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December 2011 Archives

Fatal accident with excavator kills man

A 57-year-old man from Marshall, Michigan passed away on Tuesday, Dec. 20 after being pinned by an excavator and sustaining life-threatening injuries from the fatal accident. The victim was working with crews from Mead Bros. Excavating on the site of the Malletts Creek restoration project when the incident occurred.

Michigan seeing decrease in drunk driving fatalities

Regular readers of this blog know that fatal drunk driving accidents are still a scourge on our communities, ending the lives of family members and friends in accidents that are almost completely preventable. It simply requires drivers to follow the simple advice of not getting behind the wheel of a car after they have been drinking. While even one drunk driving accident in Michigan is one too many, a new study reports an encouraging decrease in the number of fatal and injury-causing drunk driving accidents over the past few years.

Fatal accident on way to Michigan wedding reception

The day of a wedding is designed to be one of the most joyful days in the lives of a young couple. Celebrating their love with friends and family, it is supposed to be the happiest of days spent in celebration. But a wedding celebration ended in tragedy this past weekend.

Senior citizens can suffer dearly in car accidents

In recent decades, people are living longer than ever. Improvements in lifestyle and healthcare allow many people to maintain full and active lifestyles into their 70s, 80s and even 90s. These later stages of life are often full, rich and rewarding years. After working hard for a lifetime, individuals deserve the opportunity to relax and enjoy the company of their children and grandchildren.

Innocent man killed in crash with stolen car

A 58-year-old Detroit man was killed in a fatal car accident when a stolen jeep cashed into the car he was driving. The deceased man was a father of three, grandfather, and had been married to his wife for more than 30 years. His family lived just few blocks from the site of the crash. He was described as an easy going and really good man.

Police identify victim in fatal Michigan crash

Police in Galesburg, Michigan identified an elderly man who was killed after being thrown from his car following a recent two-car collision. Authorities released the 78-year-old Kalamazoo man's identity a day after the fatal accident, which also injured several others.

Cell phone driving risk

Just about anyone would concede that distracted driving in general is dangerous and puts a driver at an elevated risk of causing a car accident. But some now question the methodology of the studies that highlight the danger of using cellular phones behind the wheel. The findings come as a result of a study at the Wayne State University School of Medicine in Detroit, Michigan, which questioned results of previous studies.

Repercussions of a fatal farming accident

This summer we shared a tragic story about a Michigan high school student who lost is life in a fatal accident while working on a farm. Now, the young man's mother has created an organization that is dedicated to promoting farm worker safety particularly in respect to working around silos. After the accident the Michigan Occupational Safety and Health Administration cited the farm for failing in its duty to maintain a healthy work place, free from hazards that could cause potential physical harm or death.

Police investigations into car accidents not always what we hope

When we are involved in a car accident in Michigan, we expect a certain type of response from the local police department. We'd like them to draft a report that accurately illustrates the circumstances surrounding the accident, makes note of any relevant observations and evidence, and provides the information we might need for any potential interactions with insurance companies or litigation that may follow.

Wheelchair bound veteran victim of hit-and run

An Ann Arbor man, who is a U.S. Army Veteran and uses a wheelchair was struck by an SUV while crossing East Liberty Street on Wednesday. The hit and run accident took place at about three o'clock in the afternoon. The vehicle struck the wheelchair and the man's right leg and knocked him to the ground. He later sought medical treatment for his injuries.

Flint head-on collision kills one, injures four

According to a witness, careless driving led to a fatal head-on collision on Welch Boulevard near Dayton Street in Flint, Michigan. The fatal accident was triggered when a 58-year-old man behind the wheel of a red pickup truck started swerving, according to a witness who was driving behind the pickup truck. Traveling westbound, the truck maneuvered into eastbound lanes where it struck a mini-van that was carrying four people, all of which were men.

Dangerous winter driving habits

When the snow starts flying in Michigan, visibility on roads can plummet. However, many motorists can create visibility problems of their own by not properly clearing snow of their vehicles. Snow-covered windshields reduce the vision of a driver. Headlights and tail lights buried under snow can also make a vehicle less visible on the roads. Both of these issues can put drivers at an increased risk for a car accident.

Crash kills motorist who stopped to help another driver

A 48-year-old man from Mackinac Island was killed over the weekend when a semi tractor-trailer crashed into his car after he pulled over to help another driver. The fatal accident occurred on Interstate 75 on Saturday morning. An officer from the Michigan State Police indicated that black ice and slippery road conditions may have played a role in the accident.

Michigan State trooper to be tried in teenager's death

No parent expects to bury his or her child and it is certain that no parent should have to bury a child because of a reckless driver. While tragic accidents do claim pedestrian's lives, we do not expect Michigan State Police troopers to be the cause of the accidents. Michigan troopers are expected to enforce and follow traffic laws, and it is shocking when one is indicted in the death of a teenage boy.

Car crashes into mobile home causing injuries and fire

Generally, motor vehicle accidents involve one vehicle striking another, or in the case of a single car accident, that car going off the road to strike a tree, telephone pole or other obstructions near the roadway. But occasionally, when a driver loses control of their car the resulting collision is with something less expected, like someone's home.

Head-on collision with truck kills motorist

Many times when there is a catastrophic motor vehicle crash, there is some extraneous factor which makes determining the cause easier. Often one driver was intoxicated or passing another car at a very high rate of speed. Other times though, it seems as if one of the drivers may have simply mad e a mistake. These cases may require additional accident reconstruction and investigation. A recent fatal accident in Bangor Township, Michigan took the life of a 35-year-old resident of Bay City despite no evidence of intoxication or excessive speed by either driver.

Driver in fatal Michigan accident may have been drunk

As most Michigan families were getting up to celebrate Thanksgiving this year, three families from just outside of the Detroit area were still dealing with an accident that claimed the life of one young man and the injuries of two others which took place several days earlier. While at first glance this accident may seem to be a horrific single-car accident, the Macomb County Sheriff's Office believes the driver may have been drunk.

Michigan man killed in head-on crash with semi

The former village president of Manchester, Michigan lost this life in a fatal crash with a semi truck about 25 miles southwest of Ann Arbor on Wednesday morning. A spokesman for the local sheriff's department say that icy roads in the area combined with he described as "improper diving" were the likely causes of the crash.

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