Michigan winters are tough, especially for motorists. Researchers recently reported that the state ranks No. 8 for the highest number of snow-related driving fatalities in the nation.
According to the report, which relied on data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), nearly 10 percent of Michigan traffic fatalities are related to snowy or icy conditions.
Local data supports the disturbing trend. In a single year alone, Michigan saw 43,612 crashes that were attributed to snow and ice, according to the state Office of Highway Safety Planning. Of those winter weather accidents, 70 were fatal and 457 resulted in injuries.
If you or someone you love was in a serious winter crash, an experienced car accident lawyer in Detroit from Christensen Law can help you determine your rights to compensation. Call or contact us for a free consultation.
States with the Most Snow-Related Fatal Accidents
As one would expect, states with colder, longer winters tend to have more days of wintry precipitation and, unfortunately, more fatal accidents related to the weather.
The Top 15 states with the most snow-related car accidents include:
- North Dakota
- South Dakota
- New Hampshire
Tips for Driving in a Michigan Winter
Following safe driving practices on ice and snow provides a level of protection that may make a difference between a fender bender you can walk away from and a violent crash that results in serious injuries or death.
Here are some things to keep in mind:
- Don’t stop on a snowy or icy road unless you have to, especially if driving uphill.
- To improve traction on snowy roads, steer a little to one side where the snow is closer to pure white and is less tightly packed.
- Know how your tires and drivetrain perform in a skid or spinout.
- Maintain a safe driving speed — 45 miles per hour or below in snow and ice.
- Don’t crowd a snowplow or travel beside it.
- Do not use cruise control.
- Allow extra time — 6 to 10 seconds — for your vehicle to stop.
Contact a Car Accident Lawyer in Michigan If You’ve Been Injured
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With locations in Detroit and throughout Michigan, our team of hardworking injury lawyers will work relentlessly to secure maximum compensation in your case.
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