Each season can carry its own particular safety concerns with it when it comes to the roads. Here in Michigan, winter can bring with it a lot of different types of weather that can pose major safety hazards on the roads. Examples of such weather conditions include snowfall, snow squalls, ice, sleet and freezing rain.
There are many things it is important for drivers to do when they encounter these winter weather conditions. One is to be mindful of their speed and not drive too fast. Driving at too high of a speed or other reckless conduct in such conditions can lead to very serious accidents, sometimes even taking lives.
When a person loses their life in a winter auto accident caused by a driver who failed to drive appropriately given the conditions, many things can affect how compensation-related matters end up going for the deceased’s family. This includes the quality of the legal guidance the family has during such matters. How such matters go can have major implications for such a family’s future.
A recent analysis underscores the fatal potential of winter auto crashes and how important being careful in winter weather conditions can be here in Michigan.
The analysis looked at crash data to come up with the average annual fatal winter weather crash total of the different states for the 2011-2015 period.
The analysis found Michigan’s per-year average for such accidents over this period to be 83 accidents. This was the second highest average of any state in the country. Only Ohio’s average was higher. And Michigan’s average wasn’t that far behind Ohio’s, as Ohio’s came in at 86 crashes. Michigan’s average was quite a bit above the average of the state that took the third spot. That state was Pennsylvania and its average was 65 accidents.
What do you think Michigan drivers are best at, and worst at, when it comes to safe winter driving? What do you think would go the farthest in helping reduce fatal winter weather accidents in the state?
Source: USA Today, “Winter car accidents are a deadly weather hazard,” Doyle Rice, Feb. 6, 2017