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Winter Road Conditions Mandate Slowing Down

It may seem obvious.  It may seem an unnecessary public service caution to express.  Especially for us northern Michiganders.  But for whatever the reason, once winter returns the local news is ripe with car crashes occurring in our area, most […]

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Medical Provider No-Fault Rights Strengthened Again

Since last week’s blog post, the Michigan Court of Appeals issued yet another published decision strengthening a medical provider’s independent standing to pursue no-fault benefits.  The case is Chiropractors Rehabilitation Group v State Farm Mut Ins Co, found here.   As has […]

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Medical Provider Rights Strengthened In Michigan’s No-Fault Law

The Michigan Court of Appeals has strengthened medical service providers’ rights under the Michigan No-Fault Act.  On October 22, 2015, the court published a recent decision which upheld Covenant Medical Center’s claim against State Farm.  Specifically, Covenant had notified State […]

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National Teen Driver Safety Week

This week, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reminds us all about our role as parents, guardians and mentors of our teenage drivers.  Tragically, according to the NHTSA, motor vehicle crashes are the leading causes of death for 14-18 year olds […]

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Roundabouts on M-72 (Traverse City, Michigan)

With the growth and development progressing from Acme, east toward Kalkaska, the MDOT has elected to redesign M-72 to include roundabouts.  While MDOT proclaims roundabouts will decrease accidents and improve safety, a closer reading of its own exhaustive study reveals […]

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Radical Change to Michigan No-Fault Law

There has been a radical change to Michigan’s No-fault Law.  The radical change was announced in the recent decision published by the Michigan Court of Appeals, on September 10, 2015. The radical case is Perkovic v Zurich American Insurance Company, […]

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The Posted Speed Is Not Necessarily The Safe & Prudent Speed

It is striking to both see first-hand and then also hear a witness defensively testify that he was “driving the posted speed limit”, albeit in poor weather conditions, poor light (e.g., nighttime driving) or even around a curve on a road.  The […]

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Driving Too Fast For Conditions

The posted speed limit applies to perfect driving conditions (e.g., lighting, weather and traffic flow).  It is the maximum speed allowed in that perfect driving context.  When less than optimum conditions are present (e.g., reduced light/vision, wet roads or congested traffic), […]

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Pedestrians Have The Right-Of-Way

Up here in northern Michigan, our local community shopping districts are bustling with tourists.  Multiple designated pedestrian cross-walks and roadway yield-signs are displayed throughout our local harbor villages and cities.  Like it or not, pedestrians have the right-of-way and every motorist must stop […]

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Jeep Recall & Driverless Vehicles

Needless to say, the recent news about the operation of motor vehicles being (or capable of) hacked by outside sources is deeply disturbing.  Fiat-Chrysler just announced its recall of 1.4 Million vehicles after reported hacking disrupted the driving of at least one reported […]