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Michigan Auto Law wants to stop texting while driving with $1,032 giveaway

Watch our video on distracted driving at and enter to win

Today our accident attorneys are kicking off a three-week campaign sweepstakes against the dangers of texting while driving — and the winner will receive a $1,032 check.

All you have to do is visit Michigan Auto Law’s Facebook page, “Like” the law firm and enter to win by watching a short video on distracted driving and filling out a quick contact form.

People who text and drive are 23 times more likely to be in an auto accident, according to a study by the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute. We want to raise awareness of the dangers of texting while driving and we also want to really protect Michigan drivers.

The distracted driving campaign will run three weeks and the winner will be announced on Sept. 12, 2011. Official rules and details can be found on

The $1,032 prize in our texting while driving awareness campaign

The winner can use the money however he or she wishes, but we hope the winner will use it to buy the right kind of auto insurance. Part of this campaign also centers on our hope to educate drivers about just how many people today are uninsured on our roads.

About 50 percent of Detroit drivers, for example, are driving without any auto insurance whatsoever today. And in the state of Michigan, about 19 percent of drivers have no auto insurance, according to published reports such as the Detroit Legal News and a news release by the Insurance Research Council.

Why giveaway $1,032? The Insurance Institute of Michigan’s December 2010 data states that the average auto insurance premium in Michigan is $1,032.02.

People are not properly protected, and we’re hoping this campaign lets us spread awareness about just how dangerous texting while driving is, while also helping educate the public about the proper auto insurance they should be buying.

We have drivers who are texting, talking on the phone, even surfing the Internet. Meanwhile, in some cities, we have up to 50 percent of our drivers riding with no insurance to protect them in case of a serious auto accident. It’s the perfect storm.

Why Michigan drivers should know about uninsured motorist coverage

Uninsured motorist coverage is a special, low-cost additional insurance coverage people can buy. It’s typically sold as uninsured and underinsured motorist coverage. These coverages are must-have. For the price of a movie and popcorn, this UM/UIM can protect you and your family if you’re a car crash with a driver who doesn’t have auto insurance.

I hope this campaign will make drivers – especially newer drivers – think twice before they text and drive. If we can prevent even one car accident, it’s worth it. I also want people participating in this great opportunity to win cash for auto insurance and to make a sincere pledge to not text and drive.

Steven M. Gursten, partner of Michigan Auto Law, is recognized as one of the nation’s top accident attorneys. Steve has received the top verdicts and settlements for car accident or truck accidents cases in 2008, 2009 and 2010, according to Michigan Lawyers Weekly. He frequently blogs about distracted driving and is available for comment.

Related Information to protect yourself:

Choosing the best auto insurance in Michigan

Top 4 best Michigan auto insurance companies

Michigan No-Fault insurance resource center

Michigan Auto Law is the largest law firm exclusively handling car accident, truck accident and motorcycle accident cases throughout the entire state. We have offices in Farmington Hills, Detroit, Ann Arbor, Grand Rapids and Sterling Heights to better serve you. Call (800) 777-0028 for a free consultation with an one of our accident attorneys.

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