Car accidents occur everyday, but there are times of year that are particularly dangerous for Michigan motorists. Icy roadway conditions during the winter, drunk drivers during the summer and wet conditions during the spring make driving in Michigan treacherous. Regardless of the time of year, all drivers must exercise care and drive defensively.
Most Dangerous Months to Drive in Michigan
According to the Office of Highway Safety Planning, there were 870 fatal crashes out of a total of 273,891 traffic accidents in Michigan in the year 2012. According to the 2012 Michigan Traffic Crash Facts:
- 92 fatal crashes occurred in June and July making them the most dangerous months for Michigan drivers.
- 27,951 and 27,875 total accidents occurred in January and December respectively making them the most common months for accidents.
- There were 51,685 injury accidents throughout Michigan.
- There were more injury crashes (4,732) in the month of May than in any other month. Other months when a large number of injury accidents occurred were June (4,681), October (4,666), July (4,661) and August (4,645).
- There are more accidents during the winter months and more injuries and fatalities during the warm summer months.
- There were 27,875 property damage-only accidents with the most PDO accidents occurring in December, January and February.
Why Car Accidents Happen
Most Michigan car accidents are the direct result of driver error. Many of the wintertime accidents, for example, occur because motorists travel too fast than is reasonably safe in icy conditions. A number of the fatal summer accidents, particularly those around summer holidays, are the result of drunk driving. Other forms of driver negligence that lead to injury accidents include distracted driving, failing to obey traffic control devices and driving while fatigued.
Driver error is not the only cause of Michigan crashes. A number of accidents result from defective auto parts and hazardous roadway conditions. In such cases, the at-fault auto manufacturer or the governmental agency in charge of maintaining a roadway may be held responsible for the accident.
Determining Liability After A Michigan Car Accident
Since Michigan is a no-fault state, many victims of accidents are able to get the support they need through their own insurance provider. Victims of serious accidents, however, are often not offered fair compensation for all of the losses they have suffered. Anyone who has sustained a serious injury or who has lost a loved one in a Michigan accident would be well advised to discuss his or her legal options with a skilled car accident attorney.
If you are not offered fair compensation for your medical bills, lost wages and other losses, you may want to file a claim against the at-fault party. A personal injury claim is a civil lawsuit that can result in financial compensation for all of the financial, physical and emotional damages you have suffered. If you have lost a loved one because of a negligent driver, you may be able to seek support for your loss by filing a wrongful death claim. A successful wrongful death claim will hold the person or party responsible for your loss accountable for funeral expenses, lost future wages, loss of inheritance, pain and suffering and other related damages.
Every case is different and must be handled differently. It is advisable, however, to determine the potential value of your claim by discussing your case with an experienced Michigan personal injury lawyer. The skilled Michigan auto accident attorneys at Buckfire & Buckfire P.C. will help protect your rights at every step of the process and help you secure fair compensation for your losses. Please contact our award winning law firm at 1-800-606-1717 for a free and comprehensive consultation. We will start working on your case immediately gathering all the evidence and witness statement to prove and win your case. Call today!