Police trooper injured in Detroit crash

The Detroit News reported on December 9 that a Michigan State Police Trooper was injured when a southbound 1995 GMC SUV drove through a flashing red light and struck the officer’s patrol car as it was traveling east at around 2:50 in the morning. The accident happened at the Fenkell intersection near St Mary’s in the west side of Detroit.

One police trooper inside the patrol car sustained injuries and was treated at a local hospital for back and neck pain, while another trooper did not sustain any injuries.

The driver of the SUV, identified as a 31-year-old man from Inkster, was also treated for injuries. According to an investigation, the Inkster man had four outstanding warrants and three current license suspensions. He was believed to be under the influence of drugs when the crash occurred. He has been arrested on the outstanding warrants and is being held while the collision is investigated further.

If you have been injured due to a negligent driver in Detroit, please consult with our car accident attorneys at Ravid & Associates, P.C. by calling us today at (248) 948-9696.

Benton crash kills one

On the evening of November 28 at around 9:00 p.m., a man was killed after his car was struck by another vehicle on I-94. According to the authorities, the man pulled off the road onto the shoulder to change his flat tire. When he was done and waiting to safely merge back onto the highway, a second vehicle traveling at a high rate of speed struck him.

The official reports said that the victim’s car flipped over, and the driver was trapped inside; he was later pronounced dead at the scene. Two passengers in his vehicle were able to get out of the car and were taken to the hospital for treatment of their critical injuries.

The second driver, whose identity has not been released, was uninjured in the collision. Authorities have charged him with operating a vehicle while intoxicated causing serious injuries and taken him into custody at Berrien County Jail.

Lansing firefighter dies in tragic hit-and-run accident

Dennis Rodeman, a 35-year-old firefighter for the Lansing Fire Department and former U.S. Marine, died on September 9 after a hit-and-run accident. According to police reports, the incident occurred on Cedar Street and Jolly Road intersection while Rodeman was collecting funds for muscular dystrophy research through a “Fill the Boot” fundraising campaign.

The suspect in the hit-and-run was driving a pickup truck and fled the scene before being caught by the police. Police reports also showed that there was an altercation between Rodeman and the 22-year-old suspect before the accident took place, causing police to suspect that the hit-and-run was intentional. After a pursuit by police vehicles, the suspect ran from his truck and was eventually stopped by the police on foot.

The entire team at Ravid & Associates, P.C., extends its condolences to the family and friends of Mr. Rodeman.

Study says voice recognition system may reduce distracted driving risk

Although the risk of distracted driving was not eliminated completely, a study showed voice recognition systems in cars reduced the time drivers looked at their devices when calling a contact or entering an address, according to a report by The Detroit News on Tuesday, March 3.

The study, which was conducted by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s AgeLab and Massachusetts Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), included 80 drivers between ages 20 and 66. Half of them drove a Chevrolet Equinox equipped with MyLink voice recognition system, while the other half drove a 2013 Volvo XC60 with Volvo Sensus. Both systems reduced the time drivers looked away when calling a contact using voice command to an average of 13 seconds, which was 2 seconds less than the average time when dialing a contact manually.

Distracted driving is quickly becoming one of the most common causes of road accidents in the country. If you believe a distracted driver caused your car accident and injuries, speak with our team of personal injury lawyers in Detroit at Ravid & Associates, P.C. to discuss the possibility of taking legal action. Call us at (248) 948-9696 today.

Hands-free texting still a distraction, researchers say

Driving while voice texting still dangerously distracts drivers, researchers from the University of Central Florida (UCF) found.

According to a Reuters article, UCF conducted a study that involved 40 texting drivers in a traffic incident that would measure their reaction time to road stimuli. While driving a car simulator, each of them was asked to text using either a smartphone or Google Glass. The drivers were then forced to react to a car ahead of them by suddenly applying brakes. The results revealed that although drivers using Google Glass were quicker to return attention back on the road, there was statistically no difference between how quickly the two drivers hit their brakes.

Ben Sawyer, psychological researcher of UCF, stated that although wearable technology such as Google Glass may help texters fix their eyes on the road while texting, looking at the road does not necessarily mean they see it.

Distracted driving accounts for many serious accidents on our roads and highways, resulting in millions of dollars in damages and, tragically, thousands of lives lost. If you believe a damaging car accident in Detroit was the result of distracted driving, our team of qualified personal injury attorneys at Ravid & Associates, P.C., may help you file a lawsuit. Call us at (248) 948-9696 to discuss your situation.

GHSA releases report on distracted teen driving

A report by the Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA) released on August 26 discusses teen drivers’ attitudes towards mobile phone use behind the wheel.

The report, entitled Distracted & Dangerous: Helping States Keep Teens Focused on the Road, stated that 88.4% of individuals aged 16 to 18 believe talking on phone while driving poses safety hazard. More than 80% of the same age group also believe it is dangerous to text and update social media while driving.

However, the report also showed a clear gap between what they know and what they are actually doing behind the wheel. The report stated that as teens and new drivers become more confident in their driving, their disapproval of these dangerous driving practices becomes weaker.

In the state of Michigan, different localities are implementing specific laws regarding cell phone use while driving. The city of Detroit, for instance, forbids all hand held electronic usage while driving. If you believe a distracted driver has been the cause of a damaging car accident, contact our Detroit-based personal injury lawyers at Ravid & Associates, P.C. for help. They might be able to assist you in filing a claim when you call (866) 644-6587 today.

Families of those killed by GM defect to receive at least $1M

In a press conference held in Washington D.C. on June 30, compensation expert for General Motors (GM) Kenneth Feinberg announced the company’s plan to provide at least a million dollars for each death associated with GM’s defective ignition switch, the International Business Times reported.

On top of the $1 million is a summation of the victim’s economic worth, an additional $300,000 for a surviving spouse, and another $300,000 for every living dependent. Although the company could have opted to use the bankruptcy it filed for in 2009 to avoid addressing all previous product liability claims, it has chosen not to do this. However, claims in which airbags were deployed will most likely be rejected.

If you have been hurt by a defective product in Detroit, a lawyer at Ravid & Associates, P.C., may help you pursue financial compensation from negligent manufacturers. For a free discussion about your legal options, call our offices at (248) 948-9696 today.

Toyota to enter into $1.2 billion settlement over sudden acceleration issues

A report published by CNN on Wednesday, March 19 revealed that Toyota will pay around $1.2 billion to settle safety issues and for deliberately misleading customers and the government over concerns of sudden acceleration.

According to the agreement between the Justice Department and the Japanese car giant, the government will monitor Toyota while charges against the company are put off for three years. The agreement also included Toyota’s admission of deceiving U.S. authorities who investigated safety issues.

At Ravid & Associates, P.C., our lawyers believe that anyone in Detroit who has been harmed as the result of an unsafe vehicle should be entitled to financial compensation and justice. If you have been the victim of an auto defect, call us at (248) 948-9696 to discuss your situation and options.

Suspended cop accused of driving while intoxicated

A suspended Detroit policewoman was held under a 10,000/10% bond following an accusation that she was driving under the influence of alcohol, causing a car accident in Detroit that left two people injured.

According to the report, misdemeanor charges were pressed against 41-year-old Dana Bond after crashing into a car Sunday afternoon, March 2, while driving at the intersection of Memorial St. and Plymouth Rd. The other car’s 19-year-old driver and his female passenger were transported to a hospital and were in stable condition. The report also stated that Bond tried to escape from the accident site but was later arrested by authorities.

She is now facing misdemeanor charges for driving under the influence, for not stopping at the scene of an accident with personal injury, and for not stopping at the scene of an accident with property damage.

Sadly, intoxicated drivers all too often cause serious accidents that injure innocent people. If you have suffered in a DUI accident in Detroit, seek the legal guidance of our lawyers from Ravid & Associates, P.C. about possibly filing a lawsuit. Call us today at (248) 948-9696.

A closer look at the pedestrian’s right of way at unmarked crosswalks

Almost all drivers are aware that they should yield to pedestrians crossing the street at marked crosswalks. However, fewer are aware that they should also yield the right of way to a pedestrian crossing the street at unmarked crosswalks.

In almost all states, unmarked crosswalks are defined as the ‘continuation’ or ‘connection’ of the lateral lines of a trail, such as a sidewalk. Except when the traffic is regulated by a police officer or by a traffic light, most states in the U.S. require the driver to stop and yield to crossing pedestrians at unmarked crosswalks.

Unfortunately, many drivers ignore pedestrians’ rights, resulting in serious harm befalling pedestrians. If you have been involved in a pedestrian accident you believe was caused by someone else’s recklessness, speak with an attorney from Ravid & Associates, P.C. We know how to help Detroit residents in these situations get the compensation they need. Call us at (866) 644-6587 today.