It may seem way too soon to talk about holiday shopping this year, but some people are already gearing up for Black Friday (even though Black Friday is starting as obscenely early as the day before Thanksgiving these days). If I sound a bit grumpy writing this post today, I hope you’ll excuse me. One of the legal secretaries in our law office already has Christmas music on all day long on the radio, so here come the holidays, like it or not.
Halloween is definitely my children’s favorite holiday. This year, my son is a ninja warrior, complete with plastic sword. And my daughter is an Archie comic book, because reading Archie comics is her favorite thing to do (it was a close call between Archie and Harry Potter this year). I’m looking forward to walking them up and down our neighborhood streets for candy.
But there’s a safety component that should not be overlooked this Halloween that goes beyond checking candy. As an accident attorney, I’ve also gotten my share of calls every year in the days shortly after Halloween from parents who have had children hit by cars on Halloween night. As much as I love the holiday, I can’t help but also think about safety.
An alarming new statistic proves how dangerous it is to ride a motorcycle without a helmet (which has been legal in Michigan for more than a year now).
According to Analysis of Motorcycle Crashes: Comparison of 2012 to Previous Years, by the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute:
Grand Rapids recently started major construction on 28th Street. It’s not just any street; 28th Street is the city’s, and one of West Michigan’s, busiest roads.
With summer rush and July 4th holiday trips upon us, it’s a good time to review the law with construction zones and what this huge construction project will do with road travel in and around Grand Rapids.
Many of our clients are from Grand Rapids and the surrounding communities. In fact, Michigan Auto Law has a convenient local law office right in Grand Rapids to better serve our clients. That means our lawyers are going to get stuck in this just like everyone else.
First, let’s discuss the best possible spin that No Fault “reform” proponents like Gov. Rick Snyder and the insurance industry have to say for why we should change Michigan’s No Fault law. Ready? You save $10 a month for a year, and in exchange, you lose the right to receive lifetime medical care if you’re in a catastrophic auto accident.
Most of us have made a left turn on a red light. It feels natural, and somewhere in the back of our minds we’re sure that somebody somewhere (e.g., your high school biology teacher who doubled as your driver’s ed instructor way back when) told us it was legal to make a left turn on a red light.
But is it? When is turning left on red legal under Michigan law?
In one of my most tragic completely preventable wrongful death cases, Patrick Nunez, a wonderful man who was a loving father and husband, was hit by a truck on the highway in Detroit and killed. The driver of the truck that smashed into his car had seizures and was on powerful epilepsy medication that causes drowsiness. The truck driver should never have been behind the wheel that day. The truck he was driving had multiple serious safety issues that included tires and brakes. The truck he was driving was out-of-service and should never have been allowed on the road that day if the truck company was doing its job.
I wanted to share this “Safety Management Cycle” chart today. It provides insight into how the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration investigates truck companies for safety.
Motor Carriers and truck drivers can also use it to evaluate current behavior and safety measures.
The Safety Management Cycle (SMC) is for the Unsafe Driving Behavior Analysis and Safety Improvement Category (BASIC) of the FMCSA, and it helps trucking companies and drivers evaluate existing processes to determine where gaps may exist that either encourage unsafe driving behavior or leave this behavior unaddressed.
April is Distracted Driving Awareness Month. And Distracted Driving Awareness is a great time for all parents to sit down and teach their young drivers about the real dangers of teen distracted driving.
The mistake many parents make is thinking that the conversation about safe driving ends when teens get their licenses. But the science is very clear that how these new drivers drive during those first few months sets the pattern for all future driving behavior.
Here’s my latest tip in my series of posts for attorneys handling truck accident lawsuits. It’s an important Federal Motor Carrier Safety Rule, but one often neglected or ignored by trucking companies.
Trucking companies must be familiar with mandatory trucking safety regulations, and they have a responsibility to instruct their drivers, dispatchers and employees about these safety rules (49 C.F.R. § 392.1).