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1 Answer | Asked in Car Accidents for California on
Q: Do I have to make a recorded statement to my insurance company after an auto accident. Should I wait 4 the police report

Involved in a car accident Riverside CA

Riverside PD took a police report — traffic collision

When I gave my statement to police I said I had lost control. Upon seeing my car I had been pit maneuvered so I was hit 2 times.

My insurance is asking for a recorded statement.... Read more »

William John Light
William John Light answered on Jan 26, 2022

You have an obligation to cooperate with your insurer. If you don't, it could refuse to defend or indemnify you.

2 Answers | Asked in Car Accidents for California on
Q: Car switched lanes in front of me with no warning on blinker. Insurance is claiming I'm 50% responsible is that right?
Dale S. Gribow
Dale S. Gribow answered on Jan 24, 2022

It’s not that easy.

More info needed.

Independent wits?

What does your ins co say?

Call local lawyer for consultation and show him police report

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2 Answers | Asked in Car Accidents, Personal Injury, Construction Law and Small Claims for California on
Q: Family and I were in a car accident caused by the city. what do we do?

The city was working on a traffic light. Causeed another vehicle to hit us.

William John Light
William John Light answered on Jan 23, 2022

If you are hurt, see a doctor. Then contact an attorney. If you don't need medical attention, you probably don't have a case worth pursuing. You have 6 months to file a Tort Claim with the City, which is a requirement before filing a lawsuit. When you talk to an attorney, be prepared.... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Car Accidents for California on
Q: Our insurance refuses to pay the repair for the rail of a bridge. I hit it after hydroplanning and lost control of my

They're claiming that because the rail was a stationary object ,I can not ask them to pay for the repair. Is it right to involve an attorney?

Dale S. Gribow
Dale S. Gribow answered on Jan 21, 2022

MOST PI LAWYERS WILL OFFER A FREE CONSULTATION.

CALL A LOCAL ONE AND BRING ALL PAPERWORK.

2 Answers | Asked in Car Accidents and Personal Injury for California on
Q: When suing for personal injury (car accident) in small claims court, who do you sue, the insurance, insured, or driver?

The following question is asked with regard to the State of California: As a result of a minor car accident, the injured party, who was not at fault, wishes to take legal actions in order to recoup some money to account for medical bills, pain/suffering etc. After consulting with an attorney, it... Read more »

Theodore Allan Greene
Theodore Allan Greene answered on Jan 13, 2022

Whether you sue in Small Claims Court or Superior Court you would most certainly sue the driver of the car if they were at fault and caused the accident. You might include the owner of the car if for some reason the owner was negligent in allowing the driver to use their car. Sometimes we have... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Car Accidents for California on
Q: I was in a car accident a month ago, the other driver was at fault. We both are insured through the same company,

My insurance covered my car rental, but the fees out of pocket were $185. And my car payment was $400 and yet I was without my car for almost the whole month, am I entitled to be reimbursed this money from the other driver or the insurance company?

Dale S. Gribow
Dale S. Gribow answered on Jan 6, 2022

more info would be helpful.

you are entitled to any out of pocket loss.

they will argue about the car payment... but you will counter that you had a right to have a car rental for the period of time and any other out of pocket loss.

i suspect they would even pay you...
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4 Answers | Asked in Car Accidents and Personal Injury for California on
Q: My car was totaled in an accident and the other driver was deemed at fault and arrested for DUI.

Two months post-accident, I have filed a small claims case against the driver and the insurance company. In the past 24hrs, the insurance company has contacted me and said they will not offer assistance until I drop the small claims court case. Should I drop the court case and utilize their... Read more »

William John Light
William John Light answered on Dec 28, 2021

Whether you should drop the Small Claims case has more to do with what you are trying to recover in Small Claims, what your evidence is, whether you are leaving out important damages that you could recover, than with whatever the other party's insurer is telling you. If you get a judgment... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Car Accidents, Personal Injury and Small Claims for California on
Q: my sons guardian was charged for letting my son drive her car under age no licence caused him tbi what can i do
Dale S. Gribow
Dale S. Gribow answered on Dec 27, 2021

more info is needed.

how old is your son? is the guardian related? court-appointed? charged with DUI?

s/he give her keys or just did nothing when s/he learned he had them etc?

TBI from driving? Accident?

2 Answers | Asked in Insurance Bad Faith, Car Accidents and Small Claims for California on
Q: Can I sue the at fault policy holders insurance company for bad faith IN small claims court? I believe I have cause.

Policy holder = Door Dash (door dasher was in route with food)

The question of who was at fault is not an issue. due to limited character space available, the following is not exhaustive.

(I believe) I have documented no less than 3 instances of bad faith practices, and potentially... Read more »

Dale S. Gribow
Dale S. Gribow answered on Dec 16, 2021

MORE INFO NEEDED.

SET UP AN APPT TO GO OVER YOUR POTENTIAL CASES WITH A PI LAWYER.

IF IT IS BAD FAITH IT WOULD HAVE A LOT MORE VALUE THAN THE $10,000.

CHANCES ARE BAD FAITH WOULD BE HARD TO PROVE AND... IF YOU WON ...THE OTHER SIDE WOULD APPEAL AND THEN THEY CAN HAVE LAWYERS...
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1 Answer | Asked in Car Accidents for California on
Q: I rubbed my tire on my neighbors brick wall and left a smudge mark. Zero damage no cracks no mortar missing nothing .

They want to have bricks removed to check if rebar underneath is damaged. They want me to pay for this or file claim on my insurance. They also filed a hit n run on this incident. Am i legally bound to do what they say? ZERO DAMAGE!

Dale S. Gribow
Dale S. Gribow answered on Dec 14, 2021

MORE INFO NEEDED

CALL A LOCAL CIVIL LITIGATION ATTORNEY TO PRESENT ALL THE FACTS WITH PICTURES........

2 Answers | Asked in Car Accidents for California on
Q: Question about parents liability for their minor child in an auto accident...see below

(In California) I was injured when a 16 year old driver hit me on my motorcycle. Police report & she was clearly at fault. As a minor, she is on her parents insurance policy that only has a 50K limit for my medical. My medical exceeds that limit by twice that. CA vehicle code 17707 says her... Read more »

William John Light
William John Light answered on Dec 2, 2021

Yes, you can. What makes you think that they can pay? Or that they won't file for bankruptcy if you pursue their personal funds? No one wants to chase a judgment for 10 years for some monthly payments. If you carried Underinsured Motorist insurance in excess of $50k, you can recover from... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Car Accidents for California on
Q: I collided with a bicyclist while riding my motorcycle without insurance what are the possible outcomes?

I was riding my motorcycle down a two-way four lane street when a man on a bicycle without warning or signaling went from the far outside lane into the inside lane where I was riding. It happened so suddenly that I attempted to break and swerve but he pathed himself directly into where I was... Read more »

Dale S. Gribow
Dale S. Gribow answered on Nov 22, 2021

more info is needed.

if you are in an accident in Calif without ins, the DMV will suspend your license for 1 yr...................and you are responsible for his bills including pain and suffering.

recontact the lawyer you talked to for status.

1 Answer | Asked in Car Accidents, Libel & Slander and Products Liability for California on
Q: Rebar of vehicle bent but the airbags didn’t deploy. Do I have a possible case since airbags should’ve deployed?
Dale S. Gribow
Dale S. Gribow answered on Nov 21, 2021

more info is needed.

airbags don't deploy in every accident..........usually only rear enders and not T Bones.

suing the car manufacturer or the company that made the bags is a VERY expensive proposition. Unless there was a big upside, a lawyer will not invest their money on a...
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2 Answers | Asked in Animal / Dog Law, Car Accidents and Personal Injury for California on
Q: I ran over and killed a dog by accident, the dog was on the street no leash. Why are they suing me, can they win?

They also wanna sue because as the dog was dying in his hands the dog was biting him and got injuries from the dog

Theodore Allan Greene
Theodore Allan Greene answered on Nov 20, 2021

This doesn't sound right. I have more questions - like how much money are they asking for? Is it small claims court? You should contact an attorney and have a consultation with all the paperwork so a mort in depth analysis can happen.

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1 Answer | Asked in Car Accidents, Libel & Slander and Personal Injury for California on
Q: Only when I got into an accident my car’s SRS light turned on. Would I be able to sue car company?

Impact was so bad that I am bruised from my seatbelt, and I do not bruise easily. Shouldn’t the SRS light be on prior the accident? Since the light turned on doesn’t that mean my airbag should’ve deployed? I called company and looked up online and there are no open recalls on my vehicle.

Dale S. Gribow
Dale S. Gribow answered on Nov 19, 2021

if you can prove breach of contract or negligence, the amount is probably way to small to sue a large corporation.............and what did they do wrong? How did the accident happen.

they would choose to spend the money to fight it.

2 Answers | Asked in DUI / DWI and Car Accidents for California on
Q: Its my first time getting a DUI, I dont know what to do and need help but have no money, can someone help me please

Or send me to someone that maybe could. My English isnt that strong. I got my DUI 10/23/2021 on Baily Rd. Bay Point, Ca. A car had stopped infront of me and I didnt break in time good enough and hit the vehicle infront of me no one hurt.

John Karas
John Karas answered on Nov 17, 2021

If you don't have any money to pay for a private attorney to represent you, at your arraignment where you plead no guilty ask for a Public Defender to be appointed.

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2 Answers | Asked in Car Accidents, Civil Rights and Probate for California on
Q: Hello I need help with a civil law suit but I need a lawyer that does pro Bono work I can't afford a lawyer

I was at work when my car was hit by a parked car the driver stated he was going 40 mph fell a sleep at the wheel woke up hit a parked car behind me then the car behind me hit me from behind and I hit the car in front of me from behind I just found out my car is a total loss and the was my only... Read more »

Maurice Mandel II
Maurice Mandel II answered on Nov 17, 2021

Sorry to hear that you are in this situation. Without a personal injury of some kind, few personal injury/property damage attorneys will assist you on a contingent fee because the claim has too little money involved. But that is not the end of the story. You can file for yourself in Small Claims... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Personal Injury and Car Accidents for California on
Q: Can I hire a lawyer to serve as my POA to advocate on my behalf on a case currently being handled by a different lawyer?

I was involved in a car accident (struck as a pedestrian) 7 months ago in New Jersey. I hired a lawyer to take on my case. I recently moved to California, and more recently suffered the death of a parent. My attorney wants me to fly back to N.J. to see another doctor. I'm unable to. I've... Read more »

Maurice Mandel II
Maurice Mandel II answered on Nov 15, 2021

You can replace the NJ attorney at any time, but there will be consequences, such as having to pay him from the recovery for the work he has done to date. BUT you better have another NJ attorney ready to take over the case. I do not see any reason that you cannot see a physician where you... Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Car Accidents for California on
Q: My car was hit and totaled by a Uhaul truck. Other driver was found to be 100% at fault. I had to pay almost $800 out

pocket for my deductible and car rental until I found a new car. Uhaul insurance (rep west) is stating they only pay $5000 toward the car. Geico (my insurance) is saying they keep that full amount because they paid me for the totaled car. The other driver said he had private car insurance in... Read more »

Maurice Mandel II
Maurice Mandel II answered on Nov 15, 2021

Very sorry to hear you were in a vehicle collision. Hope you are ok. If your claim is under $10,000.00, you should sue both the driver and the registered owner of the vehicle in Small Claims Court, as both are responsible. Many people think you sue the insurance company but they only provide... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Car Accidents for California on
Q: Can my insurance deny a claim from initial statement at the accident, despite I have since clarified.

It was a minor fender bender. Both vehicles were drive-able. My only concern is can the insurance company use it against me when I initially said 5 minutes after the accident I was in CA for work. I have since clarified and offered to provide them proof. My insurance coverage extends to rentals. It... Read more »

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar answered on Nov 3, 2021

A California attorney could advise best, but your question remains open for three weeks. It could depend on the wording of the policy, the statement, terms of the rental, and the carrier's discretion. When claims are small and only involve minor property damage, an accident may not be... Read more »

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