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A local man was killed last month when a driver in a stolen car drove in the wrong direction on a Detroit street and crashed into another vehicle. The crash, at the intersection of Gartner and Springwells streets near the Vernor Highway, happened on the evening of June 20 when the eighteen-year-old driver of the stolen car, a Ford Mustang, ran a red light while traveling north in the southbound lane of Springwells.
That vehicle crashed into a Saturn Ion whose driver was pronounced dead at the scene. The driver of the Mustang, who was not injured in the crash, was arrested at the crash site.
This fatal wrong-way crash was just the latest in a string of dramatic collisions that have killed or seriously injured numerous drivers and passengers in Michigan this year. The worst, which left three dead, was a January crash on I-75 in Detroit. But that’s far from the only one.
A February crash near Grand Rapids, caused by a drunk driver, killed two. Earlier in June, two drivers in Lansing were lucky to escape almost unscathed after a late-night wrong-way head-on. And these are just a few examples.
One report found that there were more than 70 serious wrong-way crashes in each of the two most recent years with available data. That’s about one every five days.
When compared to the total number of crashes, that’s not a lot. But wrong-way crashes are disproportionately dangerous. A review of traffic research a few years ago found that, while wrong-way crashes account for only 3 percent of collisions, some estimates find them to be as much as twenty-seven times more likely to cause a fatality.
This isn’t the only problem on our highways. Data from the state Department of Transportation released in June listed 446 crash deaths so far in 2017, up 33 percent over the same period last year, which was 10 percent higher than the year before.
Some speculate that the increase is due to distracted driving, aggressive driving, or other factors, but what matters most is that our roads have become a more dangerous place for all motorists. As long as this continues, it’s inevitable that thousands will be injured and hundreds killed on our state’s roads each year.
When you’ve been injured in a car crash because of a wrong-way driver or any other reason, it’s important that you discuss the situation with an experienced attorney who understands Michigan car accident law.
David Christensen Law has been helping clients reach appropriate settlements in this kind of case for years, and we’re ready to help you. To schedule a free consultation, call us at 248-206-2500 or fill out our online contact form below.