LANSING, MICH. - A new poll shows that most Michigan drivers want to see changes to the state's No Fault Insurance Law.
In May, the WZZM 13 Watchdog team took an in-depth look at the issue.
Michigan has some of the highest auto insurance rates in the country and we are the only state that requires drivers to pay for unlimited lifetime benefits to people who have been catastrophically insured in an accident.
Michigan's no-fault system was adopted in 1973 and hasn't been changed significantly since.
The new poll comes from the Insurance Alliance of Michigan. The group represents insurance companies and has been pushing for change; saying the law is outdated. According to the group's poll, it would like to see fee schedules for medical providers -- right now, there are no limits.
In the latest poll conducted by Greenberg Quinlan Rosner Research, several questions were presented to 600 people from diverse economic and political backgrounds. Most agreed, we are paying too much and there needs to be change.
"We didn't give them any rhetoric on our side -- 72% said they favor reforming the auto laws and only 12% opposed," Al Quinlan said. "So, you get this majority going down the line. The problem is real, it's getting worse, and we need to do something about it."
The reasons given for change include high cost, fraud, and people say they want a choice about what type insurance they choose.
Back in May, we spoke to the victim of a car accident, Marcus Fairfield, and he told us he hopes people will understand why they are paying the extra fee. He is confined to a wheelchair, but because of No Fault Insurance, he will be able to go to work and care for his family.
Support for reform is growing in the legislature, but so far nothing has been done. The Insurance Alliance of Michigan believes the other side of the issue, mainly medical providers, want to keep status quo.
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