Michigan News

Michigan Officials: Crashes Up but Traffic Deaths Down in 2014

Michigan traffic deaths totaled less than 900 last year for the first time since 2011 despite an increase in the total number of crashes in 2014, officials announced. There were 876 traffic deaths in 2014, down 8 percent from 951 …

Michigan’s Fremont Insurance Announces Staff Additions, Promotions

Michigan-based Fremont Insurance Co. announced it is both adding and promoting staff to meet increasing demands for commercial lines products. Fremont is strengthening the commercial lines function with the promotion of Debb Koepplinger to territory sales manager, as well as …

Electronics Enable Michigan Police to Check Vehicle Insurance Quickly

Police in Michigan are using an easy way to check whether a motor vehicle is properly insured. Starting last year, police got access to information on whether a vehicle is insured by running a license plate number through an in-car …

Michigan’s Auto Insurance Catastrophic Injury Fee to Drop to $150

The annual auto insurance fee that Michigan drivers pay toward caring for people catastrophically injured in crashes is dropping from $186 to $150. The Michigan Catastrophic Claims Association announced March 25 that the new per-car assessment for the 12 months …

Michigan Workers’ Comp Costs Drop, Employment Rises

Michigan has had some positive developments on the employment and workers’ compensation fronts lately and state officials are eager to share the news. Workers’ comp costs for employers in Michigan have dropped by nearly 28 percent since 2011 and the …

Lawmakers Likely to Try Again to Reform Michigan’s No-Fault System

Michigan has some of the highest auto insurance rates in the country and auto insurance rate hikes there were higher than those in any other state over the past two years, according to the insurance consulting firm, Perr&Knight. Some see …

Dozens of Drivers Ticketed after Michigan Freeway Pileup

Dozens of drivers are being ticketed following January’s massive pileup on snowy Interstate 94 in southwestern Michigan that killed a 57-year-old trucker and closed a stretch of the roadway for two days, police announced. Traffic citations for 63 drivers, mostly …

A.M. Best Upgrades Michigan Millers Mutual Insurance Ratings

A.M. Best has removed from under review with positive implications and upgraded the financial strength rating to A- (Excellent) from B++ (Good) and the issuer credit rating to “a-” from “bbb” of Michigan Millers Mutual Insurance Co. (Michigan Millers) in Lansing, Mich. The …

Steel, Not Plywood, Protecting Vacant Homes in Detroit Enclave

Detroit enclave of Highland Park is using steel instead of plywood to cover doors and windows of vacant homes as part of an effort to better prevent drug activity, arson, squatting and other crimes. Fire Chief Derek Hillman told The …

Contractor Sentenced to Prison in Michigan Asbestos Removal Case

A contractor has been sentenced to five years in federal prison for failing to properly remove asbestos from an old church in Bay City, Mich. The church was converted into a charter school, Bay City Academy. Roy Bradley Sr. was …