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Rollover Accident in Ypsilanti Leaves Two in Critical Condition

Rollover Accident in Ypsilanti Leaves Two in Critical Condition

On Thursday, February 14th at around 4:30 PM, The Washtenaw Country Sheriff and the Ypsilanti Township Fire Department hurried to the scene of a rollover crash on Michigan Avenue involving 2+ vehicles.  The first responders decided it was necessary to close the stretch of road where the collisions took place.  In total, the road was shut down for a period of just over 3 hours.  The exact location of this incident occurred on Michigan Avenue between Wiard and Ridge Roads.

 

 

There aren’t many details about how the crash occurred, who was involved, and what is the health status of those involved.  Just like any other major accident, the scene needs to be investigated and processed.  Family members need to be notified and many other details need to be ironed out.  Once all that is complete, the information will be made available to the public and we will update our story.  A spokesperson on behalf of the Huron Valley Ambulance stated that the 2 people who were injured are indeed in critical condition.

 

Post Author: Betsy Cavendish

Governor Gretchen Whitmer Pushes For Hands Free Driving Law - Governor Gretchen Whitmer Pushes For Hands Free Driving Law

Governor Gretchen Whitmer Pushes For Hands Free Driving Law

Hands free laws are becoming popular across the country and now Michigan Governor Grechten Whitmer is hoping for the trend to continue in Michigan.  She recently gave her State of the State Address and car crashes are a major concern under her watch.  She went on to state that “Car crashes are the No. 1 killer of our young people.  You can’t navigate any road if you’re looking at your phone.  So in addition to better roads, we need safer roads.

Mari Manoogian is a Representative out of Birmingham, Michigan and is introducing legislation that would ban using mobile phones while driving but also allows drivers to use devices through voice controls or integration with the car’s navigation or user interface.  I understand the premise of the law, but I really do wonder about the effectiveness and enforcement of hands-free driving.

It’s been proven that it’s more about the conversation taking your concentration off of driving that is more dangerous than the physical act of answering and holding the phone to your ear.  This law really only addresses the physical aspect of talking on the phone will not addressing the real problem.  Another potential issue is how are police officers supposed to enforce this?  I can see lots of people with older cars and phones being the ones taking the brunt of the arrests.  They may not be Bluetooth capable or the car may not have a central user interface.

Also included in this proposal is the prohibition of drivers reading social media, watching a video, or even wearing headphones and listening to music.  We will keep you updated about this proposal as it makes its way through the bill process.

Post Author: Betsy Cavendish

Breaking News: Pedestrian/Car Crash Leaves Niles, Michigan Man Dead

Breaking News: Pedestrian/Car Crash Leaves Niles, Michigan Man Dead

There was an unfortunate accident between a local pedestrian and a vehicle that took place Friday night in Cass County, Michigan.  Pedestrian accidents tend to be much more dangerous due to the lack of protection and vulnerability of the person on foot and this incident was no different.  Michigan State Police Officers identified the man as a 70 year old man named Earl Edward Doss.

The incident took place at the intersection of US Highway 12 and Reum Road.  This is near the county line between Cass County and Berrien County and also right near a Marathon Gas Station.  The call came to authorities at 6:40 Pm and then arrived within minutes of receiving it.  The driver of the vehicle was 35 years old and cooperated fully with authorities.  It was determined that Earl Doss was crossing the road at the time of impact.

There is still an ongoing investigation being conducted by State Police Investigators and for that reason, there has been very little information released to the public.  It is unclear whether the recent wintry weather and winter storm advisories had a factor.  Once more information becomes available, we will post an update right here on this news story.

Post Author: Betsy Cavendish

Federal Judge Calls Michigan Auto Insurance Rates Shameful - Federal Judge Calls Michigan Auto Insurance Rates Shameful

Federal Judge Calls Michigan Auto Insurance Rates Shameful

United States District Judge George Steeh has stated that the no-fault system is “shameful” and that state officials need to “address what really is a shameful situation as it relates to the cost of our insurance coverage.  There is no denying that auto insurance rates in Michigan are out of control.  The question is who is to blame and what are the possible solutions.

First off, I want to say that there a few large law firms in Detroit that is giving the rest of the legal community a bad name.  Some shady attorneys do everything they can to get a new case including bribery, trickery, fraud, and unlawful engagement.  This has been going on for years yet nothing has been done.  Attorneys will recommend their injured clients visit a special chiropractor who will charge exorbitant fees in an attempt to inflate the damages of the case.  This is nothing unusual in Detroit, yet it’s causing rates to increase statewide.

Many lawmakers are pushing to cap no-fault benefits, but this simply isn’t a viable solution.  No fault only works when everyone participates and shares the extra benefits and costs.  When that doesn’t happen, you see the prices Michigan is currently dealing with.

In our opinion, the real solution is just get rid of no-fault law completely.  Michigan has showed that’s impossible to stop the shady tricks and tactics that both large car accident firms utilize and the doctor networks that are also playing a major part if not the largest contributor.  The auto insurance companies don’t want to eliminate no-fault as they would rather have their cake and eat it too with capped no-fault law.

This is going to be a very hot topic in Michigan for 2019 and there will be plenty of updates to keep you informed of the latest changes to the auto accident legal environment.

 

Post Author: Betsy Cavendish

EB I-196 Reopens After Three Vehicle Accident in Ottawa County

EB I-196 Reopens After Three Vehicle Accident in Ottawa County

Another dangerous crash occurred in Ottawa County late Friday night.  Michigan State Police and the Ottawa County Sheriff Office both responded to the scene and conducted an investigation.  They decided to close the highway down completely to avoid any other accidents and conduct the crash-site investigation.  It was closed for nearly 5 hours before reopening as normal.

According to dispatchers, one vehicle occupant was trapped inside of the vehicle.  While there is not information about this crash yet, we presume the jaws of life was required to remove the victim from the vehicle.  The cause of the accident and who is involved isn’t being released by authorities.  We do know that one passenger or driver was taken to the hospital.  The nature and seriousness of the injuries remain unknown.   The crash scene took place on Eastbound I-196 near the 32nd Avenue overpass.  The traffic was rerouted through the 32nd avenue exit and back onto the highway.

The Holland/Grand Haven area has been especially treacherous over the last week.  The large amounts of lake effect snow paired with the incredibly freezing temperature made driving risky and unsafe.  Once we get more information about this accident, we will provide an update!

Post Author: Betsy Cavendish

Extreme Cold From Polar Vortex Continues to Wreak Havoc in Michigan

Extreme Cold From Polar Vortex Continues to Wreak Havoc in Michigan

Many schools, businesses, and universities remain closed for today Thursday January 31st, 2019.  This cold weather has made traveling extremely dangerous because of the snow accumulations, bitter freezing cold, and even the salt is incapable of melting the snow and ice.

The most dangerous situation from this storm in Michigan was on Tuesday in Ottawa County.  We wrote briefly about this pileup, but there is now more information available to us.  The stretch of highway on Interstate 96 (a very popular road connecting West Michigan to Ann Arbor and Detroit.  Specifically, the area between Marne and Nunice encountered white out conditions.  The incident started at 12:15pm when a semi-truck jackknifed in the eastbound lanes near the Marne exit and the surrounding cars collided both with the semi-truck and each other.

Surprisingly, this was not the only pileup in the area.  There were also accidents on M-6 which connects I-96 to the Holland Area.  There were also multi-vehicle crashes in Allegan County and on Interstate 196 which I wrote about yesterday.  Fortunately, most of the injuries were minor in nature and no deaths have been reported.  That doesn’t mean that is quite scary for those involved.

Dora Jenkins, who was involved in the accident near Grand Haven stated that “It was very nerve-racking, I was trying to keep my cool because with the kids and my mother both nervous, my daughter was crying, my nephew was getting nervous and my mother was holding her chest. So my mind was all over the place.”

With friged temperatures expected to remain throughout the day, it’s important you don’t travel long distances unless absolutely necessary.  Make sure that you have enough protective clothing, food, and water in case you are forced to stop somewhere along the way.  We will be sure to bring you any further information that we receive!

Post Author: Betsy Cavendish

Winter Storm Jayden Strikes Michigan : 15 Vehicle Pileup on I-196 and 24 Vehicle Pileup on Route 6

Winter Storm Jayden Strikes Michigan : 15 Vehicle Pileup on I-196 and 24 Vehicle Pileup on Route 6

The storm being referred to as Winter Storm Jayden has struck Michigan and made quite a large impact.  Dozens of schools were closed all over the State of Michigan and for good reason.  The roads were absolutely terrible and they predict to get even worse.

At 9:30am Tuesday Morning, Ottawa County Dispatchers received notice of a 15 car pileup that had just occurred on I-196 just outside of Zeeland, Michigan.   Michigan State Police were forced to shutdown the highway  at Byron Road to conduct a crash investigation.  They highway has since opened and traffic is now back to normal.  This stretch of highway is especially dangerous because it run close to the Lake Michigan coast and received large amount of lake effect snow along with stronger winds.

Around this same time of morning, there was another vehicle pileup in Michigan.  This pileup took place on State Route 6 near Cutlerville.  Even a Michigan State Police Trooper was involved in this crash which happened at 10am.  Reports indicated that 4+ people were hospitalized for significant but non-life threatening injuries.  This just goes to show you how dangerous the roads are during times of winter advisories and it really is best to stay home.  It’s hard to stay home for many given the rapid pace of life, but it’s better than putting your own life at risk.

Another blast of snow and extremely cold air is headed right towards Michigan this morning.  Temperatures will continue to drop and wind chills are expected to reach -40 degrees below zero.  Don’t travel today unless you absolutely have to.  Most schools and businesses have already cancelled or closed.  We will keep you up to date if there are any more major developments.

Post Author: Betsy Cavendish

white car crash - Car Crashes into Semi after Police Chase

Car Crashes into Semi after Police Chase

One of the news who caused more shock and surprise in the city of St. Johns, Michigan was the death of a man after an accident when colliding with a semi-trailer while being pursued by the local police.

Everything all started when a man who hasn’t yet disclosed his data publicly, but according to official officials apparently he was wanted for serious crimes.

Persecuted Man

The incident happened near Taft Road at noon. The police began to persecute the man who was driving because they considered him as a threat to society to be a fugitive of justice.

The man, seeing the police were chasing him, never stopped. He instead accelerates with a lot of speed, but the persecution really didn’t last so long, because the man ended up crashing against the semi-trailer, causing his death immediately.

red car crash - Car Crashes into Semi after Police Chase

An Unconscious Act

The man got to enter the lower part of the semi-trailer, being totally stuck. The Semi came at a moderate speed since it was traveling towards the direction of the north, but the unidentified man preferred to accelerate in that direction instead of trying to pass the semi and trying to avoid it.

The driver of the Semi didn’t have any injuries; in fact, he was shocked by what had happened, at first a little more disturbed. While the other man died immediately at the time of the crash.

David Kirk, head of the local police, was one of those who came out to give statements about the events, revealing mainly why the police persecution and the state in which both drivers were.

In order to remove the man who was under the trailer, the police and other authorities, such as firefighters and others, needed many hours of help.

Undoubtedly an example of a total unconscious act where that man didn’t think about the consequences that his action could generate in him or in anyone who was on the street or to the cars that were around.

Post Author: Betsy Cavendish

Michigan Stresses Snowmobile Safety After Recent Deaths

Michigan Stresses Snowmobile Safety After Recent Deaths

Michigan hasn’t received as much snow as normal yet this year, but unfortunately snowmobile deaths are already way ahead of the yearly place.  So far this winter, there have been a total of 9 snowmobile deaths.  There were 5 snowmobile deaths last Monday on Martin Luther King Jr. Day alone.  Six of the deaths have occurred in the Upper Peninsula and 3 have died in Michigan’s Lower Peninsula.  The yearly average for the whole State of Michigan is 15 deaths.

There is a large concern about snowmobile safety this week for obvious reasons.  Ryan Aho is a DNR Officer located in Marquette, MI and he stated that “Many fatalities occur because of drinking and driving, high speed or carelessness, all of which are preventable actions.”  The Michigan Department of Natural Resources has decided to partner with the Michigan Snowmobile Association to form what they are calling the “Ride Right” campaign.  The goal of this campaign is for riders to :

  • Keep on the Right Side of the Trail
  • Stop Speeding.  Keep a Safe Speed.
  • Stay Alcohol and Drug Free
  • Be Aware and Yield to All Trail Groomers

I have personally frequent some snowmobile trails in Cadillac and can attest to unsafe conditions.  There are trails with sharp blind turns where it is extremely important that all drivers know the etiquette of driving and travel at a safe speed.  Unfortunately, most riders are either unaware of the rules or simply don’t care.  These are the riders that make groomed trails unsafe.  No matter how safe you drive, it only takes 1 driver making a mistake to make injury or even death a very common thing.

Post Author: Betsy Cavendish

M-28 Highway in Upper Peninsula Temporarily Shutdown

M-28 Highway in Upper Peninsula Temporarily Shutdown

The State of Michigan has finally been receiving the nasty winter weather conditions that we are all used to seeing this time of year. Over the weekend, the Upper Peninusula received the most dangerous conditions.  According to Michigan State Police, they were forced to shutdown a 25 mile stretch of M-28 in the Central Upper Peninsula.  Whiteout conditions caused what is thought to be a 13 car pileup.  This might seem like a rare event, but whiteout conditions make accidents happen very quickly and it’s hard for other motorists to avoid because they don’t see the crash until it’s too late.

There is still very little information available, but the stretch that would closed is between M-77 and M-94.  This story reminds me of the 150 vehicle pileup that closed I-94 in West Michigan back in 2015.  I can imagine this pileup would have been very similar but luckily this stretch of highway doesn’t get the same amount of traffic that I-94 near Battle Creek receives.

As of this morning, Michigan is getting by pounded by extremely cold temperatures, winds in excess of 45 mph, and snow accumulations expected to reach 8″ in some locations.  If we gather any more information about this accident, we will keep you updated!

Post Author: Betsy Cavendish