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2 Answers | Asked in Car Accidents and Traffic Tickets for California on

Q: who would be at fault for an accident with an unprotected left turn?

If at a traffic light there are two cars on opposite sides of the street both making left turns and a car from behind one of the turning cars decided to go around and then hits the turning car from the opposite side of the road who would be at fault for the accident.

William John Light answered on May 22, 2019

The car from behind would have most, if not all of the fault, assuming everyone agreed on the facts as described. The car turning left from the opposite side may also have some fault as it could have had a clear view of the oncoming vehicle and might have been able to yield to avoid the collision.

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4 Answers | Asked in Personal Injury, Car Accidents, Insurance Bad Faith and Insurance Defense for California on

Q: MR. LIGHT WHAT IF I DIDNT HAVE INSURANCE ON MY CAR AT THAT TIME?

William John Light answered on May 18, 2019

Lack of insurance has nothing to do with who is at fault. If the other party is at fault, lack of insurance will only affect your ability to recover pain and suffering damages if you pursue a personal injury claim. You will only be able to recover economic damages (medical expenses, property... Read more »

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2 Answers | Asked in Insurance Bad Faith, Insurance Defense, Business Law and Car Accidents for California on

Q: WHERE CAN I FIND AN ATTY. FOR WHAT I BELIEVE IS INSURANCE FRAUD?

This young guy hit my car CLEARLY at fault & admitted it. the insurance paper showed his policy had expired He told me that he would talk to his mother to get my car fixed. His mom is an insurance agent. the calls that were supposedly from a claim adjuster were not the # was from his moms office... Read more »

William John Light answered on May 18, 2019

Unclear if you are injured from a collision or just want property damage repaired. The remedy for establishing who is at fault in a collision is a lawsuit. If you want your property damage repaired, file in Small Claims. Bring photos of the damage, and of the scene. Bring copies of the... Read more »

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4 Answers | Asked in Car Accidents for California on

Q: Hi ,I wanted to find out at what time I should contact my insurer .In the back of my car ,hit the Kia car . Bogumil

KIA Optima he was a loaned TURO Corona CA .I suffered a loss with this hit .I have pictures of the car and all date of the person managing Kia .This event took place at Riverside CA ,three a days ago

Domingo Castillo Jr answered on May 17, 2019

We’re sorry to hear of your accident. From your info, I’m not sure if you were hit from behind or you hit someone from behind. In any event, if you were hit from behind, you need to exchange information and you need to take pictures of any damage. If you got hit from behind and sustained any... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law, Car Accidents and Personal Injury for California on

Q: Gave dog away 3 months ago but no paperwork filed. Now Dog caused a motorcycle accident. Who is responsible for damages

Only proof we have is text messages stating they were willing to give dog a new home. And post on facebook showing we were giving him away.

William John Light answered on May 16, 2019

Unclear how a dog caused a motorcycle accident. If this was a biting incident, the owner is strictly liable. If the person in control of the dog is not an owner, then the injured person would need to prove that the person in control was negligent, while the owner would still be strictly liable.... Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Car Accidents, Insurance Bad Faith and Insurance Defense for California on

Q: Guy cut me off while turning into driveway which caused me to fall and hit his car, driver made false insurance claim

Drive told Insurance that I hit his car while he was parked, I have witnesses that say otherwise, only thing is I have no bike insurance for bike nor a bike license, as I've owned it for a month, does this hurt me or what would happen?

In Barstow, California

William John Light answered on May 13, 2019

If you are hurt, contact a personal injury attorney to pursue a claim on your behalf. Since you were uninsured, you can only recover your economic damages - no pain and suffering.

If you have property damage only, file suit in Small Claims court. Bring your witnesses and...
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3 Answers | Asked in Car Accidents for California on

Q: When a driver has an accident, resulting in generallyt minor property damage, but leaves the scene of the accident

is that considering a criminal offense, felony or ??

Dale S. Gribow answered on May 5, 2019

if there is ANY damage the law requires you to stop per VC 2002... known as Hit and Run...........a minor accident would no doubt be a misdemeanor

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4 Answers | Asked in Car Accidents and Personal Injury for California on

Q: i had a lawyer for my personal injury since 2016 they have done nothing to make a effort in keeping in conact with me

when i have asked them to push cause i have been done waiting about this case after a year had went by they didnt want to do anything they wanted to sit and wait. if i had tried to call them they would take a message and it would be months before i have a response. now that i am in 2019 and mind... Read more »

Gerald Barry Dorfman answered on May 2, 2019

You can look around for a lawyer to take over your case. The lawyers will share the fees, which may make it hard for you to find a lawyer to take over. Usually, personal injury attorneys do not charge for a case evaluation, so it may be worth your time and effort to make some calls.

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1 Answer | Asked in Car Accidents and Civil Litigation for California on

Q: I am being sued for a vehicle I have never owned. What do I need to do to make this go away?

I received a Summon and responded by filling out form PLD-PI-003 denying all allegations, filed (Los Angeles Country Superior Court House) and registered forms before mailing to Attorney. I received a 2nd Notice (Request for Admission) and responded by denying all allegations. I once again, filling... Read more »

William John Light answered on Apr 15, 2019

Sounds like you need to hire an attorney. You have the opportunity to defend yourself and prove that you have no liability. You are blowing it by not responding to interrogatories in a timely fashion.

5 Answers | Asked in Car Accidents and Personal Injury for California on

Q: does releasing uninsured motorist destroy right to claim under my umi policy

Theodore Allan Greene answered on Apr 12, 2019

It's difficult to understand your question. What / why are you "releasing uninsured motorist"? I would strongly urge you to get an attorney well versed in personal injury matters (assuming you were injured) because you could do something to jeopardize your case. And the insurance companies love it... Read more »

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2 Answers | Asked in Car Accidents and DUI / DWI for California on

Q: Am I liable to pay for someone else DUI fees and other fees when registering a salvage title car?

My brother just bought a used car from a site like Craigslist. He went to go register it and found out it has DUI fees and other penalties from the original owner(I have a picture). Is he really liable to pay those?

No contact was signed besides a bill of sale and they did have the title on... Read more »

Mr. Hudson Thomas Bair answered on Apr 10, 2019

It depends on the terms of the contract.

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2 Answers | Asked in Car Accidents for California on

Q: False statement was made and ammended, what happens next?

I got in an accident where a friend of mine was driving my car with me in it. This friend didn't have a license and I was listed as the driver. The insurance company found out I wasn't driving because of the other person who was involved in the accident. They asked for a follow up statement.... Read more »

Dale S. Gribow answered on Mar 19, 2019

more info needed.

I personally would not want you to talk to the ins co or anyone else!!!!!

I think you should have a lawyer to talk on your behalf.

You can only get yourself in trouble for giving false info to a police officer.

your lying won't change liability if...
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4 Answers | Asked in Car Accidents for California on

Q: If an unlicensed driver was driving my car with me in it and someone hits them am I at fault?

Insurance company called, I claimed to be the driver and didn't mention it in my statement. It was the other driver's fault for hitting me. And there was very minimal damage to both vehicles (fender dented & bumper was broken) When the other driver reported, I got a call back from the insurance... Read more »

William John Light answered on Mar 18, 2019

You are derivatively liable for the negligence of the person driving with your permission. Your liability is limited to $15k/person, $30k/accident, $5k property damage.

You might also be liable for negligent entrustment of the vehicle to someone who was not qualified to drive. Your...
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4 Answers | Asked in Car Accidents for California on

Q: My son was involved in an accident two weeks ago He was not at fault agreed by both parties insurance here's the problem

The other party insurance is saying their client have a cap of $5000 for damages. repairs for his car will go over that so

how is that my son's problem? besides waiting two weeks for them to respond with the claim, now they're acting like

he's liable out of his pocket for repairs... Read more »

Alexander Bakhache Perez answered on Mar 15, 2019

yes this is a problem now that CA has allowed $5000 in PD coverage for low income drivers. need to go through your son's insurance and pay deductible if that is an option, then you will get back a pro rata of deductible.

option #2 take the case to small claims court for $45 takes 2 months,...
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4 Answers | Asked in Car Accidents, Consumer Law and Small Claims for California on

Q: car dealers lied to me, what can I do?

In December 2018 I bought a used 2016 Honda Pilot from a toyota dealership. I wanted to be sure the car was in good condition so I asked numerous times if the car was in an accident. They reassured me it was in perfect condition. I purchased the vehicle and am currently financing it. However, it... Read more »

Dale S. Gribow answered on Mar 4, 2019

More info is needed to properly evaluate your case.

What you are doing is the same as asking a doctor to diagnose your problem over the phone when you say I have a stomach ache, can you cure me and what will it cost?

However, it is always a good idea to contact a local attorney...
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4 Answers | Asked in Car Accidents, Consumer Law and Small Claims for California on

Q: Can I make a small claim on a used car fraud?

In December 2018 I purchased a used 2016 Honda pilot from a Toyota dealership, which I am currently financing. I asked on three seperate occasions, before signing any paperwork, if the car had been in any previous accidents and was told repeatedly that the car has NOT been in any accidents and is... Read more »

Dale S. Gribow answered on Mar 3, 2019

yes, you can make small claims complaint and you can also contact local police.

they will probably say it is civil but you would argue it is fraud.

you can also contact your legislative members for assistance if the police won't assist you........including city council, congressman,...
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2 Answers | Asked in Car Accidents and Consumer Law for California on

Q: Can i file a fraud claim for a used car incident?

I am financing a used car and was told it had never been in any previous accidents. However, I found out the car in fact has been in an accident that left the hood caved in. This is hurting my trade in value and I'd like to know if i can file for fraud or false claim and get a full refund.

Scott Richard Kaufman answered on Mar 3, 2019

Each of these things are possible depending on just how bad the prior damage is. If it's a few thousand, you are likely in small claims for the difference in the trade in value you get compared to what you should have received. IF it's a lot more, then you may end up with a potential unwind of the... Read more »

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3 Answers | Asked in Criminal Law, Car Accidents and Wrongful Death for California on

Q: arrested for vehicular manslaughter on atv but blood results for alcohol came back normal, what happens next?

arrested for vehicular manslaughter with suspesion for dui but blood alcohol level was normal but someone did end up dying in the crash, what happens to the driver? how long does a case like this usually take?

Driving a atv and it crashed or tipped and everyone was thrown out, no one in... Read more »

William John Light answered on Feb 27, 2019

It could be over tomorrow. It could go through trial and appeals and take years. Every case is different. What happens to the driver depends on the facts of the incident, which you haven't shared.

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2 Answers | Asked in Car Accidents, Civil Litigation and Personal Injury for California on

Q: Over two years ago I was hit by a car from behind I was on a bicycle their insurance denied my claim can I still Sue

The police report says it was my fault because I veard into the driver's Lane. the officer didn't take into consideration that the law that passed about the three foot buffer when passing a bicyclist on the road here in California and that law passed in 2014 this happened 2016. How can I go about... Read more »

Dale S. Gribow answered on Feb 26, 2019

much more info needed.

however, there is a 2 year statute of limitations.........thus 2 yrs from the day of the accident you can still file a summons and complaint.........

you can try to get the police to reconsider the report but probably better off to have a lawyer get involved...
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3 Answers | Asked in Car Accidents, Insurance Defense and Personal Injury for California on

Q: What happens if you dont have insurance and are at fault for an auto accident?

My 18 yr old niece got in an Accident and was found at fault. She had no insurance and no DL at the time. she took no photos and cant rember the Accident because she lost consciousness and suffered a concution, one of the other drivers also did not have insurance and got an lawer and she recived a... Read more »

Theodore Allan Greene answered on Feb 24, 2019

If she was at fault like you say then you really need to find out how much damage was done to the other car and find out if anyone was hurt. That will determine her financial liability. The fact that the other party got an attorney means the other person most likely was injured. If the other party... Read more »

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