Over 130 Car Crashes in Saginaw: Beware of Icy Streets!

Over 130 Car Crashes in Saginaw: Beware of Icy Streets!

by / Tuesday, 26 November 2013 / Published in Accident News, Motor Vehicle Accidents, Tips
Pile up on the freeway after an accident

I-75 reopened this morning after over 130 car crashes took place due to ice over the past couple of days. And while most of the injuries were not serious, it’s alarming to think that this early in the season there could be such chaos on the roadways.

Schools in both Saginaw and Midland were forced to close due to icy conditions.

Goodwin and Scieszka would like to remind all drivers to be safe this winter/holiday season. As temperatures fall and snow starts piling up, give yourself more time to get to where you need to be.

We’ve often been asked, “in Michigan, do I have to slow down when it’s snowing?” The answer is yes, you do have to slow down. It’s written into the law:

Sec. 627. (1) A person operating a vehicle on a highway shall operate that vehicle at a careful and prudent speed not greater than nor less than is reasonable and proper, having due regard to the traffic, surface, and width of the highway and of any other condition then existing. A person shall not operate a vehicle upon a highway at a speed greater than that which will permit a stop within the assured, clear distance ahead.

Michigan’s law requires “due regard” to the traffic conditions, and when it’s snowing heavily, that means you need to take that into consideration.

Most accidents occur as a result of someone being negligent. Usually, it means that someone wasn’t being reasonable: speeding, talking on his or her cellphone, disobeying traffic signals, etc.

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