Michigan Speed Limit Increase: Will Roads Become More Dangerous?

The speed limit on certain stretches of Michigan interstates will soon increase to 75 mph, while it will jump to 65 mph on other state highways. This Michigan speed limit increase will take effect gradually, beginning May 1.

According to the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT), the speed limit on more than 600 miles of freeways will be boosted from 70 to 75 mph, while it will go up to 65 mph on another 938 miles of state roadways. Speed ...

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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 ...

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

Understanding Dangerous Roads: Heavily Traveled & Congested Area

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

Just recently, two passenger vehicles and an SUV collided on US-127 at the westbound I-94 exit ramp. In June 2015, a catastrophic nine-vehicle pileup, including three jackknifed semi-trucks, happened on I-94 near Jackson, sending 11 people to ...

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Michigan Sets Insurance Requirements For Uber, Lyft Drivers

For several years, ride-sharing companies like Uber and Lyft have been operating in Michigan without any statewide regulation, leading to auto insurance coverage concerns, as well as liability insurance questions, in the event a driver is involved in an accident.

But all this changed on March 21, 2017, when Public Acts 345, 346, 347 and 348 went into effect.

What do these new laws do? They basically create a framework under which ride-sharing companies, such as ...

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Michigan Auto Accident Deaths Jump 19% Since 2014

2016 may have been the deadliest year in nine years for people traveling the nation’s roadways, based on preliminary data from the National Safety Council. The early numbers also show an increase in Michigan auto accident deaths: there were 1,064 fatalities on the state’s roads in 2016, compared to 893 deaths in 2014 — an increase of 19 percent over the two-year period.

The NSC reports that, in 2016, some 40,200 people across ...

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Extending Michigan’s “One-Year-Back Rule” Will Help Reduce No-Fault Litigation

By Stephen H. Sinas

As the Legislature debates revising the Auto No-Fault Insurance Act, there is one simple change that will vastly improve the no-fault system: extending Michigan’s “one-year-back rule.” If people have more time to resolve payment disputes with their auto insurance companies, it will help reduce unnecessary no-fault litigation.

The one-year-back rule in MCL 500.3145 says that, for any medical expense unpaid by a no-fault insurance company, if a lawsuit is not filed against the insurance company ...

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Coordinated No-Fault Benefits: No More Payment Delays For Medical Providers

By Dan James, Katie Tucker & Dan Zick

During the past year, medical providers have been operating under the notion that, when a patient has coordinated no-fault benefits, they had to first appeal the denial of the patient’s health insurance coverage before seeking payment for their services under Michigan’s No-Fault Act.

When it comes to coordinated no-fault benefits where health coverage is denied, an appeal of that denial can take months. This means that many medical providers have been under ...

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What Is “Reasonable Proof” Under The Michigan No-Fault Act?

Since being enacted more than 40 years ago, the Michigan No-Fault Act has been rather difficult to understand and apply. But despite the Act’s overall complexities, there are some no-fault concepts that have retained their elegant simplicity — and one of these is “reasonable proof.”

Under the Michigan No-Fault Act, an insurance company is required to pay personal protection insurance (PIP) claims within 30 days of receiving “reasonable proof of the fact and of the amount of loss sustained.” ...

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Where Are The Most Dangerous Roads In Michigan?

Michigan roadways present many challenges for motorists, especially during the busy summer travel season and the treacherous winter months. Do you know which roads are considered some of the most dangerous in Michigan?

In an effort to educate the public about the most dangerous roads in Michigan, Sinas Dramis has launched a campaign called “Understanding Dangerous Roads.”

Throughout the campaign, our attorneys will identify the most dangerous roads in Michigan by collecting and analyzing car crash statistics and other data. Videos are ...

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Letting Drivers Choose Their Michigan No-Fault Medical Benefits Is A Healthcare Gamble

A proposal to let drivers choose their Michigan no-fault medical benefits when they buy their auto insurance is nothing short of a healthcare gamble, and would end up leaving many car crash victims without enough coverage.

House Bill 5951, introduced by Rep. Jason Sheppard (R-Temperance), seeks to change Michigan’s auto no-fault system and the guarantee of unlimited lifetime medical benefits for those who are catastrophically injured in car accidents. The legislation proposes that four levels of medical coverage be ...

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