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What are the main causes of pedestrian accidents in Michigan?


According to a recent study, there are different causes of pedestrian accidents in the state of Michigan. The main causes of pedestrian accidents include the following:

  • Speeding;
  • Driving too fast for conditions that are not suitable for driving too fast;
  • Driving too fast to be able to safely stop without consideration to the people that you are sharing the road with;
  • Texting while driving; 
  • Distracted driving; 
  • Driving while intoxicated; 
  • Disobeying traffic signs/signals; 
  • Reckless driving; and 
  • Careless driving.

The main causes of pedestrian accidents in Michigan are not always dependent on the driver. Some are dependent on the environment and road conditions.

Legally, pedestrian accidents caused by a driver are defined and punished by law. The following are the controlling elements:

  • Speeding in violation of the posted speed limit (MCL 257.627 and 257.628)
  • Driving too fast for conditions (MCL 257.627(1))(“A person operating a vehicle on a highway shall operate that vehicle at a careful and prudent speed not greater than nor less than is reasonable and proper, having due regard to the traffic, surface, and width of the highway and of any other condition existing at the time.”)
  • Driving too fast to be able to stop safely (MCL 257.627(1))(“A person shall not operate a vehicle upon a highway at a speed greater than that which will permit a stop within the assured, clear distance ahead.”)
  • Texting while driving (MCL 257.602b)
  • Distracted driving
  • Driving while intoxicated (MCL 257.625)
  • Disobeying a stop, yield, or merge sign (MCL 257.671(3))
  • Disregarding traffic control signals – including flashing red and yellow signals (MCL 257.612 and 257.614)
  • Reckless driving (MCL 257.626)
  • Careless driving (MCL 257.626b)
  • Failure to use ordinary care, which is the care that a reasonably careful person would use (M Civ JI 10.02)

The Michigan government also released a specific list of traffic citations that could cause pedestrian accidents as well as their punishment. You may find the specific list here.

How much damage should I expect to pay for pain and suffering compensation?

For pain and suffering compensation there are specific damages that you should be looking at. The following are some of the things that you should worry about if you are a negligent driver:

  • Pain and suffering damages
  • Excess medical bills
  • Excess lost wages
  • Other economic damages

How much is the compensation resulting from the main causes of the pedestrian accidents?

Under Michigan law, different compensation levels are resulting from the main causes of pedestrian accidents and they are the following:

  • The minimum liability limit that the drivers must carry is $250,000 or $500,000, we always recommend that you get the highest level of liability that you can get because the right coverage will protect you from liability. 
  • If you are the driver at fault, we have also discussed the compensation liabilities that would result from the main causes of the pedestrian accidents.  

What if I have no insurance or am I underinsured compared to the damages caused?

We have already discussed in a previous article that it is a very big problem for you if you have no insurance or if you are under in short compared to the damages that you caused. 

We always reiterate the fact that if you have no insurance or if you are under a shortage of insurance policy, there is no way in law that you can go after the claim for damages in all of your expenses, as well as the damages that you are painting, will be out of pocket expenses. 

This is the reality because Michigan is a no-fault state which means that there is no need to include any fault or liability on an individual for the insurance company to pay 

There are specific things that are related to the basic penalties relating to pedestrian accidents in Michigan. If you want to be able to properly know about the law and protect yourself against liability the next part of this article service will be discussing the specific law about spitting and we will continue talking about the real situation of pedestrian accidents in Michigan.

Contact Your Insurance Company

If you have been involved in a car collision or a pedestrian accident in Michigan, make sure that you are protected. By contacting your insurance company, you will have what you need in terms of their decision and see if they just need a little nudge in the right direction.

If the answer of the insurance company is not positive on your claim, then you need to make sure that you will get going with your complaint.

A lawyer can help you get started with your claim. A lawyer at Haque Legal will see to it that your needs are met from beginning to the end of the proceedings. You are always in good hands with Haque Legal and what it has to offer.


The article that you have read is based on general applications of the law. It is not legal advice and it is not to be construed as any legal consultation with the firm. No client-attorney relationship is created when you read the articles we have provided.

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If you are having trouble with filing an insurance claim or have been in an auto accident in Michigan, call us immediately. If you have any problem with the law or are seeking justice and truth, our numbers are standing by to take your call.

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