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1 Answer | Asked in Car Accidents and Personal Injury for California on
Q: Are Ca auto insurers required to offer diminished value coverage?How to collect when other driver is under insured?
Louis George Fazzi
Louis George Fazzi
answered on Feb 6, 2023

If the other driver in an auto accident case is underinsured, you file your claim with your own insurance company under your um/uim coverage. I suggest you contact a good personal injury lawyer in your county, or where the accident occurred if different than where you live. For you to have a claim,... Read more »

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Q: Is there a standard minimum you can expect to get from an insurance company from a minor hit and run accident?

A year ago I was in a minor hit and run accident. I had to see a chiropractor and was out of work for a few weeks. I went straight to the emergency room, so I also had a doctor bill. Mercury insurance has had a claim specialist working on this for a while now, they just got back my medical bill,... Read more »

John Karas
John Karas
answered on Feb 4, 2023

Consult with a lawyer in your area. You don't make any mention of loss of earnings (LOE) so that might another component of your claim.

1 Answer | Asked in Car Accidents, Health Care Law and Insurance Bad Faith for California on
Q: i have paid to my union 50 thousands dollars for health and welfare got into accident n owe 40 k was coverd

Crashed a company vehicle and at the time I had worked over the years. Nearly 8 thousand hours. Nearly 50k has been payed for my health and welfare. From 2015-2018. These years I wasn't even covered. I have evidence of all this with documents. It's crazy to me that my credit has been... Read more »

William John Light
William John Light
answered on Jan 30, 2023

Unclear what you are asking about. If you were in a company vehicle, the company's auto insurance should have applied, including Medical Payments and Uninsured/Underinsured Motorist coverage (if the collision was the fault of another party). If you are asking about medical coverage, it would... Read more »

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Q: I’ve recently discovered I’m eligible for personal injury compensation. Suspect admitted fault in 3 days. NEED HELP

Suspect admitted 100% fault right away. I was in a rental that I was liable for. Lawyer that represented me at time settled me out for 2,000…. I feel like there’s room for compensation. Please contact me asap as I need help pursuing this

Theodore Allan Greene
Theodore Allan Greene
answered on Jan 29, 2023

If you signed a Settlement Agreement then most likely you are done and there is nothing more you can do. Read whatever document you signed carefully and it should be self evident. You might ask an attorney to help you understand the document if you can't.

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1 Answer | Asked in Car Accidents and Civil Litigation for California on
Q: I got into an accident in a rental car. I repaired it through my insurance. Now he is claiming more damage.

I hit a pothole in a rental car. The owner of the rental car wanted to go through my insurance, not the rental company, and not his (didn’t want to tell his insurance he used the car as a rental).

After the repair was done, I paid for it and was reimbursed by my insurance. About 2 weeks... Read more »

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar
answered on Jan 22, 2023

A California attorney could advise best, but your question remains open for four weeks. One option is to sit down with a California civil litigation attorney to review the owner's claims in accordance with the terms of the rental policy. Whether you choose to dispute the claims or negotiate a... Read more »

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Q: Six months ago, a 19 year old girl crossed oncoming traffic & drove into my parallel parked car…

And drove into the car behind me, & the car behind that. She wasn’t injured, nobody was, even though her car ended up on its side. I only have liability insurance. Her insurance put me off for six months, then decided not to pay me out for my totaled car, & the money I’m out on towing,... Read more »

William John Light
William John Light
answered on Jan 22, 2023

You can sue in Small Claims court. Her insurance will pay up to its property damage policy limits, if she is liable. Small Claims allows judgments of up to $10k.

However, if the collision was not the result of her voluntary conduct/movements, she is not liable. A potential exception is...
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Q: does my attorney have to tell me the amount im getting for a car accident before i sign to receive my check ,

she will not tell me the amount i will get back and i dont want to sign untill i know

Adam Stoddard
Adam Stoddard
answered on Jan 21, 2023

Your attorney cannot settle on your behalf without your consent. The settlement amount is one number, the fee agreement between you and your attorney is likely a percentage, and the costs the attorney has incurred is another number easily calculated. With that information your attorney should... Read more »

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3 Answers | Asked in Personal Injury and Car Accidents for California on
Q: I've told a law firm I no I don't need there service. They keep asking me to sign a contract and won't stop

After telling them I found another lawyer and if I needed there service I would call them. They message me everyday and it I looked over the contract to sign so they can get started on my case. I told them I'm not signing anything and I don't need there services. They won't stop.

Theodore Allan Greene
Theodore Allan Greene
answered on Jan 19, 2023

that is a little disturbing. It could be a service they are using that isn't working properly. I would suggest you send a letter to the main attorney informing them of the situation. That should get it to stop.. and obviously just ignore the messages being sent.

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7 Answers | Asked in Personal Injury and Car Accidents for California on
Q: How can I get this driver's insurance company name? Struck by a vehicle in a crosswalk, driver has insurance per police

Partner and I were both struck by a vehicle, driver refused to give us information until the cops got there, the police arrived while we were both being driven away in the ambulance witnesses state he did have insurance, cops took down all information except for who his insurance company is. We... Read more »

William John Light
William John Light
answered on Jan 18, 2023

There are companies who will identify possible insurers, for a fee. You can also write to the defendant and ask for that information. You would be better off, and have more chance of learning this information, if you hired an attorney. You will get very little respect as a self-represented claimant.

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Q: Had an accident sep/2021,3 cars involved It was concluded I wasnt at fault, had no insurance, still waiting to get paid

It’s been well over a year and still have gotten paid I signed the release form but the insurance company of the person at fault is claiming they can’t pay until everyone signs it, to be brief, one person hasn’t signed so until then no one gets paid

William John Light
William John Light
answered on Jan 16, 2023

You will have to wait. You signed the Agreement and, under those circumstances, the insurer is correct.

1 Answer | Asked in Car Accidents and Personal Injury for California on
Q: I was involved in a single vehicle accident in California where I had fallen asleep at the wheel.

After falling asleep at the wheel the road turned left and I continued straight going off the road and crashed into a 2ft tall stump. Broke my back in 3 location and fractured my leg. The stump I hit was located 18ft from the roadway in the r.o.w. (design standards state min 30ft) it did not have... Read more »

Patrick William Steinfeld
Patrick William Steinfeld
answered on Jan 6, 2023

Assuming the facts stated in your question are correct you may have a claim against CalTrans. It is foreseeable that a driver may fall asleep or lose control of their car and crash into a stump that is in violation of their own standards. So that may create some liability on the part of CalTrans.... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Car Accidents and Insurance Defense for California on
Q: Car accident my insurance company sent this if I had something can I gift it DeclarationOfNoliabilty insurance&No asset

The insurance company sent it to me, I’m assume the document says I dont have assets.

If I do can I gift it away, is their anything I can do?

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar
answered on Jan 4, 2023

A California attorney could advise best, but your question remains open for a week. One option is to consider discussing this with an attorney more thoroughly than is possible in the brief format of a Q & A forum. An attorney could review the terms of the insurance company's document, your... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Car Accidents for California on
Q: My insurance company interviewed my friend who was undergoing chemo treatments and not of sound mind. Is this legal?

My friend and I owe Amica car insurance company $8,758.62 because my insurance at the time illegally dropped my case and subsequently dropped my account after an interview they conducted where my friend was not in sound mind to participate in the interview. Can a lawyer help get this payment... Read more »

Ronnie Kashri
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Ronnie Kashri
answered on Jan 4, 2023

You will need a competent lawyer to review all the facts and details of your claim, including the reason(s) your insurance company dropped your case in order to find out if your insurance company wrongfully and/or unreasonably dropped your case. This would also determine if you have a case against... Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Car Accidents and Personal Injury for California on
Q: I have questions regarding being sued. In an auto accident. Are there any available pro bono lawyers?
Adam Stoddard
Adam Stoddard
answered on Jan 3, 2023

If you are being sued relating to a car accident, you should check with your car insurance company as they can likely appoint an attorney to represent you and defend against the case. There may be pro bono attorneys out there, but as the saying goes, you get what you pay for.

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Q: Can I get in trouble for almost hitting a pedestrian with my car?

The other day as I was driving I accidentally almost hit someone with my car, thankfully nothing happened.

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar
answered on Dec 31, 2022

A California attorney could advise best, but your question remains open for two weeks. In general, such settings could be a judgment call on the part of a trained observer, in terms of whether the motorist or pedestrian is at fault. The general rule is to yield to pedestrians, but these can also be... Read more »

3 Answers | Asked in Car Accidents for California on
Q: How can I receive the max for lost wages due to a car accident that was not my fault?
Adam Stoddard
Adam Stoddard
answered on Dec 29, 2022

In order to maximize your recovery, you really should hire an attorney. If you want to go at it on your own, then you should provide proper documentation of your wages before and after the accident and calculate the total amount you have lost due to the accident. Provide this information to the at... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Car Accidents and Personal Injury for California on
Q: Car accident my insurance company sent this if I had something can I gift itDeclarationOfNoliabilty insurance&No asset
Dale S. Gribow
Dale S. Gribow
answered on Dec 27, 2022

after reading this 4 times i THINK I know what you are asking.

you are asking if you can give some of your assets away so that the victim can not find them???

the reality is that unless there were major injuries and little ins on the other car, the odds are that your assets would...
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3 Answers | Asked in Car Accidents and Personal Injury for California on
Q: Is it possible to get an advance of around 5,000$ while waiting for the case to settle? Pedestrian vs car has

Obviously in the circumstance that it's VERY straight forward such as car vs pedestrian trip to the ER and the definately had insurance

Brett Christopher Drouet
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answered on Dec 24, 2022

Yes, there are companies, who will provide no recourse advances against your recovery (settlement or judgment). Advances are monies paid to a claimant or plaintiff with a promise to repay with interest. No recourse means if you don’t recover money, then you would owe nothing (this means no... Read more »

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2 Answers | Asked in Car Accidents for California on
Q: Will I be in trouble if I release my Bodily Injury limits to the other party's lawyer?

I got into an automobile accident.

Justin R. Heim
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Justin R. Heim
answered on Dec 20, 2022

Releasing your liability limits does nothing other than inform the other party how much coverage you have. They have a right to demand that information in a lawsuit, but pre-litigation, you must provide your insurance with consent to release the limits.

CA courts previously stated in...
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3 Answers | Asked in Car Accidents and Contracts for California on
Q: I was in a car accident, the other insurance co. sent me a check.They now say it was a mistake.Do I need to refund?

I was not at fault and the other party’s insurance company sent me a check, which I cashed. They’re now saying it was a mistake and I need to pay it back. Do I have to legally? What recourse can they take if I don’t?

William John Light
William John Light
answered on Dec 11, 2022

If they made you an offer (sent you a check), and you cashed it before the offer was retracted, you have a completed contract and should not have to refund the money. An attorney should review the entire transaction history before any judgment are made, however.

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