According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), there were 282,075 car accidents in Michigan in 2010. Of these car accidents 937 of them were fatal, including 70,501 injuries. Compared to national totals there were 5,419,000 car accidents. The number of fatalities amounted to 32,885, with more than 2.2 million injuries.
Although the amount of car accidents have decreased each year, car accidents are still recognized as one of the main causes of death in the United States. Most car accidents are completely avoidable, but we continue to take chances by texting behind the wheel, talking a call, or eating our bagel on the way to work. Distractions can have disastrous effect if you do not take the proper precautions and realize that you are endangering your life and the lives of others on the road.
The U.S. Department of Transportation has created new crash avoidance technology that is currently being tested in Ann Arbor, Michigan, at the University of Michigan’s Transportation Research Institute. They are testing this technology for a year by installing this new program on 3,000 vehicles, called the “Safety Pilot Project,” to help regulate traffic flow in Ann Arbor.
According to the NHTSA, Vehicle-to-Vehicle safety technology could help drivers avoid or reduce the severity of four out of five unimpaired vehicle crashes. To accomplish this, the model deployment vehicles will send electronic data messages, receive messages from other equipped vehicles, and translate the data into a warning to the driver during specific hazardous traffic scenarios.
Victims of car accidents do have legal rights and should pursue them immediately after the accident. When choosing your Michigan lawyer, it is key to choose the right lawyer so that you may receive a fair settlement. Your car accident lawyer can also help you receive all of your Michigan No-Fault Insurance benefits, including medical expenses, lost wages, attendant care services, and other benefits.
For more information about your rights after a Michigan car accident, call us at (800) 606-1717 to speak with an experienced car accident lawyer at Buckfire & Buckfire, P.C. We will represent you in your Michigan car accident case under our NO FEE PROMISE.