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Safety Tips to Avoid a Dangerous Pedestrian Accident in Flint, MI

By Lipton Law on August 7, 2012 - No comments

MI Pedestrian Auto AccidentResidents of Flint, MI have a many ways to travel and commute and get where they need to go; however, walking is certainly a popular option as it is affordable, health conscious, and environmentally friendly. Those who choose to travel on two feet, though, should be aware of the unique hazards that pedestrians face in order to stay safe on the roads of Flint. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), 4,092 pedestrians were killed and approximately 59,000 were injured in traffic accidents in 2009. On average, a pedestrian was killed every two hours and injured every nine minutes in a traffic accident.

These alarming statistics show that the safety of walkers is not guaranteed, so in order to avoid a serious pedestrian accident, WalkingInfo.org offers the following pedestrian safety tips:

  1. Make yourself visible to drivers: Pedestrians should wear bright or light colored clothing to increase visibility. Also, carrying a flashlight at night and crossing in well-lit areas only after the sun sets can help ensure motorists see you.
  2. Be alert and avoid dangerous behaviors: When on two feet, travel distraction-free by not wearing headphones or using your cell phone, which will keep you alert and aware of oncoming hazards. Pedestrians should also look before crossing the road and make eye contact with drivers to make sure they see you, as well as walk sober to decrease the possibility of an accident.
  3. Stay cautious at crossings: Pedestrians should obey traffic signals and cross at marked crosswalks or intersections, if possible. Before crossing, look across all lanes to make sure it is clear before proceeding, and watch out for turning vehicles that may not see you until it is too late.

The Flint personal injury lawyers of Lipton Law encourage people across the state of Michigan to be safe, alert, and distraction-free when walking, running, or jogging on the open roads. However, even the safest pedestrian cannot prevent an accident when a motorist is driving in a negligent manner. If you have been injured by the negligence of another party, call our experienced legal team at (248) 557-1688 to discuss your case.

 

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.