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June 18, 2014

COA finds that heavily modified Jeep was not a motor vehicle within the meaning of the no-fault act

In Gividen v. Bristol West Insurance Company, No. 312082, the Court of Appeals considered whether a particular Jeep was a motor vehicle within the meaning of the no fault act.  In this case, Plaintiff was seeking personal injury protection benefits from an insurer that covered a heavily modified Jeep that he had collided with.  In particular, this Jeep did not have its lights, signals and meters "hooked up" and had modified the shell and tires, such that it was no longer fit for travel on public highways.  Thus, the Court found the vehicle was no longer designed for operation upon a public highway as required by the statutory definition, and the policy was not required to provide personal injury protection benefits.  

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