Michigan insurance law is based on a no-fault policy. In a nutshell, this means that recovery for damages after an automobile accident will come from your insurance company regardless of who was at fault for the accident. With this system, insured persons are protected from being sued unless certain circumstances apply, such as if there is an extremely severe injury, a fatality, or a few other very specific criteria factor into the accident.
It was very fortunate that no one was seriously injured earlier this week when a bus crashed on Detroit's west side. As many people have now heard, at around 8:05 a.m. Wednesday a Detroit Department of Transportation bus was driving south on Evergreen when it clipped a Ford Taurus that ran through a stop sign on Van Buren.
Those who drive large vehicles such as buses and tractor-trailers need to take their responsibilities behind the wheel very seriously. Of course, drivers of any type of motor vehicles need to do this, but when drivers of commercial vehicles get into collisions the results are often catastrophic. Accidents involving buses or commercial trucks often result in serious injuries or death.
Lately, we have frequently been mentioning on this Michigan Car Accident Blog that it is very important for drivers not only to follow traffic laws, but also to respond properly to winter road conditions. All too often, people abide by the posted speed limits when it is snowing, sleeting or when the roads are icy. When the driving conditions are poor, it is necessary to slow down. When drivers do drive too fast for the conditions, they may cause accidents and injuries, and they may be held accountable in criminal court and/or in civil court.
It is very important for Michigan residents to adapt their driving to the varying weather conditions. While it sounds like common sense, it is something that often bears reminding. Many people continue to drive the posted speed limits despite rain, snow, fog and other conditions, and this leads to car accidents and injuries far too often.
It is that time of year again where drivers throughout Michigan need to be especially prudent to avoid getting into a car accident with a deer. Luckily, it does appear as though the number of cars colliding with deer is decreasing in both Washtenaw County and Michigan state as a whole, which means we could see fewer dangerous car accidents and injuries this fall.
One of the few things that is scarier than being involved in an accident with a tractor trailer is being involved in an accident with a tractor trailer that is full of elephants. While that is probably not on anyone's mind as they pass by large trucks on the interstates in Michigan, large trucks are of course typically full of cargo--and sometimes that cargo can be very dangerous itself.
Owning a dog is a big responsibility, and a decision that should not be taken lightly. Numerous responsibilities come with owning any animal, such as feeding it, housing it, keeping it clean and healthy--but the biggest responsibility of all is keeping that animal under control. When dog owners fail to do this, their dogs may bite people, which can result in serious injuries and scarring, and as a result the only option is often for authorities to put the dog down.
Did you know there are tell-tale tactics that tip off police to drunk drivers? So-called "professional drunk drivers," often display the same characteristics and Michigan's finest know what to look for.
A recent accident involving a truck hauling two trailers on Michigan's I-94 blocked westbound morning rush hour traffic for 5 hours.