The Metro Detroit area received its first winter storm of the season as a mixture of sleet, rain, ice and snow hit the area. The freezing rain began in the early afternoon hours and gradually worsened as rush hour began. The wintry mix caused a slew of Detroit car crashes throughout the metro area and state.
The parking lot outside our law offices was an ice sheet by the time 5:00 pm arrived. Strong winds and more precipitation only made the problems worse. Many area business closed early, including court and county offices. Detroit Metro Airport had hundreds of delays and cancellations.
By the time rush hour ended, the Michigan Department of Transportation had noted multiple car crashes on area roads with various road closures.
According to Mlive.com, as of 7:00 pm Monday night, MDOT had reported some of the following crashes:
— Right shoulder of I-696 west at Woodward along the Ferndale-Royal Oak border is closed following a two-vehicle crash.
— The left shoulder and left lane of westbound I-696 at I-96 in Oakland County’s Livonia was closed after a two-vehicle crash.
— The right shoulder of northbound I-75 at 12 Mile Road in Royal Oak is closed following a crash involving two vehicles.
— Two vehicles were involved in a crash on westbound I-94 at Belleville Road in Belleville, blocking the right shoulder.
— Two-vehicle crash on northbound I-75 at Fort in Detroit.
— The left shoulder and left lane of I-75 north at 11 Mile were closed due to a crash involving two vehicles.
— Two vehicles crashed in the left lane of I-94 east at M 39 in Allen Park.
— Two vehicles involved in crash on I-94 east at Ecorse in Taylor. Vehicles moved to shoulder.
The Michigan car accident lawyers at 1-800-LEE-FREE recommend you drive slowly and with extra caution when driving on icy roads. Keep extra distance between yourself and the vehicle in front of you. Give yourself extra time to stop at traffic control devices and avoid changing lanes if possible.
Remember, patience is a virtue in winter driving conditions. Drive safe and drive smart.