Michigan Winter Reminders: Let’s Avoid a Car Accident
Winter is here, there’s snow on the ground and the temperature isn’t climbing past freezing. Goodwin & Scieszka wants to remind you to be safe while driving this winter season.
Some basic windshield reminders:
Are your windshield wipers working properly? Did you know that it is against the law to drive your car if you don’t have working windshield wipers?
(5), the windshield on each motor vehicle shall be equipped with a device for cleaning rain, snow, or other moisture from the windshield, which device shall be so constructed as to be controlled or operated by the driver of the vehicle. A vehicle licensed as an historical vehicle is exempt from this subsection if the vehicle was not originally equipped with such a device. Each windshield wiper upon a motor vehicle shall be maintained in good working order.
According to M.C.L.A. 257.709, your wipers should be in “good working order.” If you’ve been putting off getting those new wipers, then we highly recommend that you do. It’s the law!
If you’re driving behind a snowplow, then you should remember that those vehicles kick up lots of excess snow that will cover your car.
• Snowplows can’t see you behind their trucks. Do not follow too closely or you’ll be putting yourself in danger.
• Never pass a snowplow on the right hand side.
• Give snowplows plenty of space to do their job.
So what did you learn today? That you owe a duty to other drivers: have good working windshield wipers to maintain your visibility, and that you should be careful around snowplows.
Stay tuned to our blog for more winter driving tips this week. We use our blog as a place to update you about Michigan’s ever-changing laws and provide you with information to avoid potential liability.
And remember, if you’ve been injured as a result of someone else’s negligence, then our Southfield, Michigan personal injury firm is here for you. Goodwin & Scieszka has been fighting against negligence for over 30 years; we handle any and all types of injuries:
• Snow plow accidents
• Skiing collisions
• Defective products
• Car, motorcycle, snowmobile, truck, or bus crashes
• Birth traumas
• Medical malpractice
• Any and all injuries
Our attorneys are here for you: compassionate for your injuries and tough against the person that hurt you. We usually work on a contingent fee basis, which means that you don’t pay until we recover your money.