Detroit Car Accident Lawyers at Goodman Acker Comment on Serious Risks of Running a Stop Sign

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Detroit auto accident attorneys at the Law Offices of Goodman Acker, P.C. warn people about the serious consequences of reckless driving in Michigan.

Unfortunately, too many people think it’s harmless to run a stop sign, but they are taking a serious risk and putting themselves and others on the road in danger.

Detroit auto accident lawyer, Gerald H. Acker of the Law Offices of Goodman Acker, P.C., states that a recent accident, which resulted in multiple injuries after a driver ran a stop sign, serves as a reminder to all motorists of the serious consequences of negligent driving behavior.

Accordingly to CBS Detroit, the two-car accident, which resulted in six injuries; including injuries to three children, occurred on March 10 on the northwest side of Detroit. It was stated in the report by investigators that one vehicle ran a stop sign near the intersection of Gilchrist and Puritan and crashed into the other vehicle. The driver of the vehicle that caused the accident reportedly sustained the most serious injuries, CBS Detroit reported.

“While this accident is under investigation, generally speaking, a driver who runs a stop sign and collides with another vehicle or strikes a pedestrian is almost always liable,” said Acker, a personal injury lawyer in Detroit. “Unfortunately, too many people think it’s harmless to run a stop sign, but they are taking a serious risk and putting themselves and others on the road in danger.”

Acker said all drivers need to follow the rules of the road, and he encourages parents and educators to speak with teenagers about road safety. “Teenage drivers in particular need to understand that they should never use their cellphones while driving. They should never drink and drive, or get a ride from any driver that is under the influence or intoxicated in any way. They need to always stop for stop signs and red lights, even if the intersection looks clear. They could be found negligent in an accident even if they slowed down and rolled through the stop sign,” Acker said. “Accidents are far too common and can change lives permanently.”

Someone sustains an injury every 14 seconds in an auto accident in America, according to statistics compiled by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration in February. That’s 2,239,000 injuries per year, according to the NHTSA’s latest figures for 2010. That same year, 32,885 people nationwide died in auto accidents.

Since then, the number of fatal auto accidents nationwide has continued to rise. In 2011, an estimated 34,600 people died nationwide in auto accidents. In 2012, an estimated 36,200 people nationwide died in motor vehicle accidents. That’s 4.6 percent more or 1,600 more deaths compared to 2011, according to a report published by the National Safety Council on Feb. 19.

“In recent years, texting while driving has become a common cause of car accidents,” Acker said. “Distracted driving, speeding and drunk driving also are common contributing factors in accidents. Whatever the reason, we can help. We know how to investigate cases. We know how to get results. We’re committed to protecting the rights of the injured.”

About the Law Offices of Goodman Acker
The Detroit, Michigan personal injury attorneys at the Law Offices of Goodman Acker offer personal injury litigation services, including catastrophic automobile negligence claims, no-fault claims, medical malpractice, premises liability and nursing home negligence. Their offices are located at 17000 West Ten Mile Road, 2nd Floor, Southfield, MI. The firm can be reached by telephone at 1-866-DONTLOSE or complete the online contact form.

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