Power Outages, Flash Flooding and Fallen Trees Around Michigan: How to Keep You and Your Car Safe

Power Outages, Flash Flooding and Fallen Trees Around Michigan: How to Keep You and Your Car Safe

by / Monday, 18 November 2013 / Published in Motor Vehicle Accidents, Personal Injury, Tips

Small orange car with water up to windows in a flooded area

Yesterday’s storms left thousands of Michigan residents without power. Roads are fully submerged under rainwater. 60 mile per hour winds knocked over trees.

In an effort to keep all drivers and road maintenance workers safe, Goodwin & Scieszka asks you to obey all traffic signals, to drive slowly, and to stay calm in slow conditions.

What should I do if the traffic signal is broken? If no one is around and the area is remote, then call the police to ensure that someone knows about the problem.

If you approach a traffic signal that is not working, then treat that traffic signal as a four way stop. Failure to do so could result in serious injuries or even a civil infraction:

257.611 Traffic control devices; obedience required; exception; avoiding obedience by driving on public or private property; violation as civil infraction.
Sec. 611.

(1) The driver of a vehicle or operator of a streetcar shall not disobey the instructions of a traffic control device placed in accordance with this chapter unless at the time otherwise directed by a police officer.
(2) The driver of a vehicle shall not, for the purpose of avoiding obedience to a traffic control device placed in accordance with this chapter, drive upon or through private property, or upon or through public property which is not a street or highway.
(3) A person who violates this section is responsible for a civil infraction.

What should I do if the road is blocked because of a fallen tree?

Do not try and move or remove the tree from the road. Call the police. As safely as possible, turn your car around, and find an alternative route.

When presented with dangerous driving scenarios you have to remain calm and use your best judgment. Our firm wants to keep Michigan’s roads safe for all drivers.

We’ve been fighting Michigan car, motorcycle, and bus accidents for over 30 years in the Detroit and Metro Detroit areas. In an effort to reduce the very injuries that we often defend, and to keep Michigan’s roads safer, we update our blog to provide you with news, tips to avoid injury, and events that affect our entire community.

And if you’ve been injured as a result of someone else’s negligence, then you our Southfield, Michigan personal injury law firm is here for you:

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