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After the harshest winter Michigan has seen since 1880, the temperature has finally started to rise. With the melting snow comes an increase in pedestrian and bicycle traffic as many cooped up Michiganders seek to enjoy the warmer weather. But increased foot traffic can mean higher danger for drivers, so take a second look when you are on the roads this season.
69,000 pedestrians and 48,000 bicyclists were injured in 2011. But of those figures, only 12% of pedestrian injuries were caused by motor vehicles. When the person was on a bike, that number jumped to 29%. In 2012 that number jumped to nearly a third. Worse, 4,432 pedestrians and 677 bicyclists were killed in crashes with motor vehicles.
The numbers speak for themselves. As a licensed driver you bear the obligation to do everything in your power to avoid collisions with other traffic – whether in a car, on foot, or riding a bike. In Michigan, vehicles must yield the right-of-way to pedestrians and bicyclists at all intersections. So if you, as a driver, hit a pedestrian or a bicyclist, you could be charged with a civil infraction. If the person is seriously injured, the legal consequences could be far worse.
The Michigan Secretary of State’s Office warns drivers:
As the temperature rises, so does the chance that you will encounter bicycle and foot traffic in your daily commute. To avoid serious injury and legal trouble, make sure to give them the respect and space they need. If you have been in a pedestrian or bicycle accident involving a motor vehicle, contact the No-Fault Insurance experts at Christensen Law to find out about your rights.