JC Reindl Detroit Free Press Published 6:00 AM EDT Sep 7, 2018 Michigan motorists are very familiar with the special fee in their no-fault car insurance bills — currently $192 per year — that is specifically for the care and medical bills of the most catastrophically injured auto accident victims. It is less known that the no-fault system allows lawyers to take a one-third cut of these victims' benefit money indefinitely, even for the life of a crash survivor. That is what happened to Michael Powers, 51, of Lapeer, who has been a paraplegic since a 1993 auto accident caused by a drunk driver. For years and until last December, one-third of his no-fault benefits money for in-home nursing aides went to a personal injury attorney. That arrangement limited how much he could pay his aides, he said, and ended only after Powers says he learned from another … [Read more...] about No-fault lawyer took fees from injured car crash victims
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In June 2002, facing numerous complaints about a tire that had been installed on thousands of motorhomes, Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. put out a service bulletin one RV manufacturer to replace the tires for certain owners, free of charge. By then, Goodyear had received at least 20 injury and death claims over failures of the tire, the G159, as well as 310 property damage claims. Armed with knowledge of the high failure claim data, federal regulators are asking the company why it didn’t simply conduct a safety recall instead for the tires, which would’ve let owners of all G159-equipped RVs know about a potential safety issue. More and more, lawyers, regulators and customers are asking this: if Goodyear was aware of so many reported problems with this tire, why not recall it? It’s a question that has factored into the 41 lawsuits Goodyear has faced over the last 20 years due to accidents involving failures of the G159 275/70R 22.5, characterized by one attorney … [Read more...] about Why Didn’t Goodyear Recall An RV Tire That’s Linked To At Least 98 Deaths And Injuries?
SAN FRANCISCO – U.S. lawmakers have applied a light touch in regulating robot cars. At the national level, the Trump administration has proclaimed that driverless-car guidelines should be "entirely voluntary" for automakers, and bills pending in Congress would clear the way to putting tens of thousands of autonomous cars on the road — orders of magnitude more than the few hundred in the country today — before federal safety regulations are set. Forty states have passed various rules, with California's being the most well defined, but the pending federal laws would void states' ability to regulate driverless cars. All that may change soon. The industry's first pedestrian fatality, in which a self-driving Uber SUV hit and killed Elaine Herzberg in Tempe, Ariz., in March, has focused attention on the nascent industry and its safety rules — or lack thereof. "The one positive thing that may come from Ms. Herzberg's death is that regulators at all levels will start to … [Read more...] about Crashes invite tighter rules for self-driving cars
An online rant by a man whose sister was killed in a car crash in Baltimore went viral this week after he accused Progressive Advanced Insurance Co. of siding with the driver whose car hit his sister's vehicle in June 2010.Matt Fisher's Monday post on tumblr.com sparked international coverage and a barrage of outraged tweets and comments. "If you are insured by Progressive, and they owe you money, they will defend your killer in court in order to not pay you your policy," he wrote.As the online chatter intensified and customers threatened via social media to drop Progressive as their insurer, the company responded on the Internet with condolences to the family and a defense of its handing of the case. The firm also addressed Fisher's statements."To be very clear, Progressive did not serve as the attorney for the defendant in this case," Chris Wolf, claims general manager for Progressive, said in an email Tuesday. "He was defended by his insurance company, Nationwide."The case — a … [Read more...] about Online post about refusal to pay fatal accident claim goes viral
Michael Cohen, President Donald Trump’s longtime personal lawyer, is reportedly being examined by the FBI, in part because of his time as a New York City taxi business owner. This week, he’s receiving some extra scrutiny over his time an attorney in a new investigative report by Rolling Stone: the outlet found he represented clients in the past who staged car accidents for insurance money. Prior to working for Trump, Cohen hustled as a personal injury lawyer, filing suits “on behalf of people with little means who were seeking compensation for the injuries they suffered in car collisions,” Rolling Stone said. But there was a major issue with some of Cohen’s cases, the news outlet added: Some of the crashes at issue didn’t appear to be accidents at all. A Rolling Stone investigation found that Cohen represented numerous clients who were involved in deliberate, planned car crashes as part of an attempt to cheat insurance companies. Furthermore, … [Read more...] about Donald Trump’s Lawyer Had Clients Who Staged Car Accidents For Insurance Money: Report