Our latest edition of the Michigan Auto Law No Fault ‘Reform’ Newsletter is out. If you would like to sign up and subscribe to our newsletter, visit Michigan Auto Law’s No Fault Reform page.
The newsletter is a concise and helpful free resource for up-to-date and breaking news about No Fault Reform efforts in Michigan and legislation such as House Bill 4612.
In Michigan Auto Law’s latest version of the newsletter, we discuss the recent report from the Citizens Research Council of Michigan, and other recent developments over the past several weeks:
Let me share an open secret with you. It’s one that every lawyer, judge, and every insurance company in Michigan already knows. But it gets almost no media attention, and the only people who sadly are taken by surprise are members of the unsuspecting public unfortunate enough to be hurt in a car accident.
How appropriate that so close to Halloween, the Michigan House and Senate Insurance Committees are getting together at a joint meeting on Wednesday, October 23, 2013, to discuss so-called No Fault “reform.”
After all, it’s that time of year when people try to scare each other with things that aren’t real.
One can expect the auto insurance industry hobgoblins to lead with fear, trying to scare the public and the state’s lawmakers with their favorite ghost stories, such as:
Today I’m sharing a guest post from State Rep. Rudy Hobbs (D-Southfield), who is also the House Democratic Floor Leader. Rep. Hobbs is discussing his thoughts on No Fault changes proposed under HB 4612, and how these changes to the Michigan No Fault law would negatively affect Michigan drivers, taxpayers and crash victims:
“Michigan’s auto no-fault insurance system is highly regarded as one of the best designed plans in the nation. Recently, however, a handful of Lansing Republicans launched an effort to “reform” our gold standard by removing necessary protections for Michigan drivers under the guise that it will save money. This is simply not true.
For the past week, I’ve been addressing point by point the the mail flyer that hundreds of thousands of Michigan drivers received from the auto insurance industry this summer (funded by its national lobbying and propaganda outfit, the Coalition for Auto Insurance Reform). The propaganda piece is an aggressive attempt by the insurance industry to change people’s minds about the push to subvert the No Fault system that protects people.
If you haven’t received a mailing from the insurance industry touting the need for No Fault “reform,” be on the lookout – and beware.
Our lawyers are reviewing arguments in this propaganda mailing, which are either completely untrue or intentionally misleading, in a series of blog posts called 7 reasons why this auto No Fault “reform” junk mail is trash.
WARNING! Junk mail from Michigan’s auto insurance industry can be hazardous to your health (especially if you are ever seriously injured in an automobile accident).
Have you received mail from your insurance company in the past month?
Michigan’s auto insurance industry is sending out hundreds of thousands of what can only be described as propaganda pieces, in its latest attempt to push consumer sentiment in favor of its quite lopsided wishlist of No Fault insurance “reforms.”
As such, have the truths discussed below in hand and your recycle bins ready.
When Michigan consumers were asked if they “trust the insurance industry to propose auto insurance reforms that good for the people of Michigan,” consumers answered with a resounding “No.”
According to the results of a recent consumer survey sponsored by the Coalition Protecting Auto No-Fault (CPAN), 83.5% of survey respondents said they did not trust Michigan’s auto insurance industry to act in their best interests.
The study also yielded the following significant results:
No Fault “reform” House Bill 4612 is a good example of the saying “pigs get fat, hogs get slaughtered” in action. HB 4612 was the most extreme insurance industry wish-list to date. The insurance companies threw moderation to the wind, and tried to make a power play to grab as much as they can while the Republicans, who currently hold all three branches of government in Michigan, are in power.
Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson has voiced his strong and vocal support for Michigan’s No Fault insurance system. And now we learn a little more as to why.
In this latest interview with attorney Steven Gursten of Michigan Auto Law, Mr. Patterson discusses one of the personal inspirations that caused him to become a staunch supporter of Michigan No Fault auto insurance. Meet car accident and spinal cord injury survivor Erica Nader Coulston, and learn more about the work she’s doing for auto accident victims who are paralyzed and seriously injured at her medical rehabilitation facility in Southfield, Michigan, called Walk the Line to Spinal Cord Injury Recovery.