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Appellate Court Nixes “Innocent Third-Party Rule” In PIP Cases Involving Fraud

Appellate Court Nixes “Innocent Third-Party Rule” In PIP Cases Involving Fraud

The “innocent third-party rule” in Michigan no longer exists in cases of insurance fraud — at least until the state Legislature decides to create such a rule, the Michigan Court of Appeals announced in Bazzi v Sentinel Ins Co (Docket No. 320518). As a result, innocent third parties, including medical providers who treat persons injured […]

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Can A Car Keep You Safer By Parallel Parking Itself?

Can A Car Keep You Safer By Parallel Parking Itself?

Many drivers dread parallel parking — and, unfortunately, a lot of fender benders happen during the parallel parking process. But vehicles nowadays come with safety features that can help guide drivers into parallel parking spaces. One of these safety features is called “automatic parallel parking.” This technology helps steer a vehicle into a selected parallel parking space. […]

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Riding Without A Motorcycle Helmet: What Are The Costs?

Riding Without A Motorcycle Helmet: What Are The Costs?

The repeal of the Michigan motorcycle helmet law in 2012 is having an impact on the number of crash fatalities, as well as the severity of injuries being treated at hospitals, according to a study. The Michigan State Police reported that 138 motorcyclists were killed in crashes in 2015.  This is the highest number of […]

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Crucial Medical Provider Reimbursement Case Heads To Michigan Supreme Court

Crucial Medical Provider Reimbursement Case Heads To Michigan Supreme Court

Can hospitals, doctors and other medical service providers file their own lawsuits against no-fault insurers, seeking reimbursement for services they’ve rendered to persons injured in car crashes? If so, can these treatment providers protect their right to reimbursement by sending written notice to no-fault insurers of their intent to collect payment on their own? By granting leave to appeal […]

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When Two Words Collide: Car “Crash” Or Car “Accident”?

When Two Words Collide: Car “Crash” Or Car “Accident”?

Words, and how they’re used, are important. The more we use words or phrases in certain ways, the more we become accustomed to that usage, making it seem “normal.” In cases of collisions involving motor vehicles, the phrase “car accident” or “traffic accident” has typically been used. For decades, we have been wired to use […]

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