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The battle still rages over breed bans to prevent personal injury

There are an estimated 90 million pet dogs throughout the country. Annually, approximately 4.5 million people suffer from dog bites, some of which can lead to a serious personal injury. Breed restrictions have been enacted in several Michigan cities as well as certain public safety measures in an effort to protect residents. 

Between 1979 and 1996, the Centers For Disease Control reported that more than 300 victims died from dog attacks, with the vast majority of the victims being children. Another agency, the Agency for Health Care Research and Quality, found that 9,500 dog bite victims required in-patient care in 2008 with an additional 316,000 people seeking treatment at their local emergency rooms. In 2016, a website dedicated to helping victims avoid bites reported that 31 people were killed by canines. It also reported that there have been 392 people who have died from attacks from 2005 to 2016.

Don't let a personal injury damage your finances as well

No Michigan resident ever plans to get hurt during the course of the day, whether through a car accident, slip-and-fall or animal bite. Nonetheless, a serious personal injury can also wreak havoc on your financial life as well. If the accident that caused you physical harm was the result of another party's negligence, you may have a valid claim for compensation.

Regardless of how many years of experience you may have as a motorist, unfortunately, not every driver will exercise the same care and diligence behind the wheel. With the increased use and availability of technology in the passenger compartments of automobiles, the temptation to allow distractions has led to many serious and even deadly collisions. Likewise, distracted drivers have been responsible for causing injuries to pedestrians and bicyclists with whom they share the roads.

Fatal car accidents can occur in parking lots, even at low speeds

Many serious car wrecks in Michigan are caused by speeding or other forms of negligence. Unfortunately, fatal car accidents can occur just about anywhere and at nearly any speed. Recently, one man lost his life after being knocked down by a car backing out of a parking lot.

Michigan officials are still conducting their investigation into the low speed collision. According to the report, the accident occurred shortly after 1:30 a.m. on a recent Saturday. The 50-year-old man was apparently crossing a private parking lot on foot. As he approached a parked vehicle, the driver was attempting to back out of his parking space. The driver stated that he thought the path was clear as he did not notice the man walking alongside his car.

Michigan trucking accidents claim another life

Just as the majority of the interstates throughout the country carry a heavy load of commercial vehicle traffic, Michigan is no exception. As a result, there is no shortage of serious trucking accidents that often take a terrible toll on lives and property. One recent wreck involved three commercial trucks and took the life of one driver.

According to Michigan officials, the wreck occurred in the northbound lanes of Interstate 275 shortly before 1 p.m. The accident report stated that a tractor-trailer was traveling northbound, followed by a box truck and a car-carrying semi. For reasons that are yet unclear, the driver of the car-carrier rammed into the rear of the box truck. The collision then shoved that vehicle into the rear of the tractor-trailer.

Car accidents can occur at any time and often take terrible toll

The vast majority of those who work in the public sector and are charged with the task of keeping Michigan residents safe do an admirable job of performing those duties. Unfortunately, it is possible for them to fail to act in the public's best interest at times. These emergency responders can, at times, cause car accidents in the process of carrying out their duties. One officer is now facing a felony charge for a fatal collision.

The wreck occurred in January this year. According to the charging documents, the police officer was driving his patrol vehicle in excess of the posted 40 mph speed limit. He was purportedly with his assigned partner as they were working their shift. It is unclear whether they were responding to a call at the time.

Michigan car accidents: Preschool teacher has crushed hip socket

Every day, lives are forever changed by tragedies of all kinds. Car accidents can turn Michigan families upside down and leave lasting injuries and financial damages for years to come. A three-vehicle wreck in Eaton County on Oct. 21 severely injured a popular local educator, and also resulted in injuries to seven other people.

According to the victim's own account, the life-changing occurred in an instant, without her having time to take evasive actions. As she was approaching a local intersection, she saw a driver fail to stop at an intersection. That car then collided with a pickup truck that was entering the crossroads. The pickup was then propelled toward the teacher's own pickup truck as it approached the intersection. Those vehicles then slammed into her pickup, which was occupied by her and five passengers.

Personal injury attorney can help assess wrongful death claim

As the weather starts to get colder, Michigan motorcycle enthusiasts are likely making the most of the days before the climate becomes less inviting to open-air riding. Unfortunately, even the most experienced riders still face the dangers posed by inattentive motorists. Those who suffer injuries may elect to file a wrongful death civil lawsuit with the help of a personal injury attorney against those parties who are deemed responsible for an accident.

Recently, a 60-year-old woman was operating her motorcycle in the northbound lane of a local road. She approached a local gas station. As she did so, a vehicle that was being driven by an 18-year-old woman pulled out directly into the travel lane of the approaching bike.

Woman suffers serious personal injury in dog attack

Many people believe their pets are incapable of inflicting harm. Unfortunately, dog bite attacks that result in serious personal injury to victims are all too common. One Michigan woman, said to be 59 years old, is now left wondering if she will lose her vision in one eye after a terrifying mauling.

She says she was walking by a home she had passed many times before. This time, she sensed the need to look behind her. Two pit bulls that resided on the property had somehow managed to break free from their yard and attacked her. 

Car accidents can change Michigan families forever

One of the greatest fears parents may have is not being able to keep their family safe from harm. Regardless of how diligently one drives, car accidents can be some of the most unpredictable dangers. Recently, one Michigan wreck took the life of a young mother and left two children critically injured.

According to the police, the woman was traveling with her two 5-year-old boys in their vehicle. She was headed in a westerly direction and apparently had the right-of-way at a local crossroads. A pickup truck traveling north did not stop at the intersection and smashed into the 33-year-old woman's vehicle.

Car accidents can lead to devastation for many families

When Michigan residents think of fatal car accidents, they probably imagine a multi-car pileup on the interstate or a state highway. Car accidents in parking lots and other private property usually only consist of fender benders and minor injuries. A woman was recently found guilty by a criminal court jury for causing the death of a man at a gas station.

Although not a deliberate act, the 75-year-old woman's vehicle ran into a gas pump, causing it to explode. Fire engulfed a man who was using the pump to refuel his car. He did not survive, leaving behind a wife and four children.

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