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1 Answer | Asked in Car Accidents for Arizona on
Q: Can a broken/shattered (but functional and secured) headlight assembly pass a level 3 inspection?

Minor fender bender on the front of a Grand Marquis. No mechanical damage. The headlight and turn signal assembly we’re shattered. All wiring and lights still work. The front of the headlight assembly is in pieces, but still shines light and is secured in its position. The turn signal assembly... Read more »

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar
answered on Mar 17, 2023

An Arizona attorney could advise best, but your question remains open for two weeks. It looks like the vehicle already passed. But those issues could be a judgment call on the part of the individual inspector. Good luck

1 Answer | Asked in Car Accidents and Civil Litigation for Arizona on
Q: I filed a civil suit against someone due to damages to my car from a board falling out of truck on freeway.

But I realized that the copy of the pictures for evidence that everyone got was black and white. But mine is in color. Can I bring in the color pictures for the Civil and use them or any new evidence for the Civil suit?

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar
answered on Mar 3, 2023

An Arizona attorney could advise best, but your question remains open for two weeks. This could depend on your local rules of evidence, and the judge's discretion. Until you're able to consult with a local attorney for specific guidance, you could try bringing in the color sets. If they... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Car Accidents, Insurance Bad Faith and Insurance Defense for Arizona on
Q: what should i do if i havent made a payment towards my car insurance and my car caught fire

my card on file was on auto pay, i received a new card and didnt notice the insurance hadnt been paid. i never received any form of notice informing me the payment was declined. resulting in the cancellation of my insurance.

John Michael Frick
John Michael Frick
answered on Jan 22, 2023

If your insurance was canceled due to nonpayment of the premium, you’re going to have to pay for the repairs or buy a new car out of pocket. I wouldn’t expect insurance to cover it.

1 Answer | Asked in Personal Injury and Car Accidents for Arizona on
Q: Do I get medically necessary contact lens (lost in a car accident) replaced by medical or by property damage coverage?

The other driver is responsible.

Marginal pellucid thinning is the disease that I have which makes the lenses medically necessary.

Freddy Saavedra
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Freddy Saavedra
answered on Jan 12, 2023

Wow this is a great question and one I have not thought about before. I would ask the at fault driver's carrier to cover the cost of replacement under the property damage portion of their claim. Remember that they should cover all property lost or damaged as a result of the accident. If there... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Car Accidents for Arizona on
Q: Can I submit an insurance claim to my insurance company to cover his out-of-pocket deductible amount since I was driving

I was borrowing a friend's car when another vehicle rear-ended me and then took off. I filed a hit-and-run police report and my friend submitted a claim under his insurance company. The repairs are being completed but he has a $500 deductible that he is responsible for paying. Can I submit an... Read more »

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar
answered on Jan 14, 2023

An Arizona attorney could advise best, but your question remains open for two weeks. You could check with the terms of your policy. However, insurance generally follows the owner's vehicle, not vehicles of others. But each individual policy could have its own specific provisions (for example,... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Car Accidents for Arizona on
Q: Received a release for a settlement from an insurance company today and am not sure if I should sign and agree to it

The settlement is for an vehicle accident that occurred in CA, on or about June 24, 2020.

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar
answered on Dec 12, 2022

An Arizona attorney could advise best, but your question remains open for a week. It would be difficult for anyone here to offer guidance on your decision - they would need to see the release. Until you are able to review the release with an Arizona attorney, it's worth keeping this in mind.... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Car Accidents and Criminal Law for Arizona on
Q: I was in an auto accident that wasn't my fault exforman drugged me and caused me to be in this accident no dui ever

I'm being accused of crime I did not commit I had an individual living in my home who is working for my company and he spiked a drink put a bunch of drugs in a drink and I drank it not knowing and 5 minutes later I'm down the road wrapped around two other vehicles completely incoherent

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar
answered on Dec 11, 2022

An Arizona attorney could advise best, but your question remains open for three weeks. Don't lose further time awaiting a response here from car accident attorneys. Those firms are generally plaintiff-oriented in negligence matters involving other motorists. If you haven't already done... Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Car Accidents and Personal Injury for Arizona on
Q: Hello. I got in an accident. Driving in a rental car. I have insurance. And it was judged that the other car was at faul

fault. This prevented me from working and im gonna have to stay with my brother now. I dont have health insurance. the rental was totaled. i dont know how severe it is but i do get headaches and my back/shoulder/neck area is stiff. Because i lost access to the car the i cant work right now and i... Read more »

Matthew Maerowitz
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Matthew Maerowitz
answered on Oct 20, 2022

Did this happen in Arizona? I am only licensed in Arizona so I cannot comment on other jurisdictions, but if this was an AZ collision and the other party was at fault a lot of times medical providers will treat with a lien so you do not have to pay out-of-pocket. In addition to the medicals, you... Read more »

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2 Answers | Asked in Car Accidents, Insurance Bad Faith and Personal Injury for Arizona on
Q: I was in a motorvehicular accident in January and my claim is still open with no settlement offer/no end what can I do?

No updates in a timely manner. No one seems to care. My adjuster has changed 4 times. The vehicle still in shop with no contact from the shop. It’s been 10 months. I’m at a loss…

Randy Bryan Ligh
Randy Bryan Ligh
answered on Oct 5, 2022

If you have not hired an attorney, then that is the next step. Please do so immediately.

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1 Answer | Asked in Car Accidents for Arizona on
Q: Is there a minimum amount of damage that has to a cure in order to receive a ticket in a traffic accident.

this involved a commerical vehicle and the officer told my wife that it wasn't over 2500 dollers in damage so no ticket was issued to the cdl driver. he rear ended my car and dented the bumper witch us going to cost about a grand .

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar
answered on Oct 15, 2022

An Arizona attorney could advise best, but your question remains open for four weeks. Until you're able to discuss with a local attorney, as a general matter, most property damage claims don't involve tickets. With or without a ticket, the option is usually there to handle the claim... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Car Accidents for Arizona on
Q: I was involved in an auto accident. I backed into a legally parked car while driving my another persons vehicle.

The persons who car I hit doesn’t want to go through insurance and instead wants me to pay out of pocket. I am willing to go through insurance any pay their deductible because it will be far less expensive than paying out of pocket. What’s my next move?

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar
answered on Sep 21, 2022

An Arizona attorney could advise best, but your question remains open for two weeks. It looks like this could be another person's vehicle (but it isn't fully clear from the description). If that's the case, you should consider asking them what their wishes are, since it would involve... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Car Accidents, Personal Injury and Workers' Compensation for Arizona on
Q: My husband was hit by a drunk driver in his work van Workers comp paid 66% & we paid them back with ins settlement

Isn’t he still entitled to restitution for his lost wages, pain & suffering, loss of personal work equipment & mileage? Our accident lawyer says not to apply for restitution. I think it’s because he won’t get a cut…?

He is back to work full-time. Has a low impairment rating... Read more »

Joel Friedman
Joel Friedman
answered on Jul 22, 2022

This is not a one size fits all situation and the answer to your questions depends on several factors: what were your husband's injuries, how serious were the injuries, does he have any permanent damage (medical impairment or disability) from the accident, has he been able to go back to the... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Car Accidents for Arizona on
Q: If i allowed the at fault drivers insurance company to pay off my title loan can i still negotiate my pay for lost wages

They paid my title loan $1200.00. Now there trying to pay me 3000.00 but what about my lost wages? By letting them pay my title loan, does that mean i accepted? Does that mean negotiations are over

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar
answered on Jul 16, 2022

An Arizona attorney could advise best, but your question remains open for three weeks. Until you arrange a meaningful consult with an Arizona attorney, look closely at the terms of the release for the settlement of the title loan. In closing out auto claims, different claims adjustors could be... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Car Accidents for Arizona on
Q: I was in a accident they other insurance company offered me money i said yes not knowing what to do can i get a lawyer ?

My daughter was in a car accident ,the other driver was at fault but they offered a low settlement amount but i haven’t never done anything like this before and I’ve just been worried about my daughter . Can i get a lawyer to help me ?

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar
answered on May 22, 2022

An Arizona attorney could advise best, but your question remains open for two weeks. It could depend on what is at stake and how compelling a case can be made that the case was settled. However, nationwide, many carriers consider settlement terms sealed only after a release has been signed by the... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Car Accidents and Insurance Bad Faith for Arizona on
Q: What if I hit someone with my car and didn’t have insurance but they want me to pay way to much money

I don’t have insurance, they want me to pay 23,000 but they don’t know where to find me could I just not pay

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar
answered on Mar 10, 2022

An Arizona attorney could advise best, but your question remains open for two weeks. Investigators can often find people nowadays through different sets of public and commercial records. It may be worth considering seeking some guidance on what your options are. It appears the matter is not in suit... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, DUI / DWI, Traffic Tickets and Car Accidents for Arizona on
Q: Can the judge deny and refuse to argue a motion to dismiss?

I have two charges that were based on thr black box of the car (Event Data Recorder) extractEd 4 months after the accident. The charges are speed and Reckless Driving.

The officer who charged me had no experience dealing with the EDR, and I had an altercation with him which resulted in me... Read more »

Matthew Maerowitz
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Matthew Maerowitz
answered on Feb 14, 2022

The judge is correct the time to argue facts are trial. I understand this is not the answer you were hoping to hear, in criminal cases there is not a Motion for Summary Judgment where you are permitted to get a ruling of guilty or not guilty based on undisputed facts prior to trial. You can... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Car Accidents and Insurance Bad Faith for Arizona on
Q: How do I go about dealing with a car insurance company who closed my claim within first week after I showed them video

I showed them video footage proving other driver at fault. They have acted in bad faith and also conflict of interest

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar
answered on Feb 20, 2022

An Arizona attorney could answer best, but your question remains open for two weeks. You could file suit, or you could retain an Arizona attorney to do so. Those are two primary options if you believe the matter won't be resolved by offering additional evidence. Your post does not mention... Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Personal Injury and Car Accidents for Arizona on
Q: In car accident cases do lawyers get billing records from the hospital stay if their is one?
Matthew Maerowitz
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Matthew Maerowitz
answered on Jan 20, 2022

Yes, getting the bills for all your medical records is very important if seeking recovery for damages of related medical treatment. This can sometimes be tedious to do without the help of an attorney and sometimes it is difficult to correctly present a claim if you have one. You should contact a... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Car Accidents for Arizona on
Q: As the policy holder do I accept total loss settlement while 3rd party that was driving my car is working with an attrny
Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar
answered on Dec 5, 2021

An Arizona attorney could advise best, but your question remains open for two weeks. However, it could be difficult even for an Arizona attorney to answer your question without seeing the property damage adjuster's report. In terms of the third party you mention retaining an attorney, it... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Personal Injury and Car Accidents for Arizona on
Q: I was driving in a parking lot in Tucson, AZ. I was established and driving forward in a through way lane (main lane).

Another driver drove in front of me out of an aisle/feeder lane and we collided. Is there common law in AZ regarding negligence as it pertains to a vehicle in a feeder lane and a vehicle in a throughway lane colliding?

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar
answered on Aug 5, 2021

An Arizona attorney could advise best, but your question remains open for two weeks. Only an Arizona attorney could meaningfully advise on state-specific vehicle and traffic law. The general rule in most jurisdictions is that vehicles in the main roadway have right of way over vehicles entering... Read more »

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