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In Franklin and Bingham Farms, more and more people are getting into car accidents. From side swipes to outright crashes, these areas in Michigan have been fraught with unstable traffic. Police officers and responders think it’s likely due to the construction.

Compared to last year, the police department has recorded an increase of 20 more crashes.

“We only have a mile and a half of Telegraph Road, and it’s by far our biggest road, so being up 20 crashes is pretty significant for a small community like ours that is only 4.5 square miles,” reports Sgt. Mike Bastinelli.

The increased levels of traffic have cause more fender-bender damage. It’s unknown if the construction is the cause of the increase in accidents, but police officers have named it a likely culprit.

Michigan isn’t the only state witnessing an increase in crashes, however. A man from Jamestown, NY kicked off the month of July by causing three car accidents in the span of 15 minutes.

Ramon Pando was charged with several traffic violations and other charges including reckless driving; leaving the scene of a personal injury accident; leaving the scene of a property damage accident; and aggravated driving while intoxicated, a misdemeanor in New York state.

Luckily, no one was killed in the multiple accidents caused by Pando’s reckless driving. Two people were transported to hospitals in an ambulance, but there are no other reports of injury. Pando is currently in the Chautauqua County Jail on $9,000 cash bail.

With more people on the road during the summer, motor vehicle safety is more important than ever. Although you might not be the cause of an accident, high-speed collisions and fender-benders are among the top four causes of auto body damage along with weather and negligence.

An automotive accident might call for repair and even cause your insurance rates to rise. In a new report by Forbes magazine, the face of the auto insurance industry might be changing in the coming years due to self-driving cars.

Self-driving automatic car manufacturers are likely going to offer car insurance through their own business, not relying on the consumer to pay a separate fee. They hope to increase the incentive to purchase self-driving cars by eliminating the need for a third party and by making insurance more affordable with accurate statistics regarding their self-driving cars.

It’s estimated that the industry revenue of auto insurance total of $259 billion last year alone. The self-driving car industry hopes to shake things up by making their self-driving car insurance standard across the board.

“Whether it’s a 16-year-old who just passed their driver’s license exam, a soccer mom with 15 years of accident-free driving or a retired senior, the price will be the same assuming the technology in the car is the same in all three scenarios,” explains Forbes.

Unfortunately, self-driving cars have not been able to help the rise in auto accidents in Michigan. While an estimated 77% of cars on the road need basic maintenance or repairs, this number is likely set to increase along with the rising number of cars on the road at this location.

Sgt. Bastinelli claims the best way to avoid getting into an accident during construction is to pay attention and have patience. While it might seem difficult to remain calm in traffic, following the rules of the road is the best way to stay safe during the seemingly unending summer construction.

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