In Michigan wintry weather makes navigating icy and snow-covered roads in a car or truck challenging for most motorists. At times, getting on the road can be treacherous and darn right scary. However, we cannot avoid driving our four-wheeled mobility friends in bad winter weather since we need to drive to work, drive to school, go to store, and other places in our busy daily lives. Recognizing the risk when you get behind the wheel of a car helps you understand how dangerous driving in the winter can be, especially if you don’t adapt you’re driving for weather conditions. Here is a brief summary of winter car accident statistics you should know.
According to the U.S. Federal Highway Administration (FHA), over 1,300 people are estimated to have died and more than 116,800 people are hurt in motor vehicle crashes on snowy, slushy, or icy pavement every year.
According to Michigan State police reporting during the 2016 to 2020 winter seasons, there were 202,232 crashes reported in Michigan on icy, snowy, or slushy roads, resulting in 370 fatalities and 2,530 suspected serious injuries.
HOW MANY PEOPLE ARE KILLED AND INJURED EACH YEAR IN WINTER DRIVING ACCIDENTS?
Here are some hard statistics government and nongovernment agency statistics published by the U.S. Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT), Auto Insurance Center., and the National Highway Transportation Safety Association (NHTSA). The alarming annual averages for motor vehicle accidents involving snowy, sleet, or icy roads:
Annual averages for motor vehicle accidents that occur during snowfall or sleet:
WHAT ARE THE MAIN CAUSES OF WINTER DRIVING ACCIDENTS?
A number of reasons for winter accidents explain the crash statistics, but hazardous road conditions such as snow, ice, sleet, or slush contribute to must of these accidents. While it is not always possible to stay clear of skidding or keep away from slipping on ice, many accidents are caused by those who fail to modify driving behavior for winter road conditions. Here are some examples of causes of winter driving accidents:
The math works out that leaving more distance between you and the car in front of you will:
MORE WINTER DRIVING ACCIDENT STATISTICS
According to published statistics about 70% of accidental deaths that occur during the winter happen in motor vehicles. It can take up to 10 times longer to stop on wet or icy roads than on dry pavement.
The national insurance aggregation site The Zebra surveyed 1,500 American drivers about how they feel about driving in the winter weather. Here’s what the motorist survey showed:
In Michigan, winter contributes mostly to car crashes in December. One would think that winter is when most car accidents occur, but the truth is summer has about 30% more car accidents than wintertime, primarily because more vehicles are on the road in summer, and there are more teen drivers on the road, during school summer break. The following are the alarming facts about Michigan fatal car accidents:
In looking at 10 year crash data, the analysis reveals the worst highway locations where most ice and snow related accidents happen in Michigan:
“Drive slow on ice & snow. Staying safe on winter roads means adapting your driving habits to be able to keep control of your vehicle on icy roads,” says Joseph Dedvukaj of The Joseph Dedvukaj Firm. “You should make sure to reduce your speed. “And make sure your car is has had routine maintenance done for winter, including getting a set of all season tires, and increase your following distance when roads are snow covered or icy. And, if you do have an accident, call us right away, before you talk to the insurance company,” says Joseph Dedvukaj, a personal injury car accident specialist.
We know from past experience that even the most careful driver can be involved in a crash, especially when the roads are icy, slick, or snow-covered. Michigan No-Fault insurance law is complicated and getting benefits paid can be perilous without a PIP lawyer. Our experienced auto accident lawyers have the experience and winning track record that you need to win the financial compensation you rightfully deserve.
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