A long-awaited auto insurance reform law kicks in on July 2 and Mayor Mike Duggan wants to make sure Detroiters are prepared. Duggan’s Thursday night presentation attempted to explain the changes and how Detroit drivers can take advantage.
Joining Duggan were three experts in auto insurance law: attorneys Mark Bernstein and Shereen Silver from the Sam Bernstein Law Firm, and Leroy Mattic from AAA of Michigan.
Earlier this week, Duggan said he plans to put an insurance bill up on a screen and is asking residents to watch with their own bill in hand to go line-by-line to see where they are getting “screwed,” he said. He’ll explain residents’ rights and talk about savings choices.
Insurance companies, insurance agents, doctors and lawyers make money off the higher rates, Duggan said. None are going to go out of their way to explain how residents can benefit off the reform.
His own staffer was told by an insurance company she wouldn’t be able to change her rates until December, which is factually incorrect in the state of Michigan, he said. Residents can change their insurance any day.
“The thing that I’m sure of – you won’t get nearly the savings you’re entitled to if you don’t shop around, you don’t call up and you don’t demand your rights on July 2,” he said.
Free Press reporter Darcie Moran contributed to this report.
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