Michigan Personal Injury Law Blog | Goodwin & Scieszka

Have any road trips planned in the remaining summer days? If you do, then think twice about which state you are going to because the words out on the nation’s worst states to drive through. You might think about driving around them after reading this article.

Want to stand outside the White House and picket, or see that tiny guy up close that sits inside the penny? Well, according to a GMAC insurance report conducted in 2011, the place where people are most likely to not know the written rules of the road is in the District of Columbia. Only 70% of those polled would likely pass the written vehicle-licensing exam.

On Air with WMUZ on Law Day

Thursday, 18 July 2013 by

June 9, 2013, Law Day, Russell Jalbert and Bob Dutko broadcasted live from Goodwin and Scieszka at 15 Mile Rd. and Woodward.

This is what they talked about:

They talked about the NSA tracking our moves online. It was described as very “Orwellian.” Both men seemed uneasy about the government’s involvement in our lives. They quickly moved on to talking about the stock market.

According to Russell Jalbert, the stock market and the economy are no longer mutually exclusive. Unemployment is rising, and while jobs are being added, job growth is not as high as it should be. The American people have lost faith in the stock market, and according to Jalbert, no new families have come into his office looking to invest in the market.

An 11-year-old boy was unfortunately killed in a boating accident on Sylvan Lake this last Sunday. The boy and his two sisters were being pulled behind a jet ski in an inner tube. Their father was driving. Another boat crossed their path and collided with the children.

The driver said he was unable to see the children just before the accident occurred.

The two girls, ages 6 and 10, were severely injured. 10-year old Adriana is still being treated at Beaumont Hospital, where she is in critical condition. Sadly, 6-year old Gabrielle died Monday.

There’s nothing more nostalgic than sitting around a summer campfire. And as more people hit Michigan’s many camping spots this summer, we want to raise awareness in an effort to reduce fire-related injuries.

Before you begin, you’re going to need to collect your tinder and wood. Collect only as much as you need. If you are entertaining a large group, then you’re going to need bigger logs for a lengthier burn. If you’re merely cooking dinner, then get smaller logs.

Building a fire only as big as your specific needs significantly reduces the likelihood of an unfortunate bonfire injury.

Brandon Kuzminski was riding his 2009 yellow Honda motorcycle south down Romeo Plank Road in Macomb. Just before 10am, as he was crossing an intersection, he crashed head-on with a 2000 Dodge Ram van that was driven by a 36-year old man from Harrison Township.

The van made a left turn, and allegedly failed to yield to the motorcycle’s right of way.

Kuzminski was wearing his helmet and not under the influence of either drugs or alcohol.

On Tuesday, in the 1100 block of Michigan Avenue, a white pit bull bit a woman in Sheboygan. The dog was leashed, and the woman was bit just as she kneeled down to pet the dog. She said that the dog looked “playful.”

Police are now looking for the owner because state law requires that the dog be observed for 10 days to check for rabies.

Any information about the owner should be reported to the Sheboygan Police at 920-459-3333.

This is an unfortunate reminder that even “playful” looking dogs do bite.

A neighbor heard the explosion from next door. “It sounded like a bomb,” she reported. The man inside the home survived the explosion. He even drove himself to the hospital in Ann Arbor after retrieving his dog, which had ran out of the house frightened.

From the neighbor’s surveillance cameras, you could see the roof cave in and the windows and doors blow off. If caused by a natural gas leak, then this would be the second major explosion of its kind this year.

Only a few months ago, one man was killed in Royal Oak after a gas explosion that also affected over 30 other surrounding homes.

This is the 2nd year that consumers have been able to buy aerial fireworks in Michigan. Michiganders used to have to drive to the Ohio border to purchase “the good stuff.”

Before the ban on aerial fireworks was lifted, disappointed patrons would stop at Michigan’s firework stands and think:

You’re gonna stand there, ownin’ a fireworks stand, and tell me you don’t have no whistlin’ bungholes, no spleen splitters, whisker biscuits, hoosker don’ts, cherry bombs, nipsy daisers, with or without the scooter stick, or one single whistlin’ kitty chaser?

Michigan has to balance its financial interest in selling more fireworks against the liability of having more dangerous ones.

While firework sales dramatically increased as a result of Michigan’s new law, so did the amount of injuries.

Two bicyclists were struck and killed by cars in two separate accidents in the Northern Lower Peninsula: an unidentified 29-year-old woman from Traverse City and Daniel Adams from Oden. Here is the official news story.

Michigan residents are looking for the SUV that hit Mr. Adams, dragging his body for almost two blocks, and then fleeing the scene.

It’s difficult to read about these types of accidents, and our condolences go out to everyone affected by them.

As more cars and bikes hit the open roads this season, it’s important to remember a few tips to keep our bikers safe.

Scott Goodwin is a 2013 Super Lawyer: he was named Lawyer of the Year in 2004, and he is the Vice President of the Michigan Association for Justice. He’s built his reputation defending clients injured in car, motorcycle, and drunk driving accidents over the last 25 years.

His litigation experience and his ability to reach deep into his opponents’ pockets have also awarded him recognition as:

  • a Top 100 Trial Lawyer,
  • a top lawyer from DBusiness Magazine,
  • and he is an AV, highly recommended attorney by the Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Ratings.
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