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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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Common Neck and Back Injuries in Car Accidents

Some of the most common injuries experienced by auto accident victims are neck and back injuries. Some of these injuries, like whiplash, might not manifest symptoms for several days after the collision occurs. In many cases, it is also difficult to tell what the lasting consequences of the injuries will be as some people can heal much better than others, who experience lingering complications.  If you have suffered a neck or back injury, you need to understand the full extent of damage you have endured and you need to make certain you seek full and fair compensation for losses. Common Neck and Back Injuries After Car Accidents While many different kinds of neck and back injuries can happen after auto accidents, some of the ...

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Macomb County Truck Accidents Could be Prevented With Speed Limiters

A proposal is currently being considered aimed at reducing truck accidents. Although The Hill reports the proposal could cost the trucking industry around $1.5 billion, Auto Blog indicates several different trucking advocacy groups are in support of the proposal, including the American Trucking Association and Road Safe America. The proposal is part of a joint effort by Department of Transportation (DOT) and Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA). It involves putting speed limiters on commercial trucks. DOT also wants to set a reduced truck speed limit at 60 MPH. Speed limiters would automatically restrict truck speeds so trucks couldn't go faster than the limiters allowed. DOT and FMCSA want the limiters to be set at between 60 and 68 MPH. The proposal to ...

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Seniors and Pedestrian Accident Risks in Macomb County

A Sterling Heights man was killed in a pedestrian accident in Macomb County, according to the Macomb Daily. The man was 72-years-old and he was walking across 17 Mile Road early on a Wednesday. The incident happened at approximately 6:30 AM when the pedestrian was on 17 Mile Road near Byers. He was hit by a white Dodge Challenger, which law enforcement indicates was traveling in a westward direction. The senior who was struck by the vehicle suffered a closed head injury as well as broken bones. He was taken to William Beaumont Hospital in Troy for emergency treatment, but died from his injuries.   The driver involved in the pedestrian accident was a 50-year-old man, also from Sterling Heights. He stopped his vehicle at ...

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