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2 Answers | Asked in Car Accidents for California on
Q: I was hit by a car, got an attorney, but I feel like they aren't being completely honest and could use a second opinion.

Back in April I was hit by a car while crossing the street. I was injured and not sure what to do, so I got an attorney. It's now been over eight months and I'm still unable to work. I have no interest in getting any invasive surgeries done, however just recently my attorney has emailed me to let... Read more »

Dale S. Gribow
Dale S. Gribow answered on Dec 14, 2019

much more info needed.

if your lawyer is not doing their job you can substitute them out and hire a new lawyer. It won't cost you any more money. The two lawyers would split the legal fee in some proportion.

the answer may be the amount of insurance available or that your injuries...
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Q: Are there lawyers out there who will take my non-injury property damage case using a contingency fee agreement?

Recently I was part of a 6-car accident. It was a domino-style rear-ending in which I was the 5th car in a line of 6 cars. The 1st car that initiated the rear-endings was clearly at fault. I didn't have collision coverage at the time, and that person's insurance company does not want to pay for the... Read more »

Dale S. Gribow
Dale S. Gribow answered on Dec 8, 2019

more info needed.

possibly not that clear if ins co is denying.

however, they always deny and delay.

if a lawyer handled it on a contingency and collected $12,500 for property damage s/he would take 1/3 and again you would not have enough money to fix the car.

your...
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2 Answers | Asked in Car Accidents for California on
Q: Am I liable for accidents caused by buyer of my vehicle?

Hi:

I sold my car to a private party on Craigslist in September 2019, and recently was contacted by an insurance agent due to the buyer got into a car accident. This buyer does not have insurance and has not completed the ownership transfer with DMV, and as such the vehicle is still... Read more »

Dale S. Gribow
Dale S. Gribow answered on Dec 6, 2019

more info needed.

you have a responsibility to file the necessary papers with DMV showing transfer or title.

absent that you may have liability.

you should consult with a local accident lawyer. Maybe s/he can see if the injured party had UM insurance and can put the claim...
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Q: I lent my car out to a friend and she crashed it and caused $2500 in damages. She has only paid 500, what can I do?

I had minimum coverage on the vehicle so insurance was no help. She did not have insurance. I paid for the repairs already, what can I do about trying to get the rest of the money?

Dale S. Gribow
Dale S. Gribow answered on Dec 4, 2019

YOU SHOULD HAVE HAD INSURANCE TO PAY FOR PROPERTY DAMAGE.

YOU CAN SUE HER IN SMALL CLAIMS IF THE ACCIDENT WAS HER FAULT

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Q: In CA, when making a left hand turn at an intersection do you have to turn into the far left lane? Is this the law?

On Hesperian Blvd in the left turn lane making a left onto Fairmont Drive, San leandro CA

Dale S. Gribow
Dale S. Gribow answered on Nov 26, 2019

i just took my DMV test and i recall that being in the DMV booklet.

you turn from L turn lane into lane closest to center divider

2 Answers | Asked in Car Accidents for California on
Q: When pulling onto a road in CA, if your vehicle is partially in the lane and someone hits it, who is at fault?

I was pulling onto a road and someone pulled out from a driveway behind me and into the lane I was entering. My vehicle was about 50% in the lane when the car that came from the driveway behind me ran into the left side of me. There were not stop lights or stop signs in this area. Who is at fault?

William John Light
William John Light answered on Nov 19, 2019

There are not nearly enough facts in this post to even make a guess as to responsibility. However, if you want your car fixed, make a claim with your insurer. It's faster and easier than going through the other driver's carrier. If your insurer gets its money back from the other driver/insurer,... Read more »

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Q: Car accident other party was uninsured and ran the stop sign and I need info on suing for pain and suffering

Workmens comp covered medical bills and I still have back pain and headaches and I am insured but have a deductible im asking for the deductible to be reimbursed but after a year having trouble collecting from the other party now we are starting the paperwork for small claims court and I was just... Read more »

Dale S. Gribow
Dale S. Gribow answered on Nov 16, 2019

more info needed.

did you have auto insurance?

if so pursue an UM claim?

consider small claims if minimal amount.

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Q: Can an ins company take $$ out of my settlement check for auto yard when their insured is at fault?

i was in a car accident that was not my fault. My car was taken to a tow yard. The ins company was supposed to pick the car up to take it to an auto body shop to be appraised but never did and my car was sold at auction. Now the insurance company said they are going to take the amount of $$ for... Read more »

Dale S. Gribow
Dale S. Gribow answered on Nov 5, 2019

more info needed.

i suspect there is a dispute over the taking of the car to a body shop and they are saying the delay was your negligence not theirs.

1 Answer | Asked in Car Accidents for California on
Q: can I make my girlfriends parents tell me her contact info. She was in a car crash in my car. I need her phone number
Dale S. Gribow
Dale S. Gribow answered on Oct 30, 2019

MORE INFO NEEDED.

HOWEVER, WHY DON'T YOU HAVE YOUR AUTO INS CO MAKE THE INQUIRY............OR

MAKE A POLICE REPORT AND LET THEM DO THE QUESTIONING.

IT SOUNDS LIKE SHE MAY NOT BE YOUR GIRLFRIEND ANYMORE AND THEY WANT TO PROTECT HER FROM YOU GETTING THAT INFO........

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Q: Insurance company wants to give entire car accident settlement to Medi-cal. I still have med bills and am homeless.

The at-fault driver only had $15K coverage and is broke. How do I recover court filing fees to cancel the case & negotiate with Medi-Cal to recoup some of it for treatments they don’t cover, since I did all the legal work myself to file lawsuit and recoup full amount on their behalf?

Alexander Bakhache Perez
Alexander Bakhache Perez answered on Oct 30, 2019

So the best thing is to hire an attorney to help you with this case, sounds like the medical exceeds the policy limits.

difficult to answer - costs are waived by the court unless you collect - so the court will get fees paid, you can not charge attorney fees without an attorney license to...
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Q: NOT AT FAULT Accident other policy was expired at the time and my car got totaled, Can I ask for monetary loss?

My vehicle was a lease and my insurance only covered (GAP) Other Party Insurance Premium was over and I would like to know If I can ask the other insurance for the loss of payments towards my vehicle, Payments made towards my car balance?

William John Light
William John Light answered on Oct 28, 2019

No, you are entitled to the fair market value of your vehicle, and "loss of use" which is generally measure by the daily rental value for a reasonable number of days after the collision.

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Q: I have a car accident. The driver give me his information but he’s not in the insurance policy do I have a case ?

I call the insurance company and they said there’s nothing they can do because the driver at the moment it’s not in the policy . In need help my car is bad damage. And I don’t know what to do ?

William John Light
William John Light answered on Oct 18, 2019

Make a claim with your own insurance company. If you don't have one, you can pursue the other driver and owner of the vehicle. Unless the driver is specifically excluded from coverage, as a permissive use of the vehicle, the owners policy should apply to him. Talk to an attorney, and get a copy... Read more »

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2 Answers | Asked in Car Accidents and Personal Injury for California on
Q: underinsured motorist claim in CA, at fault paid and WC resolved. Do I need to protect the statute?

Auto ax, at fault paid, WC settled and now trying to settle underinsured motorist claim. I researched at it appears that ins just needs “reasonable” time to resolve. Do I need to request arbitration or allow “reasonable” time to pass and settle?

William John Light
William John Light answered on Oct 14, 2019

Make your arbitration demand when you have proof that you have exhausted the liability limits of the at fault driver. You can negotiate later. There are requirements to fulfull when making a demand for UIM arbitration. See Insurance Code section 11580.2, or hire an attorney. Given your injuries, I... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Car Accidents, Personal Injury and Civil Litigation for California on
Q: Can we sue hoa for neglecting to enforce rules if they ignore our safety and tell neighbor, we get gunshot dmg

We asked hoa to enforce the rules 4 times, each time asking them not to disclose that a neighbor complained, would give me up as source. I spoke to the neighbors twice before about parking in fire line/street where signs are posted no parking, called the police once, the towing company twice, and... Read more »

Dale S. Gribow
Dale S. Gribow answered on Oct 14, 2019

MORE INFO NEEDED.

A LAWYER WOULD WANT TO SEE THE PAPERWORK SHOWING WHAT THE HOA RULES ARE.

ANYONE CAN SUE FOR ANYTHING AT ANY TIME.......THE ISSUE IS WOULD YOU WIN...........AND A LAWYER

WOULD NOT TAKE THE CASE ON A CONTINGENCY...........THUS YOU WOULD HAVE TO PAY A LAWYER...
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3 Answers | Asked in Car Accidents and Criminal Law for California on
Q: I hit a pedestrian in the parking lot of a grocery store.

I parked but didn't exchange info. Then I left and came back 10 minutes later, but the person was gone. I think they have the license plates, but they weren't hurt from what I could see, I was driving very slow. What should I do now? This happened Thursday October 10, two days ago. I live in Los... Read more »

Dale S. Gribow
Dale S. Gribow answered on Oct 12, 2019

more info needed.

i am in Palm Desert. I would suggest contacting a criminal lawyer in the community in which you live and who practices in the court your case would go to.

hopefully one with the connections to inquire quietly with the DA, about the matter.

clearly a hit and...
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3 Answers | Asked in Car Accidents for California on
Q: car accident back on 2016 since that time a settlement is pending, lawyer just giving me false hopes. Can u help me

I was a passenger, I got a herniated disk from my neck and some cuts on my arm, lawyer was referred from the insurance car owner. How can I get legal assistance on this case can I fire my actual lawyer and hire and other?

Dale S. Gribow
Dale S. Gribow answered on Oct 3, 2019

yes, you can change lawyers without it costing you anything. The lawyers would split the fee.

happy to talk to you and answer your questions..............

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3 Answers | Asked in Car Accidents for California on
Q: If a speeding car hits another car that pulled out in front of them last minute, who is at fault?

Car "A" is speeding , lets say 70 in a 55 zone. Car B is at a 2 way stop sign and pulls out in front of Car A to cross the road right as Car A is coming up to the intersection and Car B gets t-boned..

William John Light
William John Light answered on Oct 2, 2019

Car B would bear most, if not all, of the fault.

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3 Answers | Asked in Car Accidents, Criminal Law and DUI / DWI for California on
Q: When you are a victim of hit-n-run and you I D the other car but no "injury" why is that only a misd?

Victim- good driver

Suspect- drunk driver gets away

Vehicle- total loss

William John Light
William John Light answered on Oct 1, 2019

Hit and run with property damage only is a misdemeanor by statute. Vehicle Code section 20002(d).

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2 Answers | Asked in Employment Law, Traffic Tickets and Car Accidents for California on
Q: If my license was suspended by the section 16073. What does this mean? Would i be able to drive or continue working?

I would like to know if this would affect my job if i work in a car industry and the company insurance does not want to cover me.

Neil Pedersen
Neil Pedersen answered on Sep 28, 2019

Suspension of your driver's license for any reason can be used by your employer to suspend or terminate you at any time. You are considered to be employed at will unless you have an agreement to the contrary with your employer. That means your employer can discipline and terminate you at any time... Read more »

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2 Answers | Asked in Car Accidents and Personal Injury for California on
Q: How to distribute settlement funds among a driver and two other passengers when medicals are higher than settlement?
William John Light
William John Light answered on Sep 25, 2019

It would be unusual for the settlement to not allocate the sums to each party. There should be settlement agreements and releases for that purpose.

However, if the sums are not allocated, calculate the total damages of each party. Calculate each party's percentage of the total damages....
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