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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Using An Auto Accident Case Manager? Here’s What You Need To Know

Under the no-fault law, persons who are injured in motor vehicle collisions can use the services of an auto accident case manager. Basically, a case manager helps injured individuals coordinate their medical care during their recovery.

It’s crucial that Michigan car accident victims understand the nuances of using an auto accident case manager. Why? Because some insurance companies lead their insureds to believe that they must use a case manager selected by the insurance carrier, or else risk jeopardizing a claim for no-fault PIP benefits.

This simply is not true. Here’s why.

Auto Accident Case Manager Services And The No-Fault ...

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Beware: AAA Insurance Is Using “Step-Down” Clauses In Its Auto Policies

For some time, we’ve been cautioning Michigan consumers about “step-down” auto insurance clauses. Step-down clauses are a nightmare for families because they drastically limit coverage for relatives who are injured while riding in the insured’s vehicle. The companies that use these repugnant clauses are GEICO, USAA, Progressive, Farm Bureau and Grange. Now, we’re adding AAA Insurance to the list.

Warning: if you have a policy with AAA Insurance, pay close attention when you get your renewal notice. Based on information that we’ve received, AAA no-fault policies issued as of August 1, 2017, will include a step-down provision (also called an ...

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I-96 I-69 Accidents In Lansing Are More Than 100 Each Year

Lack Of Barriers, Speeding & Distractions Contribute To Crashes

The I-96 I-69 interchange in Lansing is a major artery through which hundreds, if not thousands, of motorists travel every day. As such, the interchange has its fair share of fender benders, as well as serious collisions. In fact, the number of I-96 I-69 accidents since 2012 is more than 600, with many of the crashes resulting in severe injuries and fatalities.

During the past two years alone, several deadly collisions have occurred at the interchange, which sits on Lansing’s west side, near Grand Ledge. An I-96 I-69 accident in 2015 killed ...

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George Sinas Named A “Top 10” Michigan Personal Injury Lawyer

George Sinas has been recognized by Leading Lawyers as a “Top 10″ Michigan plaintiffs’ personal injury lawyer. He is one of only two personal injury attorneys outside the metro-Detroit area to be listed in the Top 10.

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“I am humbled to receive such recognition,” said George, who is managing partner at the Sinas Dramis Law Firm. “This is especially true considering the other outstanding personal injury lawyers who are listed. It’s an honor to be in their company.”

George has also been named by Leading Lawyers ...

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Michigan Auto Insurance Rates: How Are They Determined?

If you drive a motor vehicle, you already know that Michigan auto insurance rates are reportedly among the highest in the nation. Why is this?

Many place blame for costly auto insurance in Michigan on the state’s no-fault system, which pays a car accident victim’s medical expenses for as long as needed, in addition to other benefits that help with the victim’s recovery. However, it’s important to recognize that various other factors also influence Michigan auto insurance rates.

One factor that affects how much consumers pay for car insurance in Michigan — and one that isn’t often discussed — is that ...

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Sinas Dramis Featured In Michigan Innovative Health Magazine

The Sinas Dramis Law Firm has been prominently featured in the pages of Michigan Innovative Health Magazine. As leading authorities on the auto no-fault insurance system, the Sinas Dramis team of Michigan car accident attorneys provided the content for the publication’s Summer 2017 edition, which focuses on Michigan no-fault law.

Michigan Innovative Health Magazine is a quarterly publication that offers information on wellness and healthcare, particularly for veterans, seniors, youth, disabled persons and the catastrophically injured. The Summer 2017 issue is dedicated to no-fault law, in an effort to help educate the public on the history, purpose and importance ...

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Stephen Sinas Leads Michigan No-Fault Insurance Webinar

Lansing auto accident attorney Stephen H. Sinas discussed the history, purpose and future of Michigan no-fault insurance, during a live webinar presented by Michigan Lawyers Weekly on July 25, 2017.

The program titled, “The State of No-Fault Insurance in Michigan,” was the first webinar that Michigan Lawyers Weekly has hosted, and Stephen was honored to be invited as the featured speaker.

Stephen is known as a leading authority on Michigan no-fault law. He is recognized across the state for his representation of individuals who are injured in auto accidents, semi-truck accidents, motorcycle accidents and Continue Reading →

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Sinas Dramis Legal Assistant Nancy Gibson Honored As An “Unsung Legal Hero”

Sinas Dramis legal assistant Nancy Gibson has been recognized as a 2017 “Unsung Legal Hero” by Michigan Lawyers Weekly.

The “Unsung Legal Hero” award is given to Michigan’s most talented and dedicated legal support professionals. It is reserved for law firm employees who have consistently gone above and beyond the call of duty, often with little fanfare or recognition.

Nancy is one of 20 honorees selected from across Michigan in the following categories: firm administrator, law librarian, legal marketing, legal secretary, IT, accounting, paralegal and legal education.

“We have a very dedicated and skilled group of support staff at Sinas Dramis, and I ...

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