Every year, the Michigan Office of Highway Safety Planning collects and analyzes detailed information about car accidents across the state. While the recent reports include some positive news, such as a 34 percent decrease in teen driver fatalities, the overall picture is still grim. Traffic deaths remain alarmingly high, with 1,123 people killed in Michigan car accidents last year, and the deadly trend shows no signs of slowing down.
To help drivers avoid the most common dangers, here are the important takeaways from the latest statistics. And, if you or a loved one is injured in a crash, hiring a knowledgeable Michigan car accident lawyer is the best way to receive the compensation you deserve.
The 2022 Michigan Traffic Crash Report contains 100 pages of detailed information about motor vehicle accidents across the state.
In addition to statewide totals for accidents resulting in deaths, injuries and/or property damage, the data is sorted into multiple categories that include:
In addition, there are separate sections with detailed information on crashes involving alcohol, drugs, deer, distracted drivers, bicycles, motorcycles, pedestrians, ORVs, trucks/buses, trains, work zones and police chases.
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Because deciphering the volume of data contained in the report would be overly time-consuming, here is a summary of the information most relevant to Michigan drivers.
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The pandemic sparked a rise in dangerous behaviors such as speeding, failing to use seat belts and aggressive driving. Unfortunately, instead of subsiding along with the epidemic, these reckless practices have increased, making Michigan roadways even more dangerous.
And, although the recent crash statistics show a slight decrease in fatal car crashes, from 1,131 deaths in 2021 to 1,123 in 2022, the overall picture is far from optimistic. In fact, current research shows the fatality rate per vehicle miles traveled has risen 22 percent since 2019.
In other words, while Michiganders are driving fewer miles, the number of people dying in auto accidents is disproportionately higher.
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According to the recent crash data, the highest number of accidents (32,560) occurred in November, followed by October (29,704), December (27,384) and January (26,096).
However, more fatal crashes happened in June (114) than any other month, followed by July (111), September (109) and May (108).
Day of week:
The majority of accidents happened on a Friday (50,097), followed by Thursday (44,594), Wednesday (43,820) and Tuesday (42,474).
Nonetheless, the most fatal accidents occurred on a Saturday (185), followed by Friday (170), Sunday (167) and Thursday (140).
Time of day:
More crashes (65,162) happened between 3-5:59 p.m., followed by the time periods of noon-2:59 p.m. (48,311), 6-8:59 p.m. (46,913) and 6-8:59 a.m. (42,167).
The most fatal crashes (180) took place between 6-8:59 p.m., followed by 3-5:59 p.m. (167) and 9-11:59 p.m. (159).
In addition, Wayne County had the highest number of fatal car accidents (201), followed by the counties of Oakland (76), Macomb (55), Genesee (50) and Kent (50).
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Surprisingly, no. Of the 293,341 crashes reported last year, the majority happened in clear weather. The same was true for accident-related fatalities, injuries and property damage. Statistics from Michigan State Police dispel the common belief that most accidents happen due to rain, fog, snow and other hazardous weather.
Here is an overview of weather conditions relative to Michigan car accidents:
|Conditions||Total Crashes||Fatal Crashes||Injury Crashes|
|Clear Weather||191,156 (65.2%)||740 (70.3%)||19,832|
|Cloudy||47,756 (16.3%)||172 (16.3%)||5,117|
|Snow||25,058 (8.5%)||49 (4.7%)||2,132|
|Rain||19,783 (6.7%)||68 (6.5%)||2,402|
|Blowing Snow||2,881 (1.0%)||5 (0.5%)||253|
For another 4,150 crashes, or 1.4 percent of the total, weather conditions were not reported.
In addition, hazards such as severe crosswinds, sleet/hail, smoke and blowing sand, soil and dirt accounted for 1,268, or approximately 0.4 percent, of the total number of crashes.
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