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2012 July Archive

Oakland County Law Enforcement Focus on Traffic Accidents, Aim for ‘Zero Deaths’

By Lipton Law on July 26, 2012 - No comments

Oakland County Police Auto AccidentThe leader of the Traffic Improvement Association of Michigan (TIA) states that the roads in Oakland County are among the least fatal in the world, but law enforcement wants to reduce traffic fatalities even further, aiming for “zero deaths.” The total amount of fatal Oakland County crashes increased from 59 in 2010 to 67 in 2011, which is a slight increase, but law enforcement are calling for “more attentive driving, less use of cell phones, and more law enforcement officers on the road” in order to prevent these deaths from occurring at all.

The fatality rate for Oakland County was 0.54 deaths per 100 million vehicle miles traveled, which is low compared to the state of Michigan that has a rate of 0.94 deaths. The traffic fatality rates for other counties in southeast Michigan are as follows:

  • Livingston County – 0.81
  • Wayne County – 0.83
  • Washtenaw County – 0.95
  • Macomb County – 0.76

The executive director for the Auburn Hills-based TIA is concerned that traffic fatalities disproportionately affect young drivers, noting that in the U.S. “traffic crashes are the leading causes of death for teens and young adults ages 15 to 20.” Though he is concerned about teen and young adult drivers, he is urging all motorists in Oakland County and across Michigan to drive distraction-free and focus on the road.

The director is also calling for increased law enforcement to prevent traffic accidents, and is reaching out to local governments in the Metro Detroit area to encourage them to not cut law enforcement.

Law enforcement and all drivers can participate in the effort to reduce traffic-related fatalities, but unfortunately, not all accidents can be prevented. If you have lost a loved one in an accident, contact a traffic accident wrongful death lawyer in Oakland County at Lipton Law. The abrupt loss of a loved one is devastating, and our legal team will work diligently to obtain the compensation you need to deal with financial matters so you and your family can focus on healing. Call (248) 557-1688 to see how we can assist you during this difficult time.

 

Understanding Michigan Rollover Accidents

By Lipton Law on July 24, 2012 - No comments

Michigan Rollover Crash InjuryAuto accidents of any kind have the potential to cause severe damage and serious injuries to the occupants of the vehicles involved; however, one of the more dangerous types of crashes is a rollover accident, which is one of the deadliest risks for SUV, minivan, and truck occupants.

According to data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), more than 280,000 rollover crashes occur annually in the U.S., ultimately claiming more than 10,000 lives. Because of the seriousness of these types of crashes, it is imperative motorists in Michigan understand why they happen in order to try and prevent them.

Rollover Accident Causes

Rollover accidents are directly related to a vehicle’s stability in turns, which is influenced by the relationship between the center of gravity and the track width (the distance between the left and right wheels). A high center of gravity and narrow track width may make a vehicle unstable in fast turns or acute changes in direction, which can increase the odds it will tip over. This particular problem is more pronounced in four-wheel-drive SUVs and pickup trucks, both of which have a higher ground clearance for off-road driving.

Rollover Risk Rating System

To help motorists select safe vehicles and aid the NHTSA in predicting which vehicles are very likely to overturn, the rollover rating system was introduced by the NHTSA in 2001. The rollover ratings system, based on a five star ratings system, is based on an engineering analysis of a vehicle’s center of gravity and the width between the front tires. For confirmation, these results are then compared with police accident reports. In the system, five stars equals a rollover risk of less than 10 percent, and one star indicates a rollover risk of 40 percent or more.

Compensation to Recover After a Rollover Accident

Rollover accidents are extremely dangerous and put the safety of the vehicle’s occupants at risk, and being a safe and cautious driver is not always enough to prevent a crash. The rollover accident lawyers in Oakland County of Lipton Law understand how difficult coping with the aftermath of any accident can be and are committed to obtaining compensation for accident victims so that they can focus on recovery. If you feel your rollover accident was caused by another’s negligence, call us to discuss your case at (248) 557-1688.

 

MI Personal Injury Lawyers Marc Lipton and Jody Lipton of Lipton Law Co-Hosted Supreme Challenge Fundraiser 2012

By Lipton Law on July 20, 2012 - No comments

The Supreme Challenge Fundraiser 2012 is a fundraising event created to help restore fairness and justice to the Michigan Supreme Court. The event was held on July 12 and was co-hosted by Marc Lipton and Jody Lipton of the Michigan personal injury law firm Lipton Law and Laura Eisenberg of the family law firm Alexander, Eisenberg & Spilman. Individuals in attendance were asked to donate to support three exceptional candidates for the Michigan Supreme Court: Judge Sheila Johnson, Professor Bridget Mary McCormack, and Judge Connie Marie Kelly. Each of these outstanding candidates is endorsed by the Michigan Democratic Party.

The decisions made by the Michigan Supreme Court significantly impact the lives of men, women, and families across the state of Michigan. However, unfortunately more than 80 percent of the current decisions of the court have benefited banks, insurance companies, special interest groups, and polluters at the expense of the state’s middle class families.

The Supreme Challenge Fundraiser 2012 was held not only to raise money for Supreme Court candidates who will undoubtedly be catalysts for positive change, but also to emphasize the significance of having women’s voices heard in government. The Supreme Challenge Fundraiser event also emphasized the ways in which justice and equity can be preserved in the Michigan Supreme Court and why this is essential for the people of Michigan as well as the future of the state.

At Lipton Law, our personal injury attorneys are dedicated to helping the residents of Michigan who have been injured as a result of another’s negligence obtain the compensation they need to recover and rebuild their lives. Our professional experience, knowledge, and skills have allowed us to help numerous injury accident victims over the years, and we aim to continue our commitment to providing exceptional legal counsel to the people Michigan in the years to come. For a complimentary consultation, call (248) 557-1688 today.

 

What is a Dangerous Roadway in Michigan?

By Lipton Law on July 19, 2012 - No comments

MI Road DangersWith the thousands of commuters on the road on any given day in Michigan, the chances of a driver being involved in an auto accident are certainly increased. There are a number of reasons a Michigan auto accident can happen, including driver negligence and defective auto parts, but some elements are out of a motorist’s control and may be a significant factor in why a collision occurs.

A dangerous roadway could be found on any street or highway, and an improperly maintained or designed roadway can be unsafe and risky for MI motorists, motorcyclists, bicyclists, and any other person on the open road.

Local and state governments are responsible for appropriately maintaining the roadways, and the safety of those on the road may be put in jeopardy if hazards and unsafe conditions exist. The following are some common examples of what may make a roadway dangerous in Michigan:

  • Poor road design, such as narrow lanes or excessive wear and tear;
  • Inadequate lighting, which can make seeing things like road signs or pedestrians difficult to see;
  • Debris in the road, which can make a drive potentially perilous;
  • Pavement hazards, such as potholes, loose gravel, or uneven pavement;
  • Road construction, which can cause debris in the road, or close lanes without sufficient warning for drivers; and
  • Traffic signals and signs, which can cause a collision if signals are not working properly or signs are not visible to drivers.

Being involved in a motor vehicle accident can leave a driver and his or her passengers with very serious injuries, which may result in expensive medical care, costly vehicle repair, and other accident-related costs. Seeking compensation from the negligent parties that caused your collision is very important and can help get you on the road to recovery. If a hazardous roadway caused your auto accident, contact an Oakland County dangerous roadways lawyer at Lipton law to discuss your legal options. Schedule your free consultation by calling (248) 557-1688.

 

Michigan Appeals Court Upholds Decision in Toddler Wrongful Death Case

By Lipton Law on July 12, 2012 - No comments

According to a MonroeNews.com report, the Michigan Court of Appeals has upheld the decision made in a wrongful death case involving a toddler. In 2006, a 17-month-old girl was tragically beaten to death and a Monroe woman, reportedly the girlfriend of the young child’s father at the time, was convicted of the toddler’s murder and sentenced to life in prison. In the years following the child’s death, the mother filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the Monroe County Child Protective Services claiming the agency did not do enough to protect the toddler from the woman convicted of the murder.

The final decision in the MI wrongful death case was that the government agency is immune from being sued as the court determined that, although the agency’s conduct “rose to the level of gross negligence,” it was not the direct cause of the child’s death. The case was appealed, but the Michigan Court of Appeals supported the original decision of the court in a ruling made in June. The appellate court ruling states that the parents of the young girl could have done more to keep the toddler away from the woman, particularly considering there were two previous incidents of assault that were documented.

Following the trial, the woman convicted of first-degree murder for the death of the toddler was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole. Now 33-years-old, the woman remains imprisoned at the Ypsilanti’s Huron Valley Correctional Facility. In addition to supporting the original ruling of the court, the Court of Appeals also ruled that no costs are to be awarded to either party in the case.

The sudden loss of a loved one, especially a young child, can be incredibly devastating for a family, who will likely be left with more questions than answers regarding the fatal incident. If you feel the death of your loved one was caused by the negligence of another party, the Southfield wrongful death attorneys at Lipton Law can help you determine what happened and hold negligent parties responsible. To see how we can assist you during this difficult time, please call (248) 557-1688 for a complimentary consultation.

 

Michigan Authorities Aim to Combat Drunk Driving with Talking Urinal Cakes

By Lipton Law on July 10, 2012 - No comments

According to an Examiner.com report, a novel traffic safety innovation has been tested in Michigan aimed to combat drunk driving over the July 4th holiday week. A new statewide initiative has been created to keep MI drunk drivers off the road by installing “talking urinal-deodorizer cakes” in men’s rooms in restaurants, bars, and other establishments that serve alcohol. The innovative device is a motion-activated recording that reminds the urinal user who may have had one too many that there are alternatives to driving drunk, such as taking a cab or phoning a friend.

The device has been described as having an “attention-getting woman’s voice,” and some of the special cakes even have whistles and lights and make noises similar to a video game.

The anti-drunk driving urinal cakes will be disseminated in Wayne County, which includes Detroit, and Bay, Ottawa, and Delta Counties are eventually slated to receive them as well. As the July 4th holiday week typically sees an increase in drunk driving across the state and law enforcement efforts are stepped up as a result, the talking cakes are part of a larger education and enforcement crusade directed at decreasing Independence Day drinking and driving.

In an official statement, the director of the Michigan Office of Highway Safety Planning states “Not only do we want to turn some heads and get people talking, we hope everyone takes the message to heart.” The executive director of the Michigan Licensed Beverage Association, who is distributing the disks, adds that although the effort seems humorous, the seriousness of the message will stand out and hopefully encourage patrons to find a safe way home.

Efforts by the state to combat drunk driving are important, but it is still up to MI motorists to drive sober and responsibly behind the wheel. If drivers don’t, anyone on the road may be in danger. The Wayne County drunk driving accident victim lawyers at Lipton Law know the significant obstacles you may face after a drunk driving collision and are here to help you every step of the way after a crash. For assistance with your accident claim, please call (800) 227-2727 to speak with an experienced member of our legal team.

 

Common Causes of Michigan Slip and Fall Accidents

By Lipton Law on July 6, 2012 - No comments

MI Unsafe Premises Fall AccidentSlip and fall accidents occur frequently and are second only to motor vehicle accidents in incidents that cause personal injury. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that over one million Americans suffer a slip, trip, and fall injury, and over 17,000 die each year as a result of their injuries. Workplace slip and fall accidents are also dangerous and very common, accounting for 15 percent of all job-related injuries.

In order to prevent you or a loved one from suffering a MI slip and fall accident this summer, and year-round as well, it is important to understand the common causes of these types of accidents.

The following are some of the more conventional causes of slip and fall accidents:

  • Floor surfaces, which are slick due to over waxing, mopping, etc.;
  • A puddle of water or liquid on the floor that has been unchecked by the liable party;
  • Worn carpets with holes or snags, or loose flooring or carpeting;
  • Walkways or stairs with damaged support rails, or stairs which have not been built according to safety codes or that have worn or cracked surfaces or edges;
  • Paved surfaces with uneven cracks and potholes;
  • Snow and ice on sidewalks and walkways in MI winters that have not been removed;
  • Irregular surfaces, such as an uneven sidewalk; and
  • Housekeeping issues in working and walking areas, such as cords or clutter.

Slip and fall accidents can result in very serious injuries, such as broken bones and fractures, spinal cord injury, and head trauma. If you are a Michigan resident who has suffered injuries due to a slip and fall accident, you are legally entitled to seek compensation from any negligent parties who caused you harm.

An Oakland County slip and fall accident lawyer at Lipton Law can discuss with you all of your legal rights and options, and can help you receive the compensation you need to recover from your injures. For a complimentary consultation with our legal team, please call (248) 557-1688.

 

Government May Propose Nationwide Distracted Driving Guidelines

By Lipton Law on July 3, 2012 - No comments

Southfield Distracted Driver PreventionRay LaHood, the Secretary for the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT), recently revealed a blueprint for increased federal efforts and pressure on states to crack down on distracted driving. LaHood noted that the dangerous problem of distracted driving is especially acute among teen and young adult drivers, and stated that it is imperative to teach teens that driving and texting do not mix.

The Secretary also stated that one in every 10 highway fatalities is caused by distracted driving, showing how dangerous this nationwide epidemic is and the importance of federal distracted driving prevention measures.

In an effort to prevent distracted driving, the DOT has awarded $2.4 million to California and Delaware for pilot projects that will combine increased police enforcement with publicity campaigns against distracted driving. LaHood, who has made distracted driving a high-profile crusade, stated similar pilot projects in Syracuse, NY and Hartford, CT have successfully reduced distracted driving.

The DOT Secretary has also called on automakers to support voluntary government guidelines to ensure dashboard technologies, which are increasingly being added to vehicles, don’t distract drivers. However, he opted to not make these guidelines mandatory. The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) has publicly called for a complete ban on cell phone use by drivers, including hands-free devices, which may be something the government may consider in the future as a means to combat the problem of distracted driving.

Currently, thirty-nine states and the District of Columbia (D.C.) prohibit texting while driving, and ten states (including D.C.) ban all handheld cell phone use behind the wheel. The DOT Secretary realizes that there is “much more work to do,” but these proposed safety measures may be an excellent way to prevent distracted driving across the country.

Distracted driving is a contributing factor in auto accidents in Michigan and across the nation, and drivers who choose to not focus solely on the road may cause a dangerous collision. The Southfield distracted driving accident attorneys at Lipton Law understand how devastating an auto accident can be and the challenges you may face afterward. Our legal team can help you obtain the compensation you need to recover and will help you through every step of your case. Call (248) 557-1688 for a no-cost consultation.