Car accidents occurring on expressways are unfortunately quite common in
the State of Michigan. I-75, I-94, and I-696 are notorious for highway
crashes. But what happens when a driver exits the expressway? Motor vehicle
accidents occurring on an exit ramp off the expressway is not as common
as a highway collision; however it can be just as deadly.
According to Collins Dictionary, an ‘exit ramp is defined as a short
roadway by which vehicles may leave a major highway.’ Because the
exit ramp is a short roadway and puts your vehicle back into city driving,
drivers should be aware that as they exit the ramp they should start to
reduce their speed.
Drivers should also be very aware of their surroundings when exiting. Typically
drivers do get the right of way to enter the roadway from the highway,
and drivers already on the roadway have a stop sign to stop for oncoming
traffic. In an ideal world, all drivers, those exiting the freeway and
those already on the city roadway, would follow the rules of the road.
Unfortunately, this does not always happen and accidents occur.
One of our most recent cases involves our client, a resident of Madison
Heights, who was rear ended at the stop light on the southbound I-75 exit
ramp at West Big Beaver Road in the City of Troy. The accident occurred
in May of last year at approximately 6 p.m.
Our client was stopped at the red light on the exit ramp when another driver
exiting the expressway failed to bring his vehicle to a stop at the red
light and forcefully struck our client’s vehicle from behind. As
a result of the crash, our client suffered severe, permanent and progressive
bodily injuries including, but not limited to severe permanent disfigurement,
annular tear and facet hypertrophy at L5-S1, shock, freight, and mental
anguish, emotional distress, and other damages that are becoming known
as our client is undergoing treatment.
Our car accident attorneys filed a lawsuit in Oakland County Circuit Court
against the at-fault driver for her pain and suffering. The lawsuit claims
that the other driver operated his vehicle contrary to the Motor Vehicle
Act of the State of Michigan which includes stopping your vehicle within
an assured clear distance.
Every day tens of thousands of motor vehicles enter and exit our Michigan
expressways, whether it’s I-75, I-696, I-94, or other. With so many
vehicles driving on these small stretches of roads, accidents are bound
to happen and it’s important you understand what to do in the scenario
where you or a family member is involved.
First and foremost, call 911 if you or anyone involved in the accident
is hurt and needs medical attention. If you are able, it is best to move
the vehicle(s) out of the roadway and onto the side of the road where
it is safe. Accidents right off the expressway exit ramps can be cause
for more accidents because drivers exiting off the freeway are not expecting
to stop abruptly and unfortunately may not be as aware of their surroundings
as they should be.
In addition, if you have a camera on your phone or a camera in your car,
taking pictures of your vehicle at the scene of the incident can be helpful
and a valid piece of evidence if you make a claim.
It is also in your best interest to speak to an auto accident attorney
who has experience handling these types of case and will be able to navigate
you through our no-fault system. Many of times victims do not receive
the compensation they should have simply because they were not aware of
the benefits available to them.
At the law firm of Goodman Acker, P.C., our car accident lawyers frequently
represent victims injured in freeway exit ramp collision. We have over
30 years of experience helping injured clients obtain the maximum compensation
for their injuries and have a thorough knowledge on Michigan no-fault
law. Call our office today at (248) 793-2010. We are here to help you
better understand your rights so you can obtain the justice and compensation