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.
In Michigan as well as other jurisdictions, it is a basic rule of the road that a driver of a truck or other vehicle has the duty to have all cargo and accessories sufficiently fastened to the vehicle while traveling on the highways. When truck and car accidents occur due to cargo or attachments falling off of a truck and creating a collision, this is usually found to be due to the negligence of the truck driver and the owner. This kind of breach of duty took two lives on I-94 at about 2 p.m. on May 30.
Most people understand the reason behind traffic laws. We have speed limits, stop signs and drunk driving laws in order to keep the roads as safe as possible. Unfortunately, not everyone feels that following these laws is necessary. But when people break the rules, it often comes at the expense of others.
A Michigan man has been charged with felony OWI concerning the death of a 36-year-old woman. The woman was struck and killed while she was pushing an out-of-gas van on a highway overpass. The van that was rear-ended by a pickup truck also contained children inside of the vehicle.
An officer was among responders reporting to an accident site. Unfortunately, the vehicle of the responders was crashed into by a big-rig driver who was said to have been distracted at the time that the accident occurred and this resulted in the officer being killed.
Many Michigan residents might guess that construction or manufacturing are the most dangerous industries in which to work. However, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the field with the highest rate of workplace illness and injury last year was the nursing home industry.
It was reported this week that hit-and-run car accidents are on the rise in many major U.S. cities, including Detroit. Additionally, data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration shows that the overall number of hit-and-run fatalities has increased in recent years in the country.
The man responsible for tipping a hayride wagon in suburban Detroit last week has now been charged with reckless driving. Nine passengers were injured when the hayride tipped, and they were all sent to hospitals from the scene at Camp Dearborn, according to a news report.
Parents of high school athletes in Michigan may want to take note of a new study. The National Academy of Sciences has recently found that high school athletes who play sports, including not only football but also soccer, baseball and lacrosse, are twice as likely as college athletes to suffer concussions. Interestingly, the researchers also found that girls have higher rates of concussions than boys. Girls who play soccer, basketball or hockey may be most at risk.
A pedestrian was attacked by two dogs in Northern Michigan earlier this week, according to MLive.com. The dog attack took place in the mid-morning hours when a woman was walking along the shoulder of a roadway in Leelanau Township.