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How Parents Can Help Their Children Avoid Car Accidents

Synopsis The ‘100 Deadliest Days’ is the period between Memorial Day and Labor Day when more people are killed in crashes involving a teen driver than any other time of the year. Michigan State Police data analyzed by the University of Michigan shows teens who choose to participate in distracted driving activities remain the most [...]

Overview of Grand Rapids Bike Crashes

Synopsis In 2017, there were 783 bicyclists killed in car crashes in the United States. In Michigan, nearly 2,000 cyclists were injured, and the number of cyclists killed doubled. Grand Rapids has a fatal bike crash ratio that is almost three times higher than the state average, and Kent County ranks in the top three [...]

Higher Michigan Speed Limits Will Result in More Traffic Deaths

Synopsis A new study from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety says higher speed limits have caused 37,000 additional traffic deaths between 1993 and 2017 and new standards may need to be recommended to lower mph limits. IIHS researchers found that a 5 mph increase in the maximum speed limit was associated with an eight [...]

Tesla Sued After Semi-Autonomous Driving System Fails in Fatal Crash

Synopsis Some of the worst-performing autopilot systems ranked by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety are offered by high-end automakers. Federal investigators have concluded that Tesla’s semi-autonomous driving system accelerated just before crashing on a California freeway, killing the man operating the vehicle. The accident occurred in 2018, on U.S. Highway 101, when the faulted [...]

Michigan Motorcycle Accident Risk Factors

Synopsis According to the CDC, registered motorcycle users have gone up by more than 60 percent since 2000, and motorcycle fatalities have more than doubled. Motorcyclists are 28 times more likely to experience a fatal crash than drivers or passengers in cars. Riders involved in an accident are incredibly vulnerable to severe injuries or death [...]

I-94 Semi Truck Crash Near Detroit Proves Deadly

Synopsis On the afternoon of March 7, a semi-truck operator fatally rear-ended a driver in Metro Detroit’s St. Clair Shore area. The crash triggered multiple injuries to other highway travelers when the semi-truck also rolled atop two other vehicles. The 31-year-old driver of the 2006 Peterbilt told police he simply could not stop in time [...]

Detroit Leads Large Cities in Pedestrian Car Accident Deaths

In February of 2019, The Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA) released a preliminary report addressing the several causes for the increase in pedestrian fatalities nationwide. The report shows the number of pedestrians killed in motor vehicle crashes in 2018 was 6,227, the largest increase in more than three decades. Many factors contributed to the rise [...]

Michigan Pedestrian Car Accident Deaths On the Rise

Pedestrian Accidents in Michigan As we all know, pedestrians face dangerous conditions walking along Michigan roadways. Whether its avoiding deteriorating sidewalks and walkways, speeding cars or distracted drivers, walking across busy streets and avenues is not easy. According to a recent Detroit Free Press article, the problem is getting worse than ever, with a record [...]

I-94 Accident Involving Two Semi-Trucks Results in Fatality

Speeding Likely Cause in Fiery Semi-Truck Accident on I-94 The westbound lanes of I-94 at 11 Mile Road were closed for several early morning hours after a deadly crash involving two semi-trucks, one which became engulfed in flames. Michigan State Police report that the crash happened when one of the semi-truck drivers was attempting to [...]

Time Around the Holidays is a Hotbed for Drunk Driving & Other Risky Behaviors

Michigan Traffic Fatalities Doubled Over 2018 Holiday Season Operation C.A.R.E. (Crash Awareness and Reduction Efforts) is a national safe driving campaign aimed at reducing traffic crashes and fatalities on U.S. highways and is led by state and highway patrol agencies from all 50 states. The lifesaving program began in 1977 as a collaborative effort between [...]