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4 Answers | Asked in Car Accidents for New York on
Q: I was in a car accident was hit by a city vehicle. I was told that the city don’t pay for my loss wages is that true?
Jonathan Bradford Ripps
Jonathan Bradford Ripps
answered on May 15, 2024

Hi - I’m terribly sorry about your incident. Depending on your injury, you may be entitled to recover your lost wages. You may also be entitled to additional compensation. There are many factors that would need to be considered. I would highly recommend that you speak with an attorney in order to... View More

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4 Answers | Asked in Personal Injury, Car Accidents, Civil Litigation and Civil Rights for New York on
Q: Can I refuse to answer question?

In a lawsuit am I protected from refusing to answer personal questions about my self and family members, due to religious reasons, privacy, and self incriminating.

Joel Gary Selik
Joel Gary Selik
answered on Apr 25, 2024

The bottom line is for most personal information, no you cannot.

While your 5th Amendment right against self incrimination can be put forth for some issues. But, if you are the Plaintiff, this could harm your case.

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1 Answer | Asked in Car Accidents and Contracts for New York on
Q: My bf is pretty much going through the same thing only the person who has the car had a hit and run at the casino

He found out he was the primary leaser when the cops came to the house and handed him a hand full of tickets when he went to file his taxes thay had put he made 68,000.00 a year so that put him on a different tax bracket now he owes 4,000 to federal and almost 4,000.00 in ticket

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar
answered on Apr 17, 2024

It isn't fully clear what is taking place here, but if your boyfriend received citations or charges involving a hit and run with a vehicle operated by someone else, he should consider consulting with an attorney on the tickets you mention, noting the due dates for answers/appearances outlined... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Car Accidents, Personal Injury and Civil Litigation for New York on
Q: I am looking forward for an attorney who is not scared to sue the county for injury sustained through car accident.

DWI driver hit my car and I got injured badly, needed plate and screws(surgery), as I know so far that he was on a conditional license and he was not supposed to be driving, but this was his third time being behind the wheel and caused the accident, I currently have a personal injury case, but I am... View More

Jonathan R. Ratchik
Jonathan R. Ratchik
answered on Apr 19, 2024

Sorry to hear what happened to you. Unfortunately, I'm unaware of any recognized legal theory by which you could hold the State responsible for an individual's operation of a motor vehicle without a license, even a repeat offender. Moreover, before you can even bring a lawsuit against... View More

3 Answers | Asked in Car Accidents for New York on
Q: A woman hit me in my car back in November. Her insurance company covered the repairs but not the whole rental car bill.

I was charged $206.77 on the rental car for the insurance. Since the accident was not my fault. (She rolled through a stop sign and T-boned my car. I called her and her father called me back saying they will not pay anything and was super rude. How can I get my money back from them?

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar
answered on Feb 7, 2024

I hope you're okay. If there were no injuries, which your post suggests, your options could possibly include small claims or civil court - carefully review any denials from the insurance carrier. They may in their fine print include additional information about your recourses and the suitable... View More

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1 Answer | Asked in Car Accidents for New York on
Q: I was hit by car some in 1997 and a conditional settlement was offered:

1: I will be paid $1,200 immediately if I leave the town immediately and promise never to return or

2: I will be paid $1,000 per month for 12 months if I agree to live in the streets for 12 month.

Was this legal and why should I, a debt-free non-criminal college educated... View More

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answered on Jan 13, 2024

The conditional settlement offered to you in 1997, where you were given two options, raises several legal and ethical concerns. Firstly, it's important to understand that such settlement terms, which essentially require you to leave town or become homeless, are highly irregular and likely not... View More

2 Answers | Asked in Car Accidents and Personal Injury for New York on
Q: I was hot by car cracking my skull open, fractured legs and multiple other injuries

A Settlement was offered based on condition:

Condition 1: I will be Paid $1,200.00 immediately if I leave the town and never return.

Condition 2: I will be paid $1,000.00 per month for 12 months if and only if I agree to live in the streets.

Was this legal?

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar
answered on Dec 19, 2023

I'm very sorry for your accident and your serious injuries. You should consult with an experienced attorney right away. There are too many elements to address in the brief scope of a post here, one of the most pressing being the IMMEDIATE AND URGENT filing for no-fault benefits to cover your... View More

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3 Answers | Asked in Personal Injury and Car Accidents for New York on
Q: if I signed an agreement with mva attorney for them to receive a certain percentage yet they take more than agreement ?

I agreed to a 31% fee for mva accident attorney but I was charged 33% is that legal ? Also he had me pay tax if fair to get police report which I also had to pay for and then still charged me out of settlement for police report, charged me for postage and copies of forms that i received thru email... View More

Joel Gary Selik
Joel Gary Selik
answered on Dec 1, 2023

What an attorney can charge is determined by contract--the attorney client fee agreement. If it provides for one percentage, that is all that can be charged for fees. Check the fee agreement as it is not uncommon for there to be an increased fee if a lawsuit is filed.

Certain costs may be...
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2 Answers | Asked in Criminal Law and Car Accidents for New York on
Q: Would this be murder?

If there is a car crash resulting from a drunk driver who dies on impact. The driver of the other vehicle exits the vehicle and assaults the other dead driver in rage after having his wife unconscious. What is the charge?

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answered on Nov 28, 2023

This would likely not be considered murder legally, due to the fact that the drunk driver was already deceased when the assault occurred. However, the assault could still potentially carry charges such as:

1) Abuse of a corpse: It is generally illegal to physically assault or mutilate a...
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2 Answers | Asked in Personal Injury and Car Accidents for New York on
Q: Can you direct me to the legal act that protects personal injury settlements from garnishment by creditors in NY State?
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answered on Sep 14, 2023

In New York State, personal injury settlements are generally shielded from garnishment by creditors through a combination of federal and state laws. While there isn't a single specific legal act that offers this protection, it's derived from various legal provisions. Federal exemptions... View More

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1 Answer | Asked in Car Accidents for New York on
Q: The towing company charged me $5750 when my car crashed.The towing location is located 7miles from the location.
Jonathan R. Ratchik
Jonathan R. Ratchik
answered on Sep 12, 2023

It sounds like you're being overcharged. Ask for an explanation of why the bill is so high. You can also file a complaint with 311 about the towing company and that it is overcharging customers. There are laws in NYC that require towing companies to be licensed and which limit what they can... View More

2 Answers | Asked in Car Accidents and Personal Injury for New York on
Q: If a car hit me from the side from behind, who is at fault?

I got into an accident in Brooklyn, NY about a year ago. I was merging lanes for an exit and the guy behind me was texting. Even though it was all very slow motion, his SUV pushed into the rear left side of my car (behind the passenger seat area, near the gas tank) causing quite a bit of damage. At... View More

Jonathan R. Ratchik
Jonathan R. Ratchik
answered on Aug 25, 2023

Under New York Vehicle and Traffic Law § 1129, the driver of a motor vehicle is not supposed to follow another vehicle more closely than is reasonable and prudent under the circumstances. Generally speaking, the vehicle which strikes another vehicle from behind is at fault. On the other hand, a... View More

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2 Answers | Asked in Car Accidents and Personal Injury for New York on
Q: A cyclist ran into me and got hurt but he was speeding and I looked twice before turning who is liable ?

I looked twice before turning both ways and no vehicle was there and I turned and the cyclist came out of no where and hit my front left side and my bumper fell off and he stated he is fine but later on I saw him with a hand brace and I tried calling him and he stated “you have to talk to my... View More

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar
answered on Aug 17, 2023

I hope everyone involved is okay. It could depend on the signage, the traffic control devices at the intersection, and your respective headings. You should place your insurance company on notice of the accident. They will be able to set up their claim and investigate the matter. Good luck

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1 Answer | Asked in Car Accidents for New York on
Q: Will I lose my license if my ex boyfriend did a hit and run on another car and I never knew
Jonathan R. Ratchik
Jonathan R. Ratchik
answered on Aug 9, 2023

No, you will not lose your license. Your boyfriend was the one operating your motor vehicle and would bear the consequences of leaving the scene. That said, if he was driving your vehicle with your permission and consent, you would be responsible for any harm he caused, e.g., property damage,... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Car Accidents and Municipal Law for New York on
Q: Can a towing hold your vehicle without your authorization? Non licensed motorist hit my car and the PO had it towed. NYS
Jonathan R. Ratchik
Jonathan R. Ratchik
answered on Aug 7, 2023

If your vehicle was damaged as a result of the crash and was not drivable afterwards, then the police would certainly be authorized to tow it. It will remain impounded until such time as you pay the towing fee. Here's something I found online which you might find helpful,... View More

3 Answers | Asked in Car Accidents and Personal Injury for New York on
Q: WAY back in 2005 or 2006 I was in a car accident that resulted in whiplash. It was deemed a no fault accident.

Now years obviously have passed and after all my initial PT and seeing a spine specialist who sent me to a chiropractor . The chiro seemed to have helped it for awhile and that was the last time I think I ever checked that box that this was from a no fault accident. I've had problems over the... View More

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar
answered on Aug 3, 2023

I'm sorry about your lingering pains. Unfortunately, there's probably not very much that could be done at this point, some 17 - 18 years post-accident. If you were receiving medical treatment under your no-fault policy, which is likely the case, you would have probably had an IME... View More

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2 Answers | Asked in Car Accidents for New York on
Q: can a car legally drive in a bike lane in NYC
Jonathan R. Ratchik
Jonathan R. Ratchik
answered on Jul 7, 2023

No, it cannot. Under section 4-12(p)(2) of the NYC DOT Traffic Rules, no person shall drive a vehicle on or across a designated bicycle lane except under certain circumstances such as entering or leaving a driveway, entering or leaving parking space, making a left turn, etc.... View More

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1 Answer | Asked in Tax Law, Business Formation, Business Law and Car Accidents for New York on
Q: Hi Is registering as an NY llc really protects you when you drive for doordash ???

If you planned to work for doordash and food delivery gigs in ny as an llc . What's better in terms of protection ?

1- To open an llc in an other state like Wyoming , do you need to regester it as a forirgn llc in ny and every other state you work as a dasher ?

2- if you... View More

Jonathan R. Ratchik
Jonathan R. Ratchik
answered on Jun 6, 2023

Really depends from what you are seeking protection, e.g. personal injury liability, taxes, business debts, etc. Although an LLC will protect you from your business obligations, the mere existence of an LLC will not shield you from all personal liability in the event you injure someone in the... View More

2 Answers | Asked in Car Accidents for New York on
Q: The vehicle was damaged while parked on a thoroughfare. Need an attorney to assist in filing a recovery of damage claim.

The accident occurred 1:30 am

Jonathan R. Ratchik
Jonathan R. Ratchik
answered on May 25, 2023

You can find many excellent attorneys using the Find a Lawyer tab on the JUSTIA homepage. Keep in mind that unless your damages are significant, you might have an uphill battle finding an attorney willing to take on the case. It might be more economical (and expeditious) to file a claim with the... View More

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1 Answer | Asked in Car Accidents for New York on
Q: How come in NYC with apermit you have to have dual brakes, yet on the road test the car does not have to have dual brake

Even if test is in NYC.

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar
answered on May 10, 2023

Road tests are usually conducted at slow speeds in a closely controlled environment. The test is overseen by a someone in an official capacity instead of a family member. Good luck

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