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, Grand Rapids personal injury 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 ...

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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 ...

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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 on 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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Michigan Motorcycle Laws Are Changing In October 2017

The cost to ride a motorcycle in Michigan is about to go up — but for a good reason. On Oct. 25, 2017, several new Michigan motorcycle laws go into effect. Here’s the rundown.

First, the cost of an original motorcycle endorsement, as well as the fee for a renewal, is going to increase. An original endorsement has been $13.50, but will now cost $16. A renewal has been $5, but will now cost $7.

Where will this extra money go? Into a “Motorcycle Safety & Education Awareness Fund,” administered by the Michigan Department of Treasury. It’s estimated that an additional $250,000 ...

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