Los Angeles, CA asked in Car Accidents for California

Q: Someone crashed in to a parked car in front of me. And the parked car in front of me hit my car. Who is liable?

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Steven M. Sweat
Steven M. Sweat
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  • Personal Injury Lawyer
  • Los Angeles, CA
  • Licensed in California

A: If the party that crashed into the parked car was negligent, then they would be liable.

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Maurice Mandel II
Maurice Mandel II
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  • Newport Beach, CA
  • Licensed in California

A: Well, obviously YOU ARE, because if you had not parked there, your car would not have been there for the other car to hit.- Just Kidding. The car that was moving is responsible for all the damage to all the vehicles whether it hit them directly or indirectly by pushing another car into yours. Unless there are some other facts that you are not telling in your story. LA has a couple of attorneys that handle these kind of cases, but most likely, if the damage is below $10,000, you are looking at having your insurance handle it or going to small claims court yourself. If you do that, it is best if you have the damage fixed and present a paid bill. Otherwise, you should have 3 estimates for repairs, and expect the Court to pick the lowest one unless you have a good reason otherwise. Don't forget you are entitled to recover from the driver/owner that caused the damage, the loss of use of your car, meaning the reasonable rental value of a replacement vehicle while it is being repaired- whether you have that coverage on your insurance or not.

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Dale S. Gribow
Dale S. Gribow
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  • Personal Injury Lawyer
  • Palm Desert, CA
  • Licensed in California

A: more info needed......but absent other facts the person who caused the crash.........certainly not a legally parked car.

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