In 2013, in Detroit, Michigan, there were 782 carjackings. In 2014, that number was reduced to 545, and the drop has continued this year, as only 153 have been reported between January 1st and May 24th of 2015. According to the Detroit Free Press, 51 percent of the carjackings in Detroit this year so far, occurred between 9 p.m. and 3 a.m. Around 15 percent of these carjackings occurred at a gas station. The study showed that streets and alleys are the number one most common location, with around 54 percent.
Detroit carjackings have dropped each year since 2013.
Unfortunately, there is a possibly that people get injured or even killed as a result of a carjacking. As reported by the Detroit Free Press, on May 25, 2015, a 31-year-old man was killed when he was shot while trying to avoid being carjacked. The incident started at a gas station between 2 a.m. and 2:30 a.m. The victim attempted to drive away from the suspects, but they started shooting at him and killed him. Police advised that the event was potentially related to another incident, which occurred just over a mile and a half away around the same time.
According to the United States Bureau of Justice Statistics, carjacking victimization rates are the highest in urban areas, followed by suburbs and rural areas, altogether making up 93 percent of carjackings. This information seems to apply to Michigan as well. The Bureau also reported that a weapon was used in 74 percent of carjackings, with firearms being used 45 percent of the time, knives 11 percent of the time, and other weapons make up 18 percent. Driving a car can potentially lead to death or serious injuries, whether it’s through an accident, or other events such as a carjacking.
If you have been injured in a car crash, call The Michigan Law Firm, PLLC. Our attorneys are highly experienced in dealing with car accidents. Our accident lawyers are waiting for you to call us today, at 844.4MI.FIRM for a free consultation.