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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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Traffic Accident Deaths Spike For Pedestrians, Motorcyclists, Bicyclists

Last year, there were more than 37,000 traffic accident deaths in the United States — an increase of 5.6% over the previous year, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).

What stands out among these latest NHTSA findings? In 2016, there was a noticeable uptick in traffic accident deaths involving pedestrians, motorcyclists and bicyclists.

Traffic Accident Deaths: Pedestrians, Motorcyclists And Bicyclists

There were 5,987 traffic accident deaths involving pedestrians across the United States in 2016 — an increase of 9%. ...

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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 ...

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Michigan Accident Victims May Face Lawsuits Over Unpaid Medical Bills

“[H]ealthcare providers do not possess a statutory cause of action against no-fault insurers for recovery of personal protection insurance benefits under the no-fault act.”  ~ Michigan Supreme Court, Covenant Medical Center v State Farm

 

A few months ago, the Michigan Supreme Court issued a decision that could affect thousands of Michigan drivers with auto no-fault insurance. How so? Because the Court’s decision involves who can — and cannot — be sued for unpaid medical bills after a Michigan car accident ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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