Bluetooth Motorcycle Helmet – Dangerous or a Rider Necessity?

In an increasingly connected world, it’s no wonder hands-free communication is essential for operators of both automobiles and motorcycles. And for motorcyclists, the newest player on the scene is the Bluetooth motorcycle helmet. These helmets wirelessly connect rider-to-rider, or rider to their mobile device. Once connected, riders are alerted to incoming calls, can listen to music, or receive navigation instructions.

Without a doubt, hands-free connectivity is important for keeping eyes on the road. After all, nothing is scarier than seeing someone ...

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Semi-Truck Side Guards: Do They Reduce Crash Fatalities?

Michigan semi-truck accident injuries can be devastating, and are often fatal. This is not only due to the sheer weight and size of the trucks, but also because smaller vehicles can slide underneath these large trucks, resulting in even more catastrophic injuries. There are, however, ways to help reduce this type of tragedy, including the use of semi-truck side guards.

Right now, long-haul commercial trucks in the United States are only required to have rear under-ride guards. These devices (also ...

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Michigan Speed Limit Increase: Will Roads Become More Dangerous?

The speed limit on certain stretches of Michigan interstates is increasing to 75 mph, while it jumping to 65 mph on other state highways. This Michigan speed limit increase began taking effect gradually on May 1, 2017.

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

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Cell Phones: A Leading Cause Of Distracted Driving Accidents

Police officers throughout Michigan are stepping up traffic enforcement in an effort to draw increased attention to risky driving behaviors — particularly cell phone use — and help curb distracted driving accidents.

What is distracted driving? It is any activity that diverts the driver’s attention away from operating the vehicle. It includes using a cell phone, eating and drinking, talking to passengers and messing with a vehicle’s radio, entertainment or navigation system.

Cell Phones And Distracted Driving Accidents

Cell phones are a leading ...

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The Dangers Of Semi-Truck Driver Fatigue

The arrest of a truck driver who traveled from Washington State to Massachusetts without any sleep recently made national headlines, leading to increasing concerns about the dangers of semi-truck driver fatigue.

Semi-truck drivers are usually paid based on miles, which is why they often attempt to travel long distances in short periods of time. Federal trucking regulations, however, limit the number of hours a driver can travel within a 24-hour period. Federal rules also mandate when, and for how long, ...

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Parents: Talk To Your Teenagers About Distracted Driving

Distracted driving is involved in 6 of 10 crashes that seriously injure teenagers.

Each October, National Teen Driver Safety Week is held across the country, helping to raise awareness about the dangers of distracted driving and teen driver safety in general. It also offers parents an excellent opportunity to talk to their teens about safe driving habits.

Studies show that only about 25 percent of parents have talked to their teens about driving safety. This is unfortunate because parents actually have ...

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Bills Regulating Ride Sharing Regulations In Michigan Don’t Do Enough

*** Note: This blog post was updated 3/13/2017 to reflect Michigan’s new ride-sharing laws (Public Acts 345, 346, 347 and 348 of 2016).

For several years, ride-sharing companies like Uber and Lyft have been operating in Michigan without any state oversight. But on March 21, 2017, this changed when Public Acts 345, 346, 347 and 348 went into effect.

Until now, it has been unsettled exactly how the auto no-fault insurance system works when Uber or Lyft ...

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Steve Sinas Talks Pokémon Go Legal Concerns With Michigan Lawyers Weekly

Lansing personal injury lawyer Steve Sinas explains the dangers and legal issues associated with playing Pokémon Go, in an article that’s featured in Michigan Lawyers Weekly (MiLW), a statewide legal publication.

In “Pokémon Go presents virtual fun, real legal issues,” (August 12, 2016), Steve first discusses the Pokémon Go app’s terms of service, which cautions users to play the virtual reality game at their own risk and have insurance, in case they’re injured while playing. Users who download ...

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“Pokemon Go” Presents Distraction, Public Safety Concerns

Pokemon Go is sweeping the globe. Nearly 21 million daily users are playing the game on their smartphones, hunting for virtual Pokemon creatures that pop up in some rather unusual locations. But while the app might be fun, it has also become a major distraction for players, and a genuine public safety concern.

Here’s the deal. Pokemon Go users are not only walking and looking down at their smartphones while playing the game, but are also driving and bicycling. A ...

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Rental Car Agencies Must Now Fix Vehicle Defects

Have you ever rented a car only to later learn that it had been recalled due to a safety defect, and the defect still existed while you drove the car, increasing your risk of being injured in an auto accident?

Rental-car customers can breathe a little easier because, as of June 1, 2016, federal law requires rental-car companies to fix any vehicle safety defects before renting those cars to consumers.

According to Dr. Mark Rosekind, administrator of the National ...

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