ASA Urges Michigan Repairers to Contact State Senators About Mini-Tort Law - BodyShop Business

ASA Urges Michigan Repairers to Contact State Senators About Mini-Tort Law

The Automotive Service Association (ASA) is urging independent automotive repairers in Michigan to contact their state senators in response to the proposed increase of the mini-tort law to $1,500, allowing drivers to seek more damages from at-fault motorists after a crash. State Rep. Tim Melton introduced the proposal, Michigan H.B. 5838, in February. The bill passed the House and is now before the Senate.

Under Michigan’s no-fault automobile insurance system, motorists typically use their own insurance policies for payment in case of an accident or injury. However, state law provides for a “mini-tort,” which allows a driver to seek to recover the amount of the deductible – in his or her personal insurance or auto insurance policy – from the at-fault driver in an accident. Specifically, the code allows a driver to seek damages not covered by insurance. The current cap on the mini-tort is $500, and this legislation would increase it to $1,500.

ASA believes the current law is outdated and asks that all independent automotive repair professionals in Michigan contact their state senator and urge them to support changes to the mini-tort law.

To view Michigan H.B. 5838 and to send a letter in support, visit ASA’s legislative Web site, The link can be found by clicking the “Legislative Alert Center.” Click the “Current Alerts” link in the upper right corner of the page and then look under “State Legislative” and “Agency” to find the pre-written letter that can be sent via e-mail to Michigan senators.

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