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A deadly month in metro Detroit: 15 people killed in Detroit area auto accidents in October

November 4, 2011 by Steven M. Gursten

This past month, there has been a startling jump in the number of fatal auto accidents in and around metro Detroit. Several of the deaths are attributed to alcohol and speeding, according to published reports.

Our Michigan personal injury attorneys want to remind you to please, be careful on the roadways, obey the speed limits, slow down and never drink and drive.

Here’s a checklist with 14 tips on how to avoid and prevent car accidents. It’s part of a talk I’ve given to high school students for years at Oakland University in Auburn Hills for Law Day. My talk is usually called “Tips from an Auto Accident Lawyer” and normally high school students from about a dozen Oakland County high schools attend the annual event.

Here is additional information on the deadly car crashes that recently occurred in metro Detroit:

o Two brothers from Bronson, Michigan died Monday in a car accident, after their car struck a tree.

o On Saturday, a man from Pontiac who was involved in a motorcycle accident passed away. The motorcyclist died from injuries sustained in the accident, which occurred on Cass Avenue north of Johnson Street in Pontiac. He was wearing a helmet at the time of the crash. But according to published reports, he was speeding when he lost control and hit a curb, a traffic sign and a fence.

o The deadliest car accident was in Southfield, Michigan, where five people died on Northwestern Highway near I-696 on Oct. 23. Four people in an SUV died (one 59-year-old and the others in their 30s) as well as the driver who allegedly caused the accident, a 23-year-old who was driving alone. The man who caused the accident, a Ukrainian immigrant, was drunk and is believed to have been speeding and driving the wrong way on Northwestern Highway.

o A car carrying three Oakland University students (tragically ages 18, 19 and 20) was involved in a multi-car hit and run on I-75 near the Clay Avenue exit in Detroit. Two of the students died in the three car collision, which occurred on Oct. 22.

o There was also a motorcycle accident on eastbound I-94 at Inkster Road in Inkster that killed the motorcycle passenger on Oct. 22. The motorcycle driver scraped a guardrail and lost control of the bike, ejecting the passenger. The driver was injured.

o Two people were killed Oct. 23 in a two-vehicle crash on 12 Mile Road and Northwestern in Southfield.

o There was a pedestrian-car accident that killed the pedestrian Oct. 23 in Lincoln Park.

o A 31-year-old woman was killed Oct. 23 in Washtenaw County when her car struck a culvert, went airborne, hit several trees and overturned.

We offer our sincere condolences to the families of these auto accident victims.

Steve Gursten is one of the nation’s top personal injury attorneys handling auto accident lawsuits. He is head of Michigan Auto Law and president of the Motor Vehicle Trial Lawyers Association. Steve has received the highest verdict in the state for a car accident or truck accident victim in 2008, 2009 and 2010, according to Michigan Lawyers Weekly.

Related information to protect yourselves:

What do I do after a Michigan car accident?

10 things to know after an auto accident

Finding the best Michigan injury attorney

Michigan Auto Law is the largest law firm exclusively handling car accident, truck accident and motorcycle accident cases throughout the entire state. We have offices in Farmington Hills, Detroit, Ann Arbor, Grand Rapids and Sterling Heights to better serve you. Call (248) 353-7575 for a free consultation with one of our Michigan personal injury attorneys.

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