Tragic Lansing Crash Takes Lives of Two Local Teenagers
A devastating crash involving two teenage girls recently occurred on I-96 in Wheatfield Township. According to Michigan State Police, the girls were traveling westbound on I-96 and crashed in the early evening hours near the Williamston Road exit in Ingham County. Crash scene investigators have reported that the teen driver may have lost control of her vehicle and then entered the median. It’s believed the vehicle proceeded to roll over and strike a tree. The occupants were wearing their seatbelts and alcohol is not believed to be a factor. Upon reviewing the accident report, it states the high school girls were both pronounced dead at the scene. Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for 15-to-19-year-olds.
We were saddened to read this report and our thoughts are with the family and friends of these young women. Since we don’t yet know the extent to which another driver’s actions, winter weather conditions, or other road hazards may have impacted this accident, we do plan to follow this ongoing investigation. For now, we thought it may be beneficial to review a couple tips on what to do if you lose control of your own vehicle.
How to Regain Control of Your Vehicle
- Avoid your instinct to panic. Yes, stay calm. Panicking may cause you to overcompensate your actions and create a bigger accident risk to yourself or others.
- Keep your eyes open. Your body’s natural reaction will be to close them, but remember, you may be able to soon regain control and need to see where you are headed to do so.
- Hold onto the wheel. You will want to make sure you are ready to respond. Don’t let go of the wheel but be careful to not overcorrect too quickly while steering.
- Steer into the skid. If you find yourself skidding on the surface whether it be ice, snow, slush or gravel, turn your wheels in the direction the back of your vehicle is sliding or towards the direction you want your car to travel back to.
- Avoid a secondary crash. If your vehicle has had to stop so you can gain control, take a moment to see where you are before exiting your vehicle or before entering traffic again. For example, other vehicles following you might encounter the same hazard that you hit and lose control as well. Get out of their way.
When we think about teen drivers, they may not have had enough life experiences behind the wheel to prepare themselves and know how to respond to scary events like this. Parents can greatly help their teen driver by doing simple things like practicing good driving with their teen and modeling their best driver behavior. It is also important that parents lead with safe driving habits like wearing a seat belt, obeying speed limits, stay off their phones, and spend time reading and sharing articles like this with their teens.
Accident Prevention Attorneys
If your teen driver has been injured or a collision tragedy has impacted your life, the vehicle accident attorneys at the Lee Steinberg Law Firm are ready to use our decades of experience to get justice so your family can move forward and start the healing process. Not only can a personal injury lawsuit help ease financial burdens for your family, but it can help bring road safety issues to light and alert drivers of serious dangers. Please call and speak to our car accident attorneys at 1-800-LEE-FREE (1-800-533-3733) or fill out the Free Case Evaluation Form.