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Michigan Police Searching For Hit-and-Run Drivers In Road Rage Crashes

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Most of the time when we hear about reckless driving, we think about behaviors such as distracted driving, driving under the influence and speeding. However, aggressive driving has become a serious public safety threat across the nation.

A Michigan State Police trooper was on his way to the funeral of a slain Detroit police officer when his motorcycle was struck by a GM pick-up truck on Interstate 94. He was transported to St. John’s Hospital with head, neck and shoulder injuries.

Police said the driver of a blue pick-up was involved in a road rage incident with another driver causing the accident with the trooper. According to reports, the pick-up went around another vehicle, pulled in front of it and hit the brakes. Attempting to avoid a collision with the truck, the driver of that other vehicle tried to swerve, but sideswiped the trooper’s motorcycle. The driver who hit the trooper was not injured and remained on the scene. The driver of the pick-up fled.

Police are currently looking for the hit-and-run truck driver. If you were a witness to this crash or have any information, please contact the Michigan State Police at 517-332-2521.

Less than two weeks ago, Leigh Young was riding her bike at an intersection in Canton, Michigan when she was hit by a motorists. She said what happened to her was no accident; it was a form of road rage.

Leigh said the driver blocked the crosswalk and waited for her. “He had been at a complete stop and the minute that I got in front of his car he hit the gas, hit me, and then tore off down Lilley,” Young said. She believes the driver may have been offended by the way she glanced at him when he blocked the crosswalk. She now walks with a limp and has mounting medical bills which Leigh said are hard to pay as a full-time student. Leigh said the psychological damage she is suffering is the hardest. Police are still searching for this hit-and-run driver. Police are searching for a 35 to 40-year-old white male driving a silver or light blue sedan that may have front-end damage.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Canton police department at 734 -394-5400.

Increasingly congested roadways, especially ones blanketed with road construction as are many in my home state, are a growing source of driver frustration, but the real problem is our natural instincts to be territorial. We are always in a hurry to get to the next place. Some drivers see traffic jams as an obstacle they need to overcome no matter what the cost. We are becoming accustomed to instantaneous results in everything we do, even behind the wheel. This attitude can put us and others in dangerous situations on the roadways.

Road rage is easily preventable. No matter how mad you get behind the wheel, a simple lack of courtesy is all it takes to cause a serious or life-threatening situation. Lawsuit Financial wishes both victims a quick and full recovery. We also hope the hit-and-run drivers are found and held accountable for their negligence. While nothing will ease the pain these victims are suffering, with the help an experienced attorney, they can seek justice and help prevent future road rage incidents.

Mark Bello is the CEO and General Counsel of Lawsuit Financial Corporation, a pro-justice lawsuit funding company