Michigan Auto Law attorneys warn Ingham Country drivers to beware when driving on high-crash streets
As another bone-chilling winter brings more treacherous driving conditions, our Lansing auto accident lawyers want to make mid-Michigan drivers aware of crash statistics in Ingham County. The Michigan State Police recently published 2008 data for the state’s top 100 high-crash roads – and two stretches of Ingham County made the list. These problem roads are based on the number of car accidents reported to police in Ingham County:
1. East Grand River Ave. Between North Clippert Street and Saginaw/Grand River cutoff
Not even a quarter-mile in length, this stretch of Grand River was home to 45 auto accidents in 2008, making it No. 13 on the list of Michigan’s top 100 high crash roads. With the US-127 exit ramps and the Saginaw Street intersection, this area is a busy corridor between Lansing and East Lansing’s Michigan State University campus.
2. West Grand River Ave. Between Okemos and Marsh Roads
Located in Meridian Township, this stretch of Grand River had 34 car crashes in 2008, making it No. 69 on the list. With Meridian Mall and numerous restaurants and retail shopping condensed in this area, it’s no surprise this road was one of the worst.
When reviewing the two dangerous roads listed above, keep in mind the sheer volume of crashes doesn’t tell the whole story. There are many risk factors that contribute to car accidents on each road in the Lansing area. For example, a road can have a high number of crashes, yet all of them could result vehicle damage with no injuries. Another road with a minimal amount of reported crashes could yield more personal injuries – another indicator of how dangerous a street truly is.
Highlights of Lansing Crash Statistics
Michigan State Police data shows that 72 percent of the 316,057 crashes statewide in 2008 happened on road segments. The remainder occurred at intersections. Read here for Michigan’s most dangerous intersections.
Additionally, of the 915 fatal crashes in Michigan last year, more than half involved just one vehicle. These statistics remind us that driving on a quiet stretch of a local road can be just as dangerous as navigating through a packed intersection during rush hour.
The lawyers of Michigan Auto Law have compared 2008 traffic crash facts for Ingham County to 2007 and while overall the number of crashes decreased by 4 percent, the number of fatal crashes slightly increased. The percentage of crashes on Interstate, US route, state and local streets remained the same as 2007, with more than half (57 percent) of crashes continuing to occur on local streets.
For further statistics on 2008 accidents, visit the Michigan Traffic Crash Facts web site.
How to Protect Yourself
Please exercise more caution than usual when driving around these areas in Lansing. Stay alert, follow traffic signals and maintain a safe distance between you and the car ahead. And exercise extreme caution while driving on East Grand River near US-127.
With so many auto accidents happening in and around Lansing and with Michigan’s notorious no-fault law and time limits to file auto accident lawsuits, it’s wise to keep this accident scene checklist in your glove box. Actions you should take in case of a car accident or truck accident include staying calm and assisting injured passengers, documenting ALL injuries, and writing down as much detailed information as possible such as license plates, location, weather factors and witnesses.
Our auto accident lawyers help many people who have been seriously injured in the Lansing area. Call (800) 777-0028 for a free consultation with an attorney. There is absolutely no fee or obligation.
– Steven M. Gursten is recognized as one of the nation’s top experts in serious car and truck accident injury cases and automobile insurance no-fault litigation. Steve has received the largest jury verdict for an automobile accident case in Michigan in four of the past seven years, including 2008, according to a published, year-end verdicts and settlements report.
– Photo courtesy of Creative Commons, by Alex E. Priomos