Address Confidentiality Program Legislation Passed to Protect Victims

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Legislation for an Address Confidentiality Program was recently signed into Michigan law by Governor Whitmer after passing in the state House and Senate to protect victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, stalking, and human trafficking. This legislation plan allows for victims to obtain alternate identification (ID) numbers and a substitute address on official documents to keep their actual physical address confidential. Thirty-seven other states have similar programs in effect, and we are glad to see Michigan join in on providing these additional layers of protection for victims and their families. However, we also recognize a few shortcomings of this legislation...

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Click it or Ticket – What is the Seat Belt Law in Michigan?

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It should come as no surprise to learn that study upon study show that seat belts save lives. In fact, 39% of victims killed in motor vehicle collisions last year were not wearing their seat belt, and car crashes are sadly the leading cause of death in children ages 1-13. The Michigan State Police have found that wearing a seat belt reduces the risk of fatal injury to front-row occupants of a vehicle by 45% and keeps passengers secure within the vehicle during a collision. In efforts to improve safety, the MSP run an annual seat belt enforcement period, commonly...

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Michigan Car Modification Laws – Lighting, Mufflers, Tinting, and More

Understanding Michigan Car Modification Laws

You might notice cars out on the road with added lighting features, tinted windows, or noisy acceleration. While auto enthusiasts may enjoy having these fancy features on their vehicle, the Michigan Vehicle Code outlines car modification laws that must be followed for the safety of the driver and others out on the road....

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“Empowering Survivors Bills” Seek to Expand Sexual Abuse Survivors Rights

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Legislation introduced in Lansing on Wednesday, September 16, 2020, proposes to expand the legal rights of survivors of campus sexual abuse, including those claiming abuse by the late University of Michigan physician Robert Anderson. These bipartisan bills - also known as the Empowering Survivors Bills - seek to dismantle the strict immunity protections universities currently have, as well as expand the time for filing claims regarding sexual assault on campuses. Attorney Jim Graves, who represented survivors of the Nassar scandal at MSU and is currently involved in the Anderson/University of Michigan case, provided further insight into this recent development. To understand...

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What Are Michigan’s Car Seat Laws?

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Car crashes are the leading cause of death in children ages one to thirteen – a statistic that may certainly scare parents and anyone else transporting children in their vehicles. However, recent data also shows that a large percentage of child passengers killed in car accidents were not properly restrained. These statistics serve as an important reminder that the best way to keep child passengers safe is to make sure they are properly secured in your vehicle. As a personal injury law firm, we, unfortunately, see a range of injured people come through our doors, including children. Because of this,...

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Negligence Law Basics and COVID-19 Business Liability Protections

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Special COVID-19 business liability protections have been the topic of debate recently. Many people are wondering if businesses can be held responsible if they contract the virus at an establishment. At its core, this topic touches on the basic principle of negligence law. Grand Rapids personal injury lawyer, Tom Sinas, recently sat down with Fox 17 to discuss how negligence law works currently, and the proposed changes that would provide COVID-19 business liability protections. What is Negligence Law? In order to understand these proposed COVID-19 business liability protections, one must understand the fundamentals of negligence law. In a negligence case, certain criteria...

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A Guide to Michigan’s Off-Road Vehicle (ORV) Laws

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Two weekends a year, the state of Michigan hosts Free ORV Weekend - one weekend in June, one weekend in August. On Free ORV Weekend, you do not need purchase a license for your ORV or a trail pass. Every other day in Michigan, ORV operators are normally required to license their vehicle and purchase trail passes. The June Free ORV weekend coincides with Michigan's free fishing weekend as well as the weekend the Michigan DNR waives the rec pass requirement and park entry fees. While the August weekend is more limited, both weekends (Saturday and Sunday) are free when...

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