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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Understanding Your Legal Right to Protest

The recent egregious deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and Ahmaud Arbery have resulted in an enormous outpouring of emotions across the country. People want to do something to acknowledge that our criminal justice system treats Black people differently than it treats White people, and, as a result, protests have been held in every single state in the last week. Sinas Dramis Law Firm is encouraged to see people exercising their legal right to protest and bring about positive ...

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Can Electric Scooters Ride in Bike Lanes?

The answer is yes, and no, it all depends on where you live.

While a lot of us probably assume that the best place for riding an electric scooter is in a bike lane solely based on their similar speeds, the truth isn’t so straightforward. In fact, a number of Michigan municipalities have issued citations or tickets to people for doing just that. This reaction by law enforcement comes as a surprise, as this seems like the safest place for them. ...

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Michigan Eavesdropping Laws – When is it Okay to Record a Conversation

With advancements in technology and tiny computers ready to record in almost everyone’s pocket, the issue of eavesdropping is becoming more and more of a concern. Tom Sinas recently discussed Michigan eavesdropping laws on Fox 17’s Know the Law. What you can and can’t record, with or without permission, might surprise you. Check it out.

Michigan Eavesdropping Laws

You might be surprised to find out that Michigan eavesdropping laws have been around for a long time. In the past, this ...

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Drunk Driving Laws in Michigan

Update: New House Bill proposals would reduce the BAC limit of 0.08 to 0.05 in Michigan. More here.

It’s common knowledge that drinking and driving in the state is illegal. But do you know all the laws pertaining to this topic? We cover the topic often because we think it’s that important to Michigan residents to understand. Grand Rapids car accident attorneyTom Sinas, and Bryan WaldmanMichigan personal injury lawyer, both appeared in the media ...

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A Comprehensive Guide to Michigan Boating Laws

When you’re in Michigan, you’re never more than 6 miles from an inland lake or 85 miles from one of the state’s Great Lakes. With more than 11,000 lakes in the state, it’s no wonder boating tops the list of favorite things to do for many Michiganders. And with months of sunshine ahead, many are getting their boats back on the water this time of year. But before dropping anchor, there are important Michigan boating laws and safety tips you ...

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An Uncertain Future for Autonomous Cars in Michigan

Personal injury attorney, Steve Sinas, recently published an article regarding the dilemma facing autonomous cars in Michigan. Here’s a brief overview of current legislation surrounding self-driving vehicles and how it creates uncertainty as well as leaves many questions about the payment of no-fault benefits unanswered.

Autonomous Cars and the Need for Smarter Legislation

With technology moving at the speed of light and autonomous cars becoming a certainty in the near future, questions continue to ...

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Michigan Motorcycle Helmet Law – A Complete Guide

It’s the wind in your hair, the sun on your skin, the deeper connection to your natural environment from the seat of your motorcycle. And there’s nothing else quite like it.

We get the reasons you ride

But as personal injury attorneys that represent countless riders seriously injured in motorcycle accidents, we hope you’ll take the time to fully understand Michigan’s motorcycle helmet law before deciding whether or not to wear a helmet. While the choice, in ...

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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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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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