Changing weather conditions take a toll on Michigan’s roadways; several crashes reported in Washtenaw and other counties.

Michigan’s weather has changed drastically from record setting cold conditions to as high as the mid 30s. According to the National Weather Service some parts of the Lower Peninsula and Ypsilanti are experiencing temperatures as high as 35°. On the other hand, sleet and snow in Lower Michigan has been the cause of many accidents due to hazardous road conditions. Genesee County and Ingham County have reported several crashes while rough weather caused 10 crashes in Washtenaw County so far.
A fatal crash
32 year old Tammy Shonk of Mayville was killed in a three-vehicle crash caused by icy roads in Michigan’s Thumb region. The pile up occurred south of Caro in Tuscola County’s Indianfields Township. Another driver was injured in the crash and had to be rushed to hospital.
Earlier, several Washtenaw County students were injured in a collision involving two school busses in Pittsfield Township. According to Pittsfield Township’s fire department chief Sean Gleason, the students were on their way back from a field trip when one of the buses rear ended another at the intersection of Morgan and Carpenter roads. Ten children were treated for minor injuries at C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital while five ambulances were pressed into service to treat students at the scene of the crash.
As many as 50 crashes were reported on Washtenaw County roads mid-week according to the Huron Valley Ambulance service due to rain and freezing temperatures.
Harbaugh to the rescue
On Tuesday, a 53 year old woman lost control of her 2003 Jeep Cherokee on the I-94 due to slippery road conditions and turned turtle after riding up a snow bank. The driver and 73 year old woman passenger were both rushed by ambulance to St. Joseph Mercy Hospital. Jim Harbaugh, the new University of Michigan (UM) football coach who left San Francisco because they fired him for not getting along with a spoiled quarterback, helped extricate the two women from the car. Harbaugh signed a huge contract with UM days after the struggling 49ers told him his services are no longer required. He was unemployed for about three days.
According to Washtenaw MI accident attorneys, there are several intersections in the county that have a high frequency of accidents. Motorists and pedestrians must be cautious when approaching these intersections. This includes Michigan Avenue at Platt Road, which has reported as many as 43 car accidents according to data from Southeast Michigan Council of Governments.
Three intersections along Carpenter Road―Michigan Avenue West, Pittsfield Charger Township, and Washtenaw Avenue, have recorded as many as 35 accidents while big cities like Ann Arbor, home to the University of Michigan, continue to experience a rise in traffic accidents.
Insurance companies pay everyone regardless
Washtenaw MI accident attorneys say that since Michigan is a ‘no-fault’ state, it is important to understand the ‘no-fault’ insurance law. No matter who may have caused an auto accident, all the parties involved are entitled to benefits from their insurance companies. Many believe this is why insurance costs in Michigan could be lower. You can cause a wreck because of terrible decision making and the insurance company still owes you. That is astonishing.
It is prudent to contact an experienced accident attorney immediately if you or your loved ones are involved in an accident to help get your claim set up. Several attorneys will answer your questions with no cost or obligation and work on a contingency fee basis if they take up your case.

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