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Overview of Grand Rapids Bike Crashes

Synopsis In 2017, there were 783 bicyclists killed in car crashes in the United States. In Michigan, nearly 2,000 cyclists were injured, and the number of cyclists killed doubled. Grand Rapids has a fatal bike crash ratio that is almost three times higher than the state average, and Kent County ranks in the top three [...]

Higher Michigan Speed Limits Will Result in More Traffic Deaths

Synopsis A new study from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety says higher speed limits have caused 37,000 additional traffic deaths between 1993 and 2017 and new standards may need to be recommended to lower mph limits. IIHS researchers found that a 5 mph increase in the maximum speed limit was associated with an eight [...]

The Destruction of the “Grand Bargain” – Republican No-Fault Bills and Third-Party Claims

Michigan No-Fault Injury Lawyers Since SB 1 and HB 4397 were introduced out of nowhere a few weeks ago, all the talk in Lansing and throughout the state has centered around PIP choice and the limitations on medical coverage both legislative pieces entail. This is not surprising given the proposals are radical, seeking to curtail [...]

Heads They Win, Tails You Lose – Insurance Companies Win Either Way on Republican PIP No-Fault Legislation

Bill Passes with Little Notice and No Debate Last week, the Michigan legislature passed two separate bills aimed at attacking and effectively ending the Michigan no-fault law. There is no question that auto insurance rates are too high in Michigan. But the two proposals – SB 1 and HB 4397 – are completely one-sided insurance [...]

Tesla Sued After Semi-Autonomous Driving System Fails in Fatal Crash

Synopsis Some of the worst-performing autopilot systems ranked by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety are offered by high-end automakers. Federal investigators have concluded that Tesla’s semi-autonomous driving system accelerated just before crashing on a California freeway, killing the man operating the vehicle. The accident occurred in 2018, on U.S. Highway 101, when the faulted [...]

How Should Michigan Test for Marijuana Impaired Drivers?

Synopsis Michigan voters approved the use of recreational marijuana last November, making it the 10th state and the first in the Midwest to legalize the drug derived from the hemp plant, Cannabis sativa. While several U.S. states have set a blood level for impaired driving due to THC, a chemical found in marijuana, recommendations have [...]

Michigan Senate Takes Aim to Destroy No-Fault Once Again

Michigan No-Fault Law Comes Under Siege The Michigan Senate GOP is taking another swing at the Michigan No-Fault Law. And the new Senate Bill 1 is a doozy. For years now the insurance lobby and Republican legislatures have attempted to remove unlimited medical coverage and other benefits available to individuals injured in a Michigan car [...]

What You Should Know About Police Misconduct in Michigan

Synopsis Michigan police officers were involved in more than 20 fatal shootings in 2018, a 50 percent increase from the previous year and the Grand Rapids Police Department has been involved in many serious incidences involving police misconduct for more than a decade. The most common forms of police brutality and abuse reported is excessive [...]

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Michigan No-Fault Law: Out-of-State Car Accident Rules

How Are Michigan Drivers Covered in Crashes that Occur Out-of-State? If you are a Michigan resident injured in a car accident outside of Michigan, are you still entitled to the same benefits and compensation compared to car or truck accident injuries that occur in Michigan? The answer is probably yes. This article explores the rights [...]

Michigan No-Fault Law: Out-Of-State Residents Injured in Michigan

How Are Non-Residents Injured in Michigan Protected? What are the rules for non-Michigan residents who happen to be involved in a car or truck wreck in Michigan? What benefits and compensation are they entitled to under Michigan law? This article helps to explain the benefits and limitations for injured out-of-state residents injured here in Michigan. [...]