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14 Top Causes of Auto Accidents In Michigan

14 Top Causes of Motor Vehicle Accidents In Michigan

by Bret Schnitzer

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Getting into a car accident can result in devastating consequences, including serious and permanent injuries, loss of wages, Medical expenses, pain and suffering, emotional distress, and the loss of enjoyment of activities.

While accidents can happen in a split second, safe driving should always be followed to minimize injuries and accidents from motor vehicle use and operation. Here are some of the biggest causes of auto accidents in Michigan to consider. Stay safe out there and always be careful.

1. Keep your eyes on the road and your hands on the wheel.

The number one cause of car accidents is distracted drivers. A distracted driver is a motorist that diverts his or her attention from the road for a split second or more. With the use of cell phones, texting and other electronic gadgets it is estimated that more and more drivers on the road are distracted. Being distracted by your cell phone can cause your reactions to be like that of an impaired driver. It is best not to use a cell phone and certainly do not send or receive texts when driving. Eating or applying makeup while driving also interferes with the safe operation of a vehicle.

2. Driving over the speed limit

You’ve seen them on the street and the highway. Many drivers ignore the speed limit and drive 10, 20 and sometimes 30 mph over the limit. Speed kills, and traveling above the speed limit can kill or maim. The faster the driver the less time the driver has to react and the more time it take a driver to stop.

3. Drunk Driving

Drunk or intoxicated driving is unsafe at any speed. the intoxicated driver lose the ability to focus and function properly and its very dangerous when operating a vehicle. Always use a designated driver if you go out and drink. Do not drink and drive. Do not drive under the influence of medicine or other substances that interferes with the ability to operate heavy mechanical equipment. Read the warning labels and be careful.

4. Running red lights or disobeying traffic control devices

Drivers that run red lights, try to time lights, or squeeze through that changing light run the risk of causing an injury accident because they can cause side-impact or even front impact collisions at high speeds. To avoid a car accident, look both ways for oncoming cars as you approach a green light. The same is true of disobeying a traffic control device, pay attention and don’t do it

5. Night Driving and tired driving.

Driving at night nearly doubles the risk of a car accident occurring. When you can’t see what’s up ahead you don’t know what to anticipate as you drive towards it. As the sun goes down, awareness of what is on and around the road goes down. Headlight fatigue and tired driving accounts for more accidents as well.

6. Bad Weather

Bad weather such as snow and ice, fog and rain account for accidents occurring. When the weather is bad it is best to slow down or stop until the weather gets better.

7. Unsafe Lane changes and not using your blinker.

When it is time to get over to another lane always check your blind spot and put on your blinker and move over slowly and steadily. Not using your blinker or not checking the other lane properly accounts for accidents in Michigan.

8. Improper Turns and ignoring traffic markings on the roadway.

Always look for signs and markings on the roadway and obey the proper right-of-way before you make a turn and obey the markings on the roadway as well.

9. Tailgating.

Many drivers are impatient and reckless, driving so close to another car that they cannot react in time if the car in front of them brakes suddenly. Prevent these car accidents and give the car in front of you plenty of room as you travel.

10. Driving Under the Influence of Drugs.

It’s not only alcohol that is dangerous when mixed with drivers on the road. Drugs, both legal and illegal, have the ability to impair the operators ability to drive in a reasonably safe manner. intoxicated driving is unsafe at any speed.

11. Road rage.

Everyone has been angry at another driver for one reason or another, but some drivers let their rage overcome them. If the other driver does something dangerous or stupid it is best not to engage them or to escalate the problem. Back off and forgive and forget it the best motto.

12. Tire Blowouts.

When encountering a tire blowout, try to maintain control of your vehicle and pull over safely and then call for help.

13. Driving too fast for conditions

Many of these issues are addressed elsewhere but cannot be overstressed. When you encounter bad weather, heavy traffic, construction, poorly maintained roads, bad drivers, or other driving obstacles, the best advise is to slow down and not drive too fast for conditions.

14. Animal Crossings

While drivers are required to know the rules of the roadway, wild animals do not. Wild animals can cross the road without warning into the roadway. Take caution when you see an animal crossing sign or see an animal on the side of the road. When operating the vehicle at night the dangers of hitting a wild animal increase, because you cannot see them on the side of the road and many animals come out at night. Also, be wary of drivers who may brake suddenly to avoid a wild animal traveling in front of your vehicle.

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If you were injured in a car accident call our law offices right away at (313) 389-2234 or click here for a FREE consultation with an experienced auto accident attorney in Michigan and find out how we can help you. We look forward to providing good advice for your case. There is no cost for your initial consultation, and there are no fees until we recover for you.

Hiring An Auto Accident Attorney In Michigan

Hiring An Auto Accident Attorney In Michigan

by Bret Schnitzer

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About 75,000 individuals are injured and about 900 individuals are killed in Michigan auto accidents each year. About 73 people die in truck accidents and almost 2,000 people are injured in truck accidents each year. Being injured in an accident can be a traumatic experience. It is even more horrifying if someone you love is killed in an accident. If you have been a victim of auto accident, you need to contact an accident attorney as soon as possible.

Michigan is a no-fault state, so insurance companies will pay regardless who is at fault in an accident. According to the no-fault law, a motorcycle is not regarded as a motor vehicle; however, a motorcycle accident lawyer can help you receive compensation if you are injured in a motorcycle accident.

The statute of limitations for a vehicle accident in Michigan is three years against the At Fault driver, but only one year for No-fault benefits, so you need to contact an accident attorney before the limitations expire. An accident lawyer can help you put your life back together. He will not be afraid to fight with the insurance company, and he will make sure your rights are protected.

When hiring an auto accident lawyer, you need to make an appointment for a free consultation. The attorney will listen to your case and tell you if it is worth pursuing. It is best to settle out of court if possible, so your attorney will attempt to negotiate with all parties involved. If you have been injured in a motorcycle or truck accident, make sure you hire an attorney who has experience with those types of cases.

Your accident attorney should be someone you trust, and he should be someone who makes you feel comfortable. When meeting with your lawyer, you should ask him how much money he feels you can get, and you need to ask him how long it will take to settle the case. You also need to make sure you understand his fees for handling the case.

Accident attorneys can get you compensation for medical bills, lost wages, damages to the vehicle and pain and suffering. Accidents can be emotionally, physically and psychologically exhausting, so having an accident attorney on your side will be reassuring. You can then get the compensation you deserve, and you can start to move forward with your life. Call us a (313) 389-2234 for a free consultation today.

Dog Bite Law In Michigan

Dog Bite Law In Michigan

by Bret Schnitzer

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There is strict liability against the dog owner if you are bitten or attacked and bitten by a dog. What this means is that the owner does not get to argue that they “did not have a dog that had bitten anyone before” as a defense to the dog bite case. The only defense available to the dog owner to a person lawfully on the premisses is “provocation”.The “provocation defense” means that the person who was bitten “provoked” the dog. Below is that dog bite statute in Michigan. Schnitzerlaw has recovered millions of dollars for dog bite and dog bite attack cases. Schnitzerlaw has handled hundreds of dog bite and dog attack cases over the past 25 plus years. We know how to handle dog bite and dog attack case and get top dollar recoveries for these cases. Call us at (313)-389-2234 for your free consultation.
LIABILITY OF OWNER FOR DOG BITE (EXCERPT)
Act 73 of 1939

287.351 Person bitten by dog; liability of owner.
Sec. 1.

(1) If a dog bites a person, without provocation while the person is on public property, or lawfully on private property, including the property of the owner of the dog, the owner of the dog shall be liable for any damages suffered by the person bitten, regardless of the former viciousness of the dog or the owner’s knowledge of such viciousness.

(2) A person is lawfully on the private property of the owner of the dog within the meaning of this act if the person is on the owner’s property in the performance of any duty imposed upon him or her by the laws of this state or by the laws or postal regulations of the United States, or if the person is on the owner’s property as an invitee or licensee of the person lawfully in possession of the property unless said person has gained lawful entry upon the premises for the purpose of an unlawful or criminal act.

History: 1939, Act 73, Imd. Eff. May 4, 1939 ;– CL 1948, 287.351 ;– Am. 1988, Act 142, Eff. Mar. 30, 1989

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