According to AAA, the period between Memorial Day and the start of the new school year is the deadliest time on U.S. roadways. The increased risk may be attributable to a greater number of teenage drivers on the road in Michigan and across the country. Using data published by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, AAA found that the 100-day period after Memorial Day averaged 1,022 traffic fatalities per year from 2011 to 2015, in crashes involving at least one teenage driver, 16 percent more than other parts of the year.
While drivers in Michigan might have some complaints regarding their auto insurance premiums, insurance is a necessity that can help victims of accidents recover expenses after a wreck occurs. With advances in technology and many companies working on self-driving cars, several questions exist about how auto insurance and personal injury claims will change when autonomous cars are available for purchase.
Michigan residents may be familiar with the serious hazard of texting while behind the wheel of a vehicle. This issue has been a hot topic, with educational campaigns and legislative efforts targeting the need for hands-free driving. However, the issue of distraction extends beyond that of use of the hands to operate smartphones and other devices, and dangers are not completely eradicated just because hands-free technology is used for communicating while driving.
Reality television fans in Michigan and around the country may recall that 'Keeping Up with the Kardashians" star Kim Kardashian was involved in a seemingly minor automobile accident in March 2014. While both of the vehicles involved sustained minor damage, Kardashian and the man behind the wheel of the second car appeared to have escaped the crash unhurt. The pair were even seen hugging after exchanging details at the accident scene. The man says in a lawsuit filed in Los Angeles on March 1 that he was more seriously injured than it may have appeared at the time, and he is seeking an unspecified amount of damages from the 35-year-old star.
The timeline for seeing self-driving cars on the highways may have shortened for people in Michigan and throughout the country based on a decision by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration that federal law can consider the software the driver. The NHTSA posted a letter on its website on Feb. 4 that reported that decision as well as announcing the agency's willingness to work with developers to rewrite or even waive safety regulations that are holding up deployment of the cars.
Although the automobile has been around for just over a century, it has undergone an amazing evolution in that time. As car designs improve and new safety technology is adopted, car accident fatality and injury rates continue to decline. Unfortunately, however, the most dangerous hazards we face are the poor choices that other drivers make behind the wheel.