Bill would make lawyers, others, wait to obtain accident reports

Oct 10, 2013

LANSING, MI (AP)--   The Michigan House has voted to make lawyers and others wait 30 days before using auto accident reports to solicit injured motorists.   

Bills approved 98-10 Wednesday and sent to the Senate are designed to protect injured motorists from overaggressive solicitors in the days following their accident.

Violators would face a misdemeanor charge and $15,000 fine. Repeat offenders could see jail and a $30,000 fine.

Republican Rep. Joseph Graves of Argentine Township sponsors one bill and says it also would cut down on fraud and abuse in Michigan's auto no-fault system.

To obtain an accident report in the first 30 days after it's filed with a law enforcement agency, a requestor must acknowledge he can't use it to directly solicit people in the report or disclose personal information to third parties.