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2 Answers | Asked in Car Accidents for California on
Q: I was backing out of my driveway, and accidentally backed into the front fender of my neighbor’s pick-up truck across

the street. However, my neighbor’s truck was parked illegally, with the front third of his vehicle blocking his own driveway. He is claiming that I am solely at fault; while I am claiming that he is at least partially at fault for parking illegally. Am I right, or is he?

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

You ran into a stationary object. It's your fault.

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3 Answers | Asked in Personal Injury and Car Accidents for California on
Q: Hit by a van

A van hit me while I was riding a bike and did not stop at all. AfterWards a lady pulled up in her car, showed me a photo of the van and said “this Is the person who hit u and handed me a paper with the license plate number. I’m not in horrible pain but definitely noticeable pain . What... Read more »

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

Call the police. If you are hurt, go to the doctor. An attorney can't help you if you aren't hurt.

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2 Answers | Asked in Car Accidents and DUI / DWI for California on
Q: A person is drinking and accidentally hits another person and puts that person in a coma, what are the charges?

Person in coma lives, wakes up.

Driver has a previous DUI charge.

Takes place in Los Angeles, California.

(*Note: this is research for a novel)

Mr. Richard Orville Middlebrook
Mr. Richard Orville Middlebrook answered on Nov 16, 2020

Generally 23153 w GBI but that assumes intoxication, not just drinking. May be other charges too.

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3 Answers | Asked in Car Accidents, Civil Rights, Criminal Law and Libel & Slander for California on
Q: My car was stolen early sat morning. The police are not willing to write us a stolen car report?

My car was stolen early Saturday morning, my keys were in the car, I was at a friend's house with two other people my wife was home the whole night, we have full coverage responsible and non responsible full coverage insurance, the car is completely paid off and only worth a couple thousand... Read more »

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

You can make a "counter report" that you write yourself. The police appear to be questioning your story. Making a false police report and insurance fraud are crimes. Tread carefully.

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2 Answers | Asked in Car Accidents for California on
Q: A car from opposite direction turns on their red light onto street in front of me, am I to blame?

The other driver turned all the way into lane #1 that I was traveling and as I switched to the middle lane to avoid hitting them, they switched also to middle lane in attempt to get BACK to lane #1, the lane they SHOULD HAVE turned into and I could not avoid hitting them from behind.

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

Unless you have dashcam video or independent witness corroboration, you will likely be found liable. You hit someone from behind. You are supposed to control your vehicle taking into account hazards in front of you. Even with dashcam or independent witness corroboration, you will likely have... Read more »

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5 Answers | Asked in Car Accidents for California on
Q: My car accident case was closed a year ago. Lawyers office recieved the check, I still haven't received anything.

Can the check be cash without me knowing?

Last June I managed to speak with someone, I was told they were still making calculations.

Maurice Mandel II
Maurice Mandel II answered on Oct 22, 2020

This is something that needs to be handled immediately. First, you must write the attorney and ask for an accounting of the proceeds from the settlement. Next, you must find the California Bar Association website and the Client Relations department to file a complaint with them. You need to... Read more »

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3 Answers | Asked in Car Accidents for California on
Q: Hi my question is. I have a Trump flag on my car say someone rips it off what are my options? Could I defend myself?

Say I have a concealed carry permit. Can I defend myself?

Robert Dourian
Robert Dourian answered on Oct 22, 2020

You could vote for Biden.

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3 Answers | Asked in Car Accidents for California on
Q: If I allow another driver (who is covered by their own non-owner car insurance) to borrow my car.

And they get into an accident. Can the driver of the other vehicle also sue me since the car is registered in my name?

William John Light
William John Light answered on Oct 18, 2020

Yes, and your insurance is primary for you and the driver who borrowed your car.

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1 Answer | Asked in Car Accidents for California on
Q: When a cow is hit on a county rd. With fences on both side of road. Who is responsible is it..

the rancher had been told several times about cattle being in road One cow had all ready been hit

Maurice Mandel II
Maurice Mandel II answered on Oct 15, 2020

We studied an ancient (like 1600) case just like this in Law school, only it was a pair of "asses" (description by the Court, not me) left to graze by the road, and a wagon going down the hill. Rule of Law, if you leave your ass in the middle of the road, you cannot complain if it gets... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Car Accidents and Domestic Violence for California on
Q: I was just in a car accidentWith someone who has a restraining order against me what do I do
Dale S. Gribow
Dale S. Gribow answered on Oct 3, 2020

IF YOU WERE INJURED SET UP AN APPT ON MONDAY WITH A PI LAWYER IN YOUR NEIGHBORHOOD AND POST THAT ISSUE TO HIM AFTER YOU EXPLAIN ALL THE FACTS.

IF YOU NEED DIRECTION I WILL GIVE YOU A FEW NAMES TO CHOOSE FROM...................................................

3 Answers | Asked in Criminal Law and Car Accidents for California on
Q: Hit and run. Person fled on foot ditched the car. Car isn't registered to the person and can't contact. What to do?

I want to find them.

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

Notify your collision insurer and let it worry about chasing the driver and owner of the other vehicle. If you don't have insurance, you can sue the registered owner for up to $5k for property damage and up to $10k for bodily injury in Small Claims (two separate cases). The owner is liable... Read more »

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7 Answers | Asked in Personal Injury, Car Accidents, Civil Litigation and Small Claims for California on
Q: Could you please do my opposition to motion summary judgment?

I was hit by a car while riding my bicycle and the defendant’s attorney has sent me motion of summary packets. I need to respond so I need help with that paperwork please.

Manuel Alzamora Juarez
Manuel Alzamora Juarez answered on Sep 25, 2020

You are in the middle of litigation. you need to hire an attorney right now. Best of luck.

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5 Answers | Asked in Car Accidents, Personal Injury, Gov & Administrative Law and Municipal Law for California on
Q: I was in an accident about a month ago (hit by a car as I crossed the street from sidewalk to sidewalk while biking home

I was in an accident about a month ago (hit by a car as I crossed the street from sidewalk to sidewalk while biking home). I was knocked unconscious for a brief period and woke up to cops around me looking at me with flashlights. I was asked if I wanted to go to the ER in the ambulance and I... Read more »

Dale S. Gribow
Dale S. Gribow answered on Sep 16, 2020

MORE INFO NEEDED.

DO YOURSELF A FAVOR AND MAKE A FREE APPOINTMENT WITH A PI LAWYER WHO CAN GET YOU COMPENSATION IF YOU WERE NOT AT FAULT.

IF THAT IS THE CASE, THEN IF YOU CONTACT ME I WILL GIVE YOU SEVERAL NAMES TO CONSIDER.

HOWEVER, DON'T DISCUSS CASES LIKE THIS ON AN...
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2 Answers | Asked in Car Accidents for California on
Q: Got in an accident not at fault with suspended license & have car insurance. Very minor damages to my bumper rear right

Filed a claim with my insurance but I just want to close the claim and just leave as is. The other party never gave out insurance info or had driver license to show me. I just want to know if I will recieve any consequences I know I shouldn’t be driving. And there is no injuries at all and we... Read more »

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

Nobody knows whether you are going to be charged for driving without a license except the District Attorney. You can close out your claim for property damages to your car. You have no ability to force the insurer to close out the entire claim because it is possible that the other party may claim... Read more »

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3 Answers | Asked in Car Accidents for California on
Q: I recently got into a car accident and I’m not at fault but I have a suspended license. Will I get any consequences?
William John Light
William John Light answered on Sep 3, 2020

Maybe. Driving without a license is a crime. If you are hurt, you may have a claim for personal injuries and not having a license won't affect that. Talk to a PI attorney to discuss.

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4 Answers | Asked in Car Accidents, Employment Law and Personal Injury for California on
Q: Do I become liable for an accident in a work vehicle while on the job if I now no longer work there

I was employed with the company at the time and was involved in an accident in a work vehicle while working. It has been almost 2 years and I no longer am with that company but believe the other person involved is attempting to sue am I now personally liable?

William John Light
William John Light answered on Sep 3, 2020

You were always personally liable, but your former employer's insurer has a duty to defend and indemnify you, and the Labor Code also provides that your employer has a direct duty to indemnify you for work related expenses. If you are served with a lawsuit, contact your former HR Department... Read more »

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2 Answers | Asked in Car Accidents and Consumer Law for California on
Q: 20 Can can my car be repoed legally if I was only 10 days late on my first payment

Can can my car be repoed legally if I was only 10 days late on my first payment?

I financed a used car from usave auto auction I was 10 days late on making my first payment and they repoed it in the middle of it being repoed I got in the car and called the car dealership and explained what... Read more »

Dale S. Gribow
Dale S. Gribow answered on Sep 3, 2020

MUCH MORE INFO NEEDED.

I WOULD HAVE THOUGHT THERE WOULD BE SOME GRACE PERIOD....HOWEVER, WHAT DOES YOUR CONTRACT SAY? IT USUALLY SPELLS OUT THESE THINGS.

I WOULD THINK A DEALERSHIP PROBABLY WOULD NOT HAVE DONE SO BUT WITH AN AUCTION??? WHO KNOWS

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5 Answers | Asked in Car Accidents, Construction Law and Small Claims for California on
Q: What are my options when trying to recoup vehicle repair costs associated with damage caused by Caltrans' subcontractor?

Hello,

Significant vehicle damage was incurred due to freeway construction debris collision with my vehicle. Caltrans claim was submitted by both my vehicle insurance and myself. Caltrans responded about a year later to my insurance, stating that this instance was caused by their... Read more »

Robert Dourian
Robert Dourian answered on Aug 31, 2020

I sounds like your options have narrowed down to filing an action for property damages. It is not so clear that CALTRANS is not responsible, but its all about the actual facts and circumstances. This matter may not make sense for an attorney to take on if the dollar amount of the damage is low.... Read more »

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2 Answers | Asked in Car Accidents for California on
Q: If a neighbor has blocked my car in on a shared easement driveway can I get them towed legally?

The driveway is split in half (6ft is the neighbors, 6 ft is mine) between our properties. There are 2 parking spaces at the end of this driveway. They did this because they are pissed we took their normal parking spot which is our property.

Maurice Mandel II
Maurice Mandel II answered on Aug 31, 2020

If the car is on your property and completely blocking the egress of your car, it can be towed. You should post the "No Parking" signs that have a place to cite the vehicle code (call the PD to get the code number) and the number of the PD that will be towing the car. Sounds like you... Read more »

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2 Answers | Asked in Car Accidents, Criminal Law, Federal Crimes and Libel & Slander for California on
Q: Scared to pull over after a minor car accident because of possible violent reaction from the other person involved.

Let's say I got in a minor car accident and the other driver is acting angry and possibly violent. Could you keep driving (essentially making it a hit and run) because you felt unsafe to pull over and get out of the car? Is there a legal way to do this? Like calling the cops to explain the... Read more »

Maurice Mandel II
Maurice Mandel II answered on Aug 27, 2020

"Assumptions are the mother of all Foul ups." If you are assuming that the other driver would react violently and just take off, you are at fault for a hit and run. BUT, if you pull over with your windows up and the other driver makes any kind of overt act of violence, you would be... Read more »

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