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Dangerous Car Accidents Are Common on US-131 in Michigan

 Posted on January 05, 2021 in Personal Injury

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For those living in and around Grand Rapids, US-131 is an almost unavoidable travel route, whether you are simply driving around town or taking a trip to the Upper Peninsula or south into Indiana and the surrounding states. Unfortunately, it is also one of the most dangerous roads in Michigan. The intersection with Wealthy Street in Grand Rapids is especially dangerous, but car accidents are common across the entire highway. If you or your loved one was involved in a vehicle collision, an experienced attorney can help you bring a personal injury claim against any at-fault parties for your damages.

Recent Accidents Serve as a Sobering Example

In recent weeks, multiple accidents just south of Grand Rapids brought to light just how dangerous US-131 can be for all motorists on that road. The events, which took place in Allegan County, started when a pedestrian was struck by a semi-truck after leaving his vehicle. As traffic backed up due to the accident, two more collisions occurred, involving multiple large trucks and passenger vehicles. In total, three people died in these accidents, and several others were injured.

US-131 Accident Risks

There are many reasons for accidents on US-131, including common driver-related causes like drunk driving and distracted driving. However, the nature of the road itself means that several other risk factors often contribute to a collision. These hazards include but are not limited to:

  • Heavy traffic - As a major north-south highway that connects some of Michigan’s largest cities, US-131 experiences a significant amount of traffic on a daily basis. When traffic backs up during rush hour or due to an accident, accidents become increasingly common, especially when drivers are not paying sufficient attention to the road.

  • Semi-trucks - US-131 is also a common route for commercial truck drivers, and these large vehicles have the potential to cause severe accidents. Common factors in truck accidents include driver fatigue and improper maintenance or poorly secured cargo.

  • Road work - Construction zones along the highway often result in more dangerous road conditions, and a driver who fails to adjust to these conditions can cause an accident. Road workers are also often at risk of highway pedestrian accidents.

  • Weather conditions - Michigan sees quite a bit of rain and snow, especially as you travel further north on US-131. Wintertime can also add ice, fog, and sleet to the mix. These conditions can affect visibility and the ability to control a vehicle safely.

Contact a Kent County, MI Car Accident Attorney

Regardless of the other risk factors contributing to an accident, if you were injured by a negligent driver or another party, a personal injury claim can often help you recover full compensation for your damages. Attorney John D. Tallman will help you gather evidence to build a case and represent you in a settlement negotiation or a trial. Contact an experienced Grand Rapids personal injury lawyer today at 616-361-8850 to request a free consultation.






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