Q: Utility pole was pulled down on top of my car. Who is liable and what can I do about it?
Last week a cement truck sped down my quiet street. The truck was too tall and pulled down low hanging lines between the telephone and utility poles. When one of the poles was pulled down, it landed on the back end of my parked, empty car and was dragged over. My car is now totaled.
What steps do I take to ensure I am fairly compensated for my loss? The cement truck driver was cited by the police and is certainly at fault, but is the city liable in any way? The cables were hanging quite low and I'm not certain that there are signs forbidding that type of truck from entering the street.
My car was not worth much but it was my only method of transportation. I am worried that I will not receive enough for a replacement vehicle with the cash value of my car.
A: You may need to sue the truck company. More details are necessary to provide a professional analysis of your issue. The best first step is an Initial Consultation with an Attorney such as myself. You can read more about me, my credentials, awards, honors, testimonials, and media appearances/ publications on my law practice website, www.AEesq.com. I practice law in CA, NY, MA, and DC in the following areas of law: Business & Contracts, Criminal Defense, Divorce & Child Custody, and Education Law. This answer does not constitute legal advice; make any predictions, guarantees, or warranties; or create any Attorney-Client relationship.
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