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2012 February Archive

NHTSA and Goodyear Announce Tire Recall

By Lipton Law on February 28, 2012 - No comments

The U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and Goodyear Tires recently announced a recall of several different sizes of Goodyear Wrangler Silent Armor tires. All the recalled tires were manufactured between March and May 2009.

Goodyear warns that the tread on the tires can come loose, especially in tough driving conditions like emergency situations and bad roads. Loose tread can damage the vehicle. Worse, it can cause a serious auto accident; a tire that comes apart can easily force a vehicle to swerve, making it far too easy for the vehicle to crash.

The recalled tire sizes are sizes: LT235/80R17 LRE, LT325/60R18 LRE, LT275/70R18 LRE, LT265/70R17 LRE, LT245/75R17 LRE, and LT285/70R17 LRD. Owners of these tires can trade them in for a free replacement set. To find a place to return your tires in your area, call Goodyear toll-free at 1-800-592-3267. Goodyear has states that it expects to begin the recall on or before March 22, and that it plans to contact those tire owners for whom it has information.

At Lipton Law, our knowledgeable Southfield product liability attorneys can help you with every hurdle you face after an accident, from filing a Michigan no-fault insurance claim to holding the makers of a defective vehicle product accountable for their actions. To learn more about your legal rights after a crash and how we can help you protect them, call Lipton Law today at (248) 557-1688. Your initial consultation is free and completely confidential.


Michigan’s Graduated Driver Licensing Law Seeks to Give Teens More Road Experience

By Lipton Law on February 23, 2012 - No comments

Older drivers who got their first license in Michigan may remember when our state’s driver licensing program was pretty simple: learn to drive, get learner’s permit, then at age 16, receive a driver’s license.

However, as research mounted showing that inexperience was the number-one threat to drivers under age 19, Michigan joined many other states in implementing a graduated-driver licensing system: a multi-step process designed to give young drivers more practice and more experience before sending them out on their own.

Today, Michigan teens can begin learning to drive at age 14 years, 9 months. After successfully completing a driver’s training course, they must drive on a learner’s permit for at least six months, practicing their skills with a licensed adult in the vehicle for at least 50 hours on the road. Ten of these hours must be driven at night. At age 16, a teen driver may receive a Michigan graduated driver’s license, which allows him or her to drive alone, but prohibits more than one passenger under age 21. A second round of driver’s training is also required. Once the young driver turns 17, he or she may have a full-fledged Michigan driver’s license.

At Lipton Law, our experienced Southfield car accident lawyers are dedicated to helping those injured in car accidents and their families. Our first priority is to serve each of our clients to the fullest extent. If you or someone you love has been hurt in a car accident, call us today at (248) 557-1688 for a free and confidential telephone consultation.


Debate Continues on Reducing Michigan No-Fault Benefits

By Lipton Law on February 21, 2012 - No comments

A bill introduced in the Michigan legislature in October 2011 would end Michigan’s lifetime no-fault insurance benefits and allow drivers to choose up to $5 million in lifetime coverage instead. Although the bill is approaching the six-month anniversary of its introduction, it’s no closer to being passed, and instead is facing strong opposition and even a lawsuit, according to a recent article in the Livingston Daily.

The bill’s sponsor has argued that the bill would lower no-fault insurance premiums in Michigan by forcing injured drivers to take more responsibility for their own coverage. Currently, he says that Michigan’s lifetime benefits arrangement for seriously injured drivers is raising auto insurance premiums.

Opponents believe that, given the option, young drivers, those with previous DUI convictions, and other high-risk drivers will opt for lower coverage, which might leave them unable to pay their medical bills if they are hurt in a serious MI auto accident. The bill also appropriates $50,000 for a publicity campaign for the new law, if it passes. Because bills with appropriations in them cannot be re-considered by Michigan voters on a referendum, opponents of the bill are particularly concerned with defeating it in the legislature, before it can reach the governor’s desk for a signature.

At Lipton Law, our experienced Southfield no-fault insurance attorneys are ready to help those injured in car accidents. We can guide you through every step of the way, from filing your Michigan no-fault insurance claim to seeking compensation from any other parties who may be at fault for your injuries. Call us today at (248) 557-1688 for a free and confidential consultation.


Call for Banning Handheld Cell Phone Use Begins in Michigan

By Lipton Law on February 16, 2012 - No comments

Many other states have banned texting and using handheld cell phones to make or receive calls while the person using the device is driving a motor vehicle. Although Michigan has not passed a statewide law banning handheld cell phone use, many advocates say that it’s time our state joined those who have banned this distracting, accident-causing practice.

States aren’t the only ones getting on the handheld-cell-phone-banning bandwagon. In December 2011, the director of the U.S. National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) also called for a ban on handheld cell phone use while driving, citing the thousands of lives that are lost every year and the additional thousands who are injured by drivers distracted by handheld cell phones.

A study by the American Automobile Association (AAA) found that, while 88 percent of drivers agree that cell phone use of any kind while driving is dangerous, over 66 percent admitted to using their cell phones while driving within the past 30 days. Supporters of a handheld cell phone ban in Michigan say that these numbers show awareness and voluntary avoidance isn’t enough. Supporters claim the law should provide penalties for those who use handheld cell phones while driving.

Distracted driving can be caused by cell phone use or by many other things, including eating, looking at a map, or talking to others in the vehicle. Regardless of the cause, however, distracted driving is a tragedy when a serious car accident results. If you or someone you love has been injured by a distracted driver, please don’t hesitate to contact the experienced Southfield distracted driving lawyers at Lipton Law. For a free consultation, call us today at (248) 557-1688.


The Three Parts of a Michigan No-Fault Policy

By Lipton Law on February 14, 2012 - No comments

Michigan no-fault auto insurance law is one of the most comprehensive laws in the nation. Although Michigan no-fault coverage is often assumed to cost drivers more up front, it also provides coverage in nearly all auto accidents, even if you are severely injured or lose a loved one.

A basic Michigan no-fault policy has three parts:

  • Personal Injury Protection. Known as “PIP” benefits, personal injury protection pays for your medical bills and related costs, as well as those of the passengers in your car if they are children or don’t have an auto insurance policy of their own. As of 2010, the maximum PIP benefit was $4,929 per month.
  • Property Damage. Property damage benefits pay for damage your car does to someone else’s property during a Michigan auto accident. For instance, if your car is hit by another driver and pushed into someone’s front yard, your property damage benefits pay to fix any damage to that person’s front yard. These benefits do not, however, pay for damage to your own vehicle.
  • Residual Liability. Residual liability has two parts: bodily injury and property damage. The bodily injury portion goes toward paying the medical expenses of others involved in a crash if they do not have a policy that offers PIP benefits; for instance, if they are from out of state. The property damage portion protects you if you are sued under Michigan’s “mini-tort” provision, which can add up to $500 for damages not covered by insurance.

At Lipton Law, our experienced Michigan no-fault auto insurance attorneys can help you with every step of the post-accident process, from filing your no-fault insurance claim to seeking compensation from any negligent parties in court. We’ll guide you through the complex no-fault process so you and your family can focus on recovery. For a free consultation, call us today at (248) 557-1688.


Concussions Often Accompanied By Other Serious Injuries, Study Finds

By Lipton Law on February 10, 2012 - No comments

A recent study from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) found that, while sports-related concussions are far more frequent among teenagers than adults, people who suffer concussions or other traumatic brain injuries at all age levels are more likely to need in-hospital care if they also suffered other types of injuries at the same time. Especially common were severe traumatic brain injuries combined with wounds or broken bones in the head, neck, or upper body.

Bruises and open wounds were the most common injuries that came along with traumatic brain injuries in the AHRQ study. Nearly 25 percent of patients with a concussion or other traumatic brain injury also had severe bruising, and over 18 percent had an open wound on the face, neck, or upper body, often a cut or scrape resulting from a fall or blow to the head. Sprains and strains also accompanied 13 percent of those who were seen in hospital emergency rooms for traumatic brain injuries.

Not all accidents are limited to just one injury; many cause multiple injuries, resulting in longer healing times and an increased risk of complications from infections, medications, or rehabilitation. If you’ve been injured, the experienced personal injury attorneys in Michigan at Lipton Law are ready to help. To discuss your case with us and learn more about your legal rights and options, call Lipton Law today at (248) 557-1688. Your initial telephone consultation is free and completely confidential.


NHTSA Announces Child Seat, Tire Recalls

By Lipton Law on February 8, 2012 - No comments

The U.S. National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA) recently announced two separate recalls that may affect millions of U.S. drivers. One recall focuses on defective child safety seats, while the other focuses on defective vehicle tires.

Car seat maker Britax has recalled several of its “Chaperone” child safety seats because the straps that keep the child securely in the seat can come loose, offering no protection from a crash or from an active child climbing or falling out of the seat. Owners of these child seats can contact the manufacturer at 1(888) 427-4829 or www.britaxusa.com to request a free repair kit that will reattach the straps securely.

Toyo Tire has also recalled several of its Extensa A/S tires. The bead of the tire can come loose or twist, resulting in air loss that can cause vehicle damage, auto accidents, or both. Owners who have these tires can contact Toyo for more information at 1(800) 442-8696, or return the tires to the store from which they purchased them.

More information on both these recalls is available at the NHTSA vehicle recall and safety website, www.safercar.gov.

Injuries from defective products, especially auto parts, can seriously and permanently change the course of a person’s and a family’s life. If you’ve been injured by a defective product, the experienced Southfield product liability lawyers at Lipton Law are ready to help. To discuss your case with us and learn more about your legal rights and options, call Lipton Law today at (248) 557-1688. Your initial telephone consultation is free and completely confidential.


“Fans Don’t Let Fans Drive Drunk” – Or Everyone Loses

By Lipton Law on February 3, 2012 - No comments

The Super Bowl is coming up, and the National Football League (NFL) has teamed up with the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) to remind football fans that drunk driving has serious consequences in its “Fans Don’t Let Fans Drive Drunk” campaign.

Driving while impaired even a bit greatly increases the chances of an auto accident. Even if you’ve made the smart choice not to drive after drinking alcohol, other drivers on the road may not be so considerate – and tragedy can result.

Here are a few ways you can encourage safe driving during Super Bowl weekend:

  • If you host a Super Bowl party at home, stop serving alcohol at least an hour before the party is scheduled to end. Switching to non-alcoholic drinks only at the end of the game’s third quarter is a time-honored method used in NFL stadiums across the country.
  • If you go out for a party, make your own plans for a sober ride home, and program the numbers of local cab companies into your cell phone so you can call for a safe ride home for any friends who may have had one too many.
  • Whether you’re at home or out for your Super Bowl celebrations, give designated drivers the special treatment. Offer them a prime seat, keep their non-alcoholic drink topped off, or pick up the tab for them.

Drunk driving can cause serious accidents, which can result in permanent disabilities or even death. If you or someone you love has been injured in a drunk driving accident, you have certain legal rights and options in Michigan. At Lipton Law, our experienced Michigan drunk driving accident victim lawyers can help you with all steps of the post-accident process, from filing a Michigan no-fault insurance claim to fighting to hold a negligent driver accountable in court. For a free and confidential case evaluation, call us today at (248) 557-1688.


Celebrate National Heart Health Month with a Second Opinion

By Lipton Law on February 1, 2012 - No comments

February is National Heart Health Month, and organizations like the American Heart Association (AHA) are spreading the word about heart disease. Heart disease causes damage to the heart and the blood vessels that carry blood to and from the heart. Undiagnosed, misdiagnosed, or untreated heart disease is a major cause of heart attacks, especially in women, who may not experience any symptoms of heart disease before an attack occurs.

According to the American Heart Association, it’s never a bad idea to get a second doctor’s opinion if you are unsure that your first physician has correctly diagnosed your heart disease or is offering sufficient treatment and prevention options for it. This is especially true if you have several risk factors for heart disease, including a family history of heart problems. Since heart disease can lead to several serious health consequences, including premature death, getting a second opinion may mean the difference between a long, healthy life and disability or death.

If caught early, heart disease can be prevented or kept from getting worse by lifestyle changes, medications, and surgery designed to keep the heart moving and the blood vessels clear. If it’s ignored or overlooked, however, heart disease can cause serious consequences, including heart attacks, blood clots, and other conditions.

If you or someone you know has been injured by a doctor’s failure to diagnose or treat heart disease, please don’t hesitate to contact the experienced Southfield medical malpractice attorneys at Lipton Law. For a free and confidential consultation, call us today at (248) 557-1688.