Top 5 Common Causes of Car Accidents in Michigan

by | Sep 20, 2017 | Car Accidents | 0 comments

According to the Michigan State Police, there were almost 80,000 injuries caused by automotive crashes in 2016, while 1064 people lost their lives. These statistics illustrate why driving can be quite dangerous at times. And accidents can happen to anyone at any age, from a senior driver with decades of experience to teenage drivers just getting started. Here are five of the top causes for automotive accidents in the state of Michigan:

Distracted Driving

Distracted driving can come in many forms, including talking on a cell phone, texting, putting on makeup, eating a hamburger, changing the radio station and even yelling at the kids. Anything that diverts the driver’s attention away from the road can cause an accident.

Drunk Driving

Intoxicated driving happens when someone is trying to drive while drunk or under the influence of drugs. Either type of intoxication diminishes a driver’s ability to drive safely and to react to unexpected situations while on the road. Intoxicated driving remains one of the biggest reasons for Michigan car fatalities.

Poor Weather

Bad weather driving requires more attention and care than driving under normal conditions. Michigan gets a lot of rain, snow and ice. Drivers need to use a great deal of caution in these conditions. Vehicles can react in unexpected ways when brakes are wet from rain, snow decreases traction or ice makes the roads slick. If a driver cannot handle the tough driving conditions, accidents can happen.


Excessive speed makes it difficult for drivers to react to unexpected traffic conditions. Plus, it takes longer to stop a vehicle that is going at a high rate of speed. That being that, if traffic slows down unexpectedly, or a pedestrian runs out into the street, a speeding driver could easily fail to stop in time.

Drowsy Driving

Falling asleep behind the wheel can occur due to lack of sleep or use of alcohol/drugs. Many drivers find themselves tired after a long drive or while trying to drive at night. A tired driver can easily fall asleep and lose control of the vehicle, hitting pedestrians, other vehicles and even structures.

When someone is in an accident, the first thing to do is call for help. Those with injuries need medical attention. The police will need to take a report and may issue citations where necessary. For those involved in an accident, seeking experienced legal representation is critical to avoid making mistakes when talking with the insurance companies. Trust the car accident attorneys at Michigan Legal Center to provide adequate legal representation. Contact us today for a free case evaluation.

Detroit, MI – Multi-Vehicle Wreck w/Injuries on M-5 at I-696

Detroit, MI (November 26, 2023) - After an accident early on Sunday evening, November 26, a local Detroit roadway was nearly completely closed. Multiple right lanes, along with the freeway ramp, of eastbound Michigan Highway 5 at the I-696 exit were closed due to the...

St. Clair Co, MI – Injury-Causing Collision on 31 Mile Rd at Wadhams

St. Clair County, MI (November 26, 2023) - On Sunday afternoon, November 26, a three-vehicle crash resulted in at least one injury at the scene and closed down a local highway, according to local authorities. Several drivers were involved in a collision that shut down...

Detroit, MI – I-75 Site of Injury Car Accident at Adams Rd

Detroit, MI (November 26, 2023) - An accident involving at least two drivers happened on a local highway on Sunday, November 26, according to the Michigan Department of Transportation, resulting in a handful of potential victim injuries. At about 5:35 p.m., EMTs,...

Warren, MI – Injuries Reported in House Fire on 14 Mile Rd

Warren, MI (November 26, 2023) - According to officials with the Detroit Fire Department, a handful of victims were rescued from a home fire that occurred on Sunday, November 26. A house on 14 Mile Road near the Schoenherr Freeway in Warren caught fire at around 5:00...

Detroit, MI – Driver Arrested After Injury Wreck on I-96 at Telegraph

Detroit, MI (November 26, 2023) - Police say that an intoxicated driver caused a rear-end collision on I-96 early Sunday morning, and a man from Southfield is now in custody. Just before 3:30 a.m. in the morning, the Michigan State Police fielded several reports of an...

Madison Heights, MI – Woman Dies in Head-on Crash on 14 Mile Rd

Madison Heights, MI (November 26, 2023) - Late Saturday afternoon in Madison Heights, a woman in her 70s lost her life in a head-on collision. A westbound motorist crossed the centerline and collided with a vehicle driven by a 77-year-old woman, who was traveling east...

Detroit, MI – Three Hospitalized in Hit-and-Run at Schoolcraft & Southfield

Detroit, MI (November 26, 2023) - On Saturday night, a vehicle in Detroit struck three pedestrians, leaving them in serious condition. The incident reportedly took place on the western side of the city, at the intersection of Schoolcraft and the Southfield Freeway, at...

Mason Co, MI – Two Killed in Plane Crash at Mason Co Airport

Mason County, MI (November 26, 2023) - On Sunday morning, just after departure, an aircraft crashed and caught fire, killing two persons. No names were immediately given for the two victims of the collision near Ludington's Mason County Airport. Mason-Oceana 911...

Detroit, MI – Multi-Vehicle Wreck w/Injuries on I-75 After 14 Mile Rd

Detroit, MI (November 25, 2023) - After an accident early on Saturday morning, November 25, a local Detroit roadway was nearly completely closed. Several right lanes of southbound Interstate 75 after the 14 Mile Road exit were closed due to the accident at roughly...

White Lake Twnshp, MI – Gas Explosion, Injuries at Bogie Lake & M-59

White Lake Township, MI (November 25, 2023) - White Lake Township was the scene of a reported gas explosion on Friday night, November 25, and authorities are still looking into the incident. The incident took place near the intersection of Bogie Lake Road and Michigan...