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2 Answers | Asked in Car Accidents and Insurance Defense for California on
Q: If I get into an accident while driving a company car while doing job duties will my personal insurance be affected?

I work for a self driving car company in the Bay Area and I got into an accident today where I was parking the company car during my shift and I accidentally backed up into a parked car. All collision procedures took place and I left a note on the car. There wasn’t much damage to either of the... Read more »

Dale S. Gribow
Dale S. Gribow answered on Jun 13, 2021

Remember that insurance follows the car.....so the insurance for the car you were driving in, should control.

there is no law that you have to report the accident to your insurance co.

when it comes up for renewal, unless they ask, I would NOT volunteer the info.

if your ins...
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1 Answer | Asked in Car Accidents and Traffic Tickets for California on
Q: so i am 16 i got in a accident and i got a ticket for no drivers license and am wondering if the insurance can sue me

it was my dads friends truck that i was driving i was at a stop sign and i didn’t see the car and they hit the front left side no one was hurt but was wondering if insurance will sue me because i am a minor without a license but on monday i am gonna go take my permit test i was already planing on... Read more »

Dale S. Gribow
Dale S. Gribow answered on Jun 13, 2021

if you had an accident as a minor and without insurance, I would expect DMV to suspend your license if you had one for a year or hold off issuing one to you for a year.

i would assume the insurance co's will deal with this......i you were a minor and not insured i would expect them to...
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4 Answers | Asked in Car Accidents for California on
Q: Why would my accident attorney request my insurance provider information if the accident was caused by the other driver?

I was rear ended which resulted in me getting two (2) epidural injections

Dale S. Gribow
Dale S. Gribow answered on Jun 8, 2021

THAT IS A COMMON QUESTION.

IF YOU DON'T HAVE INSURANCE YOURSELF YOU WILL BE LIMITED ON WHAT YOU CAN COLLECT.

IN ADDITION, IF THE OTHER PARTY HAS A $15K POLICY, BUT YOU HAVE A $500,000 POLICY AND YOU ARE BADLY INJURED, YOU CAN ACCEPT THE $15K AND GO AFTER YOUR OWN INS CO UNDER...
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4 Answers | Asked in Car Accidents for California on
Q: Got into a car accident, need advice.

Car was out of gas at night with no lights or Indicators on. Crashed into it. Who is at fault?

Robert Dourian
Robert Dourian answered on Jun 8, 2021

Actually there is some case law on this that says you can hold the other driver responsible and if there was a recent visit to a mechanic and a problem wasn't fixed, you could even hold the shop liable.

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2 Answers | Asked in Car Accidents for California on
Q: This question is the same question I asked yesterday, which tort demand claim form should have been used?

The answer given is similar to admonishments received and noted, it is too late, understood

but no attorney has ever furnished the answer I seek, have sought for three years, little wonder

it wasn't filed in a timely manner when the document to be filed is this elusive. In your... Read more »

William John Light
William John Light answered on May 18, 2021

It doesn't matter what form you use, it will be rejected as untimely. The Clerk of the Board of Supervisors in the County in which the action is pending will likely have a form. It's probably available on their website, but your are too late.

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2 Answers | Asked in Car Accidents and Landlord - Tenant for California on
Q: My landlord claims I left paint on his car. He just left it at shop for full paint job &texted cost. What do I do?

There is white paint on driver's door of his black car, which was backed into spot left of me. I have silver car with no damage on it. They dropped it off at paint shop today and texted me price to pay.

Alexander C. Safarian
Alexander C. Safarian answered on May 11, 2021

You should try to explain to him that you did not cause this damage to his car. It is always better to try to resolve these matters by talking to your landlord directly to find an amicable resolution. However, if he insists that you caused the damages, he will have to file a lawsuit against you to... Read more »

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4 Answers | Asked in Car Accidents and Personal Injury for California on
Q: I am personally getting sued for a car accident that happened on the job it names amazon and me. Am I personally liable?

I am getting sued for damages and personal suffering. The date to appear is june 4th 2021. I am no longer working for the company and the company has gone under since then. Should I appear by myself or should I contact amazons legal department and see if they can help?

William John Light
William John Light answered on May 3, 2021

The Company's insurance will defend you regardless of the fact that the Company has gone under. The police report likely has the name of the Company's insurer, and the policy number. That should be all you need to contact it and ask for it to defend you.

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2 Answers | Asked in Traffic Tickets and Car Accidents for California on
Q: My 18yr old son was driving my rental car and met with accident.

He is not on the rental car agreement nor is on my auto insurance. The other car(2008 Toyota SUV) was damaged and there was damage to the rental car as well. There was no injury to my son and the other party also did not have any injuries. The other party did not call the police and they waited for... Read more »

Dale S. Gribow
Dale S. Gribow answered on Apr 26, 2021

CONTACT A LOCAL LAWYER TO REVIEW ALL FACTS WITH HIM/HER....AND MAYBE TALK TO THE OTHER SIDE

BE HONEST

THEY WILL PROBABLY PROCEED WITH UM, BUT TECHNICALLY YOU ARE LIABLE.

YOU SHOULD NOT HAVE ALLOWED ANOTHER DRIVER, ESPECIALLY A MINOR, LET ALONE YOUR SON, DRIVE THE...
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2 Answers | Asked in Car Accidents for California on
Q: My car was hit by another, his carrier refused to pay damages. Is Small Claims my best option to recover my deductible?

The evidence clearly indicates the other driver's fault; in fact, my agent suggested that was true in an email. Since the other driver's insurance refused my claim, I had to go through my own insurance, which required a $500 deductible. I'd like to recover that. Is Small Claims Court... Read more »

William John Light
William John Light answered on Apr 21, 2021

You cannot just go and sue to recover your deductible. You took money from your insurance company. It also has a right to recover from the at fault driver. You each own a piece of the same claim, and it has to be presented in the same lawsuit. You need permission from your insurer to pursue the... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Personal Injury, Products Liability and Car Accidents for California on
Q: How to get compensated for parked car accident?

Someone hit my roomate's parked vehicle a week ago. The police haven't released the insurance info of the woman who hit her car. They said it will be avail next week. My roomate is not making money for 2nd job because of this incident. She is an Instacart shopper. She plans to rent a very... Read more »

Dale S. Gribow
Dale S. Gribow answered on Apr 17, 2021

SINCE IT WAS A PARKED VEHICLE WITHOUT ANY PERSONAL INJURY, YOU ARE NOT GOING TO GET A LAWYER ON A CONTINGENCY.

IF YOU HIRE A LAWYER IT WILL BE ON AN HOURLY.

WHEN YOU ASCERTAIN INS CO, SEND LETTER MEMORIALIZING WHAT HAPPENED AND THAT BECAUSE OF THIS INCIDENT THE OWNER SUFFERED THE...
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1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Personal Injury and Car Accidents for California on
Q: Torrance PD refused to accept my claim of hit-and-run?

Today while crossing the street I was intentionally hit by a van, which immediately sped away. My gf managed to take a photo of it and we called Torrance PD to report the incident. Patrol car arrived and two officers questioned both me and gf, but seems they were hesitant to do anything. In fact,... Read more »

David Michael Lehr
David Michael Lehr answered on Apr 9, 2021

It is only a crime if you were injured or property was damaged. I hope that you are okay.

Good luck!

3 Answers | Asked in Car Accidents, Personal Injury and Products Liability for California on
Q: wife injured in her car. crashed in neighbors drvway 15 ft below us. She was the driver. Car was totaled.

air bag did not deploy. shoulder belt not wrkg fractured chest bone. Knee hurt. BMW X3'19

can we sue bmw faulty safety eqpt

Scott Richard Kaufman
Scott Richard Kaufman answered on Apr 9, 2021

So sorry to hear this. Yes, you can sue. Winning is always another matter, but, unlike criminal law, which requires a verdict "beyond a reasonable doubt" in civil law, you need only "more likely than not" or 50% plus a smidge. Still, they can admit fault and there be an... Read more »

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2 Answers | Asked in Car Accidents for California on
Q: Do non-vision impaired drivers have to be able to see cars hidden by shubbery?
William John Light
William John Light answered on Apr 2, 2021

A person must use reasonable care in driving a vehicle. Drivers must keep a lookout for pedestrians, obstacles, and other vehicles. They must also control the speed and movement of their vehicles. The failure to use reasonable care in driving a vehicle is negligence. (CACI 700).

That may...
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3 Answers | Asked in Criminal Law, Personal Injury, Car Accidents and Civil Rights for California on
Q: Hello I'm Dilling with a big problem I really just need a fast answer I was arresteded by 2 deactivate whn they stopped

Me They took my bonds. i got a hold of them whn I brought my car I've had now for about 10mons. now.how can I go about ths please help me

Dale S. Gribow
Dale S. Gribow answered on Mar 17, 2021

sorry, i don't understand your question

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3 Answers | Asked in Car Accidents, Insurance Bad Faith and Insurance Defense for California on
Q: Car insurance said that they will not be responsible to cover my at fault collision. Are they able to refuse?

They called me 4 days after I reported that I was in a collision and informing them that I was at fault. They said that they will cancel my policy and will not cover the accident because I did not report my 15 yr old brother as a household member and he was in the vehicle at the time of the... Read more »

Dale S. Gribow
Dale S. Gribow answered on Mar 16, 2021

YOU NEED TO MAKE AN APPT WITH A LOCAL PI LAWYER TO DISCUSS THE MERITS OF A BAD FAITH ACTION AGAINST THEM. HAVE YOUR POLICY READY FOR THE LAWYER TO READ.

INS CO'S WILL LOOK FOR ANY REASON TO NOT PAY AND CLAIM YOU LIED OR DID NOT DISCLOSE ALL NECESSARY INFO REQUESTED.

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3 Answers | Asked in Car Accidents for California on
Q: My car insurance Freeway insurance canceled my policy after a collision and refusing to cover it. can this be done?

I received a call after the collision saying that they possibly might cancel my insurance and few day later received a check for month I paid for which would make my policy cover me for the month the collision happened and backed dated my end date to before the collision and now are saying that I... Read more »

Dale S. Gribow
Dale S. Gribow answered on Mar 16, 2021

MORE INFO NEEDED.

THEY CAN CANCEL YOU AFTER AN ACCIDENT, BUT CAN NOT DENY YOU THE COVERAGE YOU PAID/CONTRACTED FOR.

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2 Answers | Asked in Personal Injury and Car Accidents for California on
Q: can an Insurance Company, take back their offer after I've sign for the offer

my wife and I were in a car accident. I settle my case, My wife pass from a heart attack. my attorney had me sign an offer in my wife behalf. Two month later, I was informed by the Attorney that the Insurance Company with drew their offer. Prior to this my Attorney was telling me that they were... Read more »

William John Light
William John Light answered on Feb 19, 2021

You can't sign for your wife. Once she passed, the only remaining part of her claim was for her medical expenses and wage loss, if any. The insurer can withdraw its offer if there was no acceptance by her.

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2 Answers | Asked in Car Accidents for California on
Q: Minor rear end collison no damage to vehicles. Driver of other car injury claim denied by my insurance

They want access to my insurance bodily damage amount. Should I allow them to get it .

Dale S. Gribow
Dale S. Gribow answered on Feb 18, 2021

more info would be helpful

you are supposed to exchange ins info at the scene.

let your insurance co fight it out of consult with a local PI Lawyer.

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3 Answers | Asked in Car Accidents, Mergers & Acquisitions, Traffic Tickets and Criminal Law for California on
Q: My ex boyfriend hit me in the face and ran into a tree with his truck he was given a ticket for driving with no license

Or insurance the police gave him a pink ticket and he has court case, he said i grabbed the strearing wheel and tried to crash on purpose. How can you know if the court opens a case against his accusations

David Michael Lehr
David Michael Lehr answered on Feb 17, 2021

If they didn't give you a ticket, then it is very likely that you don't have a case. You can check the courts online periodically to verify for up to one year.

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2 Answers | Asked in Criminal Law, Personal Injury and Car Accidents for California on
Q: If i was run over by my wife and and after investigation it is found to be intentional, what are the penalties?

I was injured pretty badly and had to be hospitalized for 5 days and due to the back injuries I can’t work for a month and need to keep doing therapy.

Joseph Abrams
Joseph Abrams answered on Feb 9, 2021

The penalty will depend to a great extent on the statute of conviction, and could range from little to no time in custody to several years in custody. For example, criminal negligence or reckless behavior could result in a relatively light sentence for someone with no criminal history (note that... Read more »

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