On the afternoon of June 13, 2019, in Nottawa Township west of Mount Pleasant, Michigan, a Dodge Charger ran a stop sign and collided with a GMC pickup. The accident took place at the intersection of Weidman and Meridian Roads and injured four people.
Teen drivers, being inexperienced, can pose a danger to themselves and others on the roads of Michigan. This is especially true in the summer since teens tend to spend more time out when school is out. The AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety even said that the period between Memorial Day and Labor Day constitutes the "100 deadliest days" for teen drivers. Fatal car crashes involving teens go up an average of 15% during that time.
Drowsy driving continues to be a major hazard in Michigan and across the U.S., according to a survey by AAA. In fact, the auto club found that nearly one-third of drivers admit that they've been so sleepy they had difficulty keeping their eyes open behind the wheel in the previous 30 days.
Michigan residents might like to know about a distracted driving study regarding the use of mobile devices while driving. According to the researchers, who worked on behalf of Root Insurance, 47% of those surveyed reported that distracted driving was their biggest safety concern while on the road. However, many respondents also admitted to driving while distracted despite their reservations about the risks.
Police in Michigan say that a 35-year-old man swerved into the path of oncoming traffic before being killed in an accident in Genesee Township on the evening of Jan. 18. A representative from the Genesee Township Police Department said that the investigation into the crash was ongoing and a sample of the man's blood had been collected for toxicology testing. The accident, which took place on North Genesee Road at approximately 8:00 p.m., also injured a woman and her 17-year-old son.
On Nov. 30, a 24-year-old Michigan woman was killed in a two-vehicle collision in Bertrand Township. The victim had recently completed an internship with the Grand Rapids Symphony.
Michigan readers may not be aware that unintentional injury is the top cause of death for Americans between the ages of 1 and 44. These deaths happen in a number of ways, including through accidental poisonings, house fires and falls. However, car accidents claim the most lives by far.
Information provided by the Michigan State Police at the Lakeview Post indicated that a 2007 Chevy Silverado crossed the center line on Michigan Highway 91 and caused a fatal head-on collision with a 2016 GMC Yukon. The Montcalm Township fire chief confirmed that the crash took place near the Turk Lake Restaurant & Bar. The 53-year-old woman driving the Yukon died. Bystanders removed her 19-month-old granddaughter from a car seat in the vehicle's back seat. The girl is expected to recover from her minor injuries.
On Sept. 17, two people were killed in a two-car collision in Michigan. The accident occurred in Isabella County. According to the Isabella County Sheriff's Office, deputies were dispatched to the scene of a crash at the intersection of Leaton Road and Pere Marquette Rail-Trail. Once on the scene, they discovered that a 2003 Chevy Trailblazer had failed to stop at a stop sign and smashed into a 2014 Ford Fusion.
Police say that they have yet to determine what cause a motor vehicle accident on the afternoon of Sept. 2 that claimed the life of a Michigan State University assistant professor. The 37-year-old man was killed when his car was struck at a high rate of speed by a motor home as it waited at a stop sign on South Bagley Road in Greenbush Township.