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1 Answer | Asked in Car Accidents and Civil Litigation for Maryland on
Q: parked car hit and run by a cab. Driver not identified only cab company. How do I get cab company to pay for damages

Cab company won’t/can’t identify the driver. I feel the cab company should cover my damages as driver worked under their company name. I am getting nowhere. How can I get cab company to pay for my damages?

Scott Scherr
Scott Scherr
answered on Jun 10, 2024

Usually, the driver of a cab is an independent contractor and the cab company will not be liable for the driver's negligence. The easiest and quickest way to fix your car is to make a collision claim with your own insurance company. You will have to pay a deductible, but will get it back if... View More

2 Answers | Asked in Car Accidents and Personal Injury for Maryland on
Q: Virginia courts. Civil personal injury lawsuit. Meaning of "service. Rtn Va Assoc of Counties"?
Scott Scherr
Scott Scherr
answered on May 24, 2024

You have indicated the location as Maryland. Repost your question to Virginia attorneys listing the location as Virginia. A Virginia attorney should be able to answer your question.

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1 Answer | Asked in Traffic Tickets and Car Accidents for Maryland on
Q: I had citation # TA-21-707(a). I couldn't stop at a red light because it was raining and the asphalt was wet, and as a

My car is SEMI TRUCK. commercial vehicle. Driver licenses located VA. Accident location MD HARFORD COUNTY

Scott Scherr
Scott Scherr
answered on Mar 10, 2024

You should request a trial and not a waiver hearing and go to court. If the police officer does not appear, you will be acquitted. If the police officer appears, you can have a trial. If you are convicted, the judge can offer probation before judgment which avoids the points. Note that a PBJ counts... View More

4 Answers | Asked in Personal Injury and Car Accidents for Maryland on
Q: Drunk driver totaled my car tonight, how do I pay for new car? Can I sue? Will his insurance pay me?

A car hit another car on the highway which then hit me and we all spun out and crashed into eachother again and hit the guard rail. The guy who caused it was arrested for a dui. I didn’t go to the hospital but my back and neck do hurt. My credit is bad and I really loved my truck. I’m not sure... View More

Uzoma Obi
Uzoma Obi
answered on Dec 10, 2023

Sorry to hear about your accident. The car that started the chain reaction accident is at fault for all cars damaged including your property damage and personal injuries. However, if your car is declared a total loss and your remaining car loan is greater than the present market value of your car,... View More

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2 Answers | Asked in Car Accidents and Personal Injury for Maryland on
Q: I was involved in an accident that was not my fault in a rental. Why are they refusing to pay toward another rental?
Mark Oakley
Mark Oakley
answered on Nov 30, 2023

Who are “they”? The rental company is not responsible for that. Rental reimbursement under an insurance policy is provided when your car that is damaged in an accident is not drivable due to it being a total loss or because it is in the repair shop. You would then be given a covered rental... View More

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2 Answers | Asked in Personal Injury and Car Accidents for Maryland on
Q: a public utility hires a contractor to provide large trucks for an ongoing project.

one of the trucks is involved in an accident while overweight. what liability attaches to the utility that hired the contractor?

the driver of the truck is an employee of the contractor hired by the utility company.

does liability attach to the utility company? The utility... View More

Lee Eidelberg
Lee Eidelberg
answered on Nov 3, 2023

Although your post does not indicate for whom the driver of the truck was employed, insurance coverage for the vehicle being operated, unless operated without permission of the vehicle's owner, generally applies to cover damages caused by a negligent operator.

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1 Answer | Asked in Car Accidents for Maryland on
Q: My vehicle skid and when trying to stop it I happen to break a house fence and ended up in their backyard.

As soon as i got my car to stop, I said to call the police to the house members, but they came and dragged me out of my car, held me down and didn’t let me call anyone for 5 min. I felt hopeless. They accused that I did all that in purpose and tortured me. Finally they let me use my phone and got... View More

Joel Gary Selik
Joel Gary Selik
answered on Oct 16, 2023

Yes you have a lawsuit for assault, battery and false imprisonment.

1 Answer | Asked in Car Accidents, Personal Injury and Products Liability for Maryland on
Q: If my company designed a car wheel and sold a license to a manufacturer. Who is liable for accidents from its use?

I am considering forming a startup based on the design of a new lightweight automobile wheel. The business model is to patent the wheel design and sell licenses to wheel manufacturers and collect royalties from it. If there ends up being a design flaw in the wheel and it results in a wheel failure... View More

Mark Oakley
Mark Oakley
answered on Oct 8, 2023

The injured party would sue both the seller and the manufacturer/designer. The designer would ultimately be liable to the seller and the manufacturer (if different from the designer), for damages they pay out to the injured party. Basically, if all defendants in the case are insured, the... View More

3 Answers | Asked in Personal Injury and Car Accidents for Maryland on
Q: How can I figure out what I am entitled to after an auto accident that was the other driver's fault?

I was driving a rental car that ended up on it's side. I was hurt but not seriously.

Scott Scherr
Scott Scherr
answered on Oct 7, 2023

You are entitled to factor in your medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, the nature of your injuries, and other losses. The value of your case can be impacted by many factors. There is not a formula.

Your best bet is to speak with an attorney. All attorneys take cases like this on...
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2 Answers | Asked in Car Accidents and DUI / DWI for Maryland on
Q: How long after an alcohol related accident can a person be arrested in MD?

No other people or cars were involved. It was in a parking lot.

Scott Scherr
Scott Scherr
answered on Sep 3, 2023

Most people are taken into custody at the scene if they are suspected of a DUI. In some cases, the police officer or hospital takes blood from the suspect who is charged once the results come back. If you have concerns, you should speak to a lawyer in a confidential setting. If the police did not... View More

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2 Answers | Asked in Contracts, Personal Injury and Car Accidents for Maryland on
Q: Form requires indemnification for a car accidents

My sister is disabled and lives in Maryland. A new agency will to be providing services to her, namely getting her "out in the community" by driving her to, and helping her participate in, activities outside of the home. The staff member would be driving her in their own car and is... View More

Mark Oakley
Mark Oakley
answered on Jul 6, 2023

Liability waivers are, in general, enforceable, with some limitations that require a lawsuit and fact finding by a judge or jury to sort out--which is not what you want. A party cannot enforce a liability waiver to release them from liability for "gross" negligence or reckless behavior,... View More

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4 Answers | Asked in Car Accidents for Maryland on
Q: Can anything be done after an insurance company finds you liable for an accident?

I was found liable for a car accident only because I was not on my brothers insurance at the time I was driving his car, I was 21 and I had no vehicle. The other party was turning in the intersection and I was going straight through, they hit me on the side and blamed me. My brothers insurance... View More

Scott Scherr
Scott Scherr
answered on Jun 20, 2023

If you were a resident relative of your brother's household and your brother did not list you on the policy, then his insurance company can deny coverage. If you were going straight and the other driver was turning left in front of you, you have a defense if you are sued. You could retain... View More

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1 Answer | Asked in Car Accidents for Maryland on
Q: question, I was hit by a uhaul truck last year on Aug 2nd. And it has not settled yet. Why is it taking so long

I was hit by a uhaul truck last year. It was the other party's fault. I've been to therapy and finished everything. My lawyer has all the drivers info but she does not want to cooperate with her insurance investigation. It's frustrating because my life has been ruined and it seems... View More

Joel Gary Selik
Joel Gary Selik
answered on May 30, 2023

Your attorney should answer this question for you.

It can take a long time, many months, sometimes years, to do all that is necessary to even ask for a settlement, and longer to get a settlement. And, if a lawsuit is filed, it can take years to get to trial.

3 Answers | Asked in Traffic Tickets, Car Accidents and Collections for Maryland on
Q: Can Maryland's State Highway Administration lawfully bill citizens for damage repair? Ex: guard rail.

Specifically if a citizen was found Not Guilty on a specific charge that caused repairs to be made?

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answered on Apr 25, 2023

Not guilty does not necessarily mean you were not responsible. So this question cannot be answered without knowing all of the facts. But the not guilty does not necessarily release your potential liability

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2 Answers | Asked in Car Accidents and Personal Injury for Maryland on
Q: If a driver does not notify police following an accident (hit and run), what legal options does the victim have?

I'm curious about this as it pertains to Title 20 - Vehicle Laws -- Accidents and Accident Reports; Section 20-106 - Duty on Striking Domestic Animal. My dog was hit, and the driver stopped before driving away. I called the police to file a report & create a case, but I'm wondering... View More

Lee Eidelberg
Lee Eidelberg
answered on Mar 22, 2023

If the responsible driver did not notify the police/law enforcement to report the incident - and you have identification information regarding the driver - the police at its option, if you report the offender, could cite the driver for violating the applicable section of the transportation code,... View More

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3 Answers | Asked in Personal Injury, Car Accidents and Insurance Bad Faith for Maryland on
Q: I am an out of state resident and was rearended by a NJ driver, in NJ. Their insurance tell me that I cannot get P&S?
Mark Oakley
Mark Oakley
answered on Feb 28, 2023

Do not believe what the adjuster is telling you. Contact a NJ lawyer for representation. Damages for pain and suffering are allowed in NJ; however, NJ is a comparative fault state, meaning that you must not be more than 50% at fault for the accident, and your percentage of fault will reduce your... View More

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2 Answers | Asked in Traffic Tickets and Car Accidents for Maryland on
Q: Who is at fault for an accident at intersection?

If both ways have green lights and no arrows. A driver turning left from one side, another turning right from the other, so both heading to the same spot. If they collide and the driver turning right did nothing to avoid, but driver turning left didn’t yield properly, who’s at fault? Does... View More

Mark Oakley
Mark Oakley
answered on Feb 8, 2023

The vehicle turning left in your scenario must yield the right of way to the vehicle coming in the opposite direction and making the right turn. The vehicle making the left turn is at fault for the accident.

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2 Answers | Asked in Car Accidents for Maryland on
Q: I was turning right at an intersection + a truck was driving on my right, in a location marked as a city bus stop. I had

My blinker on and began to turn when the light turned green. The truck hit my car on the passenger side door. Who is at fault?

Scott Scherr
Scott Scherr
answered on Jan 20, 2023

An attorney would need to review pictures of the intersection, the police report, and witness statements. In many bus only lanes, other drivers are permitted to enter the lane and turn just prior to the intersection. You can pull up pictures of the intersection using Google maps.

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1 Answer | Asked in Car Accidents for Maryland on
Q: If driving on a two-lane bridge with no median and youre in an accident, keep driving until youre off it, or pull over?

I recently saw a dashcam video where an individual was driving on a two-lane bridge (with no median or place to pull over) on the left-hand lane when a car cut them off from the right lane merging into their lane. They hit the car and swerved right, continuing to drive. Would that be a hit-and-run?... View More

Scott Scherr
Scott Scherr
answered on Dec 27, 2022

The person is supposed to pull over to a safe location so as not to impede traffic and then stop. If the person does that, it is not a hit and run.

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