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Q: I ran a red light because a fire truck honked at me to move and another car hit me. Who is at fault?

I ran red light cautiously, all other cars were stopped at intersection except one car who didn’t notice the sirens and kept driving. Fire truck kept honking until I moved so I felt forced.

William John Light answered on Aug 22, 2019

If you were hit by another car, you didn't run the light that "cautiously."

However, cross traffic has a duty to yield if an emergency vehicle has at least one red lamp lit, and the siren is sounding. Vehicle Code section 21806. It sounds like the other driver violated that statute....
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Q: My friend accidently backed into a parked car when trying to park. He got out to assess any damage to either car and...

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Dale S. Gribow answered on Aug 14, 2019

more info needed.

he should probably report to police explaining there was no damage but his friend said he should tell the police in case the guy ALLEGES DAMAGE

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Q: My collision report from the chp is not correct. Insurance policy# had to many numbers, phone numbers were not correct,

In addition chp faild to analyze the cause of the accident. The report clearly proves that party 1 is at fault. Mind you she also lied about how the accident occurred. There were witnesses there trying to give there statements and not one was on the report. At the end the chp found me at fault of... Read more »

Alexander Bakhache Perez answered on Aug 6, 2019

go through your insurance if that is an option, then subrogration.

if not then consult with an attorney with a free phone consult if they would take your case and the terms.

or small claim court if the amount is less than $10K and represent your self.

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

Q: I was riding my bike home from work. A truck cut right in front of me. I have since noticed some injurys that not gone.

The drive admitted fault. Should I continue to try to see my doctor? Or their doctor, or what?

Theodore Allan Greene answered on Aug 6, 2019

Very hard to answer your question without much more information. Did the truck strike you? Was a police report done? Did you seek immediate medical care?...etc... etc..

you should sit down with a personal injury attorney and go over ALL the questions they might have... and then you will...
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2 Answers | Asked in Traffic Tickets and Car Accidents for California on

Q: Is it proper procedure to be issued a ticket while sitting in the left turn lane in the middle of traffic?

I felt it was unsafe to be stopped in the middle of traffic. I could have made my turn and pulled over where it was safe. He unnecessarily impeded traffic and created a dangerous situation for all other motorists.

Dale S. Gribow answered on Aug 5, 2019

More info needed.

i would need to know the probable cause for his citing you and whether he pulled you over etc.

the officer probably just saw you impeding traffic.

if you explain what happened i think the judge would dismiss.

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

Q: Can a car insurance bodily injury rep get my Medi-Cal info from hospital billing department?

I was in a car accident 4 weeks ago, the insured of the other car accepted liability. I have a Stanford Hospital bill of $15,574 and I was unaware that I had state health insurance that will cover emergency room visits. My health insurance provider name and group/member number was not listed... Read more »

Theodore Allan Greene answered on Aug 5, 2019

It's hard to answer your question without more information but I can tell you that insurance companies do all they can to minimize how much they pay to people their clients (insured) injury with negligent driving. The health care provider will say that they haven't divulged any of your "medical"... Read more »

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Q: Can a car insurance bodily injury rep get my Medi-Cal info from hospital billing department?

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Alexander Bakhache Perez answered on Aug 5, 2019

Really need an attorney to guide you in this, you do not want to be stuck with medical bills, this is not a small case.

under Third Party Liability you will have to pay back your medical insurance company.

do not trust the BI Rep to advocate for you, all the rep wants is for you to...
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Q: Can you change your mind and decide to file a insurance claim after it was verbally agreed upon there was no damage

I posted this once but apparently need to reiterate with more details.

I accidentally lightly hit the rear bumper of a co-workers parked auto while parking mine.

He was not in the car. I got out and inspected both cars and it appeared to me there was nothing more than a few... Read more »

Dale S. Gribow answered on Aug 3, 2019

more info needed.

yes, he can change his mind based on facts you shared.

you could have exposure having hit his car and not having left a note ID'ing yourself.

technically that is a misdemeanor hit and run and you don't want someone to press for that.

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Q: Can you approach a driver 2 days later after accident with an estimate when on the day it happened no info exchanged

I accidentally hit a coworkers car in rear bumper when parking mine.

I went into the break room knowing I would see him there. When he came him another worker told him I hit his car.

He jokingly accused me of making a big dent in his bumper which is not what happened. A few... Read more »

Michael Hamilton Rodgers answered on Aug 1, 2019

Of course he can ask for you or your insurance company to pay for the damages to his car. He has a witness to your driving into his vehicle. Go to his vehicle and take photos of the damage. If the damage still looks like it did just after the accident, you probably should call your insurance... Read more »

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Q: if i have not seen Dr. yet from accident last Nov., is it too late for medical bills to be covered. i was rear ended

a goodyear tire truck rear ended going 50. I did not notice any injury until mo. later. i am scared to drive much. and am having a hard time functioning.

William John Light answered on Jul 31, 2019

If you are hurt, go to the doctor. If your decision to go to the doctor is based upon whether it will help a personal injury case, you are doing it wrong. No one can say how a doctor's appointment 9 months later will affect your case. It depends on why you have waited this long, what is the... Read more »

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Q: I was in a minor accident 7/14/19 by someone insured by Alliance United, they have 745 reviews on Yelp with 1 star.

I've been without a car for 3 weeks, I work doing DoorDash so my car is my work. The last time I spoke to the adjuster at Alliance United 7/26/19 she told me she finally got in contact with the insured last week and not sure how to handle the claim because the insured doesn't know what happened as... Read more »

Gerald Barry Dorfman answered on Jul 29, 2019

You do not have to have a broken bone to have a perfectly valid personal injury case. You are much more likely to resolve your case faster and for more money if you have an attorney. Almost all personal injury attorneys offer free case evaluations. Start calling now, because the longer you wait,... Read more »

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

Q: Are emergence vehicle's allowable to brake the laws say for example running red lights

Theodore Allan Greene answered on Jul 24, 2019

Every case is unique and there is no way to answer your question without more facts. I have a current case where an ambulance ran a red light and collided with my clients vehicle and we are pursuing damages for our client. But having said that... I can't say whether you might have a case without... Read more »

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Q: Can a car insurance company deny liability because the person driving the car is not listed on the insurance?

I was in a accident 7/14/19 and a 15 year old was driving the SUV with 2 older women when she made a u-turn in front of me and we collided. None of the women was on the insurance and it was the girl older brother car. The owner of the vehicle is taking his time to contact his insurance and a police... Read more »

Gerald Barry Dorfman answered on Jul 17, 2019

Even without the insurance coverage issue, you should get your own attorney because you were injured. Do not speak with the insurance adjuster; certainly do not give a written or recorded statement. Most personal injury attorneys will give you a case evaluation at no charge.

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Q: Was involved in car accident was rear ended and bumbed into car infront of me .i have no license and not at fault

I got pushed into the car in front of me no damage was done person who hit me gave expired insurance id card. Car i was in has insurance but it only covers the owner of vehicle.the lady infront of me has filed a claim with no damage done to her car i got pictures of all 3 vehicles to show who has... Read more »

Dale S. Gribow answered on Jul 17, 2019

more info needed

if you were not hurt see if the ins co for the car to defend you under a reservation of rights

if you have a car with auto ins then submit it to them

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1 Answer | Asked in Car Accidents and Traffic Tickets for California on

Q: I would like the section of vehicle code 22500.1 explained when it states fire district jurisdiction

I got a red curb ticket but the issuing officer was a street sweeping officer. Is the ticket constituted? Or what does vehicle code mean by fire district jurisdiction?

Dale S. Gribow answered on Jul 17, 2019

PDF]Fire Department Specifications and Requirements - Anaheim

m.anaheim.net/fire/fire_prev/forms/FireLanesandTowingfromPrivateProperty08.pdf

No person shall stop, park or leave standing any vehicle, whether attended or unattended, except when in conflict with other traffic, in a...
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Q: Car accident, PA with a rental car......driver lives in Wyoming. Cops don't really say who was at fault

Both drivers treated and released at area hospital. Now rental car driver gets a ticket from PA to where they live in WY for only $142.....$25 for pulling out in front of another car onto a roadway and the rest is fees and taxes of the total bill.

At the bottom of the form it has two... Read more »

Dale S. Gribow answered on Jul 16, 2019

more info needed

you need to talk to a lawyer from the city where this incident took place as s/he will know the laws and procedure for that court.

normally you plead guilty and pay a fine or not guilty and have a trial.

if there is liability it probably will not make much...
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3 Answers | Asked in Car Accidents, Libel & Slander, Personal Injury and Civil Rights for California on

Q: I would like to know if a driver is at fault for hitting a pedestrian turning out into traffic.

I am a 17 year old son of a mother who had recently been in a collision with a minor on a bike. The minor turned in front of her vehicle -while she turned into the lane she had waited legally for traffic to allow- from the blind spot made by an adjacent vehicle the minor was biking next to. The boy... Read more »

William John Light answered on Jul 9, 2019

No one could make a guess about who is at fault without reviewing all of the available evidence. However, fault isn't all or nothing. Everyone might have some proportional fault.

Your mother's insurance company owes her a defense and indemnity. It will appoint an attorney to defend her...
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Q: What is a "request to disclose limits" from my insurance via the other driver in a car accident claim?

I was involved in a car accident where the other driver made a left turn into oncoming traffic. He is now claiming that I ran a red light and was speeding and caused the accident (not true and the forensic evidence on the vehicles proves that). He has hired a lawyer and has requested the amount of... Read more »

William John Light answered on Jul 2, 2019

1) To find out how much money your insurer might pay. Yes, it's common.

2) Yes, you should sign it.

3) You are more likely to be sued because disclosure of policy limits information is required, upon demand, in a lawsuit. Disclosure is only voluntary before a lawsuit. Why make it...
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Q: Hit by cycle. He died. His fault. Get charged.Get dismissed. Loose truck, Everything.Should they pay?

I have everything.

Dale S. Gribow answered on Jun 19, 2019

more info needed!!

were you charged and case dismissed?

you lost your vehicle? didn't you have auto insurance?

call me to discuss 760 837 7500

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