Michigan Speed Limit Increase: Will Roads Become More Dangerous?

The speed limit on certain stretches of Michigan interstates will soon increase to 75 mph, while it will jump to 65 mph on other state highways. This Michigan speed limit increase will take effect gradually, beginning May 1.

According to the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT), the speed limit on more than 600 miles of freeways will be boosted from 70 to 75 mph, while it will go up to 65 mph on another 938 miles of state roadways. Speed limit signs will start changing May 1, and the higher speed limit will be official when the roads are actually ...

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Speeding Michigan Semi-Trucks Can Be Deadly

A recent accident on U.S. 23 involving an 18-wheeler and eight passenger vehicles is a sobering reminder of the horrific damage and catastrophic injuries that speeding Michigan semi-trucks can cause.

According to reports, the truck driver allegedly caused the nine-vehicle pileup on April 23, 2017. A preliminary investigation showed the driver failed to stop his 2015 Freightliner semi-truck as he approached passenger vehicles that were stopped in a construction area on southbound U.S. 23. Two people in the passenger vehicles died in the collision, while another person was critically injured. The truck driver reportedly suffered only minor injuries, was taken to ...

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Tougher Michigan Distracted Driving Laws Proposed

State lawmakers are ramping up their efforts to crack down on Michigan distracted driving — particularly cell phone use behind the wheel.

Rep. Martin Howrylak recently introduced House Bill 4466, which would toughen current Michigan distracted driving laws by banning the use of hand-held portable electronic devices for anyone operating a motor vehicle. Under the proposal, having a portable electronic device in your hand while driving would be a primary offense, which means law enforcement could pull you over for holding a cell phone or other device.

Cell phones are a leading cause of distracted driving accidents. The National ...

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Recent Uptick In Pedestrian Accidents Triggers Safety Concerns

Pedestrian accidents are in the spotlight once again, after two Lansing men were struck by vehicles within a matter of days.

Both victims were crossing the same area of Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard in south Lansing. One man died from his injuries, while the other was hospitalized with critical wounds.

According to the Lansing Police Department (LPD), the victims were not using the crosswalk.

It is notable that the area where the men were struck is a five-lane road that does not have a pedestrian crosswalk for more than a half mile (between West Holmes Road and West Mount Hope Avenue). ...

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I-94 US-127 Accidents In Jackson, Michigan Are On The Rise

Understanding Dangerous Roads: Heavily Traveled & Congested Area

During the past several years, I-94 US-127 accidents in Jackson, Michigan, have become all too common, leading many to wonder why the area has steadily become known as a dangerous road in Michigan.

Just recently, two passenger vehicles and an SUV collided on US-127 at the westbound I-94 exit ramp. In June 2015, a catastrophic nine-vehicle pileup, including three jackknifed semi-trucks, happened on I-94 near Jackson, sending 11 people to the hospital. And just a few days after that historic pileup, several crashes closed eastbound I-94 between US-127 and Cooper ...

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How Inexperienced Truck Drivers Cause Accidents

Inexperienced truck driver accidents happen more often than you think.

Recently, a truck driver created havoc in a Cincinnati neighborhood, taking down utility poles, hitting garbage cans and damaging buildings. The driver, who had been on the job for only three weeks, had re-routed his truck onto a local road because he had missed his exit. The police cited the driver for “failure to maneuver.”

Luckily, no one was injured in that semi-truck accident. However, reports like this show how inexperienced drivers can cause truck accidents, and why little experience is often a factor in truck accidents in Michigan.

Inexperienced ...

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New Study Links Trucking Accidents And Unhealthy Drivers

Trucking accidents and unhealthy drivers go hand-in-hand, according to a new study* that finds truck drivers with certain medical conditions have a much greater chance of being in a crash.

It can be challenging for truck drivers to lead a healthy lifestyle, especially those who operate semi-trucks, drive long distances and often spend weeks at a time on the road. Drivers frequently sit for hours behind the wheel, have less-than-ideal sleeping conditions and find it difficult to eat nutritious meals and exercise.

The study’s conclusion? The worse a truck driver’s health, the more likely the driver will be in a truck ...

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Cell Phones: A Leading Cause Of Distracted Driving Accidents

April Is Distracted Driving Awareness Month

Police officers throughout Michigan are stepping up traffic enforcement during the month of April, in an effort to draw increased attention to risky driving behaviors — particularly cell phone use — and help curb distracted driving accidents.

What is distracted driving? It is any activity that diverts the driver’s attention away from operating the vehicle. It includes using a cell phone, eating and drinking, talking to passengers and messing with a vehicle’s radio, entertainment or navigation system.

Cell Phones And Distracted Driving Accidents

Cell phones are a leading cause of distracted driving accidents. ...

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The Dangers Of Semi-Truck Driver Fatigue

The arrest of a truck driver who traveled from Washington State to Massachusetts without any sleep recently made national headlines, leading to increasing concerns about the dangers of semi-truck driver fatigue.

Semi-truck drivers are usually paid based on miles, which is why they often attempt to travel long distances in short periods of time. Federal trucking regulations, however, limit the number of hours a driver can travel within a 24-hour period. Federal rules also mandate when, and for how long, a semi-truck driver must take breaks.

But despite federal regulations, semi-truck driver fatigue continues to be one of the common ...

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Michigan Sets Insurance Requirements For Uber, Lyft Drivers

For several years, ride-sharing companies like Uber and Lyft have been operating in Michigan without any statewide regulation, leading to auto insurance coverage concerns, as well as liability insurance questions, in the event a driver is involved in an accident.

But all this changed on March 21, 2017, when Public Acts 345, 346, 347 and 348 went into effect.

What do these new laws do? They basically create a framework under which ride-sharing companies, such as Uber and Lyft, must conduct business in Michigan.

For example, the laws require that ride-sharing companies must register with the State ...

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