Lawyers, Answer Questions  & Get Points Log In
Car Accidents Questions & Answers
2 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.

View More Answers

1 Answer | Asked in Car Accidents for Alabama on
Q: In Alabama, if unauthorized driver wrecks my rental car can I be arrested? I

I have my own insurance but my brother not covered.

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar answered on Nov 20, 2020

An Alabama attorney could answer best, but your question remains open for five weeks. Most motor vehicle accidents do not involve criminal charges or arrest. They are usually treated as civil matters where the parties sue for monetary damages. That's a general premise nationwide. If you want a... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Car Accidents for Colorado on
Q: I was given a summons for careless driving. There was injury to a person and myself.

Was coming to a red light and was going to push my brake pedal and my foot slipped and I pressed the gas. What should I do?

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar answered on Nov 19, 2020

A Colorado attorney could advise best, but your question remains open for almost a week and you need to take action immediately, as time is of the essence in two respects. You could repost under Traffic Tickets, because an attorney who handles those could advise you on your options with traffic... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Car Accidents on
Q: A truck side swiped our car causing aprox. 7k in damages. Police at the scene said truck driver was at fault.

Now they are ignoring our calls to pay for damages. How to we proceed with filing a case against them?

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar answered on Nov 19, 2020

You might have a number of options, depending on the state in which you are located (which is not mentioned in the description), and whether there was enough information to validate a property damage claim with an insurance carrier, and whether you wish to handle the matter yourself or you wish to... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Car Accidents for Texas on
Q: In Texas 12-20-2019 I had a rental car for an extended time because my car was waiting on parts. We were legally stopped

We were rear ended at about 50 mph. I was a passenger and wife was driving. I was injured with severe pre-existing back injury 10 been ated discs from last rear-ended and was listed as inoperable back then!

Girl that hit us was driving mommies car and listed as excluded from policy and was... Read more »

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar answered on Nov 17, 2020

A Texas attorney could advise best, but your question remains open for two weeks. Are you certain the driver was listed as excluded from policy, or was it that she was not included? Was she in the same household? What you describe is a severe accident if your approximation of speed is accurate. The... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Car Accidents for Pennsylvania on
Q: After receiving an injury settlement my lawyer said he forgot to pay my doctor and is hounding me. Is this normal?

My lawyer said they overlooked the bill which they had for over a year. Also, it was a doctor he sent me to, so in a sense it was his doctor.

Timothy Kraeer
Timothy Kraeer answered on Nov 17, 2020

It's difficult to give you an accurate answer without some more information. For instance, did you and your attorney sign a letter of protection for this particular provider? If so, I'm not surprised your attorney is seeking repayment to the doctor from your settlement. If there was not a... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Car Accidents, Civil Litigation and Criminal Law for Florida on
Q: If the driver dies in a car accident in Florida, & they are driving someone else car with no license, who is responsible

I borrowed my girlfriends car. I told my sister she could use it to take her boyfriend home. She didn't & instead asked a friend to drive hin using my girlfriends car. The friend driving my girlfriends car wrecked & was killed. Would the owner of the car insurance cover the cost of... Read more »

Bruce Alexander Minnick
Bruce Alexander Minnick answered on Nov 17, 2020

1. The short answer to most of your questions is that the insurance company that insured the car that was wrecked is the best source to get answers to all of your many questions.

2. Second guessing them I will only say that you and your sister and everyone else involved here have DIFFERENT...
Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Car Accidents and Traffic Tickets for Illinois on
Q: Why is an accident showing up on my driving record? I was issued a ticket, but it was thrown out in court.

A background check reveals the following information: *** ACCIDENT ***

CITATION ISS FOR TRAFFIC VIOLS OTHER THAN SECTIONS 11-501 OR 11-502 OF THE IVC

PERSONAL INJURY ACCIDENT

Can I somehow get this removed? Again, the citation was thrown out in court.

Juan Ooink
Juan Ooink answered on Nov 17, 2020

Not sure what type of background check you are referring to, but Petty Traffic Offense typically do not show up on background checks. This will require further review by an attorney. The sooner you contact an attorney, the better.

View More Answers

1 Answer | Asked in Car Accidents for Colorado on
Q: At which point when backing out of a parking space are you considered taking the lane?

I was reversing out of a parking stall and was almost entirely out of the stall when a car, perviously out of sight, and I collided. It was ruled I was at fault as he had right of way

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar answered on Nov 16, 2020

A Colorado attorney could answer best, but your question remains open for two weeks. As a GENERAL matter in virtually all jurisdictions nationwide, vehicles proceeding in the main roadway have right of way over vehicles attempting to enter the normal flow of traffic. Good luck

Tim Akpinar

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.

View More Answers

2 Answers | Asked in Car Accidents for New Jersey on
Q: I have a document from the court with my judgement. The lawyer that handled it said I now wait for payment from uninsure

Lawyer said I have to wait for uninsured motorist fund to cut me a check. Basically told me i was on a list and when my number comes my settlement comes.

The judge awarded me 27,000.

I have been waiting forever and I was hoping I could do one of those "it's my money and I need it now" places

Gerald D. Siegel
Gerald D. Siegel answered on Nov 16, 2020

I have never heard of such a thing that "your check will be cut when your number comes up."

In NJ, the practice is that the insurance company has to send the check within 30 days.

I think you should request an explanation in writing from your attorney as to what happenmded...
Read more »

View More Answers

1 Answer | Asked in Car Accidents for New Jersey on
Q: I was awarded a settlement in an uninsured motorist case, how do I get my money? Are there places that buy the settlemet
Gerald D. Siegel
Gerald D. Siegel answered on Nov 16, 2020

Did you get your uninsured motorist settlement as a "structured settlement"?

1 Answer | Asked in Car Accidents for Oregon on
Q: Someone hit and ran my car totaled it i have no license or insurance what will happen?

Was taken by ambulance to hospital my friend got life flighted air bags went off

Virgil Royer
Virgil Royer answered on Nov 15, 2020

This is clearly not a very optimal situation. I hope that your friend and you recover fully from this accident. Nothing is more precious than people and their health. If your friend has car insurance, it is possible that they can make a claim for Personal Injury Protection (PIP) under their... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Car Accidents for Colorado on
Q: An insurance company is denying a legitimate claim.

If I have to involve a lawyer, can the company be held responsible for fees?

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar answered on Nov 15, 2020

A Colorado attorney could advise best, but your question remains open for two weeks. Recovery for attorney fees could depend on jurisdictional rules and the type of insurance involved. As a GENERAL matter throughout the nation, if the denied claim involves bodily injury, attorney fees are typically... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Car Accidents for Oregon on
Q: If my car is being towed by my partner, whose insurance covers the repair of the car being towed?

My boyfriend was towing my car with his dad’s truck, they have full coverage. As he drives down a mountain he lost control and both cars ended up colliding as well as damages from hitting the side rails. I only have liability and uninsured motorist. His insurance is claiming they’re not... Read more »

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar answered on Nov 15, 2020

An Oregon attorney could answer best, but your post remains open for two weeks. Based on the coverage you describe for your vehicle, that does not seem to be a source, as there is no comprehensive coverage on the policy. The uninsured motorist coverage you have, depending on the wording of your... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Car Accidents for Virginia on
Q: I hit a commercial truck from behind with no break lights. Do I have a claim?
Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar answered on Nov 14, 2020

A Virginia attorney could advise best, but your question remains open for four weeks. The determination of liability could depend on the type of jurisdiction Virginia is in terms of apportioning liability - and only a Virginia attorney is qualified to advise you on that. As a general note about the... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Car Accidents for South Carolina on
Q: My car was damaged in a parking lot. No injuries, no witnesses, or note left.

I had minor damage and filed claim with ins company. I want to file police report for documentation. I do not think an investigation is needed. If I file police report Will police open investigation? SC

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar answered on Nov 14, 2020

A South Carolina attorney could answer best, but you await a response for two weeks. As a GENERAL matter, such a situation would not elicit an investigation in most jurisdictions; you are correct. A cursory investigation could be made in terms of T/P/O, extent of damages, and some other basic... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Car Accidents for Virginia on
Q: How long after an accident is a driver allowed to delay before reporting? One day, week, month? Thanks
Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar answered on Nov 14, 2020

A Washington, DC attorney could advise best, as insurance practices are governed by state law. However, you await a reply for three weeks. As a good practice generally, 24 to 48 hours is advisable. If an accident involves liability on your part and your insurance carrier anticipates a bodily injury... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Car Accidents and Personal Injury for Missouri on
Q: I was in a no contact accident. I was merging from the left lane, signal on, checked all of my mirrors. I was able

To get into the other lane but a few seconds late I hear tires screen and see a motocycle sideway on the road with no driver on it. I pull of the road and call 911 but see some cops who can help and follow them back to the scene to give a statement . I eventually found out that the driver that fell... Read more »

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar answered on Nov 14, 2020

A Missouri attorney could advise best, but your post remains open for a week and time is of the essence in your matter. By this point, it's possible the police report might have materialized. You could consult with a local attorney to go over the facts of the accident, possibly with the... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Car Accidents for Michigan on
Q: Can I give evidence when it's time for me to give my court submission?
Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar answered on Nov 13, 2020

A Michigan attorney could advise best, but your question remains open for a week. As a GENERAL matter nationwide, evidence is gathered during the discovery process. That could take several months and it involves attorneys conducting depositions and gathering records that include police reports,... Read more »

Justia Ask a Lawyer is a forum for consumers to get answers to basic legal questions. Any information sent through Justia Ask a Lawyer is not secure and is done so on a non-confidential basis only.

The use of this website to ask questions or receive answers does not create an attorney–client relationship between you and Justia, or between you and any attorney who receives your information or responds to your questions, nor is it intended to create such a relationship. Additionally, no responses on this forum constitute legal advice, which must be tailored to the specific circumstances of each case. You should not act upon information provided in Justia Ask a Lawyer without seeking professional counsel from an attorney admitted or authorized to practice in your jurisdiction. Justia assumes no responsibility to any person who relies on information contained on or received through this site and disclaims all liability in respect to such information.

Justia cannot guarantee that the information on this website (including any legal information provided by an attorney through this service) is accurate, complete, or up-to-date. While we intend to make every attempt to keep the information on this site current, the owners of and contributors to this site make no claims, promises or guarantees about the accuracy, completeness or adequacy of the information contained in or linked to from this site.