number of motorcycles registered in Michigan has more than doubled in the last 50 years, from 4.1 million in 1966 to 8.4 million today. Motorcycles only account for about 2 percent of all registered vehicles in the state, but they are involved in a disproportionate number of serious accidents resulting in injuries and fatalities. Officials say motorcycles account for about 7 percent of all traffic deaths ...

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Safety Group Says Underride Guards Could Save Lives in Trucking Accidents

Tractor-trailer trucks with side guards installed on the sides, between their front and rear tires, are less likely to be involved in a deadly collision. That's according to a recent study by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). Still, the trucking industry is bucking this assertion, arguing that the better way to prevent these fatal injuries is to avoid trucking accidents in the first place. Our Macomb County trucking accident lawyers recognize that while crash prevention is certainly an important and worthwhile goal, it negates the fact that, until we all have self-driving cars, human error will continue to lead to mistakes on the road. In truth, what the resistance from industry leaders come from a desire to protect their bottom line. ...

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Macomb County Authorities Seek Distracted Driving Solutions

Authorities in Michigan, and Macomb County in particular, are searching for solutions to the plague of distracted driving. In that quest, they have unearthed varying strategies, which is good because many traffic safety experts believe it's going to take a multi-pronged approach to effectively tackle the issue.  Among the efforts either in place or being considered: Michigan Vehicle Code 257.602b, Michigan's anti-texting law, prohibits reading, sending or typing a text messages on a wireless device. Use of a hand-held mobile device as a telephone is prohibited for commercial drivers and school bus operators. A bill proposing tougher texting-and-driving standards, including a $250 fine for drivers using an electronic device not mounted and voice-activated. "Operation Ghost Rider" in Macomb County, using officers in unmarked ...

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What Happens When an Uninsured or Underinsured Driver Causes a Crash?

Drivers who cause collisions are supposed to be responsible for compensating the victims of serious injuries. If the collision is a deadly accident, the driver who caused the crash should be responsible for compensating the family of the person who died in the motor vehicle accident. Since most drivers don't have enough money or assets to pay a victim or his family when serious injuries or death occurs, Michigan law sets a minimum amount of insurance every driver must have. Drivers are required to carry $20,000 per person in bodily injury coverage and $40,000 per accident. In spite of the law requiring it, some drivers don't bother to buy coverage. Sometimes drivers will purchase only the minimum coverage required by law, but then cause a crash wherein ...

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Macomb County Motorists Could Lose Their Lives in Aggressive Driving Accidents

From 2003 to 2007, close to half of all deadly car accidents involved at least one driver who did something aggressive behind the wheel in the moments before the crash, according to AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety. Aggressive driving is very common - and very dangerous. Motorists need to know how to avoid engaging in aggressive behavior, and must also take steps to try to protect themselves from becoming the victims.  AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety conducted a survey of motorists and asked them about their behavior over the prior year while driving. Around 80 percent of the survey respondents said that they had expressed "significant" anger or road rage while operating their vehicles. Although it is natural to get frustrated by what other drivers do ...

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Preventing Winter Truck Accidents When Macomb County Weather is Bad

Truck drivers often have to drive through bad winter weather, including storms, so they can stay on schedule and get their deliveries made on time. Unfortunately, when a trucker has to drive under conditions of snow or ice, the truck driver faces an increased risk of becoming involved in a truck collision.  A truck driver is expected to operate his vehicle in a competent and professional way at all times, which means knowing how to drive safely on icy roads and snowy roads, and knowing how to respond when it is snowing as he is driving. If a truck driver does not believe he can travel safely given the conditions of the road, he should stop and take a break until the weather ...

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Who is at Fault in an Intersection Accident Caused by Snow and Ice?

Last year, a 150 car pileup happened on I-94 in Michigan as a result of snow and ice. This multi-car pileup accident was a very large-scale collision involving hundreds of vehicles, but similar accidents are not uncommon during bad winter weather. In fact, just recently, a video was posted on NPR that had gone viral. The video on NPR showed buses, cars, and even a police cruiser and a snow plow getting into a pileup crash because of a dangerous patch of snow and ice that caused the vehicles to spin out of control.  When these kinds of crashes happen, it attracts attention because people are fascinated with how the collisions start and what occurs to cause so many cars to become involved. Unfortunately, these accidents ...

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Preventing Macomb County Accidents During the Holiday Season

During the holidays, people are injured every year as a result of things like defective toys, dangerous products, and unsafe drivers. When an injury happens, the victim or his family could find themselves facing consequences that stretch far beyond the holiday season.  Medical care expenditures, missed work, ongoing pain, and emotional distress due to the accident and injuries are all realistic outcomes after an injury.  Significant personal and financial loss can happen, and those who have been harmed need to take action to recover compensation.  The first step in doing so is to make certain that you understand exactly who is responsible for accidents during the holiday season. Accidents during the holiday season frequently happen while motorists are driving. USA Today reports around 95 ...

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What to Do After a Commercial Trucking Accident in Macomb County?

After a commercial trucking accident, it becomes essential to take the right steps to protect your legal interests. You need to take appropriate action if you are involved in a trucking crash and you get hurt. If you receive notice your loved one has been killed in a commercial truck crash, you also need to know what to do next so you do not jeopardize your rights as you try to cope with your grief. The law provides truck accident victims with certain legal protections, but also requires victims and their families to take affirmative action in order to take advantage of those legal protections. As a result, the most important thing you need to do after an accident, and the step you should ...

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