While it may seem like spring and summer in Michigan are the times when pedestrian accidents may be more common, pedestrian accidents can happen even in the wintertime. After all, people still walk to work, children still play outdoors and someone needs to walk the dog. Unfortunately, when it comes to an accident between an automobile and a pedestrian, the results can be deadly.
If you own a car in Michigan, you know you have to have motor vehicle insurance in force before you get behind the wheel. You can't even register the vehicle without the coverage. There is a minimum amount mandated by the no-fault insurance law and the purpose is to ensure certain essential benefits to any victim of a motor vehicle accident.
Last year, 35,092 people died on U.S. highways. Up 7.2 percent from 2014, the spike in deaths is the largest single-year increase in traffic fatalities since 1966. The U.S. Department of Transportation cites increased distractions from cell phones as one reason for the rise in deaths.