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Minimize Dangerous Situations After a Car Crash with These Tips

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Secondary Crash Involved Detroit Department of Transportation Bus

Authorities are currently investigating a secondary crash on Detroit’s east side involving a Detroit Department of Transportation (DDOT) bus and an SUV driver and her vehicle. The crash injured at least one person and was a series of two accidents. Police say it started when two vehicles got into an accident and the drivers got out of their cars to talk and share contact information. While exchanging this information a DDOT bus driver hit one of the vehicles, spun out of control and came back to hit the SUV driver, seriously injuring her. The driver is currently listed in critical condition.

The United States Department of Transportation (USDOT) estimates that 18 percent of traffic related fatalities are attributed to secondary crashes. In addition, secondary crashes can contribute up to 50 percent of congestion in urban areas, raise the risk of injuries to others, and cause additional minor traffic accidents.

When Stopping After An Accident, Stop Safely

Every crash situation is different but if you have been in an accident and choose to get out of your vehicle, it is important you know how to do so safely. Follow this guide from the Lee Steinberg Law Firm.

  • Before getting out of your vehicle, turn on your emergency flashers and dial 911 and begin assessing the situation from where you are. Make sure you are able to convey the location of the accident including any freeway on and off ramp information and how many vehicles were involved. From there, follow the operator’s cues. Do not ever step into traffic.
  • If you have dialed 911, and you feel the need to get out of your vehicle to help others, remember to always exit your vehicle with extreme caution and move slowly. Keep your distance from the other crash vehicles and don’t touch anyone who was involved.
  • If others are injured, safety officials will not want you to move an injured person unless he or she is in a burning vehicle or in other immediate dangers. Moving someone incorrectly can often make an injury worse. So this means it is in everyone’s best interest for you to be in the safest place – inside your vehicle – hopefully parked in a safety zone, 100 feet or more away, waiting for emergency responders.

Detroit, Michigan Car Accident Attorneys – You Pay Nothing Until We Settle

Regardless of the cause, victims of car accidents are entitled to Personal Injury Protection (PIP) benefits, also known as first-party benefits, under the Michigan No-Fault Law. These benefits cover reasonably necessary medical expenses related to the accident, up to three years of lost wages, replacement services (to cover household chores or childcare the victim can no longer complete), attendant care such as in-home nursing, medical mileage, out-of-pocket medical costs, and vehicle and/or home modifications.

If you or someone you know has been injured in a secondary crash or any other kind of motor vehicle accident in Michigan, let them know the Lee Steinberg Law Firm can help.

Please call Lee Free and speak to our car accident attorneys at 1-800-LEE-FREE (1-800-533-3733) or fill out the Free Case Evaluation Form. And remember, you pay nothing until we settle your car accident case.