From the initial thump of a collision to the insurance bill the next month, car accidents are a serious headache that can do a lot more than just inconvenience a few drivers. People can suffer severe injury or even die in some accidents, and the risk is higher for unprotected drivers like motorcyclists and moped riders.
Car accidents are rare throughout most of the year in Michigan, but winter weather often increases the risk of a collision. Several ice-, snow- or animal-related accidents are easily handled with an insurance claim and a possible report to law enforcement, but any collision of two vehicles requires a greater response and often medical attention.
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.
Some scientists say multitasking is a myth, and you can only do one thing at a time. Whether or not this is true, Michigan law makes it more than a good idea to only do one thing at a time when you are behind the wheel. Some people like to eat or text while they are driving, but this can be more than inconvenient.
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.
Michigan is home to some of the United States' best road trips. Positioned at the crossroads of the American Midwest and eastern Canada, many interstate highways and smaller roads cross the two parts of the Wolverine State. Unfortunately, some drives can have serious consequences for many more than the occupants of one vehicle.
Accidents are an unfortunate part of daily life. The Wolverine State is one of the top ten for accidents that cause damage or injury. Risks vary from the congested interstates near Detroit to the straightaways that encourage speeding on the Upper Peninsula.
No one expects a car accident, so they are more jarring than many other life events when they happen. Complicated systems involving insurance and civil law help protect the victims of these crashes. Victims often fare better when they are more aware of these systems before they try to take action and get their lives back together.
If you're 18 or older, you have made it out of what some experts call "the most dangerous two years of your life." These happen at ages 16 and 17. One researcher says that, among those who die unexpectedly before their time, the odds are highest that it happens during those two years.
Accidents happen so fast that you never have any idea what's coming. One moment you're listening to a podcast and driving calmly through an intersection with a green light. The next minute, you're pulling yourself out of a totaled car on the side of the road.