Lansing, Michigan may not be the biggest metropolis in the country, but we do have our fair share of traffic problems. Three major highways – I-96, US-127, and I-496 – cross paths in and around the city. In addition, the state capitol and Michigan State University (as well as dozens of other attractions) bring thousands of motorists to the Lansing area on a weekly basis. During rush hour or popular events, our highways can get congested and dangerous.
In the past year, there have been 125 personal-injury crashes on the portion of I-96 that runs through Ingham County, including 3 fatal accidents. According to authorities, excessive speed and following too closely, both hallmarks of aggressive driving, have been factors in many of those collisions. Aggressive driving is extremely hazardous, and can sometimes cross the line into true road rage. While there is some debate over the distinction between aggressive driving and road rage (or whether there is any difference at all), the upshot is that tailgating and hostile driving behaviors put other motorists at risk.
To combat these alarming statistics, local police will be closely monitoring the highways in the Lansing area beginning this week. Speeding, improper lane changes, and tailgating will be met with increased enforcement. While nobody likes being stuck in heavy traffic, we should all be able to agree that safety should be the number one priority.
Growing up in East Grand Rapids, Michigan, Nolan Erickson began working at Church Wyble PC in 2007 as a law clerk. Now as an attorney, Mr. Erickson has developed extensive experience with all phases of trial and pre-trial resolution of personal injury matters, including major auto accident, medical malpractice, and other serious injury cases.