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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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3 Answers | Asked in Car Accidents for California on
Q: What are my options if i got hit by a truck and suffered serious injuries?

I was hit by a truck while riding my bicycle and a truck hit me 7/28/2018. Causing 22 broken bones and brain injury i was in a coma for 10 days. Is there a limit that i can sue the person for. I was a model and actor this accident has hindered me where i can not work. This accident changed my life... Read more »

Dale S. Gribow
Dale S. Gribow answered on Mar 21, 2020

more info needed.

you probably should not be discussing your case on an open forum.

assuming you have liability on your side and your can prove your injuries were from this accident, there is NO limit.......

however, the ins limits will probably determine that question if...
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2 Answers | Asked in Car Accidents for California on
Q: I got in an accident not my fault. He doesnt have a valid license so apparently can not get insurance this, can he sue?
Dale S. Gribow
Dale S. Gribow answered on Mar 18, 2020

more info needed.

anyone can sue for anything at any time.........the question is would he collect?

as long as you had auto insurance your carrier would defend you IF s/he sues and if you are not at fault

they will win the case.

the more important question is were...
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1 Answer | Asked in Car Accidents and Insurance Bad Faith for California on
Q: motorhome required to be my residence as campground mgr. was damaged due to tow truck drivers error while being towed.

Tow truck driver drove through a huge pothole in parking lot. Pothole could easily have been avoided. The underside of motorhome was ripped out, including the generator and plumbing. The motorhome could not serve as my residence due to the severe damage and I was unable to fulfill the... Read more »

William John Light
William John Light answered on Mar 13, 2020

It would be easier to make a claim with your own insurance and let it pursue the tow truck driver for whatever liability it could prove. If you don't have insurance, you can try to pursue the tow truck driver. If your damages are $10k or less, you can file in Small Claims and get a Judgment... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Car Accidents for California on
Q: How long can claim go on?

I rear ended a car and insurance of party that I rear ended asks 6700 for car and around 30-40K might be asked for bodily injury. However accident happened on September and it is February I haven't heard from the insurance of the party that I rear ended. How long can they get the back pain... Read more »

William John Light
William John Light answered on Feb 25, 2020

Cases can go on for years. Treatment can go on for days, weeks, months, years, depending on the injury. It is common to not experience pain immediately after the collision, but when the adrenaline wears off, or you start to resume normal activities, pain surfaces. If you have insurance, notify... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Car Accidents for California on
Q: Hello, I received a notice of ‘pending Lien sale for vehicle valued under $4000’ the car was stolen and recovered.

It was towed to the impound lot then my lien holder had it towed somewhere else and I then received this notice. I have not seen the car and I do have insurance.m. I need to know how to proceed. Any help would be appreciated

Sincerely,

Peter N. Munsing
Peter N. Munsing answered on Feb 22, 2020

Your local Legal Services/Legal Aid office has consumer staff who can at least tell you where to go for information in your state if they can't represent you because you are over income.

3 Answers | Asked in Car Accidents for California on
Q: Hello I have a question regarding Auto insurance claims involving a minor

I live in the state of California and I am wondering how does the insurance company handle situations where a minor is injured due to a auto accident How does the insurance company go about compensating personal injury to the minor

Manuel Alzamora Juarez
Manuel Alzamora Juarez answered on Feb 20, 2020

Normally, You must name a Guardian Ad Litem and file and serve the case within 6 months if you are suing a state government agency and within two years for a regular accident case. In the case of minors, you have special statutes of limitations and you should hire an attorney to advise you.

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3 Answers | Asked in Car Accidents and Personal Injury for California on
Q: I’m in California and was hit by a car on my bike, I’m wondering who is at fault?

I was on my bike just leaving my house, it was on a tiny one way street that I was going the opposite direction on. He pulled out of a driveway turning right and I tried to avoid him, but he turned extra wide and didn’t see me or didn’t stop for whatever reason until he hit me. I was knocked... Read more »

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

Sounds like your fault. You were going in the wrong direction on the street. He was looking to his left, turning right, because that is the direction from which traffic would be expected. I suppose that you have an argument that he should have looked to his right as well because of the potential... Read more »

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3 Answers | Asked in Car Accidents and Civil Rights for California on
Q: stopped in downtown S.F. and ordered out of my car but leave motor running, a person stole and totaled it

what recourse do I have? Car is totaled had the key been out or turned off my just restored car would be fine

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

Your recourse is with your comprehensive/collision insurer; or, with the person who totaled your car, but good luck collecting from them.

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1 Answer | Asked in Car Accidents for California on
Q: A Lyft Driver sideswiped my car.

A Lyft driver (while driving a client to their destination) was going well over the speed limit, before, during, and after the collision. Instead of slowing down to yield to existing traffic (me). He tried to go around my car, by going into the oncoming traffic lane. When he tried to merge back, he... Read more »

Dale S. Gribow
Dale S. Gribow answered on Feb 13, 2020

more info needed.

hire a lawyer.

beat them to the punch and file in small claims for up to $10k.

if you are not insured DMV may take your license if/when they hear about it.

you won't be able to collect for pain and suffering.

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