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3 Answers | Asked in Car Accidents and Consumer Law for California on
Q: What can I do if I find out my New/Used car was in several car accidents not listed on the CarFax?

I bought a New/used car from a Honda Dealership in the Bay Area of California in Feb 2020. It's a 2016 Honda Civic touring. The price came out to $21,000. I noticed something a little off about the paint job after few weeks after purchase but thought it was the effects of the paint. Getting my... Read more »

Scott Richard Kaufman
Scott Richard Kaufman answered on May 30, 2020

Sorry for your issues. Start by opening up a "DMV Investigations" inquiry into what happened. They will put pressure on the selling dealer to get to the bottom of this. Then contact an auto fraud attorney, who should review at no charge or for a low fee and if s/he takes the case should... Read more »

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2 Answers | Asked in Car Accidents for California on
Q: Can I sue the city if I crashed into a fallen tree in the middle of the road? It was night time and I did not see it.

I was on my way to work and it was night time/early morning. I drive the same road every day and there has never been a fallen tree in the middle of the road. Some street lights dont work. Someone should have reported the fallen tree before the accident.

Steven M. Sweat
Steven M. Sweat answered on May 29, 2020

It is possible. However, claims against public entities are difficult. There are legal protections called "governmental immunities" that apply to them and don't apply to private parties. There is also a very short statute of limitations (time limit to file a claim) of only 6... Read more »

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2 Answers | Asked in Car Accidents, DUI / DWI and Insurance Defense for California on
Q: If you get a dui at 17 with no license or insurance and get in a crash what will happen

could you go to court alone if you are turning 18 before the court date ?

Mr. Richard Orville Middlebrook
Mr. Richard Orville Middlebrook answered on May 22, 2020

There are so many variables in this it’s hard to answer. The case will be handled in the juvenile courts. There certainly will be some very stiff punishments and more so if someone was injured. There will a significant license suspension of at least a year. Likely to be charged with multiple... Read more »

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2 Answers | Asked in Car Accidents and Personal Injury for California on
Q: I was in an auto accident in April 2019. My case is still ongoing, how long typically do cases like this last?

My accident was in April 2019. They found the other driver at fault she ran a red light. I was injured. They settled for an amount but the attorney never reached out and I always have to call or email. If they already settled for the amount and my medical they said picked up alot of the bills back... Read more »

Robert Steven Walch
Robert Steven Walch answered on May 21, 2020

Every case is different, so there is no set amount of time that every case takes from the time of settlement to disbursement of funds. If you have Medi-Cal, the attorney needs to find out how much Medi-Cal paid to your medical providers and needs to get a final letter from Medi-Cal saying what... Read more »

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2 Answers | Asked in Car Accidents for California on
Q: If my vehicle was involved in an accident and someone else uninsured was driving am I liable for damages

Basically want to know if the uninsured driver of my vehicle can be liable for damages and not me even though it was my vehicle involved

Dale S. Gribow
Dale S. Gribow answered on May 18, 2020

more info needed.

however, insurance goes with the car not the individual.........thus it was an insured accident.

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1 Answer | Asked in Personal Injury and Car Accidents for California on
Q: I need help with my injury case that was poorly mismanaged.

I was in a car accident in Feb 2018, and my settlement is coming to a close. My case was very poorly managed by my first case manager who no longer works at the law firm.

1.) My case was poorly managed to the point that it was negatively affected.

2.) My lawyer was absent from... Read more »

Samuel J Pope
Samuel J Pope answered on May 8, 2020

It's not entirely clear to me if your case has been settled yet, or not. If it has already settled and all that is left to do is to agree to the language in the release and sign it - at that point it will be difficult, likely impossible, to renegotiate the settlement.

You can...
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1 Answer | Asked in Car Accidents for California on
Q: I was rear ended while vehicle was broken down and failed breathalyzer can I get damage cost from vehicle that hit me

Should I report it to my insurance without the dui jeopardizing me

William John Light
William John Light answered on May 8, 2020

Whether and what to extent the other party is obligated to compensate your property damage depends on the facts and circumstances of the collision, which we don't know. Did you pull off the road completely? Did you turn on your flashing hazard lights? Did you attempt to warn oncoming... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Car Accidents for California on
Q: Car accident no insurance can’t afford to fix it and it’s building up storage fees what do I do?

Hi i have a question I got into a car accident awhile back with no insurance I can’t afford the repair cost to fix the car. The car has been sitting in a lot for awhile now and accumulated a lot of storage fees and I can’t afford them. I read online that the finance company won’t take back... Read more »

William John Light
William John Light answered on May 7, 2020

You are responsible to pay your loan and to pay storage fees. If you can't afford the storage fees, the car will eventually be auctioned by the lot to pay the fees. You might still owe any remaining balance. You will also still owe on your loan. If you can't afford that, you might... Read more »

3 Answers | Asked in Car Accidents for California on
Q: What should I do if someone agrees to settle without insurance but is now threatening to take you to court.

I got into a small fender bender and he agreed to settling without dealing with insurance, I just got new insurance because my new rate was so high due to an accident I got into in September of 2019. There was no major damage just a little indent there was no paint transfer or any damage to my... Read more »

William John Light
William John Light answered on Apr 28, 2020

Your feelings about what is fair are not important, nor is your work status. You are liable for the amount of damages you caused. If his repair estimate for property damage caused in the collision, and his medical expenses for injuries caused in the collision add up to $1,900, you should agree to... Read more »

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2 Answers | Asked in Personal Injury and Car Accidents for California on
Q: Can I sue the cops if they rammed at a suspect charged with reckless driving (misdemeanor) and left him paralyzed?

So in a incident, two caps rammed their cars on a suspect which was evading on a light motorcycle charged with misdemeanor of reckless driving. The pursuit was barely lasting 10 min and was in a place with no citizens around. The ramming left the suspect paralyzed.

Is it able to sue the... Read more »

Dale S. Gribow
Dale S. Gribow answered on Apr 24, 2020

the exact facts will be important.

had they tried to do anything else to stop him?

i would want to hear from experts on what is the correct way to stop a m/c on a chase.

many jurors would have a hard time finding for him since it was his fault he was being chased.

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3 Answers | Asked in Criminal Law and Car Accidents for California on
Q: My brother in California was involved in a hit and run, what is the next step?

My brother in California was involved in a hit and run, no one was hurt should he get a lawyer ?

Eric J Youngquist
Eric J Youngquist answered on Apr 23, 2020

Your brother is in immediate need of an experienced Criminal Defense lawyer. Based upon the given uncertainties in this fact pattern, time is of the essence as the variables span from misdemeanor conduct through felony exposure. The absolute first thing is to lawyer up as soon as it is humanly... Read more »

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2 Answers | Asked in Car Accidents for California on
Q: i have been asked to pay $4456+ $28interest for my car towed during accident they sale it $700 they want more money

what is my option the car was totally damaged i though they can sale and take the sales money didn't know i will be liable for more. i have insurance but it was only liability . i call my insurance they said they will check it but didn't get back to me. they only inform me my policy... Read more »

Dale S. Gribow
Dale S. Gribow answered on Apr 19, 2020

more info needed.

if you don't have insurance then you are responsible for all damages.......and having an accident with no insurance results in DMV suspending your license for a year.

in reality, advise them you are uninsured and have no assets and hopefully, they have...
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3 Answers | Asked in Car Accidents, Personal Injury and Internet Law for California on
Q: My aunt was hit by a car and someone posted a video of of her on Snapchat without her consent. Is this illegal in CA?

She was passed out on the ground with life threatening injuries. Can this person be sued for posting this video? Or what legal action can be taken?

Dale S. Gribow
Dale S. Gribow answered on Apr 18, 2020

more info needed

was it posted with a comment like looking for ID of driver etc

were pix gruesome?

if aunt was injured ask he accident lawyer who will have all the facts and might consider another charge from the same incident

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1 Answer | Asked in Car Accidents for California on
Q: I sold my Jetta on April 3. Mailed a release of liability that day to DMV. New owner was in minor accident April 4.

AAA says I'm still legal owner and responsible for the claim. Why?

Dale S. Gribow
Dale S. Gribow answered on Apr 15, 2020

NEED MORE INFO

THEIR POSITION IS THAT IT WAS NOT YET REC'D...........SO DOES CANCELLATION OF TITLE START ON DAY MAILED OR REC'D.....OBVIOUSLY DAY MAILED IS YOUR ARGUMENT.

I ALWAYS CHECK TO BE SURE NEW OWNER HAS INSURANCE IN PLACE SO I CAN CANCEL MINE.

DID YOU...
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6 Answers | Asked in Car Accidents and Personal Injury for California on
Q: My truck was hit by someone being pursued by the police. the police admitted that they didn't have the sirens on.

The suspect ran the red light at a high rate of speed and T boned me.

Later the police asked me to sign something at the hospital..(idk what it said.) It was then they admitted to having no sirens on b/c they were trying to catch up to him. The vehicle was stolen, and I had no uninsured... Read more »

William John Light
William John Light answered on Apr 4, 2020

California Vehicle Code Section 17004.7 provides that a public agency employing peace officers is immune from civil liability for damages for personal injury to or death of any person resulting from collision of a vehicle operated by a suspect who is being or has been pursued by a peace office... Read more »

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2 Answers | Asked in Car Accidents and Small Claims for California on
Q: Is this Illegal??

My ex pony friend and I were together for 7 years and have a 4 tour old together. 3 months into the breakup j had crashed into a pole and CHP hauled away my car that’s in his name away with my belongings. My ex got it out that day and isn’t returning it. He kept my purse, ID,cash, new laptop,... Read more »

Dale S. Gribow
Dale S. Gribow answered on Mar 31, 2020

more info needed.

though car in his name, was it given to you? did you register? did you insure it?

i assume his position is that he just let you use it but did not gift it to you.

who pays registration and insurance and repair costs?

he lied but that is not illegal,...
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1 Answer | Asked in Car Accidents for California on
Q: I Had a car accident at the beginning of the year not at fault but no insurance

hello at the beginning of the year i had an accident with this guy (50s) he was driving a tacoma in the oposoite side of the intersession to turn right i was waiting in the light to make a left the light turn yellow and i took it no cars were closed i stayed in the left line normal he made a right... Read more »

Dale S. Gribow
Dale S. Gribow answered on Mar 30, 2020

without more info it is hard to answer.

I doubt if you will be able to prove you were not at fault.

however, if you are worried about the other driver suing you, THEN THEY have to prove YOU were at fault.

you would need a lawyers assistance and unless you had major injuries...
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3 Answers | Asked in Car Accidents for California on
Q: I had a car accident How can I prove or prevent being at fault when I was not ?

at the beginning of the year I had an accident with this old guy he was driving a Tacoma I was at the light waiting to make a left he was coming from the opposite direction to make a right the light turn yellow then I took the turn (and stayed in the left line ) then he took a right and tried to... Read more »

Dale S. Gribow
Dale S. Gribow answered on Mar 30, 2020

more info needed.

you should try to set up an appointment with a PI lawyer in your area.

as a rule the person turning left is at fault................

if you are in an accident without insurance you can't collect for pain and suffering but could for other damages....
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3 Answers | Asked in Car Accidents for California on
Q: i was in a car accident and i didnt have insurance and my dl was exp but it was there fault can i get them to pay 4my ca
William John Light
William John Light answered on Mar 27, 2020

If neither you nor the car was insured, you can recover for everything except your pain and suffering. You can get property damage, past and future wage loss and medical expenses.

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3 Answers | Asked in Car Accidents for California on
Q: Hi, I was a witness to a car accident and have provided a recorded statement and dash cam footage.

I provided a recorded statement and a dash cam footage to an adjuster of the party I believe was not at fault. Can my name/info be found out by the other party? Can my dash cam footage be viewed by the other party?

William John Light
William John Light answered on Mar 23, 2020

Yes and yes.

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