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It is that time of the summer season up here in northern Michigan where festivals are in full swing. With that come corporate sponsors and vendors setting up their promotional tents for the designed purpose to engage potential customers. Vendor tents can be rather large and constructed of heavy metal. And when placed in open spaces (e.g., near the shore of a lake), wind becomes a foreseeable environmental factor that creates risk of the tent blowing over and hurting people. Minimum standards are required for anchoring vendor tents. Unfortunately, corners are cut or time is rushed to get to the festival and the vendor tent raised for business; the consequence of those negligent choices, however, is that the gathering public is put at risk of serious injury. People who have been injured because of the negligence of festival vendors are welcome to contact Smith & Johnson, Attorneys, P.C., for a free consultation to learn more about their legal rights.

Authored by L. Page Graves

Up here in northern Michigan, we are blessed with so many trails, walkways and places to walk, hike, bike or recreate. And to many, dogs are equally part of that cherished family activity. For everyone’s benefit and safety using the trail, sidewalk, walkway or venue, dogs are required to be leashed at all times. Keeping dogs on a leash not only safely protects others from unwanted or unexpected contact, but it also serves to keep the family pet safe, too. Summertime brings increased motorized traffic to our region which, statistically, adds to the probability of a dog being hit by a car, when not on a leash. For more information about Michigan’s leash law or about dog bite liability, generally, please contact Smith & Johnson, for a free consultation.

Authored by L. Page Graves

The nice weather is upon us. Naturally, with that, so are avid motorcycle enthusiasts and cyclists. Sadly, although a motorcyclist or bicyclist is generally highly prudent and safe consciously aware of the road environment, this common Michigan traveler on the roadway seems to be the one missed, more than the one seen. Accredited motorcyclist and cyclist organizations promote high visibility programs to enhance safety for all. Studies show that high visibility clothing and accessories lower the risk to the motorcyclist or cyclist. Vehicle motorists must always still be aware of motorcyclists and cyclists on the roadway; revisiting the 10 common rules for safe coexistence, is always recommended. When a motorcyclist or cyclist is, regretfully, involved in a crash with a motor vehicle, special legal rights attach under Michigan’s compulsory automobile no-fault insurance system. Accident victims are welcomed to contact Smith & Johnson, Attorneys, P.C., for a free consultation to learn their legal rights.

Authored by L. Page Graves

With summer now upon us here in Northern Michigan, the excitement to get out on the water builds. Refreshing yourself with the basic rules of navigation and right of way is always recommended. Failure to obey the rules and which causes an accident and injury will subject you to liability. Thus, it is also advisable that you consult with your insurance agent to make sure you are adequately insured. If you are involved in a boating accident, it is important to know what you must do and not do. Finally, and most important for boating safety to all is to follow the law pertaining to alcohol consumption which is identical to when operating a motor vehicle. If you happen to be the victim of a boating accident, please contact us for a free consultation to learn more about your personal injury and property damages rights. Also, if you happen to be arrested for operating a boat while under the influence, we can help you through that difficult legal process, too.

Authored by L. Page Graves

The auto no-fault insurance industry’s recent effort to reform the Michigan system of auto insurance is currently stalled before the Michigan House of Representatives. The version of the bill as passed by the State Senate, changed modestly after being reported out by the House Committee on Insurance. As with any politically charged issue, partisan rhetoric and misleading talking points have deliberately clouded the factual reality of what is really at stake. And regrettably, many news accounts of the important debate do not clarify or correct the rhetoric but instead, merely repeat what each side to the debate has alleged. Objectivity is what Michigan residents expect from their State Legislators as opposed to re-election campaign donation inspired action. For more objective information as to both sides of the issue, please contact Smith & Johnson, Attorneys, P.C., for a free consultation and discussion about this important topic that impacts all Michigan residents and our State’s critically important economic driver: Pure Michigan tourism from abroad.

Authored by L. Page Graves