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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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, ...

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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 ...

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Attorney Jim Graves Represents Plaintiffs In Nassar-MSU Sexual Assault Scandal

Jim Graves of the Sinas Dramis Law Firm is representing several female plaintiffs in the ongoing sexual assault scandal against Larry Nassar and Michigan State University. All the plaintiffs claim they were sexually abused by Nassar while he was a team physician at MSU.

Nassar, of Holt, worked as a team doctor at MSU for nearly 20 years and with USA Gymnastics for almost 30 years. Since last fall, more than 100 women and girls have come forward, alleging that ...

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Michigan Auto Accident Deaths Jump 19% Since 2014

2016 may have been the deadliest year in nine years for people traveling the nation’s roadways, based on preliminary data from the National Safety Council. The early numbers also show an increase in Michigan auto accident deaths: there were 1,064 fatalities on the state’s roads in 2016, compared to 893 deaths in 2014 — an increase of 19 percent over the two-year period.

The NSC reports that, in 2016, some 40,200 people across ...

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