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4 Answers | Asked in Car Accidents for California on
Q: Can a car insurance company deny liability because the person driving the car is not listed on the insurance?

I was in a accident 7/14/19 and a 15 year old was driving the SUV with 2 older women when she made a u-turn in front of me and we collided. None of the women was on the insurance and it was the girl older brother car. The owner of the vehicle is taking his time to contact his insurance and a police... Read more »

Gerald Barry Dorfman
Gerald Barry Dorfman answered on Jul 17, 2019

Even without the insurance coverage issue, you should get your own attorney because you were injured. Do not speak with the insurance adjuster; certainly do not give a written or recorded statement. Most personal injury attorneys will give you a case evaluation at no charge.

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3 Answers | Asked in Car Accidents for California on
Q: Was involved in car accident was rear ended and bumbed into car infront of me .i have no license and not at fault

I got pushed into the car in front of me no damage was done person who hit me gave expired insurance id card. Car i was in has insurance but it only covers the owner of vehicle.the lady infront of me has filed a claim with no damage done to her car i got pictures of all 3 vehicles to show who has... Read more »

Dale S. Gribow
Dale S. Gribow answered on Jul 17, 2019

more info needed

if you were not hurt see if the ins co for the car to defend you under a reservation of rights

if you have a car with auto ins then submit it to them

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1 Answer | Asked in Car Accidents and Traffic Tickets for California on
Q: I would like the section of vehicle code 22500.1 explained when it states fire district jurisdiction

I got a red curb ticket but the issuing officer was a street sweeping officer. Is the ticket constituted? Or what does vehicle code mean by fire district jurisdiction?

Dale S. Gribow
Dale S. Gribow answered on Jul 17, 2019

PDF]Fire Department Specifications and Requirements - Anaheim

m.anaheim.net/fire/fire_prev/forms/FireLanesandTowingfromPrivateProperty08.pdf

No person shall stop, park or leave standing any vehicle, whether attended or unattended, except when in conflict with other traffic, in a...
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2 Answers | Asked in Car Accidents for California on
Q: Car accident, PA with a rental car......driver lives in Wyoming. Cops don't really say who was at fault

Both drivers treated and released at area hospital. Now rental car driver gets a ticket from PA to where they live in WY for only $142.....$25 for pulling out in front of another car onto a roadway and the rest is fees and taxes of the total bill.

At the bottom of the form it has two... Read more »

Dale S. Gribow
Dale S. Gribow answered on Jul 16, 2019

more info needed

you need to talk to a lawyer from the city where this incident took place as s/he will know the laws and procedure for that court.

normally you plead guilty and pay a fine or not guilty and have a trial.

if there is liability it probably will not make much...
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3 Answers | Asked in Car Accidents, Libel & Slander, Personal Injury and Civil Rights for California on
Q: I would like to know if a driver is at fault for hitting a pedestrian turning out into traffic.

I am a 17 year old son of a mother who had recently been in a collision with a minor on a bike. The minor turned in front of her vehicle -while she turned into the lane she had waited legally for traffic to allow- from the blind spot made by an adjacent vehicle the minor was biking next to. The boy... Read more »

William John Light
William John Light answered on Jul 9, 2019

No one could make a guess about who is at fault without reviewing all of the available evidence. However, fault isn't all or nothing. Everyone might have some proportional fault.

Your mother's insurance company owes her a defense and indemnity. It will appoint an attorney to defend her...
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4 Answers | Asked in Car Accidents for California on
Q: What is a "request to disclose limits" from my insurance via the other driver in a car accident claim?

I was involved in a car accident where the other driver made a left turn into oncoming traffic. He is now claiming that I ran a red light and was speeding and caused the accident (not true and the forensic evidence on the vehicles proves that). He has hired a lawyer and has requested the amount of... Read more »

William John Light
William John Light answered on Jul 2, 2019

1) To find out how much money your insurer might pay. Yes, it's common.

2) Yes, you should sign it.

3) You are more likely to be sued because disclosure of policy limits information is required, upon demand, in a lawsuit. Disclosure is only voluntary before a lawsuit. Why make it...
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3 Answers | Asked in Car Accidents for California on
Q: Hit by cycle. He died. His fault. Get charged.Get dismissed. Loose truck, Everything.Should they pay?

I have everything.

Dale S. Gribow
Dale S. Gribow answered on Jun 19, 2019

more info needed!!

were you charged and case dismissed?

you lost your vehicle? didn't you have auto insurance?

call me to discuss 760 837 7500

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6 Answers | Asked in Car Accidents, Criminal Law, DUI / DWI and Personal Injury for California on
Q: Dui accident on 06/13/19 , charged with involuntary vehicular manslaughter/ great bodily injury in,San Bernardino county

Accident was caused by , the negligence of a semi truck driver makeing a sudden illegal u-turn .

Clearly marked "NO U-TURNS"!

In a marked 50 mph zone.

William John Light
William John Light answered on Jun 16, 2019

There could be a personal injury claim arising out of this for the decedent and any injured. Consult with a PI attorney.

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1 Answer | Asked in Car Accidents for California on
Q: Isn't technically true that I don't need a license to operate a motor vehicle and shouldn't have been taken away
William John Light
William John Light answered on Jun 14, 2019

If you are driving on public streets, you need a license.

You have a right to use public streets and highways. The government has the right to regulate the usage of those streets and highways by ensuring citizens have a minimum level of competence of knowledge of the rules of the road....
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2 Answers | Asked in Car Accidents for California on
Q: Can you be taken to court in absence for rental car damage in UK.

Husband took ill while driving car and taken to hospital. Daughter who wasn't on rental agreement was driving car back to hotel and got in accident. Car company say we are liable for cost of car, which is a lot of money. Can they sue us in our absence? And what would happen if we can't pay it?

William John Light
William John Light answered on Jun 13, 2019

Yes, you can be sued in your absence. The rental car company can take the judgment, bring it to CA and have the CA courts recognize it and enter a new judgment that the British judgment is enforceable, then your bank accounts can be levied, your wages garnished, and liens placed against your... Read more »

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2 Answers | Asked in Car Accidents for California on
Q: Can I seek further compensation for damages since I will not be able to replace my car for the amount that it covers?

Someone smashed into my car while it was parked in my own driveway. The person who hit it had a preexisting medical condition and knew that his medication was not working and drove anyway. The condition caused him to plow through my car and two of the neighbors yard, ending in three parked cars in... Read more »

William John Light
William John Light answered on Jun 4, 2019

You can recover the fair market value of the car. How much you paid is irrelevant.

If you disagree with the valuation of your car, you can make a counter offer, supported by pdf copies of offers for sale of similar make, model, year, trim level, miles. You can research kbb.com,...
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2 Answers | Asked in Consumer Law, Personal Injury and Car Accidents for California on
Q: Is 2200 a good settlement

I was in a car accident 12/17 that resulted in neck and back pain. I went to the ER and multiple dr visits such as PT, chiropractor, neurologist for neck and back injections. My medical lien is 953$ and my car damages were 4500$. I was in a car accident back in 2012 with similar symptoms also.

Dale S. Gribow
Dale S. Gribow answered on May 31, 2019

much more info needed

it's like calling me up if i was a dr and saying another dr charged X dollars for a surgery or treatment and whether that was fair.

there is no way to know and any lawyer that answers with that limited info is probably guilty of malpractice...in my opinion....
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3 Answers | Asked in Car Accidents for California on
Q: Someone hit my car in my apartment complex and left damage. They left a note but what do I need to do?

The guy told me to call his insurance but they didn’t answer so I left my name, number and claim number. I didn’t have insurance on my car but just got some yesterday.

Manuel Alzamora Juarez
Manuel Alzamora Juarez answered on May 29, 2019

Call your insurance company and give them the information you have. Best of luck.

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3 Answers | Asked in Car Accidents for California on
Q: A pickup truck hit the side of a big rig and the big rig hit the side of my car. If Party #1 is uninsured,

is Party #2 responsible for the entire judgement?

William John Light
William John Light answered on May 27, 2019

If party #2 was also negligent, he is responsible for his percentage of non-economic damages (pain and suffering), and 100% of economic damages (property damage, wage loss, medical expenses (past & future)).

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2 Answers | Asked in Car Accidents, Consumer Law, Contracts and Lemon Law for California on
Q: Is it possible to return a used car and get refunded for intermittent everyday starting the engine problems?

I bought a used car from VW Ventura

And the car is broken from day 1

I'm have intermittent problems when i try to start the engine won't work

I returned the car to the dealer the next day and they refused to take in for the car not showing an engine check sign

The... Read more »

Manuel Alzamora Juarez
Manuel Alzamora Juarez answered on May 27, 2019

The used car dealers have to obey the law. Hire the “Lemon Lawyer” And let him handle your case. Best of luck.

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4 Answers | Asked in Car Accidents and Traffic Tickets for California on
Q: who would be at fault for an accident with an unprotected left turn?

If at a traffic light there are two cars on opposite sides of the street both making left turns and a car from behind one of the turning cars decided to go around and then hits the turning car from the opposite side of the road who would be at fault for the accident.

William John Light
William John Light answered on May 22, 2019

The car from behind would have most, if not all of the fault, assuming everyone agreed on the facts as described. The car turning left from the opposite side may also have some fault as it could have had a clear view of the oncoming vehicle and might have been able to yield to avoid the collision.

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4 Answers | Asked in Personal Injury, Car Accidents, Insurance Bad Faith and Insurance Defense for California on
Q: MR. LIGHT WHAT IF I DIDNT HAVE INSURANCE ON MY CAR AT THAT TIME?
William John Light
William John Light answered on May 18, 2019

Lack of insurance has nothing to do with who is at fault. If the other party is at fault, lack of insurance will only affect your ability to recover pain and suffering damages if you pursue a personal injury claim. You will only be able to recover economic damages (medical expenses, property... Read more »

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3 Answers | Asked in Insurance Bad Faith, Insurance Defense, Business Law and Car Accidents for California on
Q: WHERE CAN I FIND AN ATTY. FOR WHAT I BELIEVE IS INSURANCE FRAUD?

This young guy hit my car CLEARLY at fault & admitted it. the insurance paper showed his policy had expired He told me that he would talk to his mother to get my car fixed. His mom is an insurance agent. the calls that were supposedly from a claim adjuster were not the # was from his moms office... Read more »

William John Light
William John Light answered on May 18, 2019

Unclear if you are injured from a collision or just want property damage repaired. The remedy for establishing who is at fault in a collision is a lawsuit. If you want your property damage repaired, file in Small Claims. Bring photos of the damage, and of the scene. Bring copies of the... Read more »

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5 Answers | Asked in Car Accidents for California on
Q: Hi ,I wanted to find out at what time I should contact my insurer .In the back of my car ,hit the Kia car . Bogumil

KIA Optima he was a loaned TURO Corona CA .I suffered a loss with this hit .I have pictures of the car and all date of the person managing Kia .This event took place at Riverside CA ,three a days ago

Domingo Castillo Jr
Domingo Castillo Jr answered on May 17, 2019

We’re sorry to hear of your accident. From your info, I’m not sure if you were hit from behind or you hit someone from behind. In any event, if you were hit from behind, you need to exchange information and you need to take pictures of any damage. If you got hit from behind and sustained any... Read more »

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2 Answers | Asked in Animal / Dog Law, Car Accidents and Personal Injury for California on
Q: Gave dog away 3 months ago but no paperwork filed. Now Dog caused a motorcycle accident. Who is responsible for damages

Only proof we have is text messages stating they were willing to give dog a new home. And post on facebook showing we were giving him away.

William John Light
William John Light answered on May 16, 2019

Unclear how a dog caused a motorcycle accident. If this was a biting incident, the owner is strictly liable. If the person in control of the dog is not an owner, then the injured person would need to prove that the person in control was negligent, while the owner would still be strictly liable.... Read more »

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