Auto No-Fault Law Blog

Is Snapchat’s “Speed-Capturing” Filter Contributing To Auto Accidents?

Is Snapchat’s “Speed-Capturing” Filter Contributing To Auto Accidents?

On the night of September 10, 2015, 18-year-old Christal McGee was taking friends home in her father’s white Mercedes-Benz C230. While driving, she allegedly opened the Snapchat app on her smart phone so she could use its “speed-capturing” filter to post a photo of her driving at a high rate of speed. As McGee purportedly […]

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Some Insurers Are Engaging In “Preferred Provider” Persuasion

Some Insurers Are Engaging In “Preferred Provider” Persuasion

Persons who are injured in auto accidents have the right to select their own doctors — insurance company’s cannot dictate “preferred providers.” The Michigan Supreme Court made this “right to choose” clear in Morgan v Citizens Ins Co, 432 Mich 640 (1989), when it said that Michigan’s no-fault law “preserves to the injured person a […]

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Quick-Thinking Eyewitness Helps Injured Pedestrian Get $1M Settlement

Quick-Thinking Eyewitness Helps Injured Pedestrian Get $1M Settlement

In November 2011, a 19-year-old pedestrian’s life was changed forever when she was hit by a pickup truck while crossing 15 Mile Road in Clinton Township. The violent impact caused her to sustain life-threatening injuries, including traumatic brain injury and spine fractures, among others. To make matters worse, the pickup-truck driver did not slow down […]

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Appellate Court: “Cousin By Marriage” Isn’t A “Relative” For PIP Benefits

Appellate Court: “Cousin By Marriage” Isn’t A “Relative” For PIP Benefits

A “cousin by marriage” relationship does not satisfy the definition of “relative” in the No-Fault Act, according to the Michigan Court of Appeals. In Lewis v Farmers Ins Exchange, an April 19 published decision, the injured person asserted that she resided with, and was a “cousin by marriage” to, Tamekiah Gordon, who had an auto […]

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