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Michigan Teens at High Risk of Summer Traffic Accidents

Summer is the 100 Deadliest Days for teenage drivers, according to the American Automobile Association (AAA). Our Macomb County car accident lawyers know that teenage drivers already face the highest risk of being involved in a traffic collision. However, the risks are even higher during the warm summer months. Teens are likely to underestimate the risks of a particular driving situation while overestimating their own driving skills. Other primary factors in teen-driving accidents include driving at night, alcohol and drug use, driving with passengers and text messaging/cell phone use. Teens are also less likely to wear seat belts and more likely to speed, fail to yield to bicyclists or pedestrians and fail to obey common traffic laws. Education Key to Teen Driver Safety ...

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Road Rage Accidents in Macomb County

  Michigan drivers can cause devastating injuries when they succumb to road rage. Too often, simple acts of honking or yelling escalate into violent confrontations. Even when road rage does not result in assault, battery, or other crimes of violence, it drastically - and unnecessarily - increases the chances that one of the involved drivers will cause a collision. This is a violation of the legal duty of care every driver owes to other road users. Accidents caused by negligence (such as those resulting from road rage) make the negligent driver responsible for compensating accident victims for injuries and losses. It is important for victims of road rage to assert their legal right to compensation. Not only are victims legally entitled to this ...

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Collision Avoidance Technology Can Reduce Michigan Truck Accidents

Technological advances in recent years have led to many new options for crash avoidance technologies in vehicles. Drifting sensors, backup cameras, alert systems, and other safety features carry the potential to drastically reduce the number of collisions on the roads of Macomb County. This is especially important in accidents involving large, heavy commercial trucks. With more force in a collision, these vehicles cause more damage and more serious injuries. The Damage Caused By a Single Truck Accident The scope of damage caused by a single truck accident was powerfully illustrated in 2016. The single collision between a tractor-trailer and an SUV killed six people and injured five others. Trucking Info reports that the tractor-trailer was traveling near the posted speed limit of 75 ...

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Macomb County Car Accident Risks & Michigan's No-Fault Insurance

The Macomb County Traffic Safety Association reported that the number of Macomb County traffic deaths has declined for the second year in a row. Macomb Daily reported 38 people were killed on Macomb county roads last year, a decline of nearly 31 percent compared to the 58 motorists killed in 2016. While our injury lawyers in Macomb County will take good news where they can get it, such statistics can have a negative impact on road safety if motorists don't take safe driving seriously as we head into the summer travel season. As we reported recently on our injury law blog, accidents are now the third leading cause of death nationwide. Michigan Summer Traffic Safety - Avoid Risky Driving Behavior The message from safety ...

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Accidents Third Leading Cause of Death Nationwide

"Accidents" are the third leading cause of death for the first time in recorded history, according to the National Safety Council. Experienced injury lawyers in Detroit understand few of these are "accidents" in the true sense of the word. A look at our website reveals the most common causes, including impairment, distraction, speeding, fatigued driving and reckless operation. In fact, many take issue with using the term "accident" to refer to a motor-vehicle collision because usually, someone was at fault. But if the definition of "accident" is "unintentional, preventable injury," then the new NSC report drives home the fact that the risks are real. These incidents claimed more than 161,000 lives in 2016. Drug overdoses and motor vehicle crashes are being blamed for the ...

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Michigan Motorcyclists are Ready to Rev! But are the Roads Ready for Them?

Spring has nearly sprung in Southeast Michigan! But just when we are relieved to have plowed through the season of snow mounds, we hit more bumps in the road – literally! It’s no secret that Michigan is bruised with crumbling roads and crater-sized potholes. Just a couple weeks ago, an officer from Grand Blanc, MI stood knee-deep in a pothole that temporarily closed McWain Rd. A few days prior to that, a group of Dearborn residents invested their own money and time into patching their city’s roadways before Wayne County trucks showed up to finish the job. And while weathered Michigan roadways are a costly annoyance to commuter cars, trucks, and buses, they can be life-threatening to a seasonal group of Michigan drivers ...

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Large Trucks and Larger Injuries: Michigan Roadways Are Big Enough for Both!

Crash. Accident. Freeway closure. We hear these devastating words almost every day. But when the traffic report glows orange and red, or breaking news reports a deadly crash, or your co-worker tells you to find another way to work because the freeway is shut down, what do you picture? Typically, two or more cars that have collided come to mind. But commuter cars aren’t the only vehicles subject to collisions. Michigan’s economy is robust with lumber, fuel, agriculture, and many more shipments that, by their large nature, demand a larger vehicle for transportation. And while semi-trucks and tractor trailers get the job done, their average weight of around 26,000 lbs is over six times the weight of an average commuter car. Imagine running alongside ...

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Facts About Dog Bites Injuries in Macomb County

Michigan dog bites can cause extensive injuries which require costly rehabilitation. In some tragic cases, dog bites can even result in death. Large breed dogs, such as Pit Bulls, Pit Bull mixes, Dobermans and Rottweilers have the worst reputations, though many owners swear it's all about how they are raised. There is likely truth to this, but the reality is these dogs have innately more power than smaller breeds. A bite from a Pit Bull is inevitably going to cause more profound damage than a bite from a Jack Russell Terrier, even if it was shown the two dogs bit people with equal regularity. Mich. Comp. Laws Ann., sec. 287.351 holds dog owners in Michigan accountable for injuries caused when their dog bites ...

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Super Bowl v. Super Drunk: Stay On the Offense of Drunk Driving

  Sneak peaks of 2018’s new commercials are already starting to surface. Our crockpots are warmed, our fridges are stocked, and our jerseys are ready. Whether you’re a football fanatic, dedicated to the Philadelphia Eagles or the New England Patriots, or will just tune in for Justin Timberlake’s half-time show, the nation is starting to buzz about Super Bowl LII! And while Sunday is intended to celebrate the Super Bowl, it’s also an opportunity for people to get super drunk. In 2012, while thousands were celebrating the win of New York Giants, 166 Michiganders were sulking in jail for drunk driving, and two had died from alcohol-related crashes. Sadly, we are also amidst America’s opioid epidemic, which means impaired driving is more than ...

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It’s the Largest Automotive Recall in America. Here’s What You Need to Know.

We’re just wrapping up the first month of 2018, and America’s automotive industry is already experiencing the largest recall in its history. After 20 people have died and almost 200 injured, Takata, a Japanese air-bag manufacturer, has just recalled another 3.3 million defective airbags. The recall affects specific vehicles produced in 2009, 2010, and 2013 by Honda, Toyota, Audi, BMW, Daimler Vans, Fiat Chrysler, Ford, General Motors, Jaguar-Land Rover, Mazda, Mercedes-Benz, Mitsubishi, Nissan, Subaru and Tesla. Later this month, each automaker plans to file a list with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration outlining each of their respective vehicles that need to be recalled. Takata’s recall is in response to a chemical flaw that could unexpectedly catapult scalding pieces of metal toward unsuspecting drivers. Ammonium nitrate is the chemical Takata used to quickly inflate airbags during ...

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