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1 Answer | Asked in Car Accidents for California on
Q: My car got hit by a truck with a trailer but the trailer has no insurance coverage. What should I do in this case ?

I and the guy who hit me have the same insurance company and we both file the claim separately. I talked to both my claim adjuster and guy’s claim adjuster. My claim adjuster told me he has done everything from his side and while I talked to other adjuster she say go through with my insurance... Read more »

Dale S. Gribow
Dale S. Gribow
answered on Jul 1, 2022

Consult with

A PI

Lawyer

In your area.

Maybe UIM

Against your policy IF it is more than trucks limits.

That’s why you pay dormitory.

1 Answer | Asked in Car Accidents, Medical Malpractice and Personal Injury for California on
Q: Do I have a mal practice case or should I just give up? They changed things to My medical history.was in auto accident.

I was injured on 4/18/2021 I was on light duty untill 06/22/2021. My doctor wanted me to go back to work and see if there was any pain. I had severe pain. On 07/03/2021 they gave me a X-ray to confirm nothing was broken. Then told me to try and work through it and if it still resumed we would go... Read more »

Dale S. Gribow
Dale S. Gribow
answered on Jun 28, 2022

NOT SURE IF IT IS MED MALPRACTICE.......BUT SOUNDS LIKE THEY WERE NEGLIGENT IN THE WAY THEY KEPT RECORDS.

CONTACT A MED MAL LAWYER IN YOUR COMMUNITY AND RELAY ALL THIS INFO TO HIM/HER.

MOST LAWYERS I KNOW WILL NOT TAKE A MED MAL CASE WORTH LESS THAN $1M AND I SUSPECT THAT INCLUDES...
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1 Answer | Asked in Car Accidents for California on
Q: Imaking a left-hand turn . Cars parked on the street causing a blind spot eased out so I could see. 4 sec. later I get

hit front end driver was 17 yrs old. Not accompanied by a a licensed legal driver over 20. 10:40 PM

Dale S. Gribow
Dale S. Gribow
answered on Jun 27, 2022

L turn cases are challenging.

the person making the L turn is PRESUMED to be at fault.

that does not mean you are at fault, but you may be determined to be 50% or 70% or 30% at fault.

are their wits?

that person turning Left has to wait until it is safe to turn....
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1 Answer | Asked in Consumer Law, Contracts, Products Liability and Car Accidents for California on
Q: According to car rent agreement (CA), I am responsible for damage, but not collision?

I am responsible for damage that occurred after I returned a rental car outside of business hours (yes, I had permission to return after hours), according to the California car rental agreement. There was no damage to the car when I returned it. According to CA Code, Civil Code - CIV § 1939.09,... Read more »

Dale S. Gribow
Dale S. Gribow
answered on Jun 14, 2022

as is the case with most legal questions, there is a need to learn more.

the contract should control........did you get permission to drop off after hours?

the challenge is that retaining a lawyer may be as costly as the PD.

3 Answers | Asked in Car Accidents, Insurance Bad Faith and Personal Injury for California on
Q: Why my car insurance won’t pay the rest of my hospital bill after accident?

I was in a accident, the other driver was found 100% at fault. My hospital bill was $52,000. I was able to negotiate with the hospital to take off $14,000 leaving me with $37,000. The person Who hit me only had a bodily injury of $15,000. I have under insured bodily injury of $25,000 with AAA. My... Read more »

John Karas
John Karas
answered on Jun 9, 2022

I suggest that you consult with an attorney or law firm that specialize in Insurance Bad Faith in your area.

Be aware that they may or may not take on your case against your insurer on a contingency fee basis because of the relatively modest UIM policy limits but if the insurer refuses to...
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1 Answer | Asked in Car Accidents for California on
Q: Do I need to give a recorded statement to my insurance provider for a recent car accident?

Recently I was involved in a car accident. My insurance won't cover any damages (not part of my insurance) nor was I injured at the scene. My car is probably totaled so as of now I have considered it a loss and am moving past that.

However my insurance is asking me for a recorded... Read more »

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

you have an obligation to cooperate with your insurance......if not they arguably would have no obligation to defend you.

however, I don't understand why they won't cover it if you rear-ended someone.

something is missing.

you should set up a free consultation with a local PI lawyer

1 Answer | Asked in Divorce and Car Accidents for California on
Q: I bought a house when married and put down payment from a previous payout from injury does house split 50/50 still?

I used downpayment from my injury payout , can I get that back before 50/50 house ?

Dale S. Gribow
Dale S. Gribow
answered on May 31, 2022

IT SOUNDS LIKE YOU CO-MINGLED YOUR MONEY...AND THERE WAS NO CONTRACT/AGREEMENT?

3 Answers | Asked in Car Accidents for California on
Q: My friend was in an accident he got hit by a passenger bus his car is totalled and he is hurt. Police cleared from intox

Can he go to hospital to get medical care for his leg and his contusion without him having to get blood drawn?

Randy Bryan Ligh
Randy Bryan Ligh
answered on May 30, 2022

Not enough information is provided to answer----I do not know when you posted this, however as I answer this on Memorial D at 8:00 a.m. PST, I suspect enough time may have passed for the alcohol issue to be a non-issue. If not, then wait 24 hours or so before seeking medical treatment if he is... Read more »

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3 Answers | Asked in Personal Injury and Car Accidents for California on
Q: Multiple vehicle accident in CA, vehicles who did NOT hit me want my insurance limits information, do I give it?

There was a multiple vehicle rear end accident in a lane next to me. A vehicle trying to avoid it turned into my lane and hit me. Now the other drivers who didnt hit me or vice versa are reaching out to my insurance for coverage information. I dont see why I should let my insurance give them my... Read more »

Theodore Allan Greene
Theodore Allan Greene
answered on May 18, 2022

If you were not at fault there is no reason to give your policy limits. On the other hand not giving it might make them think you did have some fault. If someone is coming after you then your insurance company will provide you with an attorney who you can consult with. If you are included in any... Read more »

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2 Answers | Asked in Car Accidents for California on
Q: Auto accident, concern about liability and the current claims process

I was in an auto accident where my insurance found me 80% liable. I was pulling out of a parallel parking space, and the other party was turning right onto my road from another road. I had already started pulling out before he turned on my road (parking space was 20 feet from the intersection), but... Read more »

Dale S. Gribow
Dale S. Gribow
answered on May 16, 2022

let your auto ins carrier take care of it.

if they said they agreed to 80% it is probably realistic.

they have the same interest as you in paying less, not more money on the claim.

they deal with these cases day in and day out and know what they are doing.

if it is...
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2 Answers | Asked in Car Accidents for California on
Q: I rear ended a car. No one was injured. What now
Dan Rowan Cortright
Dan Rowan Cortright
answered on May 16, 2022

Presumably you and the other driver exchanged insurance information. The other driver should make a claim with your insurance company for any damages they or their car suffered in the accident. You will likely need to provide a statement of what happened to your insurance company (they'll... Read more »

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2 Answers | Asked in Car Accidents for California on
Q: I was rear ended by a motorcycle who is 100% at fault per his insurance. His Injury Lawyer wants EDR data.

Myself and my insurance company got a certified letter from the personal injury lawyer requesting this data. I contacted my insurance company and i told them I was ok with the data download if plaintiff lawyer arranged and paid for it.

Is there any reason why i might not want to give up... Read more »

Dan Rowan Cortright
Dan Rowan Cortright
answered on Apr 22, 2022

The motorcycle is at fault for not leaving enough room to stop in time given the conditions present on the roadway. Whether you are at fault for rear-ending the car in front of you is less clear, since you are also responsible for leaving adequate room to stop, but if the car in front of you... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Car Accidents for California on
Q: I got a certified letter from a lawyer asking me for EDR data from my car

The lawyer represents two motorcycles who rear ended me and are 100% at fault according to their insurance companies...they already paid to have my car fixed. My insurance company was copied on the letter. Is there anything i need to do now that i've been made aware they want this data? I have... Read more »

Dan Rowan Cortright
Dan Rowan Cortright
answered on Apr 15, 2022

I would talk to your insurance company and let them know what's going on. Perhaps they will assign an attorney to represent you in response to the motorcyclists' attorney, or perhaps they will speak directly with their attorney.

1 Answer | Asked in Contracts and Car Accidents for California on
Q: is this still valid today? Universal Citation: CA Civ Code § 1636 (through 2012 Leg Sess)
Dan Rowan Cortright
Dan Rowan Cortright
answered on Apr 5, 2022

California Civil Code section 1636 is a current/operative law.

See: https://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov/faces/codes_displaySection.xhtml?sectionNum=1636&lawCode=CIV

3 Answers | Asked in Personal Injury and Car Accidents for California on
Q: How many questions can be asked in form interrogatories?
Dan Rowan Cortright
Dan Rowan Cortright
answered on Apr 4, 2022

You are permitted to ask an unlimited number of Form Interrogatories. Special Interrogatories are limited to 35 UNLESS you provide a required affidavit stating why additional interrogatories are warranted. See Code of Civil Procedure section 2030.050.

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1 Answer | Asked in Car Accidents and Small Claims for California on
Q: Witness submitted a false statements.

I was involved in accident in CA with no injuries,the street where the accident occurred is has a middle lane the two yellow lanes.I was inside the middle lane when the accident occurred.I was there with the other driver and a person across the street with 0% visibility of the accident site which I... Read more »

Dale S. Gribow
Dale S. Gribow
answered on Mar 24, 2022

this is why victims retain a lawyer.........

you should have shared the video with your ins co........shame on you.

yes, I would re-contact them.

your rates will go up if you are more than 50% at fault.

3 Answers | Asked in Personal Injury, Car Accidents and Gov & Administrative Law for California on
Q: Are there any precautions against releasing LA METRO from liability when they are obviously at fault?

My insurance has determined that I was not at-fault, so it won't affect my insurance rates. The other insurance company has offered to pay for all damages but denies liability, saying they want to avoid a lawsuit. I have to sign to release them of liability before receiving the final one-time... Read more »

Patrick William Steinfeld
Patrick William Steinfeld
answered on Mar 24, 2022

A Release is simply a contract. You agree to release the other party in consideration of them paying you for your damages. LA Metro denies liability which is standard. A Release is a full and final release of ALL claims... past, present and future. You don't get 2-bites of the apple. You will... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Car Accidents, Gaming and Native American Law for California on
Q: I was at Indian casino parking lot backed out nto a car

that had stopped to wait for a spot my fault? car pointing in opposite direction for flow out parking area. Normally there are no cars behind those spaces. I did look but in blind spot. two scratches. for some reason said lets not report he got estimate for 1000.

Dale S. Gribow
Dale S. Gribow
answered on Mar 22, 2022

More info might be helpful but sounds like you are at fault

3 Answers | Asked in Car Accidents and Small Claims for California on
Q: Hello good afternoon, i had question regarding porperty damage as a result of a automobile accident.

On may of 2019, i was struck by a dodge challenger who failed to stop at a stop sign in a 2way intersection. Driver fled on foot and my insurance had to foot the bill for my vehicle. I was traveling northbound in my infiniti when i was hit on my front right passenger door which made my vehicle... Read more »

Gerald Barry Dorfman
Gerald Barry Dorfman
answered on Mar 22, 2022

You need to turn the papers over to your insurance company immediately. You, as an individual, are the correct party to be sued, but your insurance is there to protect you. Because you have been served court papers, you must act right away.

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1 Answer | Asked in Car Accidents, Insurance Bad Faith, Insurance Defense and Small Claims for California on
Q: California State Witness statement/ testimony

California State

I sent an email last week to the insurance company asking for the full testimony/statement of the witness and what he exactly said with the specific time and specific and date of the testimony after the insurance company closed the case based on that statement and ignored... Read more »

Dale S. Gribow
Dale S. Gribow
answered on Mar 20, 2022

MORE INFO IS NEEDED.

IS IT YOUR INS CO? IF SO THEY HAVE AN OBLIGATION TO COOPERATE.

IF THE OTHER SIDE, THEY WILL PROBABLY SUGGEST YOU STATEMENTIZE THE WIT YOURSELF.

MAKE AN APPOINTMENT WITH A LOCAL PI LAWYER.

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