There are many causes of car accidents in Michigan. Fortunately, the Wolverine State is not a national leader in traffic injuries or deaths, but that does little to comfort someone who was in a crash. Some of the most common factors in car accidents can help conscientious drivers avoid the worst scenarios.
What are the leading causes of Michigan car accidents?
The Michigan State Police records alcohol abuse, at-risk populations of drivers and the presence of deer as factors in car accidents. One of the most common factors present in car accidents is winter weather, which causes more than half of all crashes or collisions in some counties in the Wolverine State.
What do I do if I am in a winter-weather car collision?
The police recommend that people stay in their cars with their seat belts fastened until the scene is clear. Other drivers may also have difficulty stopping, and safety is the top priority. Drivers should move cars out of traffic if possible, as Michigan law says to "steer it and clear it" after an accident.
Who do I need to contact?
Drivers should call 911 or otherwise contact police if a person has been injured or damage is perceived above $1,000 in value. A driver's insurance agent should also be contacted with photos of the scene or any other important evidence.
What if I am still suffering from damage or injury after a crash?
If the accident was someone else's fault, you may have a case for financial damages to help with recovery. Consult with a lawyer on the likelihood of a claim's success.