Michigan is no stranger to harsh winter weather. Any state that often mandates doors built into the roofs of rural houses is ready for some wet snow to stack up. But the confidence of drivers in the Wolverine State can sometimes be a little too high, as there are often a lot of drivers on the roads even in terrible conditions.
Snow, sleet, freezing rain and black ice are some of the common weather hazards visited upon Michigan streets, roads and highways in the winter months. These can lead to loss of vehicle control in a spinout or fishtail, which often leads to collisions when vehicles are in close proximity on multi-lane roads.
A recent winter storm that led to record low temperatures also brought heavy snow and ice accumulation to most of Michigan. Several multi-vehicle accidents occurred on major roads, including one crash near Kalamazoo that affected 24 cars and trucks. Sections of I-96 and I-196 in Ottawa County also saw multi-vehicle accidents.
Minor injuries resulted in the pile-up on Michigan State Route 6, and both directions of the highway were closed due to icy conditions. Drivers were warned in several media releases by the Michigan State Police to avoid the roads while hazards exist.
Although many winter crashes are not attributable to one driver, car accidents that cause severe damage or serious injury may sometimes be mitigated by financial compensation from the people responsible. An attorney can help victims of car accidents and their families weigh their options and get the support they need in civil court or settlement.