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1 Answer | Asked in Car Accidents for Hawaii on

Q: I drove into a main road from a public driveway and a car going too fast sideswipped my car.

On July 27 2018, I turned onto a main roadway to go north from a public driveway and a driver who were coming from a hill top curve (south) around 35-40mph side swooped my car. The speed limit in that area is 25mph. After assessing damages, I verified my insurance policy which showed good through... Read more »

Timur Akpinar answered on Jun 17, 2019

See if you could arrange a quick consultation with a Hawaii accident attorney to give the file a once-over. Unfortunately, you were entering a main road and without evidence in terms of video images, skid marks, eyewitness testimony, it could be difficult to support your assertions about the speed... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Car Accidents and Insurance Bad Faith for Georgia on

Q: What are the current Georgia codes for insurance companies paying a claim or misrepresentation?

Accident was 4-19-19. Insured motorist under USAA claimed 100 % responsibility in complete loss of my car(27500). They have misrepresented themselves and told me to go through own insurance company. I told them no and I would like to go through USSA. No money for personal loss.

Timur Akpinar answered on Jun 17, 2019

I hope you are okay as a result of the accident. It's possible that what you were told does not amount to misrepresentation, although it could have been a recommendation that might not have been the best course of action for your interests. Before further time elapses, try to arrange a free consult... Read more »

4 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 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 Consumer Law, Contracts and Car Accidents for Arizona on

Q: Who should pay, me or the mechanic?

I have a car that overheated and went to a mechanic to fix it. He told me that I have to replace the fan with a new one so I was ok with it. He ordered an aftermarket fan and replaced it. After 3 months the car overheated. I called him and said the car overheated and he said to bring it back to the... Read more »

Bruce Alexander Minnick answered on Jun 16, 2019

Your mechanic who fixed the car agreed to fix it again; find a way to take it back to him. No excuses.

2 Answers | Asked in Car Accidents for Tennessee on

Q: Is there any way to get the addtl $ to repair damage to my car? Ins co values car at $2900 and repairs are $4K+.

Nafa all I want is my 2003 Acura put back the way it was. Geico is claiming a total loss because it needs a rear quarter panel. Based on the condition of the vehicle prior to this accident it was valued at $5K.

Peter N. Munsing answered on Jun 15, 2019

It's their choice to give you either the total loss value or cost of fixing. If you say it's valued at 5k then your argument is that their total loss value is incorrect. If you were hurt I suggest you contact a member of the Tenn. Assn for Justice--they give free consults.

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1 Answer | Asked in Car Accidents for South Carolina on

Q: Does modifying your tail lights to say “LOL” make it so if I get in an accident, it can be used against me!?

The tail lights’ turning signals are untouched and are in no way modified. Just the surrounding light for practically running lights.

Peter N. Munsing answered on Jun 15, 2019

It won't enhance the penalties, assuming that having a distracting light isn't a violation of SC vehicle codes. However, if you are in a wreck and cause the wreck someone will make reference to it if they see it. It's like an aggressive bumper sticker--not illegal, won't change the fine or not, but... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Car Accidents for Georgia on

Q: What is the maximum amount of feet that you can drive in the turning lane before making a turn?

Peter N. Munsing answered on Jun 14, 2019

It depends on how the turning lane is marked. You can't enter a middle lane a half a mile before the turn, that is for certain.

1 Answer | Asked in Car Accidents on

Q: My Daughter was hit by a hit and run driver. My property was totaled what recourse do I have against the person.

I just learned the identity of this person can I have a warrant issued for their arrest in Columbus, GA.

Peter N. Munsing answered on Jun 14, 2019

I assume your daughter reported it to the police. You have a claim against that driver's property. (see my answer to your other version of this question). Both of you should consult a member of the Ga. Trial Lawyers Assn--they give free consults.

1 Answer | Asked in Car Accidents for Alabama on

Q: My Daughter was hit by a hit and run driver. My property was totaled what recourse do I have against the person.

Peter N. Munsing answered on Jun 14, 2019

If you don't have collision and the police haven't identified the driver there is no recourse. If you have identitified the driver sue the driver.

Your daughter would have a claim for "uninsured motorist" benefits as in most states uninsured motorist coverage applies to hit and run...
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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 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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3 Answers | Asked in Personal Injury, Car Accidents and Wrongful Death for Louisiana on

Q: I need advice on what to do next. My husband was killed in a hit&run in Rayne, LA May17, 2019. I'm lost, need help.

I sent a question early this morning & was asked where the hit & run took place. It was Rayne, LA. I can't get anyone in that parish to release any info to me. He is not listed as an inmate, yet I can't even get the name of his insurance or his toxicology report. I'm disabled & I feel he or his ins... Read more »

Sye J Broussard answered on Jun 14, 2019

I am sorry for your loss. If we have your husband’s name and the responding law enforcement agency, we can get a copy of the police report to utilize to file a claim with the responsible party’s insurance company to hold them accountable.

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1 Answer | Asked in Car Accidents and Contracts on

Q: What happens when dealing with a rental car?

The car I was supposed to get was not at the rental company when I showed up. They "upgraded" me to a truck. I initialed the truck was inspected with no damage.

Someone showed up at my work the next day to switch the truck for a car. I asked to resign and they said it wasn't needed.... Read more »

Bruce Alexander Minnick answered on Jun 13, 2019

If you still have the rental car wait until you turn it in before freaking out about the scratches. If you have already turned it in and are now worrying about being charged for the scratches there is nothing you can do either. Wait.

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 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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1 Answer | Asked in Car Accidents and Bankruptcy for Wisconsin on

Q: I sued the person who hit my car for $7500.00, it became a default judgement because she did not show up in court.

I received a notice in the mail in regards to her filing chapter 7. Is there anything I can do? The paper stated that I can file a motion but will that help me?

Jordan Ash answered on Jun 13, 2019

Unfortunately there is nothing you can do unless there was alcohol involved in the accident. The person is allowed to discharge (wipe out) the debt that they owe you for the accident unless it involved alcohol (DUI).

1 Answer | Asked in Car Accidents, Criminal Law, Personal Injury and DUI / DWI on

Q: If a person was driving a car and he got into an accident. Passenger passed away and now driving is facing many charges.

The driver escaped from USA and now he’s in his home country. He has many charges on him. Will USA be able to extradite him from other countries? The driver never appeared in court.

Charges:

1)Driving so as to endanger, Resulting in death

2)Driving so as to endanger... Read more »

Peter N. Munsing answered on Jun 12, 2019

The estate of the passenger should contact a member of the Trial Lawyer's Assn/Assn for Justice for the state where it happened.

1 Answer | Asked in Car Accidents and Consumer Law for Maryland on

Q: Hi, Is a manufacturer dealership responsible to inform me of any recalls when I’ve taken my car there for repairs

I take my car to the manufacturers dealership for repairs and services

Peter N. Munsing answered on Jun 12, 2019

They should but it's really the manufacturer itself who should be sending you the information.

1 Answer | Asked in Insurance Bad Faith, Arbitration / Mediation Law and Car Accidents for Virginia on

Q: What is the best course of action to take when you suffer property damage and loss of income.

The accident involved a tractor trailer and car. The car veered a considerable distance over into the tractor's lane. The insurance company is stalling and the tractor is the drivers livelihood. The claims agent said he would not send out an adjuster and after "his" investigation determined fault... Read more »

Peter N. Munsing answered on Jun 12, 2019

Not sure whose adjuster/claims agent it is. However understand if police were called the police report will be used. Also if you have collision, use that, let your company go after theirs. Most states require that property damage be settled promptly and fairly You can always file a complaint with... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Car Accidents for Colorado on

Q: Daughter in car accident. Insurance company dragging feet on liability and being very ridiculous.

Insurance has taken statements from both drivers, has police report and witness statements. Other driver cited for illegal left turn / failing to yield (daughter going straight thru intersection). Insurance has twice stated that other driver at fault/liable. Yet 4 weeks after accident they... Read more »

Peter N. Munsing answered on Jun 12, 2019

In most states the law says car damage has to be settled promptly and fairly. Most give 30 days. At 30, file a complaint with the insurance commissioner. If your daughter was hurt she should get treatment and see a member of the Colorado Assn for Justice--they give free consults.

1 Answer | Asked in Car Accidents for Arkansas on

Q: daughter had suspended license,no permission, wrecked my truck, fled foot,no ins. Cop held it til caught, is that legal

Now I can't afford to get it out. Driver of other vehicle wasn't really injured but went to the hospital for dizziness.

Peter N. Munsing answered on Jun 12, 2019

It's generally legal for them to hold the instrument of a crime, but how long is another question. A day or two is one thing--but long enough for it to be unaffordable to get out is a matter you should call the Arkansas Civil liberties Union about. However as long as you had insurance that... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Car Accidents for Indiana on

Q: Hi, I am having an issue with an car insurance company about payment that was to go the state to get the title

my truck was hit by their client, she left the scene and was arrested for DUI, My Truck was totaled, now a month later I'm still trying to get paid. They know part of this settlement will go to the state to back back taxes that I owe to get the title from the state and they say they state needs to... Read more »

Peter N. Munsing answered on Jun 12, 2019

Their obligation is to pay in exchange for the title. Your title having a charge from the state is your problem--not theirs. I question why the state can do that but you can take that up with the Indiana Civil Liberties Union. I suggest you have them give you a check for the part of the settlement... Read more »

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