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5 Answers | Asked in Car Accidents, Personal Injury, Gov & Administrative Law and Municipal Law for California on
Q: I was in an accident about a month ago (hit by a car as I crossed the street from sidewalk to sidewalk while biking home

I was in an accident about a month ago (hit by a car as I crossed the street from sidewalk to sidewalk while biking home). I was knocked unconscious for a brief period and woke up to cops around me looking at me with flashlights. I was asked if I wanted to go to the ER in the ambulance and I... Read more »

Dale S. Gribow
Dale S. Gribow answered on Sep 16, 2020

MORE INFO NEEDED.

DO YOURSELF A FAVOR AND MAKE A FREE APPOINTMENT WITH A PI LAWYER WHO CAN GET YOU COMPENSATION IF YOU WERE NOT AT FAULT.

IF THAT IS THE CASE, THEN IF YOU CONTACT ME I WILL GIVE YOU SEVERAL NAMES TO CONSIDER.

HOWEVER, DON'T DISCUSS CASES LIKE THIS ON AN...
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2 Answers | Asked in Car Accidents for California on
Q: Got in an accident not at fault with suspended license & have car insurance. Very minor damages to my bumper rear right

Filed a claim with my insurance but I just want to close the claim and just leave as is. The other party never gave out insurance info or had driver license to show me. I just want to know if I will recieve any consequences I know I shouldn’t be driving. And there is no injuries at all and we... Read more »

William John Light
William John Light answered on Sep 4, 2020

Nobody knows whether you are going to be charged for driving without a license except the District Attorney. You can close out your claim for property damages to your car. You have no ability to force the insurer to close out the entire claim because it is possible that the other party may claim... Read more »

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3 Answers | Asked in Car Accidents for California on
Q: I recently got into a car accident and I’m not at fault but I have a suspended license. Will I get any consequences?
William John Light
William John Light answered on Sep 3, 2020

Maybe. Driving without a license is a crime. If you are hurt, you may have a claim for personal injuries and not having a license won't affect that. Talk to a PI attorney to discuss.

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4 Answers | Asked in Car Accidents, Employment Law and Personal Injury for California on
Q: Do I become liable for an accident in a work vehicle while on the job if I now no longer work there

I was employed with the company at the time and was involved in an accident in a work vehicle while working. It has been almost 2 years and I no longer am with that company but believe the other person involved is attempting to sue am I now personally liable?

William John Light
William John Light answered on Sep 3, 2020

You were always personally liable, but your former employer's insurer has a duty to defend and indemnify you, and the Labor Code also provides that your employer has a direct duty to indemnify you for work related expenses. If you are served with a lawsuit, contact your former HR Department... Read more »

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2 Answers | Asked in Car Accidents and Consumer Law for California on
Q: 20 Can can my car be repoed legally if I was only 10 days late on my first payment

Can can my car be repoed legally if I was only 10 days late on my first payment?

I financed a used car from usave auto auction I was 10 days late on making my first payment and they repoed it in the middle of it being repoed I got in the car and called the car dealership and explained what... Read more »

Dale S. Gribow
Dale S. Gribow answered on Sep 3, 2020

MUCH MORE INFO NEEDED.

I WOULD HAVE THOUGHT THERE WOULD BE SOME GRACE PERIOD....HOWEVER, WHAT DOES YOUR CONTRACT SAY? IT USUALLY SPELLS OUT THESE THINGS.

I WOULD THINK A DEALERSHIP PROBABLY WOULD NOT HAVE DONE SO BUT WITH AN AUCTION??? WHO KNOWS

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5 Answers | Asked in Car Accidents, Construction Law and Small Claims for California on
Q: What are my options when trying to recoup vehicle repair costs associated with damage caused by Caltrans' subcontractor?

Hello,

Significant vehicle damage was incurred due to freeway construction debris collision with my vehicle. Caltrans claim was submitted by both my vehicle insurance and myself. Caltrans responded about a year later to my insurance, stating that this instance was caused by their... Read more »

Robert Dourian
Robert Dourian answered on Aug 31, 2020

I sounds like your options have narrowed down to filing an action for property damages. It is not so clear that CALTRANS is not responsible, but its all about the actual facts and circumstances. This matter may not make sense for an attorney to take on if the dollar amount of the damage is low.... Read more »

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2 Answers | Asked in Car Accidents for California on
Q: If a neighbor has blocked my car in on a shared easement driveway can I get them towed legally?

The driveway is split in half (6ft is the neighbors, 6 ft is mine) between our properties. There are 2 parking spaces at the end of this driveway. They did this because they are pissed we took their normal parking spot which is our property.

Maurice Mandel II
Maurice Mandel II answered on Aug 31, 2020

If the car is on your property and completely blocking the egress of your car, it can be towed. You should post the "No Parking" signs that have a place to cite the vehicle code (call the PD to get the code number) and the number of the PD that will be towing the car. Sounds like you... Read more »

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2 Answers | Asked in Car Accidents, Criminal Law, Federal Crimes and Libel & Slander for California on
Q: Scared to pull over after a minor car accident because of possible violent reaction from the other person involved.

Let's say I got in a minor car accident and the other driver is acting angry and possibly violent. Could you keep driving (essentially making it a hit and run) because you felt unsafe to pull over and get out of the car? Is there a legal way to do this? Like calling the cops to explain the... Read more »

Maurice Mandel II
Maurice Mandel II answered on Aug 27, 2020

"Assumptions are the mother of all Foul ups." If you are assuming that the other driver would react violently and just take off, you are at fault for a hit and run. BUT, if you pull over with your windows up and the other driver makes any kind of overt act of violence, you would be... Read more »

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2 Answers | Asked in Criminal Law, Car Accidents, Civil Rights and Federal Crimes for California on
Q: Scared to pull over after a minor car accident because of possible violent reaction from the other person involved.

Let's say I got in a minor car accident and the other driver is acting angry and possibly violent. Could you keep driving (essentially making it a hit and run) because you felt unsafe to pull over and get out of the car? Is there a legal way to do this? Like calling the cops to explain the... Read more »

Dale S. Gribow
Dale S. Gribow answered on Aug 27, 2020

MORE INFO NEEDED.

IF YOU DON'T STOP IT WILL BE HIT AND RUN.

CALLING 911 ASAP AND EXPLAINING WHY YOU DID NOT STOP AND WHY YOU ARE

AT X LOCATION WOULD HELP.

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5 Answers | Asked in Car Accidents and Personal Injury for California on
Q: Pedestrian hit while traffic light out

Asking question on behave of someone who got hit by a car crossing a street on a crosswalk while the traffic lights were out. Driver did not stop at the intersection, but did stop after the accident and gave the person that got hit a ride, fully accepting the fault later. After discussing this... Read more »

Robert Dourian
Robert Dourian answered on Aug 21, 2020

Given the costs of litigating cases, as a general rule, some permanent, long term harm is necessary to bring in a lawyer. So this case might past that test with the scarring. With permanent injury the damages would or should be worth more than 15K. The problem in answering this question however,... Read more »

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2 Answers | Asked in Car Accidents for California on
Q: rock stuck in a truck tire (i have picts of tire full of rocks) Breaks my windshield without touching the ground

the rock which were imbedded in his tire from somewhere else get knocked loose and is flung at my windshield aqt high speed. the rock came directly from the wheel and did not touch the ground. after i pulled the driver over i took pictures of his tire and it had a lot of rocks in it ....and the... Read more »

Maurice Mandel II
Maurice Mandel II answered on Aug 18, 2020

Get your windshield repaired, submit it to your insurance company, they often cover windshield damage. If the balance you had to pay is worth it, sue the trucking company in small claims. I hope your photos showed that they did not have stone guard flaps behind the wheels to prevent this from... Read more »

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4 Answers | Asked in Car Accidents for California on
Q: Insurance company wants a verbal statement after an accident, is that normal?

I borrowed the vehicle from my father and got into a fender bender at a stoplight. Insurance company won't answer his questions until they get a recorded verbal statement from me. Is this normal and what should I do? To clarify, my father has told them nothing they don't want anything... Read more »

Robert Dourian
Robert Dourian answered on Aug 17, 2020

Whoa. Hold on there. You may have a big issue to worry about. Namely the insurance company may be trying to find a way out of covering this incident. First, you need to know what your father told them. Are you a named insured under the policy? Did you live at home when you borrowed the car?... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Car Accidents and Consumer Law for California on
Q: Got my car from the repair shop in worse condition than before the repair- Pep Boys.

I brought my car for a battery (on warranty) change and also, asked to change oil, which they do for me regularly- Pep Boy has been my the only place for my car repair/ maintenance for the last 5 years.

Manager said I need a new alternator, and they did all that: new battery, new alternator... Read more »

Maurice Mandel II
Maurice Mandel II answered on Aug 14, 2020

Old cars, a dream and a scream. Only 16 years old, it is a pup. The problem with your description is that you do not identify the source of the oil leak. If they stripped the drain plug, they may owe you a new oil pan and plug, which is $$$. Topping off every week while oil pools below the car... Read more »

5 Answers | Asked in Car Accidents, Insurance Bad Faith and Insurance Defense for California on
Q: I WAS IN A accident and their insurance is take full responibililty, do i let repair or take check and repair myself?

the insurance company gave me 2 opitions . take to their repair shop - get a rental , est and repair. only get rental if i take to their shop and get repaired there. 2nd opition is take my jeep to get est. - no rental and they issue me a check . that was all that was said please heplp

Louis George Fazzi
Louis George Fazzi answered on Jul 28, 2020

Are you aware that you are asking this question of California attorneys? Most lawyers admitted to practice in the state of California may not be licensed to practice in Colorado, and consequently should not offer you advice based on California law.

Secondly, you did not indicate where the...
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2 Answers | Asked in Car Accidents for California on
Q: Can a minor give consent to another person to drive a car that she insured under but does not own? In CA.

My daughter did not stop an unlicensed driver from driving her car and he was involved in a accident. She was not in the car.

William John Light
William John Light answered on Jul 24, 2020

Yes, she can. She doesn't have legal authority to enter binding legal contracts, but she can authorize use of a car that you delegated to her. Otherwise, the person who was driving would be guilty of theft, and could be prosecuted, convicted and sentenced to prison. That doesn't sound... Read more »

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3 Answers | Asked in Car Accidents for California on
Q: Hi I got car accident this month and the other driver was minor and she also had a minor passenger in the suv.

She hit in my car and requested me not to call insurance company. She called her mom and they provided me wrong information of their phone numbers and wrong insurance info. At the time of that minor accident I was more worried about my health because I just had heart transplant last year. Next day... Read more »

Dale S. Gribow
Dale S. Gribow answered on Jul 23, 2020

MORE INFO HELPFUL

FIRSTLY I WOULD CALL POLICE AND REPORT IT...FOR BOTH CIVIL AND CRIMINAL REASONS .....

YOU CAN ALWAYS SUE IN SMALL CLAIMS COURT FOR UP TO $10K.

HOWEVER, YOU CAN'T GET BLOOD FROM A TURNIP OR ANY OTHER VEG OR FRUIT

YOU SHOULD HAVE HAD FULL...
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3 Answers | Asked in Business Formation, Business Law, Car Accidents and Personal Injury for California on
Q: If I purchase a vehicle in my company name, am I putting my business at risk If I am sued in result of an accident?

I plan on purchasing a truck used primarily for work, but also for personal use. In order to utilize tax benefits such as "bonus depreciation" the vehicle has to be titled in the company name. I fear that if myself or my spouse are driving the vehicle and are sued in the event of an... Read more »

William John Light
William John Light answered on Jul 11, 2020

In short, yes. As an owner of the vehicle, the Company is liable for up to $15k/person, $30k/collision for bodily injury and up to $5k for property damage.

If you injure someone in the course and scope of your work, the Company is liable for all damages you cause. If you have a commercial...
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2 Answers | Asked in Car Accidents for California on
Q: I was in an accident, a guy on a bicycle ran into my car ,smashed my window , and now is trying to sue me What can I do

He had no light, admitted fault, refused medical treatment, I received no ticket of any kind, was told “ to go home” I was the driver but the car is registered to my daughter in law, because I am buying the car but haven’t completely paid for it yet, we filed a release of liability, but the... Read more »

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

You and she should notify your insurance companies. That is why you paid for all those premiums.

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3 Answers | Asked in Car Accidents for California on
Q: Someone crashed in to a parked car in front of me. And the parked car in front of me hit my car. Who is liable?
Steven M. Sweat
Steven M. Sweat answered on Jul 6, 2020

If the party that crashed into the parked car was negligent, then they would be liable.

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