Why Your Car Accident Police Report Is So Important

After a car crash, you’ll likely be shaken up and thinking of many things. It’s understandable that you may find yourself asking what you should do after the accident.

While there are many things you will need to handle after the crash, including seeking medical attention for any car accident injuries, one of the most important is getting a copy of the police report.

Here’s why.


Why The Police Report Is Needed

The main reason you need a copy of the police report is this: you must provide it to your auto insurance company to claim Michigan no-fault PIP benefits. These ...

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Car Accident In Another State: Does Michigan No-Fault Insurance Apply?

Summer is almost here, and many Michigan families will be driving the nation’s highways to reach their vacation destinations, and to visit family and friends. During their travels, some of these motorists will unfortunately be involved in a car accident in another state. The question then becomes: does their Michigan no-fault insurance cover the out-of-state crash?

In general, the answer to this question is “yes” — Michigan no-fault coverage does typically apply to a car accident in another state.

However, it is important to remember some things about no-fault insurance coverage when it comes to an out-of-state auto accident.


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Lansing Bike Helmet Giveaway Helps Protect Kids From Head Injury

On Saturday, May 20, 2017 hundreds of mid-Michigan families came to the Lansing bike helmet giveaway — also known as “Lids for Kids” — to get free, properly fitted helmets for their children.

In the end, 438 helmets were handed out at the Lansing Lids for Kids event. In turn, this means that 438 children now have a lesser chance of suffering a brain injury in a bicycle accident.

Eighteen kids who attended the Lansing bike helmet giveaway also won brand-new bicycbicycle-raffle-lids-for-kids-lansingles, thanks ...

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Traverse City Bike Helmet Giveaway: Hundreds Of Kids Get Properly Fitted Head Gear

More than 260 free bike helmets were handed out at the 2017 Traverse City bike helmet giveaway — also known as “Lids for Kids.” The bike helmet and bicycle safety event was held Saturday, May 13, at F&M Park.

“It’s so important to have those helmets on your head,” said Wendy Nienhouse of Agevix Professional Network for Traverse-City-bike-helmet-giveawayExercise Therapy, who coordinates the Traverse City bike helmet giveaway, along with the Sinas Dramis Law Firm and other community partners. “We have thousands of kids who ...

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Michigan Speed Limit Increase: Will Roads Become More Dangerous?

The speed limit on certain stretches of Michigan interstates is increasing to 75 mph, while it jumping to 65 mph on other state highways. This Michigan speed limit increase began taking effect gradually on May 1, 2017.

According to the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT), the speed limit on more than 600 miles of freeways is being boosted from 70 to 75 mph, while it going up to 65 mph on another 938 miles of state roadways. Speed limit signs started changing May 1, and the higher speed limit is official when the roads are actually signed.

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Speeding Michigan Semi-Trucks Can Be Deadly

A recent accident on U.S. 23 involving an 18-wheeler and eight passenger vehicles is a sobering reminder of the horrific damage and catastrophic injuries that speeding Michigan semi-trucks can cause.

According to reports, the truck driver allegedly caused the nine-vehicle pileup on April 23, 2017. A preliminary investigation showed the driver failed to stop his 2015 Freightliner semi-truck as he approached passenger vehicles that were stopped in a construction area on southbound U.S. 23. Two people in the passenger vehicles died in the collision, while another person who was critically injured died several days later. The truck driver reportedly suffered ...

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Tougher Michigan Distracted Driving Laws Proposed

2019 Update: Grand Rapids car accident lawyer, Tom Sinas, recently appeared on Fox 17 Know the Law to explain recent updates and HB 4181 regarding distracted driving efforts in Michigan.

While the current law on the books in Michigan only applies to text messages, not other distracting apps, and only when the motor vehicle is actually moving, HB 4181 hopes to improve ambiguity of this older statute. The bill, if passed, would prohibit all cell phone use while operating a motor vehicle. Of course, exceptions to this include: calling 911, police use of phones, and utilizing a ...

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Recent Uptick In Pedestrian Accidents Triggers Safety Concerns

Pedestrian accidents are in the spotlight once again, after two Lansing men were struck by vehicles within a matter of days.

Both victims were crossing the same area of Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard in south Lansing. One man died from his injuries, while the other was hospitalized with critical wounds.

According to the Lansing Police Department (LPD), the victims were not using the crosswalk.

It is notable that the area where the men were struck is a five-lane road that does not have a pedestrian crosswalk for more than a half mile (between West Holmes Road and West Mount Hope Avenue). ...

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I-94 US-127 Accidents In Jackson Are On The Rise

Michigan Dangerous Roadway:

Heavily Traveled & Congested Area

During the past several years, I-94 US-127 accidents in Jackson have become all too common, leading many to speculate why the area has steadily become known as a dangerous road in Michigan.

So far this year, there have been numerous accidents in Jackson near I-94 and US-127. However, one of the most serious incidents occurred in June 2015, when there was a catastrophic nine-vehicle pileup at the interchange, including three jackknifed semi-trucks. The crash sent 11 people to the hospital. And just a few days after that accident, several crashes closed eastbound ...

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How Inexperienced Truck Drivers Cause Accidents

Inexperienced truck driver accidents happen more often than you think.

Recently, a truck driver created havoc in a Cincinnati neighborhood, taking down utility poles, hitting garbage cans and damaging buildings. The driver, who had been on the job for only three weeks, had re-routed his truck onto a local road because he had missed his exit. The police cited the driver for “failure to maneuver.”

Luckily, no one was injured in that semi-truck accident. However, reports like this show how inexperienced drivers can cause truck accidents, and why little experience is often a factor in truck accidents in Michigan.

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