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2 dead in 4-vehicle accident

On July 14, an associate coach at Michigan State University was taken into custody after he was involved in a car accident. The 37-year-old Holt resident was believed to have caused the chain-reaction crash after he became distracted while behind the wheel.

The associate coach was reportedly driving south on U.S. 23 in Summerfield Township when the accident occurred. Authorities involved in the investigation believed that the man struck the back of a Hyundai Elantra. The impact caused the Hyundai to be pushed into the back of a Toyota Solara. The coach's vehicle then hit the back of a Cadillac CTS.

Speed and car crash risk, study shows strong link

Drivers in Michigan may be surprised to learn that higher speed limits set by states are directly correlated with increased traffic fatalities. A study by the Insurance Institute of Highway Safety quantifies the relationship by showing a 4 percent increase in deaths attributed to car accidents for every 5 mph increase in the speed limit. The larger number of fatalities suggests similar increases in catastrophic injuries and minor injuries resulting from accidents.

According to the status report, speeds were locked at 55 mph by federal policy for the larger part of two decades. In 1987, the energy concerns that prompted the federal legislation had passed, and states once again had freedom to raise the speed limits to an extent without losing highway funds. After controlling for confounding variables, such as the drunk driver and unemployment changes, the study revealed 33,000 deaths over a 20-year period directly attributable to speed increases.

Increased congestion driving accident fatalities up

The roads in Michigan and other U.S. states have become more congested in recent years as plummeting fuel costs and a thriving economy have prompted more Americans to travel, and this has resulted in an alarming spike in traffic accident fatalities despite major advances in automotive design and safety systems. Economic experts generally agree that the economy will continue to perform well in the years ahead, and most road safety advocates expect fatality figures to fall only slightly if jobs remain plentiful and gas prices remain low.

When the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety studied driver death rates earlier, it concluded that improved automobile safety features were largely responsible for lowering fatalities by about a third in only three years. However, its latest study suggests that higher traffic levels are more than enough to counter these technological improvements. The number of road users killed in car accidents increased by an alarming 7 percent in 2015 after falling steadily for many years, and data from the Fatality Analysis Reporting System suggests that the figures for 2016 will be even more sobering.

Driverless vehicles may not be ready for Michigan roads

Those who are eagerly awaiting the arrival of more autonomous vehicles may want to be patient for a while longer. Even though Congressional legislation may increase the number of driverless autos that get tested on open roads from 2,500 to 100,000 per year, concerned safety groups think that manufacturers and legislators need to slow down.

The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration can let automakers test vehicles that may not be legally compliant. As long as they can provide justification for not meeting certain safety rules by proving that their cars still pose a low amount of risk, the manufacturers can potentially receive one of the 2,500 annual test exemptions. The new law would see that number jump forty-fold. However, one George Washington University law professor said that the bill wouldn't be in the best interests of road safety.

3 ways to help prevent Michigan bicycle accidents

School is out, warm weather is here and you are riding your bike all around town. While riding a bike is economical, healthy and environmentally friendly, sharing city roads with vehicles is also dangerous. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 68 percent of cyclist fatalities in 2013 occurred in urban areas, a rate that has steadily increased over the years.

The last thing you want to do is to end your college career early because of a severe accident. You are not going to come out on top in a crash with a vehicle even of small size. However, you can greatly reduce the risk of getting into an accident by taking these precautions.

Steps after a vehicle accident

Michigan motor vehicle accidents can occur to anyone at any time. It is important that drivers know what steps they should take in the aftermath of one, even if they are not at fault. This helps in safeguarding their rights and interests if the other party flees the scene, does not report the accident denies the account of the non-at-fault driver or is simply uncooperative.

If drivers are injured, they should seek medical assistance as soon as possible, and if they are able, take detailed notes about their injuries. Everyone who has been involved in the accident should be checked on. However, no one should be moved unless it is for their protection. If possible, the vehicles should be moved out of traffic and to the side of the road to prevent a traffic jam or another accident.

Pedestrians must stay vigilant for traffic threats

Because pedestrians in Michigan and around the country face significant safety challenges, the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration has published advice to promote safe foot travel. Sidewalks help to keep people out of harm's way, and people should walk on them whenever they are present. In the absence of sidewalks, people need to walk on the side of the road facing traffic and try to stay as far out of the lane as possible.

Pedestrians also have an obligation to obey road signs and traffic signals so that drivers should be able to predict their movements. Drivers also expect pedestrians to cross streets at intersections or on marked crosswalks. The distractions of smartphones and music players should be avoided. They could prevent someone from noticing an approaching vehicle or hearing a horn or siren.

Chain reaction crash in Michigan kills 2 and injures 10

Police in Michigan have reported that two women were killed in a chain-reaction crash involving five vehicles on June 3. Initial reports suggested that the accident may have been caused by road rage, and state troopers say that their investigation is far from complete. The accident took place on the southbound lanes of Interstate 75 near the Mack Avenue exit ramp in Detroit at about 11:00 a.m.

According to a Michigan State Police report, the sequence of events began when a Jeep SUV struck a Ford SUV after abruptly moving from the left lane of Interstate 75 to the center lane. Accident investigators say that the Jeep spun out and rolled over at least once before coming to a rest. Paramedics were quickly dispatched to the scene, and they transported 10 injured road users to a local hospital. Their injuries are not thought to be life-threatening.

Tips for preparing financially for divorce

Michigan couples who are getting a divorce might be concerned about how their finances will be affected. There are steps people can take in preparation that may help protect them financially. Sometimes, other people will have well-meaning advice, but divorce laws differ from state to state, and every situation is different as well. It is better to talk directly to professionals, such as an attorney and a certified divorce financial analyst, rather than making assumptions based on others' experiences.

Some people may be largely responsible for managing household finances while others may have very little experience in this area. With a divorce looming, understanding these finances is important. People should make a budget and gather documentation including bank statements, tax forms and investment information.

3 signs your spouse may be attempting to conceal assets

The relationship between you and your spouse is growing increasingly strained, and you have a feeling a divorce is in your near future. At this stage in a marriage, one party may try to prepare financially for life after the marriage ends, and sometimes, spouses use sneaky methods to do so.

If you suspect your spouse might be moving around assets so that they will not factor in during divorce proceedings, know that he may take specific approaches in doing so. Watch out for these actions.

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