Oakland County now has Michigan’s highest rate of deer-car accidents by Goldman & Associates

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Statewide incidents continue to decline

Prominent auto accident attorney at Goldman & Associates is reporting that Oakland County has now overtaken Kent County as the most common place for deer-car accidents in Michigan. After years as the state’s most deer-accident ridden county, Kent County has seen the number of incidents in 2012 decrease to 1,572, behind Oakland County’s reported 1,683 accidents in 2012. According to State Farm, Michigan drivers have a one-in-92 chance of hitting a deer, compared to a one-in-81 chance only a few years ago. Experts attribute these declining numbers to a stabilization of the deer population in southern Michigan, as well as to a decrease in the likelihood of people reporting deer-car crashes to the authorities.

Even with the decrease in incidents, drivers must remain vigilant and alert, especially when driving along wooded areas. Authorities warn drivers that October and November are particularly dangerous months for deer-car accidents, as this time of the year coincides with both deer mating and hunting season. Here are a few helpful tips to help you prevent these crashes:

Heighten your attention at dusk and dawn

Deer are more likely to be active and wander into the street during these times of the day. In particular, deer during the fall mating season are more likely to make their way out from cover and into traffic.

Deer often travel in groups

If you see one deer crossing the road, be on the lookout for others following closely behind. Deer often travel in a single-file line, so if you see one deer, slow down and be on the lookout for others darting into traffic.

Proceed with caution through deer-crossing areas

If you notice a “Warning: Deer-Crossing” sign, be sure to reduce your speed. These signs are placed for a reason. Drive through these areas at a reduced speed and scan the edge of wooded areas for any sign of deer presence.

Last year, car-deer accidents resulted in 1,329 injuries and eight deaths. In total, there were 48,918 accidents involving a deer in Michigan in 2012.

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Hayride Crash Injures Nine in Milford, MI by Goldman & Associates

Expert lawyers in Michigan from Goldman & Associates are reporting on new information regarding a hayride accident in Milford Michigan. As previously reported, a wooden trailer carrying sixteen passengers at Milford’s Camp Dearborn tipped over, injuring multiple occupants. Nine individuals were sent to the hospital as a result of the incident with minor, non life-threatening injuries. Authorities now say that the driver of the truck pulling the hayride had been drinking and is expected to be criminally charged today.

Reports indicate the driver of the ride had been drinking on the day of the incident 

The 28-year-old man, thus far unnamed by authorities, reportedly had been drinking during the afternoon of the accident. Police report that a preliminary breath test administered to the driver on site showed that he had a blood alcohol level of .06%, below the legal limit (.08%) required for a drinking and driving arrest. The man stated that he had only been drinking “because it was his birthday.” Regardless of the occasion, the man faces criminal prosecution for his actions which put numerous lives at risk.

The driver, who has reportedly worked at Camp Dearborn for approximately a year, believes that the occupants were partially at fault for the crash. He claims that passengers had congregated to one side of the wagon to “throw hay” at oncoming hayrides. However, this claim has been reportedly disputed by several riders. According to the authorities, at least two of the riders reported that the wagon was traveling too fast, with one stating that the driver was “flying.”

As a result of the crash, nine individuals were taken to the hospital. Seven individuals were transported to Providence Park Hospital in Novi. Two others were treated at Huron Valley-Sinai Hospital in Commerce Township.

Although an investigation is still pending, the preliminary details indicate that both the driver and his employer could be liable for the damages suffered by the passengers. If indeed the man was drinking, (which the breath test confirmed) he should not have been permitted to transport the Camp’s patrons.

Fatal Accident on I-75 near Woodward Heights by Goldman & Associates

Prominent Michigan auto accident attorney from Goldman & Associates is saddened to report a fatal accident on I-75 on the evening of October 29. The victim, identified as Stacie Nicole Pennington, 40, from Harper Woods, Michigan was traveling south in her 1998 Cadillac on I-75 near Woodward Heights when she lost control of her. Eyewitnesses report that Ms. Pennington was thrown from her vehicle as it overturned. The Harper Woods native was taken to nearby Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oak, where she was pronounced dead that evening.

Police suspect road-rage may have contributed to the incident

Police are still in search of another driver suspected in connection with the fatal incident. Authorities believe that this second driver may have gotten into some type of “road-rage” altercation with the victim. Police describe the suspect’s vehicle as a white GMC pickup with tinted windows and a “Pure Michigan” license plate.

Overly aggressive drivers are not only a danger to themselves, but to all who share the road with them. Two statutes in the Michigan Vehicle Code may apply to these cases of “road rage”:

– Careless Driving (MCL 257.626b): This section states that someone who is driving in a “careless or negligent manner likely to endanger any person or property, but without wantonness or recklessness, is responsible for a civil infraction.” So for this statute to apply, an individual need not show intent to damage property or injury another person. Any driver who commits a negligent act which is deemed unsafe can be considered “careless.”

– Reckless Driving (MCL 257.626): This statute states that a driver who “in willful or wanton disregard for the safety of persons or property is guilty of reckless driving.” To be considered a reckless driver, one must be fully aware of the hazardously negligent acts being committed (speeding, tailgating, driving on the shoulder) and continue to engage in them anyway.

Halloween Safety Tips by Michigan Personal Injury Lawyers

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Expert Michigan personal injury attorney provides tips on how to keep your kids safe this Halloween weekend. Despite the good intentions of all involved, each year’s Halloween celebrations inevitably prove harmful to some unfortunate trick-or-treaters. Venturing onto others’ property always comes with inherent risks. Those risks are obviously heightened on this holiday, as children across the country walk the streets in the dark and receive goods from relative strangers. Here are a few helpful tips to ensure that your child has a fun and safe Halloween this year.

Inspect all of your child’s candy before they enjoy it

While we have all heard the frightening headlines about razor blades in candy apples or pins in your favorite snack bar, these extreme cases are not the only danger your child may face this year. Be sure to check each candy’s wrapper and make sure it has not passed its expiration date. Also, if your child suffers from any allergies, look over the ingredients of their candy to make sure they do not ingest anything that may cause them harm.

Proceed onto your neighbors’ property with care to avoid injuries

Be cautious of your surroundings when venturing from house to house. Watch out for things such as broken steps on porches and ice patches on walkways. Especially when the area is not well lit, advise your child to take great care when walking up to each person’s door. Also, pay attention to decorations such as jack-o-lanterns and scarecrows. Your child may get startled by these intentionally scary adornments and they may slip and fall, injuring themselves as a result.

Stick to the sidewalks

Be sure that your children know the importance of staying off the streets this Halloween weekend. Many individuals use Halloween as a time to indulge in alcohol and some, unfortunately, choose to get behind the wheel after having done so. Make sure your children stay on the sidewalks when travelling from house to house, and when they must cross a street, take great care to look both ways and listen for oncoming traffic.

If you or your child is injured, what should you do?

In the event of an injury, be sure to completely assess the context of the situation; take in all of the details. Your complete knowledge of the circumstances that resulted in you or your child’s injuries can only aid you in receiving all of the remedies you deserve. Then, call a personal injury attorney to discuss all your options. If you have any questions regarding personal injury claims, call our office at (877) 737-8800.

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What to do if You were in a Bus Accident in Michigan

Do you know what to do if you are in a bus accident in Michigan? Do your kids take a bus to school? Do you take the bus to work or to go shopping? Do you ride the bus for nice scenic vacations? If so, you run the risk of being involved in a bus accident. Here is some information to help you out if you ever need it.

Key things to remember if you have been in a bus accident in Michigan:

  • Do not move
  • Remain calm
  • Obtain medical help
  • Know there are laws to protect you
  • Call a Michigan bus accident attorney

Do not move

First, if you feel pain, do not move! Look around and call out for help. If you have a loved one with you that was also hurt, tell them not to move either. If you can reach a cell phone with limited movement and no one has responded to your calls for help, get your phone and call 911.

Remain calm

Next, try to remain calm. Help is coming even if you could not call for it. Someone else surely did. Look around and become familiar with the exits of the bus. This way if you do need to get off of the bus you will know which way to go. If the bus flipped or turned on its side you may have become disoriented with the front and back ends of the bus. If you cannot see the exits, find landmarks on the bus to help you identify where the front or back of the bus would be. Look for exit signs.  Only move if you absolutely have to in order to maintain your safety.

Obtain medical help

If you have any amount of physical impairment be sure to seek medical help. A small bump on the head can turn into a concussion. Neck or back pain could be a spinal cord injury. If you have pain, bumped your head, were thrown from the bus or thrown around the bus, are bleeding or have any other injury get yourself checked out.

If you feel Ok at the time of the accident but find yourself dealing with pain the next day, call for medical attention. Any pain within 48 hours of the bus accident could be related to an injury received from the bus accident.

Laws

There are laws in Michigan that dictate when you can and cannot pursue money for your injuries. There are also laws and regulations that govern the maintenance and safety of busses. A knowledgeable attorney will know how to work within the limits of each set of laws and determine whether or not you have a case for your Michigan bus accident.

Call a Michigan bus accident attorney

Once you have reviewed with an attorney, contact your insurance company to file a claim for your injuries. In Michigan, your auto insurance will be what pays your medical bills and possibly your lost wages. The amount your insurance pays depends on the amount of insurance coverage that you have. Most people think to call the insurance company first, but it is often in your best interest to review with an attorney first. The attorney can advise you on how to handle your claim to ensure your rights are fully protected. You do not want to wait too long to file a claim, so contact your Michigan bus accident attorney as soon as possible. For more information on Michigan bus accidents or personal injury, call Goldman and Associates at (586) 268-4200 or (877) 737-8800 (toll-free) for your free phone consultation.

We don’t think about crashing when we get on the bus

No one wants to think about getting into an accident when they put they send their kids off to school on a bus or when they decide to ride one themselves. We don’t hop on and think, “I hope this thing doesn’t crash.” It’s the same when we get into our own car. If you are involved in a bus accident, you have to ensure you protect the rights of yourself and your loved ones. Call our Detroit Bus Accident Attorneys for a legal review of your injuries before it is too late.

Suspicious Neighbor Helps to Catch A Thief in Macomb Township

Expert criminal defense attorney in Michigan is reporting that a thief was caught this morning thanks to a suspicious neighbor in Macomb Township. Mike Tiseo, a resident of a subdivision at 23 Mile and Card Roads, noticed a suspicious man walking from a neighbor’s house around 3:00a.m. this morning. He called the Macomb County Sherriff’s Department to report the incident.

Mr. Tiseo noticed a car pull up without its lights on. When the car pulled up in front of a house, a man ran from the house and got into the car. When the Sheriff’s deputies arrived, they found a Clinton Township man going through unlocked cars and stealing items.

It is reported that the man’s pregnant girlfriend was acting as his lookout while he committed the crimes. At the time of his arrest, the man was found in possession of a stolen debit card. This was most likely taken from one of the cars. Neither suspect has been identified at this time. Both have been arrested and charged with breaking and entering as well as possession of a stolen debit card.

The girlfriend can be accused of a crime even if she was just the lookout or getaway driver for the man committing the crime. Knowledge of, and participation in a crime, can be the same as actually committing the crime. Her charges may be able to be negotiated down to aiding and abetting with the help of a criminal defense lawyer.

You should never leave your car unlocked. The obvious reason is because the wrong person can simply open the door and take anything of value. The not so obvious reason is that your open car may give a thief or other criminal easy access to your home. Think about it. Where do you keep your garage door opener? Is your garage attached to your house? If the criminal can get into your garage he or she can easily get into your home. You may be a person who does not lock your entry door through the garage because you think the garage door is always closed and no one can get in. Even if the entry door to your home is locked, having a criminal in your garage where no one can see what he is doing is unsafe. That criminal has all of the time in the world to get into your home because no one can see him in the garage. Most people even keep an ample amount of tools in their garage. These are tools the criminal can use to break in or attack you when you walk out. Keeping your car door locked is more important than you may realize. Never give a criminal a reason to make you their next victim. Criminals like things easy. If your doors are locked and your driveway is lit, the criminal is more likely to move on to another home. For additional information, please visit http://www.akivagoldman.com.

How to Prevent a Divorce in Michigan

By: Michigan Lawyers

Michigan has enacted what is known as a no-fault divorce system. This enables residents of Michigan to obtain a divorce without establishing that the other party did something wrong. In other words, dissolution of the marriage past a reasonable point of reconciliation is sufficient grounds to provide for a divorce. Issues of ‘fault’ may, however, still enter into determination of division of the marital estate or in the event of a dispute over child custody. While this law has arguably simplified the divorce process and made such arguments more easily resolvable, there is also a sense in which additional regulation has made the process more complex. If you should find yourself in a divorce in the state of Michigan, it is important to keep the following in mind:

• In order to qualify for a divorce in the state of Michigan, the plaintiff must have been a resident of the state for at least 180 days, and have lived in the county where the divorce complaint is filed for at least ten days prior to the filing.

• Although this can change in certain circumstances, Michigan courts generally impose a sixty-day waiting period meant to allow the parties to think through their decision and come to a thorough understanding of its implications.

• Fault may come into play when dividing assets or assessing support. Generally, however, fault will not dramatically change the division of assets. Fault can include adultery, abuse, or other forms of misconduct or misbehavior which call into question the idea that the parties are equally situated.

• The court will consider a number of different factors when dividing the marital estate. These include the parties’ past relations and conduct, the length of the marriage, the source of the property, the needs of the parties, and their health and life status. In addition, general principles of equity and fairness can be applied, which allow the court to take into consideration other, unspecified, factors.

• In addition, the divorce process is subject to a number of different informal and unwritten ‘rules’ which are known by attorneys and judges. This means that it is in your best interest to retain a Michigan divorce attorney to represent you in your divorce if you have the means.

• Michigan law provides what is known as a ‘no-fault’ divorce system. This lets citizens get a divorce without needing to show that the other party did anything wrong. This means that ‘the marriage is no longer working’ is a sufficient justification for divorce. Fault may still play a role into division of the marital estate or child custody. While this system has arguably made divorces easier to come by, the additional regulation has also sometimes made the process more complex. It is important to keep the following in mind when getting a divorce in Michigan:

• Parties seeking divorce in Michigan must have been a resident of the state for at least 180 days, and have lived in the county where the divorce complaint is filed for at least ten days before filing it.

• Michigan courts generally impose a sixty-day waiting period. This is designed to allow parties to think through their decision before being forced to move forward. It also keeps the divorce process manageable.

• Fault can play a role in dividing assets or assessing support. Fault will not usually change the division of assets. Fault can include adultery, abuse, or anything else that the court thinks indicates that one party is more responsible for the divorce than the other.

• The court will consider a number of different factors when dividing the marital estate: past relations and conduct, length of marriage, age of parties, health and life status of parties, and origin of the marital estate.

• In addition, divorces are subject to the unwritten ‘rules’ of the courtroom. This means that parties are not as familiar with the law and its application as lawyers, and necessitates retaining a Michigan divorce lawyer if possible.

Verdict Controversial in Trayvon Martin Criminal Trial

There is no doubt that the Trayvon Martin criminal case has generated a lot of attention around the country. There were always going to be a lot of angry people on one side or the other. The one thing that I think everyone can agree on is the fact that what happened is a tragedy for everyone involved. Based on some of the things you read about in the newspapers or hear on the radio, it seems like there is a lot of incorrect information regarding George Zimmerman’s not guilty verdict and self-defense.

Self-defense allows one to use reasonable force. Much of what has been reported in the media about this defense is misguided from an intent standpoint in the sense that this defense does not mean that a defendant lacked the intent to kill. There is no doubt that when Zimmerman shot Trayvon Martin, he intended to kill him. Instead, the defense justifies that intent. The second important thing to know about self-defense is that the initial aggressor may still claim this defense. Once the “table has been turned” on the initial aggressor, and the original victim goes above and beyond what is considered reasonable force to protect himself, the initial aggressor is justified in defending himself. Could the initial aggressor have been charged with other non-homicide type of offenses? It is likely, but it is clear that the prosecution was all in on obtaining a homicide conviction and wanted to avoid giving the jury a choice.

Goldman & Associates are experienced Michigan criminal defense attorneys in Metro Detroit. Whether you or a loved one has been arrested on a misdemeanor or felony charge, you should call us today for a free consultation 877-737-8800. Don’t take your chances by representing yourself or being appointed an under resourced public defender. Call us today and talk with a top Detroit criminal lawyer.

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Child custody lawyers of Michigan – simplify your custody issues

At Goldman & Associates we employ some of the most outstanding Michigan child custody attorneys As you may already know child custody may seem like a daunting task to a parent. Possibly you feel scared, confused or maybe even a little frustrated with all the new terminology headed your way. Hopefully this article will help to put your mind at ease.

Child custody and the circuit court

Let’s cover some of the basic terms that a Michigan child custody lawyer may use. The circuit court is the trial court in Michigan which hears many types of cases. Custody, parenting time and child support are heard by a judge in the family division of this court. If you will be dealing with a child custody case you will be dealing with the circuit court.

Child custody defined

What is a complaint? This is simply a document filed with the court in an original court action that asks for one form of relief. Michigan child custody lawyers draft complaints on a daily basis. The word custody refers to the care and keeping of anything or anyone. Child custody refers to the rights and responsibilities for each parent and child. Remember custody is not a term that refers to ownership but rather a determination of the time a child is going to be with each parent.

A custody evaluation

A custody evaluation is quite simply the process of gathering information that is submitted in a report that includes a recommendation for custody and parenting time. A custody evaluator is the person that gathers information and evaluates factors then provides custody recommendations to the domestic referees and judges. At Goldman & Associates we pride ourselves with the finest child custody attorneys of Michigan.

Social media could be the enemy

There is a trail of evidence that is left on social media that Michigan Family Law Attorneys at Goldman & Associates are able to use. With the advancement of technology our personal lives are no longer private! Unfaithful spouses could have incriminating photos on Instagram, face book or Twitter. These posts can demonstrate an individual’s morals and bad habits.

Experienced in family law

At Goldman & Associates, Michigan Divorce Attorneys, we have experience in the area of family law. Many attorneys are advising their clients to stop using social channels to curb the amount of evidence online. There are numerous ways these items can have the ability to reveal a person’s state of mind, intent and evidence of times and places. Family law cases that use evidence from social media are a growing trend.

Face book could be dangerous

Family law lawyers and our Michigan Child Custody Attorneys are concerned with the trend in the area of social media. Divorce parties may be granted full access (including private and deleted data) to Face book or MySpace. Divorce parties can even be made to turn in any passwords and usernames for social networking sites. So if you are contemplating a divorce it is best to be very careful about what you are posting on these social networking sites

The proof is in the research

There have been studies done on this very topic. The research suggests that 65% of online adults us social media and an astounding 89% of those under 30 years of age use social media. No wonder many attorneys are advising their clients to stop using all social channels so to curb the amount of evidence on line. It is probably best to go back to “old school” ways of communicating i.e.: a phone call, a written letter or shall I dare say a face to face encounter with an old friend.

Consider yourself warned

If you are seeking a Michigan family law lawyer or a Alimony Attorney in Michigan please contact Goldman & Associates at (877) 737-8800. Many spouses do not realize that when they post a new picture of their brand new house, car or luxury trip it can be used as evidence. If you can afford all these items you certainly should be able to afford your child support. Just remember to be careful on what you post as it may come back to haunt you one day.