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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Michigan Auto Insurance Rates: How Are They Determined?

If you drive a motor vehicle, you already know that Michigan auto insurance rates are reportedly among the highest in the nation. Why is this?

Many place blame for costly auto insurance in Michigan on the state’s no-fault system, which pays a car accident victim’s medical expenses for as long as needed, in addition to other benefits that help with the victim’s recovery. However, it’s important to recognize that various other factors also influence Michigan auto insurance rates.

One factor that ...

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Sinas Dramis Featured In Michigan Innovative Health Magazine

The Sinas Dramis Law Firm has been prominently featured in the pages of Michigan Innovative Health Magazine. As leading authorities on the auto no-fault insurance system, the Sinas Dramis team of Michigan car accident attorneys provided the content for the publication’s Summer 2017 edition, which focuses on Michigan no-fault law.

Michigan Innovative Health Magazine is a quarterly publication that offers information on wellness and healthcare, particularly for veterans, seniors, youth, disabled persons and the catastrophically injured. The Summer 2017 ...

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Stephen Sinas Leads Michigan No-Fault Insurance Webinar

Lansing auto accident attorney Stephen H. Sinas discussed the history, purpose and future of Michigan no-fault insurance, during a live webinar presented by Michigan Lawyers Weekly on July 25, 2017.

The program titled, “The State of No-Fault Insurance in Michigan,” was the first webinar that Michigan Lawyers Weekly has hosted, and Stephen was honored to be invited as the featured speaker.

Stephen is known as a leading authority on Michigan no-fault law. He is recognized across the state ...

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Sinas Dramis Legal Assistant Nancy Gibson Honored As An “Unsung Legal Hero”

Sinas Dramis legal assistant Nancy Gibson has been recognized as a 2017 “Unsung Legal Hero” by Michigan Lawyers Weekly.

The “Unsung Legal Hero” award is given to Michigan’s most talented and dedicated legal support professionals. It is reserved for law firm employees who have consistently gone above and beyond the call of duty, often with little fanfare or recognition.

Nancy is one of 20 honorees selected from across Michigan in the following categories: firm administrator, law librarian, legal marketing, legal secretary, IT, ...

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