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Collision Course

Collision Course is a special podcast series about the breaking of Michigan’s no-fault auto insurance law and how it’s upending the lives of thousands of people, including hockey legend Vladimir Konstantinov.

Collision Course was made by Stateside and Michigan Radio reporter Tracy Samilton.

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  • The Michigan appeals court has issued a major ruling affecting long-term victims of car crashes. The court says changes in auto insurance law can't be applied retroactively to people who were severely injured before summer 2019.
  • A data journalist stops in to discuss period tracking apps and how they can give away users’ data. Then, we talk to an award winning photojournalist about the life he leads as a nature photographer. We hear about a protest of the auto insurance law. Finally, a segment from Interlochen Public Radio about a deadly fungus that is pushing some bats towards extinction.
  • Around 1,500 catastrophically injured people in Michigan have already lost home care services because of reforms to Michigan’s no-fault auto insurance laws. Red Wings hockey legend Vladimir Konstantinov may soon join their ranks.
  • Red Wings hockey legend, Vladimir Konstantinov, could lose his life-saving care in a matter of weeks due to changes in Michigan's auto no-fault law. How did those changes came about? A 46-year-long political battle that left drivers stuck in the crossfire.
  • Vladimir Konstantinov was a ferocious hockey defenseman with a Stanley Cup under his belt and a bright future in the NHL. Then, a horrible car crash changed his life forever. For nearly 25 years, the extensive care he needs has been covered by Michigan's no-fault auto insurance. But soon, that care could disappear.