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Pedestrian struck by alleged drunk driver

Because pedestrian accident victims can suffer such catastrophic injuries, it is important for them to be familiar with the legal rights afforded to them following an unexpected pedestrian accident, as can be seen by one recent incident. There, in a Michigan community a couple hours west of the Wayne County area, a pedestrian accident left the victim critically injured. The 41-year old victim was transported to the hospital following the wreck, which appears to have been caused by an alleged drunk driver. The 38-year old driver was arrested at the scene of the accident on suspicion of operating a vehicle while intoxicated.

A pedestrian accident can change the lives of victims and their families forever. Victims may face a long and costly recovery process during which they are unable to work because of the injuries they have suffered. Together, their lost wages and medical expenses may cause extreme financial difficulty, adding to the emotional turmoil they may already be facing.

3 common causes of slip and fall accidents

Slipping and falling can have serious consequences. In fact, approximately 1 million people go to the emergency room every year because of slipping and falling, according to the National Floor Safety Institute. Slip and fall accidents can cause torn ligaments, bone fractures, traumatic brain injuries and even death. 

There are plenty of hazardous conditions that result in slips and falls. Property owners have a responsibility to ensure their premises are free from hazards, but sometimes they are negligent. Here are the most common reasons you might slip and fall and consider a premises liability lawsuit. 

The problem of distracted driving in Michigan

Michigan is no stranger to the problem of distracted driving. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that, nationally, in 2014, 3,179 individuals were killed and 431,000 victims were injured in car accidents involving distracted drivers. In Michigan during 2015, there were 7,516 car accidents involving distracted driving, which resulted in 28 fatalities and 3,472 injuries. Cell phones were involved in 753 car accidents, resulting in three fatalities and 377 injuries.

There are three main categories of distracted driving: manual, visual and cognitive. Texting while driving is considered the most dangerous form of distracted driving because it combines all three types of distracted driving into one dangerous activity. According to research, a driver's brain remains distracted for 27 seconds after they have sent a text using voice commands, dialed a phone, or changed the music. Additional distracted driving behaviors include using a navigation system or operating a radio; attending to children or talking to passengers; eating and drinking; grooming; and reading.

How improperly loaded trucks cause accidents

You know it can be scary to drive around large commercial trucks. Whether you are on the city streets or the highway, these monstrous vehicles can be daunting. If you get into an accident with one, you could suffer catastrophic injuries and even death. Truck accidents can happen for various reasons, but one of the most dangerous is improper loading.

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has strict rules regarding cargo securement and loading. These rules are not only designed to keep cargo secure but also to prevent dangerous collisions. Keep reading for details on FMCSA rules and how improper loading can cause accidents.

Fatal Detroit-area pedestrian accident claims life

A recent fatal pedestrian accident in a neighboring community north of the Detroit-area left one woman dead. The victim was described as in her 30s or 40s and died at the scene of the pedestrian accident. Reports indicate that a 61-year old woman driving a minivan struck and killed the victim as she was crossing the street. Authorities reported that neither speed nor alcohol appeared to be factors in the crash, but the matter remains under investigation as the police continue to seek additional witnesses.

Unfortunately, pedestrian accidents commonly result fatalities because of the lack of a protective safety barrier for pedestrians who share the roadways with motor vehicles. Pedestrian accidents can occur unexpectedly, and their severity can cause lasting damage to victims and their families. When one of these crashes occurs, victims and their families may be able to recover compensation for the damages they have suffered by pursuing a personal injury lawsuit.

3 safety tips for Michigan bicyclists

While drivers should look out for bicyclists, you should take some safety precautions too. If you frequently ride your bike around Detroit, you might get into some predicaments, especially when there are no bike lanes. The consequences of getting into an accident with a motor vehicle can be devastating. This is why protecting yourself while you bike is crucial.

There are certain safety tips and laws you should follow to ensure your well-being as a cyclist. Keep reading for ways to safely ride your bike.

Pedestrian accident victims should know about legal protections

There is no question that pedestrian accidents can be severe with serious consequences for victims. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Association (NHTSA), each year close to 5,000 pedestrians die in pedestrian accidents with motor vehicles, and approximately 76,000 pedestrian victims suffered injuries in 2012 as a result of being struck by a motor vehicle such as a car or truck. This is troubling since pedestrian accidents can mean unexpected damages for victims with which they are forced to deal.

When a negligent driver has harmed a pedestrian in a pedestrian accident, they may be held liable to reimburse the victim for the damages they have suffered. Victims may suffer unexpected and significant medical expenses, as well as lost wages and pain and suffering damages as a result of a pedestrian accident. These losses can be significant, leaving accident victims in a precarious financial position at a time when they are physically and emotionally vulnerable.

3 tips for bicyclists to reduce chances of injury and death

If you ride your bike frequently, you know it is an effective method of transportation, with health and environmental benefits. Whether you use your bike daily to commute to work or you ride on weekends for exercise, you must be prepared for the worst. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, bicyclists are more likely to get injuries or die from crashes than people in motor vehicles.

Getting hit by a car on your bike can cause catastrophic injuries and even death. Keep the following tips in mind to be prepared if you ever get into a crash.

Recent pedestrian accident leaves victim in critical condition

In a Michigan community two hours west of the Wayne County area, a recent hit-and-run pedestrian accident left the victim in critical condition. The local department of public safety is investigating the incident. According to police, a vehicle with two men in it struck the victim, failed to stop, and then left the scene. Witnesses reported that the vehicle that struck the pedestrian was a gray car with front-end damage.

The 30-year old victim was found unresponsive and was transported to a local hospital where he is listed in critical condition. Authorities are seeking additional information related to the pedestrian accident as the investigation continues.

When I am allowed to sue after an accident in Michigan?

Residents of the Detroit metro area and other Michigan residents who drive are probably already well aware that Michigan is a strong "no fault" state.

To review, under Michigan's No-Fault Act, a driver generally is not permitted to sue the other motorist after an accident, even if the other motorist was negligent or broke a traffic law. In exchange, a driver's own insurance company will afford generous medical and income loss benefits to the driver in the event of a serious injury, and these benefits are usually enough to cover a person's out-of-pocket losses.

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