Every 12 months, Michigan's Office of Highway Safety Planning issues a state report on traffic crashes that occurred in the past year. It also puts out reports for each county, including, of course Washtenaw.
The 2015 report is now available. As always, a report of this kind breaks down into unfeeling numbers the pain of car accident injuries and the grief of the families who lose loved ones in traffic crashes.
These reports also give us insight into the crashes, helping us to understand how and when they occur; knowledge that can help other motorists avoid accidents.
For instance, the report lists a month-by-month breakdown of the number of Washtenaw County crashes. January had the most accidents, with 1,222. That figure is down substantially from 2014's 1,614 traffic crashes, but up a bit from totals from 2011, 2012 and 2013.
November and October were second and third in crashes last year, respectively.
September had the most crashes causing injuries, however, with 190 taking place that month. That figure can hopefully serve as a reminder to motorists to be aware of the return of schoolchildren to Ann Arbor streets when summer ends in a month or so.
The report also makes clear the most dangerous time of day: 3 p.m. to 5:59 p.m. That is, of course, when most people are driving home from work, and also the time when kids return home from school. There were 2,944 crashes in that time period; no other time of day or night was even close.
Noon to 2:59 p.m. had the second most with 1,718.
Those injured in a crash caused by another person's speeding, distracted driving, intoxication or other negligence can pursue compensation with the help of an experienced Ann Arbor personal injury attorney.