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It’s summertime, we’re all in a hurry to get somewhere, and it seems every road is getting worked on!  Some of us get frazzled and start rationalizing some iffy maneuvers on the road.  The solution is to leave home a bit earlier and relax.  Why? 

Getting injured in an auto accident is serious stuff and when you’re at-fault it’s bad enough that your actions could lead to the injuries of others, it’s also super likely that you’ll face some hefty fines and what you pay for auto insurance will increase.   

Three important points under Michigan law: (1) A moving violation can be considered an act of negligence; (2) If you’re negligent and cause an accident, you’re at-fault; (3) Being even “a little” at-fault means you can get sued for “a little” of a jaw-dropping huge number!  Here’s some situations to reconsider when you’re getting wound up on the road:

Running a yellow light.  When the light turns yellow you must stop unless it is dangerous to do so.  You CAN get a ticket for running a yellow light.  Therefore, if you cruise through a yellow light and cause an accident, the act would very likely be considered negligent and that means you’re at-fault.

Merging onto a highway.  When you’re the one getting on the highway, you don’t have the right of way.  This means you’re responsible for safely merging onto the highway, not everyone else!  If you fail to yield to a vehicle that has the right of way, and there’s an accident, you’re negligent and at-fault.  

U-turns.  Making a U-turn is incredibly dangerous because it takes a lot longer than you think and you need 360-degree awareness the whole time.  It’s a risky maneuver.  If you’re making a U-turn and cause an accident, this is on you.  Additional moving violations tagged onto a negligent U-turn may include reckless or careless driving, impeding traffic, not turning safely, and failure to yield the right of way.

Driving is a privilege and a responsibility.  Safe driving comes from everyone following the rules.  Of course, it helps if you know the rules and you keep cool behind the wheel.  Thanks to Chief Mawer for proofreading this article!