Summer is finally approaching with Memorial Day this weekend (even though it snowed briefly last Sunday). As weary Michigan families prepare for the warm weather at last, many will hit the road for the Memorial Day holiday. Our team of Michigan Auto Law attorneys would like to wish everyone a great holiday and remind everyone to buckle up.
The police also want you to buckle your safety belts too, but they might be writing tickets and not asking you as nicely. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) also wants you to wear your seatbelts.
I was recently featured as a guest writer for the Detroit Free Press, on the topic of No Fault reform. Here’s my article:
The crux of my article was that Michigan auto insurance companies collected more than $2 billion more in auto premiums in 2011 than they paid out in claims – and pocketed the difference, according to data provided to Michigan Auto Law by the National Association of Insurance Commissioners and the Michigan Office of Financial and Insurance Regulation.
If you could see me now, behind my computer while typing out this post, I would raise my coffee cup to you and drink a toast to my own obsolescence. How wonderful it will be, hopefully in my children’s lifetime, when the enormous waste of our time, our productivity and our resources, and most especially the tragic cost of human life can all be avoided. The future world of driverless automated cars holds this promise. It is a promise that we should all be very excited about.
I think every parent can relate to the anxiety inducing evenings of waiting for teen drivers to arrive home safely.
Summer is upon us. And for teenage drivers, the highest numbers of car accidents (including car crashes involving injury and death) occurs in the summer. And car accidents are the leading cause of death for teen drivers, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: In 2010 (the latest statistics available), seven teens ages 16 to 19 died every day from motor vehicle accident injuries.
Last week I wrote about the first recipient of our Car Accident Injury Survivor Scholarship, Jessie Winter. Today I’d like to tell the story of our second scholarship winner.
Our attorneys decided to start our annual Car Accident Injury Survivor Scholarship for students who are demonstrating the resolve and determination to rebuild sometimes shattered lives after automobile accidents.
Michigan Auto Law awarded $500 to two scholarship applicants who were selected from many applicants. We received scholarship essays submitted by college students throughout the country.
Our second scholarship winner this year is Sarah Gurd.
On Monday, I was interviewed on the Mitch Albom show on WJR 760am. The subject was the new Michigan law on elderly and unfit drivers.
You can listen to the interview here.
It’s a topic I’ve spoken and written about before, both at legal seminars on the challenges older drivers face, and with the media. It’s a topic I care very much about.
First, what is this new law?
Most car accidents aren’t “accidents” at all. Most car crashes are preventable. And perhaps none more so, or more tragic, than those involving injuries and fatalities to children from those who are speeding and driving distracted in neighborhoods with children.
Wednesday is national Keep Kids Alive Drive 25 Day. It’s an important awareness day that reminds all of us to slow down in neighborhoods. It’s an important reminder of what we should be doing behind the wheel to protect our children.
During this Distracted Driving Awareness Month, our attorneys are focusing on ways to help parents better communicate with their teens about safe driving. This is because teens are more likely to use cell phones while driving, and they’re more likely to be injured or killed in car crashes caused by distracted driving.
Here are two powerful videos from the National Safety Council on the consequences of distracted driving. Please share them with your teen drivers and loved ones.
One call can change everything
Hidden fees and assessments in Gov. Rick Snyder’s Michigan No Fault “reform” proposal could cancel out promised savings and may end up causing auto insurance consumers to pay MORE for their No Fault policies.
At his press conference last week, Gov. Snyder promised that, under his proposal for reforming Michigan’s No Fault auto insurance system, auto insurance consumers would save $125 per vehicle in “year one.”
We understand how difficult it can be to recover after a serious accident. Our attorneys have been helping people injured in automobile accidents in Michigan for more than 50 years, and we want to financially help those who have survived serious car crashes and who are demonstrating the resolve and determination to rebuild shattered lives.
That’s why we started an annual Car Accident Injury Survivor Scholarship for students who have had to overcome life-changing auto accidents of their own.
Our 2012 scholarship awarded $500 to two scholarship applicants who were selected from many applications and essays submitted by college students throughout the country.