Stats Show Inexperience Leading Contributor in a US 127 Accident in Lansing

School’s out and summer is in full swing. People are hitting the road on vacations and road trips. And a glance at last year’s crash report reveals one thing – teen drivers contribute largely to the increased risk of a US 127 accident, one of Lansing’s most dangerous roads.

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What We Know – Teen Involvement

Michigan drivers have entered what is known as the “100 deadliest days”, a term coined by AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety. According to the organization, the ...

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That’s a Wrap – Looking Back on Another Successful Lids for Kids Season

This spring has been another full and exciting season for Sinas Dramis Law Firm. Last Saturday we hosted our third and final Lids for Kids bike helmet giveaway of the year. To say the three events – held in Traverse City, Lansing, and Grand Rapids – were a success is an understatement. In case you missed it, here are some of our favorite 2018 highlights.

Traverse City

Since Traverse City is first to host its Lids for Kids event every year, sponsors, volunteers, and event-goers have traditionally braved less than ...

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An Uncertain Future for Autonomous Cars in Michigan

Personal injury attorney, Steve Sinas, recently published an article regarding the dilemma facing autonomous cars in Michigan. Here’s a brief overview of current legislation surrounding self-driving vehicles and how it creates uncertainty as well as leaves many questions about the payment of no-fault benefits unanswered.

Autonomous Cars and the Need for Smarter Legislation

With technology moving at the speed of light and autonomous cars becoming a certainty in the near future, questions continue to arise with regard to Michigan’s legal framework surrounding these types of vehicles. Yes, certainly self-driving cars will help reduce accidents and decrease ...

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MSU Reaches $500 Million Settlement with Survivors of Larry Nassar

Late Tuesday evening, May 15, 2018, Michigan State University reached a settlement with the 332 sexual abuse survivors of Larry Nassar. While the substantial MSU settlement amount cannot begin to repair the damage caused by the former physician, it is a step in the right direction of serving justice and bringing closure to the Army of Survivors.

Led by Sinas Dramis partner, Jim Graves, the Sinas Dramis team, including Jackie Dupler and Jon Homa, have represented multiple survivors since late 2016. This team has dedicated itself to seeking justice for the women who ...

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Bluetooth Motorcycle Helmet – Dangerous or a Rider Necessity?

In an increasingly connected world, it’s no wonder hands-free communication is essential for operators of both automobiles and motorcycles. And for motorcyclists, the newest player on the scene is the Bluetooth motorcycle helmet. These helmets wirelessly connect rider-to-rider, or rider to their mobile device. Once connected, riders are alerted to incoming calls, can listen to music, or receive navigation instructions.

Without a doubt, hands-free connectivity is important for keeping eyes on the road. After all, nothing is scarier than seeing someone operate such a powerful bike with one hand, and a cell phone with the other. But the question begs to be ...

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Michigan Motorcycle Helmet Law – A 2018 Complete Guide

It’s the wind in your hair, the sun on your skin, the deeper connection to your natural environment from the seat of your motorcycle. And there’s nothing else quite like it.

We get the reasons you ride

But as a personal injury law firm that represents countless riders seriously injured in motorcycle accidents, we hope you’ll take the time to fully understand Michigan’s motorcycle helmet law before deciding whether or not to wear a helmet. While the choice, in most cases, is ultimately up to you, we know that knowledge is power. So next time you ...

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Underinsured Motorist Claims Complicated by Strauss V. Farm Bureau Decision

In Michigan, every motor vehicle operator is required to have automobile insurance, whether we like it or not.  It’s not only for our safety but also protects others in the event we cause an accident and injury. Within auto insurance policies, the State of Michigan also requires drivers to carry a minimum of $20,000 in liability coverage, which pays the injured party for the pain and suffering caused by the accident. But what happens if you’re injured by a driver who has the minimum coverage of $20,000? Is that all you can collect for pain and suffering? For some, the ...

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Another Semi-Truck Accident on US-131 at 100th St Bridge

On April 6th, less than 100 days into 2018, the 100th Street bridge over northbound US-131 in the Grand Rapids area was struck by a semi-truck for the sixth time this year, officials confirmed. This area seems to be a chronic issue. On January 12th, a pair of semi-trucks struck and damaged the bridge for the first time in 2018. Multiple incidents in March at both the 100th Street bridge caused further structural damage, eventually requiring the Michigan Department of Transportation’s involvement. Finally, on April 17, MDOT  announced plans for a new bridge at ...

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Moving Forward – Larry Nassar Case Updates

While the unfortunate tragedy at Michigan State University, USA Gymnastics, and Twistars USA involving hundreds of sexually abused gymnasts continues to make headlines, several recent Larry Nassar case updates attempt to bring justice to survivors and also protect future athletes.

Senate Passes Bills to Protect Survivors

Last month, the Michigan Senate overwhelmingly passed a package of bills in response to survivors of the largest case of sports-related sexual abuse in history. These proposed bills will protect survivors of sexual abuse, extend the statute of limitations for prosecuting criminal sexual abuse, and bringing civil damages lawsuits on behalf of survivors. Furthermore, the bills ...

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3 Important Tips to Avoid an Accident on US-127 at I-496

 
As part of our Understanding Dangerous Roads campaign, we’ve reported before the dangers of an accident on US-127 at I-496. As one of Lansing’s main thoroughfares serving many commuters to the east side of Lansing, downtown Lansing, and city of East Lansing, this interchange sees heavy traffic throughout the day. Shifting lanes, high speeds, vehicles merging from both sides of the freeway, and poor road conditions all contribute to the dangers of this area, and unfortunately, it isn’t likely to improve any time soon. If this area is on your route, keep these ...

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