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5 Answers | Asked in Car Accidents, Insurance Bad Faith and Insurance Defense for California on
Q: I WAS IN A accident and their insurance is take full responibililty, do i let repair or take check and repair myself?

the insurance company gave me 2 opitions . take to their repair shop - get a rental , est and repair. only get rental if i take to their shop and get repaired there. 2nd opition is take my jeep to get est. - no rental and they issue me a check . that was all that was said please heplp

Louis George Fazzi
Louis George Fazzi answered on Jul 28, 2020

Are you aware that you are asking this question of California attorneys? Most lawyers admitted to practice in the state of California may not be licensed to practice in Colorado, and consequently should not offer you advice based on California law.

Secondly, you did not indicate where the...
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2 Answers | Asked in Car Accidents for California on
Q: Can a minor give consent to another person to drive a car that she insured under but does not own? In CA.

My daughter did not stop an unlicensed driver from driving her car and he was involved in a accident. She was not in the car.

William John Light
William John Light answered on Jul 24, 2020

Yes, she can. She doesn't have legal authority to enter binding legal contracts, but she can authorize use of a car that you delegated to her. Otherwise, the person who was driving would be guilty of theft, and could be prosecuted, convicted and sentenced to prison. That doesn't sound... Read more »

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3 Answers | Asked in Car Accidents for California on
Q: Hi I got car accident this month and the other driver was minor and she also had a minor passenger in the suv.

She hit in my car and requested me not to call insurance company. She called her mom and they provided me wrong information of their phone numbers and wrong insurance info. At the time of that minor accident I was more worried about my health because I just had heart transplant last year. Next day... Read more »

Dale S. Gribow
Dale S. Gribow answered on Jul 23, 2020

MORE INFO HELPFUL

FIRSTLY I WOULD CALL POLICE AND REPORT IT...FOR BOTH CIVIL AND CRIMINAL REASONS .....

YOU CAN ALWAYS SUE IN SMALL CLAIMS COURT FOR UP TO $10K.

HOWEVER, YOU CAN'T GET BLOOD FROM A TURNIP OR ANY OTHER VEG OR FRUIT

YOU SHOULD HAVE HAD FULL...
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3 Answers | Asked in Business Formation, Business Law, Car Accidents and Personal Injury for California on
Q: If I purchase a vehicle in my company name, am I putting my business at risk If I am sued in result of an accident?

I plan on purchasing a truck used primarily for work, but also for personal use. In order to utilize tax benefits such as "bonus depreciation" the vehicle has to be titled in the company name. I fear that if myself or my spouse are driving the vehicle and are sued in the event of an... Read more »

William John Light
William John Light answered on Jul 11, 2020

In short, yes. As an owner of the vehicle, the Company is liable for up to $15k/person, $30k/collision for bodily injury and up to $5k for property damage.

If you injure someone in the course and scope of your work, the Company is liable for all damages you cause. If you have a commercial...
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2 Answers | Asked in Car Accidents for California on
Q: I was in an accident, a guy on a bicycle ran into my car ,smashed my window , and now is trying to sue me What can I do

He had no light, admitted fault, refused medical treatment, I received no ticket of any kind, was told “ to go home” I was the driver but the car is registered to my daughter in law, because I am buying the car but haven’t completely paid for it yet, we filed a release of liability, but the... Read more »

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

You and she should notify your insurance companies. That is why you paid for all those premiums.

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3 Answers | Asked in Car Accidents for California on
Q: Someone crashed in to a parked car in front of me. And the parked car in front of me hit my car. Who is liable?
Steven M. Sweat
Steven M. Sweat answered on Jul 6, 2020

If the party that crashed into the parked car was negligent, then they would be liable.

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3 Answers | Asked in Car Accidents for California on
Q: I was a pedestrian crossing the street legally, when I was hit by a car. I was wondering how much should I ask for?

My superficial injury healed up from the accident, it was minor actually, impact on ankle. But I'm a hemophiliac and joint injuries never go away for us, they evolve and become chronic years from now, potentially. Should I even be settling? I really don't want to be drawn out in court but... Read more »

William John Light
William John Light answered on Jul 2, 2020

It depends on your medical treatment, medical expenses, future medical treatment, your comparative fault, your permanent disability, the available insurance limits, etc. No one can tell you what your case might be worth without a lot more information.

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1 Answer | Asked in Car Accidents and Personal Injury for California on
Q: I need to know if I can fight an accident during an unsafe change lane from another driver.

a driver stop in front of me to change lanes, when I was turning right and non traffic conditions,

when ahead it was a sign, merge to the left , another sign ahead lane end merge to the left.

she stopped without signal in a continuous traffic. I was behind the big truck turning right .

Tyler Young
Tyler Young answered on Jun 30, 2020

You're asking a classic comparative fault question. Yes, you can make a claim for your damages if you feel the other driver was at fault. But a jury may have to decide the answer to that question. The insurer may take the position that because the other driver was in front of you that you... Read more »

3 Answers | Asked in Car Accidents and Personal Injury for California on
Q: What to do when the other driver wants to sue after an accident?

Hi, my boyfriend got into an accident while driving my car. He also has his own insurance. My boyfriend was determined at-fault and the other driver wants to file a lawsuit against both me and my boyfriend. Both my boyfriend and I have insurance of our own and we both pay premium. On top of asking... Read more »

Tyler Young
Tyler Young answered on Jun 17, 2020

You and your boyfriend have a contractual obligation with your auto insurance companies to notify them about the wreck. So you should report the claim. They should handle it from there.

If the other driver refuses the policy limits of insurance in a settlement, the insurance companies...
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2 Answers | Asked in DUI / DWI and Car Accidents for California on
Q: can my boyfriend and i move out of state if he got a DUI 3yrs ago?

He’s already completed everything he needed to do and paid all his fines. he just needs to get SR-22 and reinstate his license. are we able to move out of california and still be able to do so?

Alexander Andryuschenko
Alexander Andryuschenko answered on Jun 12, 2020

You can move out of state as long as he is not on a felony probation. Being on summary (usually misdemeanor) probation has no affect on your ability to move out of state (or even out of the country).

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1 Answer | Asked in Car Accidents for California on
Q: I need to ask a question about my car insuraunce

It's to long and hard to explain but bottom line I wrecked my car and I swear I had full coverage ins I have always had full coverage unins motor collision everything on the 3 of June this month I hit a pole and dented the drivers side of my car when I called my ins said all I had was... Read more »

Dale S. Gribow
Dale S. Gribow answered on Jun 11, 2020

more info.

however, some ins agents will sell you less than full coverage to make the sale by having the lowest rates....

you are supposed to review what you purchases. Your negligence will cost you.

if you have had coverage with the same agent and company for many years and...
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6 Answers | Asked in Car Accidents, Insurance Defense and Personal Injury for California on
Q: I sold a vehicle on Craigslist, was negligent, & now I owe an insurance company 20k in damages?

I sold the vehicle, I had them sign their name and everything necessary on the pink slip, as well as my signature to release it, but forgot to remove and take the release of liability. The person has caused damages worth 20k yet I am liable. I have records of the conversation leading up to the... Read more »

Tyler Young
Tyler Young answered on Jun 11, 2020

Although insurance follows a vehicle, the driver is typically the person who is "responsible" and will be the named defendant in any lawsuit. Said another way, unless there are independent allegations against you (like you sold a defective vehicle etc...) you shouldn't be a party to... Read more »

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2 Answers | Asked in Car Accidents, Criminal Law, DUI / DWI and Civil Rights for California on
Q: If I hit a side walk and telephone pole can another person stop me from seeking medical help?

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Mr. Hudson Thomas Bair
Mr. Hudson Thomas Bair answered on Jun 11, 2020

I would encourage you to contact a local lawyer and have a meeting to discuss the facts of your case. If you were over the limit, involved in an accident and fled the scene without leaving your insurance or other contact information you are going to need a lawyer to defend you. Quite likely you... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Car Accidents for California on
Q: I was hit my medical bill was over 6000 their insurance only paid 900 and now they want me to sign a medical release.

Should I sign any forms or perhaps seek legal representation?

William John Light
William John Light answered on Jun 6, 2020

You have no idea what you are doing. You should obviously consult with an attorney before making any decisions or signing any paperwork.

1 Answer | Asked in Car Accidents for California on
Q: Tow truck driver hit my car and didnt leave note.

My car was parked legally overnight. The car next to me was not and the tow truck company came to pick up the car. As he was pulling out the other guys car he's damaged my car substantially and left without a note or anything. I filed a report and this is a hit and run case. I've met with... Read more »

Peter N. Munsing
Peter N. Munsing answered on Jun 5, 2020

First, if you have collision on your car, get it fixed --the insurance will go after the guy. Second, get two estimates if it hasn't been fixed. Send them to the tow truck (save copies) Sue him in small claims. Not sure why you would miss work as the law would say you should use public trans,... Read more »

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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3 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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3 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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