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Slippery Roads Cause Crash Near Michigan Avenue in Lansing on US-127

Slippery Roads Cause Crash Near Michigan Avenue in Lansing on US-127

Another morning of icy roads has resulted in a vehicle accident on US-127 last night around 11:30 PM.  The Lansing Police Department were the first responders to the scene which apparatantly occured when a vehicle was exiting a ramp.  They did not go into detail about what ramp or exit it was where the actual event took place.  When it slipped exiting the highway, it crashed into another vehicle.  Both of the vehicles were damaged, but it is not not known yet the severity.

The good news is that nobody was hurt severely and both drivers were able to walk away with nothing more than minor injuries.  Another positive is that alcohol was not involved for either driver.  This is simply a case of slippery roads when the drivers may not have expected the poor conditions.  It’s very easy to exit a highway at a high rate of speed thinking the exit ramp will be of the same driving conditions.  Many times, the exit ramp is more slippery than the highway because it does not have as much traffic and it accumulates more snow and ice.

The Lansing Police Department has once again warned local drivers that ramps and roads continue to be slippery and caution should be taken during these extremely cold temperatures.  We will let you know if there are any other accidents to report in the Michigan area.

 

Post Author: Betsy Cavendish

44-Car Pileup That Shutdown I-96 Near Grand Rapids is Now Back Open

44-Car Pileup That Shutdown I-96 Near Grand Rapids is Now Back Open

More brutal winter weather hit the Grand Rapids region over the weekend wreaked havoc on the roads and was the cause for multiple accidents.  Westbound I-96 was forced to close down just East of Grand Rapids because there were 44 vehicles involved in accidents over multiple crashes.

The Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) stated on it’s Twitter Page that the car crashes happened at Alden Nash Avenue and College Avenue.  Authorities were forced to close down this stretch of highway, but only briefly.  Exact injuries are still unknonwn at the time, but 3 victims were taken to local area hospitals and treated.

The National Weather Service did issue a winter weather advisory which was still in effect during the time of the crashes.  The Western Michigan area near the Great Lakes which included Grand Haven, Grand Rapids, Holland, Muskegon, and Kalamazoo.  These areas all received anywhere from 1-4 inches of snow along with a small amount of freezing rain.

February has been a particularly bad winter weather month and there have been more accidents during February than any other month that I can recall.  Remember to drive carefully during times of poor road conditions.  Leave lots of extra space between you and the drivers next to you, drive at a reasonable speed, and simply avoid driving during the worst times if at all possible.

Post Author: Betsy Cavendish

Michigan Power-Lifter Heroically Lifts Vehicle To Save Man's Life

Michigan Power-Lifter Heroically Lifts Vehicle To Save Man’s Life

We are very excited to share this heroic story with all of our viewers.  Ryan Belcher is an avid power-lifter who is capable of squatting 950 pounds and dead-lifting 800+.  If you are not familiar with power lifting, this is extremely strong even for someone who commits their lives to this profession and is quite impressive.  Ryan was nearing the end of his workday on Thursday when he heard a violent crash outside.   He rushed outside to see what the sound was and spotted a Jeep Cherokee had rolled over upside down and he quickly made his way to the accident scene.

There was a man trapped underneath of the vehicle and was screaming for help.  Upon arriving, there were already 4 men there attempting to move the vehicle.  This is when Ryan Belcher knew that his all his hard work was meant to help this man.  “When I first approached the vehicle, there was a good four men there, and they were all trying to move this vehicle and I seen it wasn’t happening and I figured what a better time now to use what I know I can actually do.”   It’s almost as if Ryan was meant to be there at that exact place in time.

He was able to grab the vehicle through a broken window and swing the body of the car freeing the stuck victim from being pinned.  Even the man was freed, he still suffered serious injuries according to available police reports.  Another woman involved in the crash also suffered serious but non-fatal injuries.  Ryan was able to meet up with the man and his family later in the weekend.  If there is any more information available in the next few days, we will be sure to share it as soon as it becomes available.

 

Post Author: Betsy Cavendish

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