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Head-on crash leaves Michigan teen seriously injured

A Michigan community has rallied behind a 16-year-old injured recently in a crash.

The Michigan Center star high school athlete was driving his 1999 Ford Taurus when it was hit head-on by a pickup truck hauling a trailer. He was trapped inside his car and had to be freed. He was taken to Henry Ford Allegiance Health, where he initially was listed in critical condition.

3 motorcycle helmet myths to learn about

There are many reasons why people argue that they shouldn't have to wear motorcycle helmets. They think they block their vision and that they're more dangerous than helpful. The reality is that not wearing a helmet is a true risk.

When you're on a motorcycle, you don't have much in the way of protection. You may be able to wear leather or boots to protect some parts of your body, but your head needs a helmet to keep it safe. Without one, your skull could contact the ground with nothing to absorb the impact other than your body.

Michigan woman survives horrible accident, on way to recovery

A Michigan woman continues to recover from a car accident that left her with a critical injury categorized by doctors as an internal decapitation.

The accident occurred Aug. 16. The woman was driving home along the street she lived on, with her husband waiting for her in their driveway. He witnessed her car being hit by another car, sending the woman's vehicle into a ditch.

Winter hazards are a serious threat in Michigan

As winter approaches in Michigan, it's clear that snow is on the way. With colder weather, ice, snow and sleet can become the enemies of drivers. The Weather Channel reports that weather-related accidents are more deadly than floods, hurricanes or tornadoes combined. If that sounds frightening, you're right.

Weather has the potential to change the way drivers act. For instance, new drivers may slow down excessively or exaggerate their movements. Drivers with experience may not change what they do, but not accounting for ice or snow could lead to a crash.

A 34-year-old Rochester Hills man dies in a crash on I-94

A 34-year-old Rochester Hills man was killed in a two-car collision while driving along eastbound Interstate 94 during the early morning hours on Nov. 24.

Officers with Michigan State Police (MSP) were first dispatched to the crash scene at the Detroit intersection of Chalmers and east I-94 shortly after 3:15 a.m. When they arrived there, they found a motorist unresponsive in the center of the roadway. They soon pronounced him as dead.

Can you file a claim after a snowmobile accident?

According to the calendar, it's still autumn. But if you go by the temperature, the mercury indicates that winter has settled in here in Rochester.

If your winter activities include a love for snowmobiling, it's important that you know (or learn) how to do so safely. Snowmobiling is a fun thing to do with family and friends, but it can also pose many dangers.

Exhaustion, hard work plague workers in the most dangerous jobs

Workplace fatalities in the 1970s reached as high as 14,000 per year before the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) was created during President Richard Nixon's administration. Deaths on the job have steadily decreased since then. In 2016, just under 5,200 workers died. Statistics show that there are some industries that are more dangerous to work in than others.

The most dangerous field to work in

Never skip wearing a seat belt: Your life could depend on it

Imagine you just ran out of milk and the kids need cereal for breakfast before you race them to school. Without a moment's hesitation, you hop in your car to drive to the corner store. You take a moment to consider putting on a seat belt, and you say to yourself, "I'm just heading around the block. I don't need to use a seatbelt."

Listening to a thought like this could be one of the biggest mistakes you ever make in your life. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), wearing a seat belt could be one of the most important things you do for your safety while riding in an automobile.

Bad faith insurance claims can be difficult to prove

When you're hurt in an accident, the obligation falls on the insurance company to investigate a claim, decide liability and settle the issue for a fair amount. Instances in which an insurer is slow to process, investigate or pay a claim may constitute a bad faith action. If so, you may be eligible to file a lawsuit against them.

Each state has its own standards for what is considered a bad faith insurance claim. Some require an insurer's actions to be without proper cause or unreasonable. An insurer that tries to hold another party liable -- despite clear evidence that they aren't responsible for whatever occurred -- may also rise to the level of a bad faith insurance claim.

How can you avoid distractions behind the wheel?

It's very obvious to you that distracted driving is dangerous. Any time something pulls your mind away from the road -- a bright billboard, for instance, or a beautiful home for sale -- you know how it impacts your ability to process things around you. Intentional distractions like sending text messages, you're sure, are even worse.

So, how do you avoid them? Judging by the sheer amount of distracted driving accidents every year, that's easier said than done. Here are a few tips that may help:

  • Secure your dog. If you have to drive with a pet dog in the car, make sure it is strapped in or otherwise restrained. This keeps you and your pet safe.
  • Plan in advance. Try to do as much as you can before you leave your driveway behind. Pick a radio station, program your GPS and check your text messages one last time.
  • Turn your phone off. If you can't resist those notifications and you just know you're going to look at the screen, it may help to turn the phone off. Yes, it makes you feel disconnected, but just remember that people drove for decades before cell phones were even invented.
  • Take care of the necessities at home. Use the restroom. Eat your lunch. Drink your coffee. Put on your makeup. When you finally do get behind the wheel, you do not want to be thinking about anything but the road in front of you.
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