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2 Answers | Asked in Traffic Tickets for New Jersey on
Q: An off duty officer called in an on duty officer to pull me over for following him too closely after he cut me off.

An off duty officer cut me off, i maintained my speed next thing i know I'm getting pulled over. Apparently it was the chief of police and he had someone come who didn't even see what happened to give me a ticket.

Gerald D. Siegel
Gerald D. Siegel answered on Sep 3, 2020

You don't state what ticket you were given. Regardless, especially since it is the Chief of Police as a witness, you should get a lawyer. The case might have to be referred to another town.

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2 Answers | Asked in Car Accidents for New Jersey on
Q: someone hit my parked car

someone hit my parked car on june 22nd 2020 and their insurance company wrote my car off as a total loss, but is giving me next to nothing for my car. Should I hire a lawyer to get more money out of them?

Gerald D. Siegel
Gerald D. Siegel answered on Aug 10, 2020

NJ law provides that you are entitled to the fair market value of the vehicle on that date of the accident.

Check some of the online sites like Edmunds.com or autotrader.com to see if the other insurance company is in the ballpark. Better off resolving this without a lawyer due to the cost.

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1 Answer | Asked in DUI / DWI, Traffic Tickets and Appeals / Appellate Law for New Jersey on
Q: I would like to file a motion to seal records of a NJ Supreme Court/Appellate Division. Where do I file?

This court order stemmed from my appeal of a Motor Vehicle decision to suspend my license when receiving out of state information. I am finding it hard to have such information on immediate search engines when my name is "searched". It is affecting my ability to obtain the level of... Read more »

Gerald D. Siegel
Gerald D. Siegel answered on Jul 6, 2020

It's public information by law.

4 Answers | Asked in Car Accidents, Personal Injury and Small Claims for New Jersey on
Q: When I was under the car, One of scissors jack suddenly broke down and my car came down on my arm.

When I was under my car, one of scissors jack suddenly broke down and my car came down on my arm. I got injured I can barely move my arm. Do you think I can sue this scissors jack company? If so, do I need a police report and receipt when I purchased?

Gerald D. Siegel
Gerald D. Siegel answered on Jul 6, 2020

The first question any personal urinary attorney will ask is-do you have the scissor jack. The reasoning is to determine if there is a product defect. This can only be determined if an appropriate engineer can examine it and determine why it failed. The 1st thing the product manufacture is going to... Read more »

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2 Answers | Asked in Traffic Tickets for New Jersey on
Q: My traffic court date has been changed 3 times. Since then I moved to NJ and need to change my license for work. Can I?

I got the ticket back in September 2019 and the date was scheduled for February 2020, due to the pandemic it got changed to March and then July and now January 2021. I need to change my NY license to an NJ since I moved here back in March. I’ve tried to plead guilty online and pay the fine but my... Read more »

Gerald D. Siegel
Gerald D. Siegel answered on Jul 1, 2020

I would speak with a lawyer, who can contact the court clerk and prosecutor, and resolve your case and move it ahead on the docket with a guilty plea by affidavit, where there is no live court appearance.

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2 Answers | Asked in Car Accidents for New Jersey on
Q: Is my employer liable if my car window was damaged by a ball while parked in the employee lot during my school work day?

My car was parked in the employee lot at the school where I work. After school was done for students, but I was still working, my car window was broken by students playing on the ball field next to the parking lot. My insurance covered all but my 100.00 deductible. I put in a claim through the... Read more »

Gerald D. Siegel
Gerald D. Siegel answered on Jun 30, 2020

They are correct.

Title 59 immunizes governmental entities from liability in most cases, including what unfortunately happened to your car here.

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2 Answers | Asked in Traffic Tickets for New Jersey on
Q: I was driving my dads car and he got summoned to court for something I did because the car is under his name

Does he have to appear to court even though it had nothing to do with him or can I appear because I was operating the vehicle .

Gerald D. Siegel
Gerald D. Siegel answered on Jun 18, 2020

What is the summons for?

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2 Answers | Asked in Car Accidents for New Jersey on
Q: Are you still liable for a car accident if the other driver doesn’t call the police.

After hitting another car , they requested not to call the police and left the scene. My car has no damage but the other drivers car has minor damages . Can she sue me after ?

Gerald D. Siegel
Gerald D. Siegel answered on Jun 11, 2020

One can easily be liable without calling the police. I'm not sure from the description if you were innocent or at fault, but it is best to report this accident to your insurgence company.

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1 Answer | Asked in Personal Injury for New Jersey on
Q: Can I sue a police officer for police brutality even if it happened 20 years ago?
Gerald D. Siegel
Gerald D. Siegel answered on Jun 8, 2020

No. The statute of limitations expired many years ago in NJ.

1 Answer | Asked in Insurance Bad Faith and Wrongful Death for New Jersey on
Q: My mother past away from Covid in New Jersey. Is her death considered accidental as far as life insurance is concerned?

We're almost certain she contracted Covid in the hospital while being treated for complications from lung cancer

Gerald D. Siegel
Gerald D. Siegel answered on Jun 6, 2020

If its traditional term, universal or whole life, Covid19 should not make a difference.

2 Answers | Asked in Traffic Tickets for New Jersey on
Q: I got my first speeding ticket over 20 years of driving. Officer states I was doing 71 in 45 zone. does not show device:

radar, laser, etc. How can I dismiss the ticket, happen in union nj? Officer can be wrong? When I went on website it shows .29 SPEEDING (.29 INDICATES EXCEEDING BY 25-29 MPH)

Gerald D. Siegel
Gerald D. Siegel answered on Jun 4, 2020

If you are represented by an attorney, or if you represent yourself, you are entitled to the police file and all of the documents pertaining to the machine which they relied upon to document the miles per hour that you were driving.

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1 Answer | Asked in Insurance Defense for New Jersey on
Q: I live in NJ. I received a dealer's loaner car 'cause they are working on mine. They asked for my insurance card.

My policy only has liability/uninused motorist/PIP not collision and comphrehensive. Am I responsible if someone hits me?

Gerald D. Siegel
Gerald D. Siegel answered on Jun 1, 2020

if you don't have collision on your own auto policy and someone hits the rental car and damages it, the dealer's insurance company will pay to repair the car.

1 Answer | Asked in Traffic Tickets for New Jersey on
Q: is a probationary licence driver age 19 allowed to drive with 4 siblings in the car?
Gerald D. Siegel
Gerald D. Siegel answered on May 31, 2020

Parent guardian(s) or dependent(s) are allowed as passengers. A dependent is a permit or probationary driver's child, not siblings.

Only one additional passenger is allowed unless accompanied by a parent or guardian.

2 Answers | Asked in Traffic Tickets for New Jersey on
Q: If I was charged for a mobile ticket but wasn’t even holding my phone, what do I do

My girlfriend was in the car holding her phone a little higher than usual.. was driving around a circle with tons of cars around.. was pulled into Chick fil a for them to tell me that I was holding my phone in the circle but I find that impossible because that’s more than dangerous.. I’m... Read more »

Gerald D. Siegel
Gerald D. Siegel answered on May 27, 2020

Advise the Court that you plead "Not Guilty" and bring your girlfriend to the assigned Court date. You will have an opportunity to speak with the Municipal Prosecutor and tell him/her what your defense is. Ask that the ticket be dropped.

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2 Answers | Asked in Car Accidents for New Jersey on
Q: Car insurance company is forcing high premium for deceased spouse’s car accidents.

Mother-in-law is paying higher premium with car insurance because car insurance is claiming that she is responsible for her deceased husband’s car accidents. How is this fair? She was not the driver responsible causing these accidents.

Gerald D. Siegel
Gerald D. Siegel answered on May 23, 2020

Sounds unfair. I would begin with contacting your insurance agent, who can contact underwriting for an explanation. If you are not satisfied, contact NJ Department of Banking & Insurances and file a Complaint against the insurance company. She might also benefit from getting quotes from other... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Workers' Compensation and Business Law for New Jersey on
Q: I worked or a company of food delivery and they were cutting our money

then they sent some checks. for me they sent an email they say they will send me a check of $13 But i'm sure it was more than $13 i heard some drivres they hire a lower and they get more than that

Gerald D. Siegel
Gerald D. Siegel answered on May 18, 2020

This is not workers comp. It is more in the field of wage and hour compliance. Google the NJ Department of Labor. Go to the tab on Worker Protection and wage and hour compliance will pop up. That will make for good background reading. if you don't have the answer after that contact a wage... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Workers' Compensation for New Jersey on
Q: I am a relatively new employee of Costco and believe I was injured because of the job; can I get compensation?

I am a relatively new employee. I started working about a month ago. That is around the time in which I began getting pain in my arms and strong numbness in my fingers. I waited a little bit to see if this was something that required me to get adjusted to or if it was temporary, but as I went to... Read more »

Gerald D. Siegel
Gerald D. Siegel answered on May 17, 2020

It's hard to say from what you described as to whether you have a solid WC case. The best thing to do is to report your experience to Costco and ask to be seen by a company authorized doctor. You have to get treatment through Costco, although there are exceptions. A lot depends upon the job... Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Traffic Tickets for New Jersey on
Q: Can an officer write a seatbelt ticket, cracked windshield ticket, and driving while suspended ticket after your let go?

After an altercation I left in someone's truck, I was pulled over less than a mile away, I was arrested and charged for the altercation, they released me and took me to someone's house, a few days later I received three tickets in the mail for seatbelt, cracked windshield, driving while... Read more »

Gerald D. Siegel
Gerald D. Siegel answered on May 16, 2020

The police have 30 days to serve you with the tickets that you received. The driving while suspended can result in a high fine and/or license suspension. I would speak with a lawyer skilled in these matters.

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2 Answers | Asked in Car Accidents for New Jersey on
Q: My teenage son took my car and he had a fender bender. No damage to her car but didn’t take pictures can we be liable?

NJ CAR ACCIDENT

Gerald D. Siegel
Gerald D. Siegel answered on May 16, 2020

Liability is not determined solely by property damage photographs, but they can be helpful depending upon what they are used in support of.

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2 Answers | Asked in Estate Planning and Insurance Bad Faith for New Jersey on
Q: How can person revoke POA they signed through trickery (not in native language)? They weren't told it was a POA.
Gerald D. Siegel
Gerald D. Siegel answered on May 16, 2020

Do a new Power of Attorney and have a paragraph put in it that it voids and replaces any previously made Power of Attorney. Serve notice on anyone who was provided with the "fraudulent" POA that it is revoked and provide them with the new one.

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