Woodward Dream Cruise car accidents will be the last thing on most people’s mind when they head out to Oakland and Wayne counties this weekend to join the throngs of people for the 25th Annual celebration of hot rods, classic cars and muscle cars.
But staying safe, protecting your family and yourself and avoiding accidents is something that everyone should be thinking about.
Whether you’re a car enthusiast, a devotee of car culture or someone who just has a great time watching beautiful cars (and people watching, of course), you should be aware that along with increasing everyone’s excitement levels, the Woodward Dream Cruise inevitably increases the number of accidents occurring in the area:
- The seven days leading up to the Dream Cruise 2018 saw car accidents in Oakland County increase by 55 over the previous week, which had a total of 761 accidents.
- The Wednesday and Thursday before the 2018 Dream Cruise had the highest number of accidents – in Oakland County – of any day that month with 140 and 135, respectively.
- The day of Dream Cruise 2018, August 18th, had a higher number (96) of Oakland County accidents than other Saturdays in August.
(Source: Michigan Traffic Crash Facts)
How to Prevent Woodward Dream Cruise Car Accidents
Below are my safety tips for how you and your family can stay safe and avoid fender-benders – or worse – when you’re enjoying the Woodward Dream Cruise:
- No distracted driving: This is especially important! As always, drivers must resist the temptation to text and check their e-mail and social media on their phones. But, now, they must also resist gazing at all of the amazing sights, keep their eyes on the road and leave the oohing-aahing to their passengers until the car is safely parked.
- No drinking and driving: This speaks for itself.
- No driving while high: This also speaks for itself.
- No speeding: Speeding is always a significant contributor to car accidents, including those accidents that result in injuries or death. Keeping your speed down is essential when you’re at or nearby the Dream Cruise. Cars will be moving slow, sidewalks will be bursting with pedestrians and people will be far less attentive to where they’re walking than they would be normally. It’s our job as drivers to watch out for them and exercise all due care to keep everyone safe.
- Wear your seat belts: Even at low speeds, an accident can result in serious injuries. The best way to protect yourself and your family is to make sure all of the adults are wearing seat belts and all of the kids are securely positioned in their car seats and boosters.
Getting Vehicle Damage Fixed After Woodward Dream Cruise car accidents
If your fun turns to frustration because you were involved in a fender-bender that left your vehicle damaged, you may be able to use Michigan’s mini tort to help pay for the repair costs.
Under Michigan’s mini tort law, the owner of a vehicle damaged in an accident can recover up to $1,000 from the at-fault driver for damages that are not otherwise covered by insurance. In the future, the mini tort recovery amount limit will increase to $3,000. That will apply to car accidents that occur after July 1, 2020.
To learn more, please check out our mini tort page.