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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Attorney Adrian Copeland Facilitates First-Ever AAJ Event in West Michigan

In efforts to advance awareness of the American Association for Justice (AAJ), increase membership, and encourage participation of women trial lawyers, attorney Adrian Copeland recently helped facilitate the very first AAJ event in West Michigan.

As a member of the Sinas Dramis Law Firm team of attorneys in Grand Rapids, Copeland is dedicating her career as a personal injury advocate to the communities of West Michigan. Recognizing the need for increased local participation, Copeland has built relations and worked diligently with AAJ and the Michigan Association for Justice (MAJ) to ...

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Saginaw Broadbent Intersection – Light Installed and Operational

Efforts to Improve Safety at Dangerous Intersection Underway

As part of our Understanding Dangerous Roads campaign, we highlighted the Saginaw Broadbent intersection in west Lansing last year. This area is particularly problematic and is becoming more and more dangerous due to continually increasing traffic and nearby residential and commercial building projects on the rise.

Traffic Light Needed at Saginaw Broadbent Intersection

In our initial assessment of the intersection, we recommended the installation of a traffic light to reduce the number of collisions. With a controlled intersection, motorists can more safely turn onto Saginaw from Broadbent, and vice versa, while fewer drivers will ...

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Sinas Dramis Stands Proudly With Nassar Sexual Assault Survivors

Jim Graves is currently representing sexual assault survivors of Larry Nassar, who violated hundreds of women and girls while employed as a physician at Michigan State University and while working as a team doctor for USA Gymnastics and Twistars USA.

To date, more than 150 women and young girls have said they were sexually abused by Nassar while he was employed at MSU. Nassar was an MSU team doctor for nearly two decades and was the team physician for USA Gymnastics for almost three decades.

Over the years, Nassar treated hundreds of gymnasts, including Lansing’s own Jordyn Wieber, ...

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Clinton County Jury Hands Down $750,000 Car Accident Verdict

A woman who sustained life-altering injuries after a taxi cab slammed into the side of her vehicle has obtained a $750,000 car accident verdict from a Clinton County jury.

The woman was represented by Grand Rapids auto accident lawyer Tom Sinas in a damages lawsuit against not only the taxi cab driver, but also the vehicle owner and the taxi cab company.

Facts Leading Up To $750,000 Car Accident Verdict

On October 30, 2014, the plaintiff’s vehicle was t-boned by a taxi cab in DeWitt Township, Michigan. At the time, the plaintiff was a 53-year-old woman who had worked at a ...

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Letting A Dog On Your Lap While Driving May Soon Be Illegal

We’ve all seen it (and have possibly been guilty of it ourselves): letting a dog sit on our lap while driving. Problem is, having a dog on your lap while driving is a distraction that takes your eyes off the road and may cause a Michigan car accident.

This is why House Bill 5277 has been introduced in the Legislature. The measure would prohibit dogs on the laps of Michigan drivers. The proposal is straightforward and says, “An individual shall not operate a motor vehicle while a dog is sitting in his or her lap.” If the bill ultimately ...

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Semi-Truck Side Guards: Do They Reduce Crash Fatalities?

Michigan semi-truck accident injuries can be devastating, and are often fatal. This is not only due to the sheer weight and size of the trucks, but also because smaller vehicles can slide underneath these large trucks, resulting in even more catastrophic injuries. There are, however, ways to help reduce this type of tragedy, including the use of semi-truck side guards.

Right now, long-haul commercial trucks in the United States are only required to have rear under-ride guards. These devices (also called “Mansfield bars” after the death of actress Jayne Mansfield in a rear-end collision with a semi-truck) are designed to ...

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