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3 Answers | Asked in Car Accidents for California on
Q: I was a pedestrian crossing the street legally, when I was hit by a car. I was wondering how much should I ask for?

My superficial injury healed up from the accident, it was minor actually, impact on ankle. But I'm a hemophiliac and joint injuries never go away for us, they evolve and become chronic years from now, potentially. Should I even be settling? I really don't want to be drawn out in court but... Read more »

William John Light
William John Light answered on Jul 2, 2020

It depends on your medical treatment, medical expenses, future medical treatment, your comparative fault, your permanent disability, the available insurance limits, etc. No one can tell you what your case might be worth without a lot more information.

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1 Answer | Asked in Car Accidents and Personal Injury for California on
Q: I need to know if I can fight an accident during an unsafe change lane from another driver.

a driver stop in front of me to change lanes, when I was turning right and non traffic conditions,

when ahead it was a sign, merge to the left , another sign ahead lane end merge to the left.

she stopped without signal in a continuous traffic. I was behind the big truck turning right .

Tyler Young
Tyler Young answered on Jun 30, 2020

You're asking a classic comparative fault question. Yes, you can make a claim for your damages if you feel the other driver was at fault. But a jury may have to decide the answer to that question. The insurer may take the position that because the other driver was in front of you that you... Read more »

3 Answers | Asked in Car Accidents and Personal Injury for California on
Q: What to do when the other driver wants to sue after an accident?

Hi, my boyfriend got into an accident while driving my car. He also has his own insurance. My boyfriend was determined at-fault and the other driver wants to file a lawsuit against both me and my boyfriend. Both my boyfriend and I have insurance of our own and we both pay premium. On top of asking... Read more »

Tyler Young
Tyler Young answered on Jun 17, 2020

You and your boyfriend have a contractual obligation with your auto insurance companies to notify them about the wreck. So you should report the claim. They should handle it from there.

If the other driver refuses the policy limits of insurance in a settlement, the insurance companies...
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2 Answers | Asked in DUI / DWI and Car Accidents for California on
Q: can my boyfriend and i move out of state if he got a DUI 3yrs ago?

He’s already completed everything he needed to do and paid all his fines. he just needs to get SR-22 and reinstate his license. are we able to move out of california and still be able to do so?

Alexander Andryuschenko
Alexander Andryuschenko answered on Jun 12, 2020

You can move out of state as long as he is not on a felony probation. Being on summary (usually misdemeanor) probation has no affect on your ability to move out of state (or even out of the country).

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1 Answer | Asked in Car Accidents for California on
Q: I need to ask a question about my car insuraunce

It's to long and hard to explain but bottom line I wrecked my car and I swear I had full coverage ins I have always had full coverage unins motor collision everything on the 3 of June this month I hit a pole and dented the drivers side of my car when I called my ins said all I had was... Read more »

Dale S. Gribow
Dale S. Gribow answered on Jun 11, 2020

more info.

however, some ins agents will sell you less than full coverage to make the sale by having the lowest rates....

you are supposed to review what you purchases. Your negligence will cost you.

if you have had coverage with the same agent and company for many years and...
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6 Answers | Asked in Car Accidents, Insurance Defense and Personal Injury for California on
Q: I sold a vehicle on Craigslist, was negligent, & now I owe an insurance company 20k in damages?

I sold the vehicle, I had them sign their name and everything necessary on the pink slip, as well as my signature to release it, but forgot to remove and take the release of liability. The person has caused damages worth 20k yet I am liable. I have records of the conversation leading up to the... Read more »

Tyler Young
Tyler Young answered on Jun 11, 2020

Although insurance follows a vehicle, the driver is typically the person who is "responsible" and will be the named defendant in any lawsuit. Said another way, unless there are independent allegations against you (like you sold a defective vehicle etc...) you shouldn't be a party to... Read more »

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2 Answers | Asked in Car Accidents, Criminal Law, DUI / DWI and Civil Rights for California on
Q: If I hit a side walk and telephone pole can another person stop me from seeking medical help?

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Mr. Hudson Thomas Bair
Mr. Hudson Thomas Bair answered on Jun 11, 2020

I would encourage you to contact a local lawyer and have a meeting to discuss the facts of your case. If you were over the limit, involved in an accident and fled the scene without leaving your insurance or other contact information you are going to need a lawyer to defend you. Quite likely you... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Car Accidents for California on
Q: I was hit my medical bill was over 6000 their insurance only paid 900 and now they want me to sign a medical release.

Should I sign any forms or perhaps seek legal representation?

William John Light
William John Light answered on Jun 6, 2020

You have no idea what you are doing. You should obviously consult with an attorney before making any decisions or signing any paperwork.

1 Answer | Asked in Car Accidents for California on
Q: Tow truck driver hit my car and didnt leave note.

My car was parked legally overnight. The car next to me was not and the tow truck company came to pick up the car. As he was pulling out the other guys car he's damaged my car substantially and left without a note or anything. I filed a report and this is a hit and run case. I've met with... Read more »

Peter N. Munsing
Peter N. Munsing answered on Jun 5, 2020

First, if you have collision on your car, get it fixed --the insurance will go after the guy. Second, get two estimates if it hasn't been fixed. Send them to the tow truck (save copies) Sue him in small claims. Not sure why you would miss work as the law would say you should use public trans,... Read more »

3 Answers | Asked in Car Accidents and Consumer Law for California on
Q: What can I do if I find out my New/Used car was in several car accidents not listed on the CarFax?

I bought a New/used car from a Honda Dealership in the Bay Area of California in Feb 2020. It's a 2016 Honda Civic touring. The price came out to $21,000. I noticed something a little off about the paint job after few weeks after purchase but thought it was the effects of the paint. Getting my... Read more »

Scott Richard Kaufman
Scott Richard Kaufman answered on May 30, 2020

Sorry for your issues. Start by opening up a "DMV Investigations" inquiry into what happened. They will put pressure on the selling dealer to get to the bottom of this. Then contact an auto fraud attorney, who should review at no charge or for a low fee and if s/he takes the case should... Read more »

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Q: Can I sue the city if I crashed into a fallen tree in the middle of the road? It was night time and I did not see it.

I was on my way to work and it was night time/early morning. I drive the same road every day and there has never been a fallen tree in the middle of the road. Some street lights dont work. Someone should have reported the fallen tree before the accident.

Steven M. Sweat
Steven M. Sweat answered on May 29, 2020

It is possible. However, claims against public entities are difficult. There are legal protections called "governmental immunities" that apply to them and don't apply to private parties. There is also a very short statute of limitations (time limit to file a claim) of only 6... Read more »

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3 Answers | Asked in Car Accidents, DUI / DWI and Insurance Defense for California on
Q: If you get a dui at 17 with no license or insurance and get in a crash what will happen

could you go to court alone if you are turning 18 before the court date ?

Mr. Richard Orville Middlebrook
Mr. Richard Orville Middlebrook answered on May 22, 2020

There are so many variables in this it’s hard to answer. The case will be handled in the juvenile courts. There certainly will be some very stiff punishments and more so if someone was injured. There will a significant license suspension of at least a year. Likely to be charged with multiple... Read more »

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3 Answers | Asked in Car Accidents and Personal Injury for California on
Q: I was in an auto accident in April 2019. My case is still ongoing, how long typically do cases like this last?

My accident was in April 2019. They found the other driver at fault she ran a red light. I was injured. They settled for an amount but the attorney never reached out and I always have to call or email. If they already settled for the amount and my medical they said picked up alot of the bills back... Read more »

Robert Steven Walch
Robert Steven Walch answered on May 21, 2020

Every case is different, so there is no set amount of time that every case takes from the time of settlement to disbursement of funds. If you have Medi-Cal, the attorney needs to find out how much Medi-Cal paid to your medical providers and needs to get a final letter from Medi-Cal saying what... Read more »

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Q: If my vehicle was involved in an accident and someone else uninsured was driving am I liable for damages

Basically want to know if the uninsured driver of my vehicle can be liable for damages and not me even though it was my vehicle involved

Dale S. Gribow
Dale S. Gribow answered on May 18, 2020

more info needed.

however, insurance goes with the car not the individual.........thus it was an insured accident.

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1 Answer | Asked in Personal Injury and Car Accidents for California on
Q: I need help with my injury case that was poorly mismanaged.

I was in a car accident in Feb 2018, and my settlement is coming to a close. My case was very poorly managed by my first case manager who no longer works at the law firm.

1.) My case was poorly managed to the point that it was negatively affected.

2.) My lawyer was absent from... Read more »

Samuel J Pope
Samuel J Pope answered on May 8, 2020

It's not entirely clear to me if your case has been settled yet, or not. If it has already settled and all that is left to do is to agree to the language in the release and sign it - at that point it will be difficult, likely impossible, to renegotiate the settlement.

You can...
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Q: I was rear ended while vehicle was broken down and failed breathalyzer can I get damage cost from vehicle that hit me

Should I report it to my insurance without the dui jeopardizing me

William John Light
William John Light answered on May 8, 2020

Whether and what to extent the other party is obligated to compensate your property damage depends on the facts and circumstances of the collision, which we don't know. Did you pull off the road completely? Did you turn on your flashing hazard lights? Did you attempt to warn oncoming... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Car Accidents for California on
Q: Car accident no insurance can’t afford to fix it and it’s building up storage fees what do I do?

Hi i have a question I got into a car accident awhile back with no insurance I can’t afford the repair cost to fix the car. The car has been sitting in a lot for awhile now and accumulated a lot of storage fees and I can’t afford them. I read online that the finance company won’t take back... Read more »

William John Light
William John Light answered on May 7, 2020

You are responsible to pay your loan and to pay storage fees. If you can't afford the storage fees, the car will eventually be auctioned by the lot to pay the fees. You might still owe any remaining balance. You will also still owe on your loan. If you can't afford that, you might... Read more »

3 Answers | Asked in Car Accidents for California on
Q: What should I do if someone agrees to settle without insurance but is now threatening to take you to court.

I got into a small fender bender and he agreed to settling without dealing with insurance, I just got new insurance because my new rate was so high due to an accident I got into in September of 2019. There was no major damage just a little indent there was no paint transfer or any damage to my... Read more »

William John Light
William John Light answered on Apr 28, 2020

Your feelings about what is fair are not important, nor is your work status. You are liable for the amount of damages you caused. If his repair estimate for property damage caused in the collision, and his medical expenses for injuries caused in the collision add up to $1,900, you should agree to... Read more »

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2 Answers | Asked in Personal Injury and Car Accidents for California on
Q: Can I sue the cops if they rammed at a suspect charged with reckless driving (misdemeanor) and left him paralyzed?

So in a incident, two caps rammed their cars on a suspect which was evading on a light motorcycle charged with misdemeanor of reckless driving. The pursuit was barely lasting 10 min and was in a place with no citizens around. The ramming left the suspect paralyzed.

Is it able to sue the... Read more »

Dale S. Gribow
Dale S. Gribow answered on Apr 24, 2020

the exact facts will be important.

had they tried to do anything else to stop him?

i would want to hear from experts on what is the correct way to stop a m/c on a chase.

many jurors would have a hard time finding for him since it was his fault he was being chased.

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3 Answers | Asked in Criminal Law and Car Accidents for California on
Q: My brother in California was involved in a hit and run, what is the next step?

My brother in California was involved in a hit and run, no one was hurt should he get a lawyer ?

Eric J Youngquist
Eric J Youngquist answered on Apr 23, 2020

Your brother is in immediate need of an experienced Criminal Defense lawyer. Based upon the given uncertainties in this fact pattern, time is of the essence as the variables span from misdemeanor conduct through felony exposure. The absolute first thing is to lawyer up as soon as it is humanly... Read more »

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