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How about some Republican-style transparency for the MCCA?

Posted on: January 23rd, 2015 by Steven Gursten No Comments

Republican calls for transparency should apply now to our existing MCCA Republican lawmakers, calls for transparency and the Michigan insurance industry are three things that normally (read: next to never) don’t go together. But based on Republican-backed legislative proposals from last year for a new MCCA-type body in this state, that could change. In two […]

Does stepparent’s No Fault coverage extend to stepchild after biological parent’s death?

Posted on: January 22nd, 2015 by Steven Gursten No Comments

Court rules stepchild is ‘relative’ under No Fault Law & insurance policy because she’s still ‘related by marriage’ to stepparent Is a stepchild covered by her stepparent’s Michigan No Fault auto insurance coverage – even after the stepchild’s biological parent (who was also the stepparent’s spouse) has passed away? Yes, said the Michigan Court of […]

What to do if you’re in a whiteout car accident pileup?

Posted on: January 21st, 2015 by Steven Gursten No Comments

Giant car crash on I-94 in Galesburg, MI makes national news and raises winter driving safety concerns Our attorneys have been getting a lot of phone calls from people on the chain-reaction giant car crash involving 193 vehicles, that left a Canadian truck driver dead and 22 people injured on January 9. This occurred on […]

Good riddance to No Fault ‘reform’ in 2014, but what will Gov. Snyder say in his State of the State tonight?

Posted on: January 20th, 2015 by Steven Gursten No Comments

None of the more than half-dozen No Fault ‘reform’ plans introduced in the Legislative session passed last year; let’s hope lawmakers get the message Michigan does need to reduce the price of auto insurance. But we need to do it the right way. Lawmakers blindly passing what the insurance industry’s lobbyists wanted in 2014 was […]

Work “driver responsibility fees” off with community service?

Posted on: January 19th, 2015 by Steven Gursten No Comments

You may be one of 168,000 Michigan drivers who can work off traffic fines under new law About 168,000 Michigan drivers have the chance in 2015 to work off traffic fines called “driver responsibility fees” by volunteering and performing community service. Under a new law that took effect last week (PA 283 of 2014), drivers […]

Are truck drivers breaking the law if they use hands free devices?

Posted on: January 17th, 2015 by Steven Gursten No Comments

The link between hands-free truck driving and an increased risk of becoming involved in a truck accident There’s a federal regulation that now clearly prohibits truck and bus drivers from using cell phones while behind the wheel. But does this apply to hands-free devices? The issue came about in a recent case, where a driver […]

BREAKING NEWS: No Fault Law amended to protect motorized-wheelchair users

Posted on: January 16th, 2015 by Steven Gursten No Comments

HB  5636 – which excludes motorized wheelchairs from the definition of ‘motor vehicle’ –  is now the law Thanks to Speaker of the House Kevin Cotter (R-Isabella County), auto accident victims who are struck by a car or truck while in wheelchairs – such as Macomb County’s George Veness and his ordeals with State Farm […]

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