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5 common causes of car accidents in Michigan

On Behalf of | Apr 7, 2023 | Car Accidents |

Most drivers in Dearborn act carefully and responsibly behind the wheel. But no matter how safe of a driver you are, you cannot control what the person in the next vehicle over is doing. It only takes a mistake by one negligent person on the road to cause serious harm to others.

A dangerous driver can cause a car accident in many ways. But here are the five most common crash triggers in Michigan, according to Startup Guys.

  • Tailgating. Safe driving includes keeping a safe distance between yourself and the vehicle in front of you, depending on factors like speed and weather conditions. Tailgating, or following too close, does not give the driver enough time to stop if the leading vehicle must slam on the brakes.
  • Speeding. State highways and interstates have speed limits for a reason. The faster a driver goes, the less they are able to control their car or avoid obstacles on the road. And the force of impact increases with high velocity.
  • Failure to yield. Traffic laws require us to yield on turns and yield to merging traffic on the highway. Acting as if you always have the right of way is a recipe for a major collision.
  • Disobeying traffic signals. Few moves are more reckless and dangerous than running a red light. Traffic signals help keep us safe when passing through intersections. Ignoring them can cause a disaster.
  • Unsafe lane changes. Unless the driver signals their lane change and waits until there is room, there may not be much you can do to avoid a collision.

Any of these actions leading to a car accident could be grounds for suing the driver for personal injury. Negligence that causes serious harm to others is unacceptable according to Michigan law.