“Selfie” was just named Word of the Year by Oxford Dictionaries.
If you’re not familiar yet, selfie is the term for taking a photo of yourself with a smartphone or a hand-held digital camera. A form of vanity and many times outright silliness, selfies have bombarded social media in 2013. There are many types of selfie photographs one can take… everything from the pet selfie, to the friends selfie to the…celebrity selfie and even the… car accident selfie?
December is a time of celebrating family tradition and holiday parties, most of which are centered around lots of food and drink. Sometimes too much drink. Not to spoil the fun, but as an injury attorney who helps people in car accidents – many caused by drunk driving – we all could use another reminder about the real costs of drinking and driivng during the holidays.
Our attorneys take great pride in our efforts to promote safety and protect our communities. So we’d like to remind our friends and readers that the application deadline for the Michigan Auto Law 2014 Car Accident Injury Survivor Scholarship is fast approaching.
The application deadline is December 31, 2013.
This annual scholarship was established for college students who were victims of car accidents earlier in their lives and who have overcome often life-changing injuries to pursue a higher education. These people have not quit or given up, and they continue work hard to overcome adversity and their personal life challenges.
As a person who loves food and football, I love Thanksgiving. But as an injury attorney, I always have an uneasy feeling on Thanksgiving because I know from my own past experience, the night before brings devastation every single year to people injured and killed by drunk drivers.
Thanksgiving Eve is also referred to as “the biggest bar night of the year” or “blackout Wednesday.” It probably got its name from the thousands of college student returning home Thanksgiving weekend, and kicking it off the night before by partying in bars.
The proposed lawyer solicitation legislation contained in HB 4770 and HB 4771 that’s aimed at protecting auto accident victims from intrusive, aggressive and overreaching mail and phone solicitations from certain lawyers and law firms in Michigan has almost universal support.
Those supporting House Bills 4770 and 4771 include:
Registered medical marijuana users can inhale and breathe easy.
A little bit, at least.
Although their criminal liability for driving after having used medical marijuana was limited by the Michigan Supreme Court (as long as they weren’t driving “under the influence” of marijuana), they continue to be civilly liable for causing car or truck crashes that cause others to suffer personal injuries.
Our colleagues at The Clark Law Firm made this point in a recent blog post, “Medical Marijuana and Vehicle Accident Laws in Michigan”:
Facebook has recently made some changes regarding privacy. But auto accident victims and the public must sadly beware of these changes, as your status updates, photos and comments are actually still floating around for others to see.
I’ve written before about how insurance defense lawyers will purposely use photos out of context, and even deliberately use photos from before a serious car accident to try to cast doubt on the honesty of someone’s injuries and need to collect No Fault benefits. And now it’s even easier for anyone to find you — insurance companies, defense lawyers, claims adjusters, potential employers… Anybody.
This past Saturday, I wrote about the California woman who was given a ticket for wearing the new Google Glass while she was driving her car. After I wrote that, I started to wonder if the same would happen here in Michigan. Specifically, is wearing Google Glass while driving a car in Michigan legal or not?
Let me be very clear – this is my own personal opinion. I’ve checked and there is no case law or statutory authority directly on point as of this writing. So this is simply my own personal opinion as an attorney of where I believe things will go.
I write frequently about the dangers of distracted driving. And the attorneys in my law firm have been active in speaking at local high schools, warning teen drivers about just how dangerous texting and driving and other forms of distracted driving can be. I’ve also included videos and images of all of the ways people drive distracted – everything from driving with pets to eating to texting and recently, even reading a book and Kindle while driving a car at the same time.
Brandon Hewitt is a Grand Rapids native who became a successful lawyer. He works primarily in the law firm’s Grand Rapids office and helps many West Michigan clients injured in car accidents – many caused by texting and driving. And now Brandon is using his own legal experience to teach local high school students about the dangers of distracted driving.