Automobile Safety

Michigan Obesity Rate Could Result in More Car Accident Injuries and Deaths

by Thomas Stroble | September 11th, 2012

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released its latest report on obesity rates in the United States.  According to the study, more than one-third of U.S. adults, or 36 percent, are obese. While obesity-related health conditions include heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes and certain types of cancer, injury or death from car accidents may soon be added to the list.

In a separate study from the University of Buffalo, researchers found that extremely obese people are 67 percent less likely to wear a seatbelt, and they are 56 percent more likely to die in a car … Read More

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Michigan Drivers Urged to Stop Texting While Driving

by Thomas Stroble | September 5th, 2012

AT&T, one of the leading providers of telecommunications services, is urging drivers to take its “Never Text and Drive” pledge as part of a campaign to warn people about the serious dangers of texting while driving.

Statistics show that texting while driving puts the driver, his or her passengers, and all other motorists on the highway at risk for a serious crash.  “Distracted driving is an epidemic on our roadways, and we need people all across America to take action in their communities to help put a stop to it,” said U.S. Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood.

The … Read More

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Michigan Bikers Erect “Ghost Bikes” to Honor Those Killed in Accidents

by Thomas Stroble | August 24th, 2012

Bicycling is a great form of exercise, and the primary means of transportation for many Michigan residents. However, when bikers take to the road, they must be aware of dangers posed by vehicles.  Although motorists and bicyclists can safely share the road, far too many Michigan cyclists have lost their lives in crashes. According to the 2011 Michigan Traffic Crash Facts, 1,895 bicycles were involved in motor vehicle crashes that year, with 24 bicyclists killed and 1,479 injured. More bicyclists within the 45-54 age group died than any other age group, with 11 killed (46 percent of the total).  The … Read More

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Motorcyclist Seriously Injured in Accident, Brings Attention to Michigan Helmet Law

by Thomas Stroble | August 17th, 2012

An accident involving a motorcycle, a passenger car, and a pickup truck Wednesday afternoon near Bloomfield Hills, MI, left the motorcyclist seriously injured, according to news reports.  The accident occurred when the eastbound motorcyclist struck a car that was attempting to turn into a shopping plaza from the westbound lanes.

The motorcyclist was wearing a helmet. However, it came loose upon impact, leaving the man with numerous fractures and head trauma.  He was airlifted to a local hospital.

Michigan Helmet Law

According to the Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA), helmets are by far the single most effective method to … Read More

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Michigan Trucking Company Shut Down by State

by Thomas Stroble | August 17th, 2012

Ruth Johnson, Michigan’s Secretary of State, announced that a Detroit trucking school was ordered to shut down by her office, stating, “We take our responsibility to protect the integrity of ID documents very seriously.” The school owners were fined $34,000 and had their training license revoked due to encouragement for students using fake residential documents to apply for CDLs.

According to the press release issued August 10:

Sukhjit and Rajinder Sandhu, the school operators, gave students falsified rental agreements showing empty homes that weren’t connected to the school or students. These fake leases showed the students residing in Michigan when … Read More

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