Motorcycles and the New Auto No-Fault Law

We’ve been talking a lot about the changes happening to Michigan’s auto no-fault law. You can read all about these changes to our no-fault system here. Additionally, our firm created “Making Smart Choices” – a comprehensive guide to helping consumers make educated auto insurance decisions. In addition to a plethora of concerns about these changes and their impacts on motorists in Michigan, many are also wondering about motorcycles and the new auto no-fault law.

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Michigan’s Cell Phone Use and Driving-While-Texting Laws

As soon as you see those red and blue lights in your rearview mirror signaling you need to pull over, you start analyzing what you may have done wrong to cause the stop. This is especially true if you weren’t speeding, you’re wearing your seatbelt, and following posted traffic signs – some of the most common causes of traffic stops. What may not immediately pop into your mind, however, is a growing cause for stops: cell phone use ...

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What is a Threshold Injury? No-Fault Reform Provides Further Clarification

Authored by Grand Rapids auto accident lawyer, Tom Sinas

What is a threshold injury? If you’ve been injured in a motor vehicle collision, have heard this term tossed around, and are confused and wonder what it means, we have good and bad news. The bad news is, you’re not alone. Threshold law has been the source of great debate in Michigan amongst practitioners and judges throughout the years. It seems that as soon as the ...

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Out-Of-State Drivers Involved in Michigan Accidents: Impacts of the Recent No-Fault Reform

Summer typically brings in a wave of tourism to Michigan as out-of-state visitors flock to our state’s many shorelines and recreation sites. However, in 2020 these visitors could encounter surprises beyond just lakeshore erosion. Effective July 1st, 2020, Michigan’s auto insurance law reforms will impact out-of-state drivers involved in Michigan car accidents, as well as Michigan residents.

Changes to Michigan’s No-Fault PIP Benefits

Before Public Acts 21 & 22 were passed, out-out-state residents injured in ...

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Risks of Using Car Insurance Tracking Devices

You’ve probably seen advertisements for them everywhere. Or maybe your agent has filled you in on a “great way to save on your car insurance!” At the cost of a fractional reduction in your insurance premium, you’re asked to install a device in your car or an app on your phone that tracks your every movement and “rewards safe driving!” But don’t get caught up in the gimmicky marketing ploys – the risks of using car insurance tracking devices abound!

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How Trucking Companies Fight Lawsuits and What to Look for in a Lawyer to Challenge Them

Your life can change in the blink of an eye – and for one family, that’s exactly what happened one morning in rural Michigan when a reckless commercial truck driver caused a completely preventable crash. But despite the immediate devastation, the trucking company’s handling of the situation was further insult to the family’s many injuries. The following is a tragic example of how trucking companies fight lawsuits, avoid liability, and treat seriously injured people based on simple factors like one’s ...

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Jury Rejects View of At-Fault Driver’s Insurance Company, Returns Significant Verdict

Michigan personal injury attorney, Stephen Sinas, obtained justice for a Lansing motorcyclist injured by a negligent driver. After a multi-day trial in the Ingham County Circuit Court, the jury awarded the plaintiff damages in the total amount of $536,857, nearly five times the settlement offer amount.

 

Automobile Vs Motorcycle Case Specifics

The at-fault driver caused the crash with the motorcyclist when she attempted to turn left in front of the plaintiff while he was riding on his motorcycle. The plaintiff’s ...

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What Happens to Passengers Injured in Drunk Driving Accidents?

By now, we all know the dangers of drunk driving and the resulting consequences. There’s quite a bit of information available, and Michigan State Police truly don’t mess around with handing out DUIs. The numbers, statistics, and rates of injuries surrounding drunken crashes are downright alarming. And while most of us know what happens to drivers who cause these crashes, what about passengers who knowingly got into a drunk driver’s vehicle? In this article, personal injury attorney Dan Zick ...

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Car Accident PTSD – Symptoms, Treatment, Resources

Michigan personal injury attorney, Steve Weston, has dedicated his more than thirty-year career to advocating for and working with victims of catastrophic injuries and trauma. He is an attorney who takes his practice further than the courtroom. He actively engages in his client’s recovery and care post-accident. As part of this unique care team, he understands the life-changing emotional toll that often accompanies such injuries. Because of this, he has done extensive research on the connection between injuries and ...

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Distracted Driving Michigan – Where We’re At, Where We’re (Hopefully) Going

“Get your face out of your app!” reads Michigan State Police’s new slogan aimed at reducing Michigan distracted driving. And the State Police should know. After all, their own statistics reveal that drivers using some kind of electronic device behind the wheel caused 5,237 accidents in 2017, 23 of which were fatal and 1,514 results in injuries. Obviously, distracted driving is an epidemic and causes far too many serious and fatal accidents on Michigan’s roads, but the real question ...

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