New Technology to Prevent Car Accidents Being Tested in Ann Arbor Michigan

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), there were 282,075 car accidents in Michigan in 2010. Of these car accidents 937 of them were fatal, including 70,501 injuries. Compared to national totals there were 5,419,000 car accidents. The number of fatalities amounted to 32,885, with more than 2.2 million injuries.

Although the amount of car accidents have decreased each year, car accidents are still recognized as one of the main causes of death in the United States. Most car accidents are completely avoidable, but we continue to take chances by texting behind the wheel, talking a call, or eating our bagel on the way to work. Distractions can have disastrous effect if you do not take the proper precautions and realize that you are endangering your life and the lives of others on the road.

The U.S. Department of Transportation has created new crash avoidance technology that is currently being tested in Ann Arbor, Michigan, at the University of Michigan’s Transportation Research Institute. They are testing this technology for a year by installing this new program on 3,000 vehicles, called the “Safety Pilot Project,” to help regulate traffic flow in Ann Arbor.

According to the NHTSA, Vehicle-to-Vehicle safety technology could help drivers avoid or reduce the severity of four out of five unimpaired vehicle crashes. To accomplish this, the model deployment vehicles will send electronic data messages, receive messages from other equipped vehicles, and translate the data into a warning to the driver during specific hazardous
traffic scenarios.

Victims of car accidents do have legal rights and should pursue them immediately after the accident. When choosing your Michigan lawyer, it is key to choose the right lawyer so that you may receive a fair settlement. Your car accident lawyer can also help you receive all of your Michigan No-Fault Insurance benefits, including medical expenses, lost wages, attendant care services, and other benefits.

For more information about your rights after a Michigan car accident, call us at (800) 606-1717 to speak with an experienced car accident lawyer at Buckfire & Buckfire, P.C. We will represent you in your Michigan car accident case under our NO FEE PROMISE.


Michigan State Police Say Speed Not A Factor Of Car Accidents: Ypsilanti To Raise Speed Limits

Speed limits are determined through speed studies that analyze data using the “85th percentile speed.” The “85th percentile speed” is the speed at or below 85 percent of vehicles that are traveling. Though these studies, the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) and the Michigan State Police are able to set speed limits for our Michigan highways and roads.

A study recently done by the MDOT will raise the speed limits in some of Ypsilanti’s busiest intersections and areas. Ypsilanti is near the City of Ann Arbor, Michigan. The recent study was presented by Michigan State Police Lt. Thad Peterson to the Ypsilanti City Council, to increase speed limits as much as up to 10 miles per hour.  This increase in speed limits will not include areas that have high pedestrian populations, such as Cross Street and areas near Eastern Michigan University’s campus.

According to Peterson, results from the study are concluded by examing a road’s accident history, the number of lanes, the number of curves and how many hills it has, as well as roadside environment, which includes access points, the number of cars, the number of crosswalks, stop signs, and more. Peterson also says that most car accidents and those injured in are due to reckless driving, distraction, or drinking and driving, not excessive speeding.

For those that believe raising the speed limits will cause more car accidents in Michigan, Peterson says, “Contrary to popular belief, increasing speed limits has quite the opposite effect. Everyone thinks if you increase the speed limit drivers go faster and it tends not to happen that way. There is a very small percentage of people that actually speed up.”

By setting the speed limit in Ypsilanti, Michigan near the 85th percentile speed, it brings drivers to a normal range of speed, reducing speed diffentials, tailgaiting, and less car accidents.

Not everyone is on board for these changes however. Ypsilanti councilmember Michael Bodary is highly agains the idea claiming that the proposed changes include roads where there is significant amount of lane changing and by increasing the speed on those streets would also cause more car accidents and potentially more fatalities.

To learn more about the speed limit increase in Ypsilanti, Michigan, visit



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