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Ann Arbor Motor Vehicle Accidents Blog

MDOT combines sensors and radar to warn drivers of possible crash

Collision-sensing technology is now available in several models of passenger vehicles. Sensors in the vehicles detect when another vehicles is close enough for a collision, alerting the driver with a vibration or a beep.

That technology is great for cars that are right next to one another. What if the vehicles are too far apart for the technology, but a crash is still imminent? This is a common problem at rural intersections, where roads curve around corners and hills make it hard to see vehicles stopped ahead.

Who can you trust?


Apparently, not the automotive industry. The recent disclosure of Volkswagen's manipulation of emissions tests on vehicles should not come as a surprise, given the long history of carmakers bad behavior when it comes to safety, mileage and emissions of their vehicles.

NHTSA works to bring faster automatic brakes to vehicles


Regulating the car industry is not an easy task. There are numerous manufacturers, all in competition with each other and they have billions of dollars to buy influence. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the federal agency tasked with creating and implementing safety regulations for motor vehicles plays a "David" to the industry's "Goliath."

Drivers should really know better


It seems as if there isn't a day that doesn't go by somewhere in the U.S. that this statement, "The preliminary investigation shows that the inattentive semi driver failed to react to the slowed traffic, causing the initial collision," wouldn't apply. That quote came from a news release issued by the Michigan State Police after a multivehicle crash involving five passenger vehicles and two semi-trucks left one man dead and four others injured.

Drivers continue to risk lives, despite sobering DUI statistics

Educating people about the dangers of drunk driving isn't something that ends. Ongoing efforts are necessary to raise awareness of how devastating impaired driving can be.

According to Mothers Against Drunk Driving, the annual number of deaths caused by DUI has been reduced by 50 percent since 1980, when the organization was founded. However, more needs to be done each year as new drivers take to the roads and other drivers continue to risk their lives and the lives of others by getting behind the wheel while impaired.

Seat belts are there for a reason. Use them

Cars have been made safer for years. Sometimes the innovations come slowly, as with the incremental additions of various electronic vehicle stability controls or with some of the collision avoidance systems and "lane minders" that are beginning to show up on production vehicles.

At other times, such as when seat belts were introduced by government mandate in 1968, all new cars would have seen that feature added. In 1968, the belt was only lap belt and it was years later before three-point belts would become required for front seat occupants. More time would pass before that type of belt would be required for all occupants.

Police looking for driver involved in fatal motorcycle accident in Hartland Township

At the time of an Aug. 14 report, police were still looking for the driver of a maroon-colored vehicle linked to a fatal motorcycle accident in Hartland Township. The driver of what police say is a maroon Pontiac Grand Am is believed to have made an illegal U-turn, causing a motorcyclist to have to suddenly brake in an attempt to avoid hitting the car.

Two other vehicles were able to avoid a collision, but the motorcyclist wasn't able to stop in time. His bike slid and collided with a tanker truck, and the 48-year-old rider suffered critical injuries and later died after being taken by ambulance to the University of Michigan Medical Center in Ann Arbor.

Vehicles turning pose a grave threat to every motorcycle rider

Riding a motorcycle provides a connection to the road very unlike a car. The feel of the pavement is visceral, and the sensation of wind on your body creates the feeling of being immersed as you travel, as opposed to the sometimes hermetically sealed containment that occurs in modern cars, where you can forget that you are even moving. That never happens in a motorcycle. You always know you are moving.

And this is why many motorcycle riders ride. They do it even knowing that they are at risk, every second they are on the bike. They know they must depend on their experience and the skills developed while riding, but they all know they also depend on something that they cannot control.

The consequence of a really, really bad decision

Driving is dangerous. That much is a commonplace. When you pilot 4,000 to 6,000 pounds of steel down the road at highway speeds, bad things happen when you drive too fast and lose control.

It probably seemed like something a "cool dad" would do. Give the keys to your Suburban, to your 15-year-old, unlicensed daughter. You were on vacation, it was a quiet morning, she would run with her friends to breakfast and bring you back something.