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1 Answer | Asked in Traffic Tickets and Car Accidents for Indiana on
Q: I had a unsat judgement driver's license suspension expire in 2014 in Indiana. Will i now be able to get a license?

When I was 17 I got into a car accident in Indiana. It was a friend's car. I was found at fault for the accident. I had an unsat judgement against me in 2007 and it expired 2014. Due to severe anxiety I just never tried to get my license again and over time forgot about the judgement. Now that... Read more »

Andrew L. Bennett
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Andrew L. Bennett
answered on Jun 25, 2022

If the suspension ended in 2014 then there should be no reason it would prevent you getting a license. However, there may be a reinstatement fee. Also, there could be other reasons preventing you from getting a valid license. If you do not have a myBMV account, set one up and look at your... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law and Car Accidents for Indiana on
Q: If my dog broke off his chain and my neighbor ran him over can I sue him? He never stopped! Never braked!

Never checked his rearview mirror! I'm in Indiana. And if he would of stopped and i would have know sooner i may have been able to save him. 20 mins after he was hit i found him suffering in pain. This guy and his wife speed on all the streets in my little town constantly. Before this event we... Read more »

Charles Candiano
Charles Candiano
answered on Jun 12, 2022

In Indiana, it is illegal to leave the scene of an accident with a domesticated animal before you call the pet's owner or animal control. As a dog lover, I feel your pain. That said, if the driver had lost control while taking evasive action, you would be responsible for all property damage... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Personal Injury and Car Accidents for Indiana on
Q: Can you drive car without driver side mirror I only l have passengers mirror can you get pull over for I?

Indianapolis

Randy Bryan Ligh
Randy Bryan Ligh
answered on Jun 8, 2022

Can you drive? Yes, but it's not legal and you could get pulled over for it. Just be careful and perhaps go get a driver's side mirror.

1 Answer | Asked in Car Accidents for Indiana on
Q: Can the county immune to liability for "weather-related" damage to their main roads?

I hit a sizable, unmarked pothole on US 31 within St. Joseph County limits that did significant damage to my car. I filed a claim and a county representative said they would not pay it because they aren't responsible for "weather-related" damage to the roads. All damage to roads... Read more »

Charles Candiano
Charles Candiano
answered on May 10, 2022

The person with whom you spoke was right, for the wrong reason. US 31 is an interstate highway so you would need to make a claim with the state of Indiana, NOT St. Joseph County. Before you can make a claim, you must file a Tort Claims Notice. The form number is 54668. A completed form must be... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Car Accidents and Personal Injury for Indiana on
Q: My 17 yr old was in an accident, Can the parent be sued if the policy is not enough to cover medical bills?

My 17 yr old was involved in a car accident, she was found at fault for failing to yield on a left turn, the other driver was speeding and had no seat belt on and was severely injured. My policy limits will probably not cover the cost of his bodily injury. What happens in a case like this? Can I be... Read more »

Charles Candiano
Charles Candiano
answered on Mar 15, 2022

Technically, yes. Practically, no. Remember this and increase your coverage in case you or a loved one is injured by an uninsured driver or someone with minimum coverage.

The injured party absolutely can sue you and your child. Here's the problem. Your insurance company is willing...
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2 Answers | Asked in Car Accidents, Personal Injury and Workers' Compensation for Indiana on
Q: I just need an attorney on this car accident that hit the back of a semi and I was the passenger in the car is still wit
Timothy Rowe
Timothy Rowe
answered on Feb 5, 2022

Were you injured in the accident? It is important you seek immediate medical treatment for all injuries in the crash. Even though you were a passenger, you can seek reasonable compensation which includes lost wages, pain and suffering, loss of enjoyment of life, medical bills, and the nature and... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Car Accidents for Indiana on
Q: was at fault in an accident involving 4 cars, no insurance and driving on a suspended license. what charges will i face

my license is suspended for a previous at fault car accident. i also admitted to not having insurance at the time of the accident. what kind of charges am i looking at?

Charles Candiano
Charles Candiano
answered on Dec 29, 2021

At a minimum, you are responsible for the damage to all four cars and injuries sustained by all of the passengers of all cars. You will never be eligible to reinstate your license until all debts from this accident and the prior accident are either satisfied or discharged in bankruptcy. Even if... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Car Accidents for Indiana on
Q: Being in jail after revoking probation on a b misdemeanor for failing to stop after accident, what can I expect at court
Charles Candiano
Charles Candiano
answered on Dec 14, 2021

There are too many variables. A Class B Misdemeanor in Indiana is only punishable by a maximum of 6 months.

What caused your probation to be revoked? What is your criminal history? Consult a criminal defense attorney in the jurisdiction where you are alleged to have committed the...
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1 Answer | Asked in Car Accidents for Indiana on
Q: If you have uninsured motorist pd coverage, will it cover damages to your vehicle if is a hit and run accident

The other driver cannot be found or identified, this is in Indiana

Randy Bryan Ligh
Randy Bryan Ligh
answered on Oct 26, 2021

Possibly, but you need to review the provisions and language of your policy-----often times, a requirement would be that there is an independent witness to the accident in order to invoke UM coverage. Good luck.

1 Answer | Asked in Car Accidents and Personal Injury for Indiana on
Q: Need advice on insurance company trying to claim our statute of limitations ended in Indiana over an accident.

Their client was at fault, been trying to get a reasonable settlement outside of medical liens, and Selective insurance is now trying to say they don't owe us anything because we couldn't come to an agreement on what was a fair amount to resolve the issue.

Charles Candiano
Charles Candiano
answered on Oct 9, 2021

If your accident occurred on or before 10-08-19 and you did NOT file suit on or before 10-08-21, the Statute of Limitations HAS run and you have no right to recover anything. This is yet another reason why you should have hired an experienced personal injury attorney. If the attorney missed the... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Car Accidents, Civil Litigation and Civil Rights for Indiana on
Q: Need help have court today and I'm not sure what to do insurance company suing me for almost 8,000 I was in accident

11/10/19 at fault no insurance

Charles Candiano
Charles Candiano
answered on Sep 23, 2021

There is nothing that you can do. You had no insurance so the other driver processed a claim under their uninsured motorist coverage (UM). Now their insurance is seeking a judgment against you which they will get. Your only choice is to enter into some voluntary repayment, have the court garnish... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Car Accidents, Criminal Law, Products Liability and Traffic Tickets for Indiana on
Q: Is backing out of a private driveway with my truck which had a car trailer behind it at time onto a state highway illegl

I made sure both directions was clear of any on coming traffic. I was in process of still backing out Had trailer completely on the highway was getting truck straightened out then seen a truck coming fastly towards me he wasn't slowing down i hurried got truck back into driveway but other... Read more »

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar
answered on Aug 29, 2021

An Indiana attorney could advise best, but your question remains open for three weeks. Unfortunately, the scenario you describe places the primary blame on you. In virtually any jurisdiction, entering the main roadway from a driveway gives right of way to drivers already proceeding in the main... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Car Accidents, Insurance Bad Faith, Insurance Defense and Traffic Tickets for Indiana on
Q: insurance company refuse to pay for my vehicle after an accident cause someone was driving with suspended license

My husband received a ticket in February 2021 we paid the speeding ticket and the Bmv sent the sr-16 to the Bmv my husband got into an accident and hit a tree he was the only one involved in the accident in July 2021 and that’s when he found out his license had been suspended and yes I know... Read more »

Charles Candiano
Charles Candiano
answered on Aug 13, 2021

An insurance company has a right to refuse payment on an accident claim if the driver did not have a valid license. You admit that your husband did not have a valid license at the time of the accident. Your insurance company may well be refusing to issue a certificate of coverage but that refusal... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Car Accidents for Indiana on
Q: If I was attending a county fair and parked in a designated parking area and a tree fell on my car who responsible?

It was not windy or no storms in the area and all I have is plpd it’s county property

Charles Candiano
Charles Candiano
answered on Jul 20, 2021

On your facts, you are responsible for the damage because on your facts, the county did nothing which would cause it to incur liability. On the other hand, if a large branch of this tree was known to be dead for many years and the county was advised that the branch should be removed but failed to... Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Car Accidents for Indiana on
Q: My car got keyed. And the person who did it said over text I should watch out for my car. Is that enough evidence?
Peter N. Munsing
Peter N. Munsing
answered on Jul 7, 2021

The police might want more. If there is surveillance footage that would be useful. But why not ask them?

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1 Answer | Asked in Car Accidents and Traffic Tickets for Indiana on
Q: How long would a prior conviction effect a new case?

15 years ago I received a driving while suspended citation. I recently received another. I received the ticket because someone ran a red light and Tboned me. How will that affect the verdict/punishment? My license has zero points on it. Was a dumb mistake. I have gotten my license reinstated... Read more »

Charles Candiano
Charles Candiano
answered on May 25, 2021

Your question is a bit confusing. It looks like you are saying that you drove on a suspended license for 15 years. If you live in Detroit, Michigan, why are you asking about Indiana law? You really need to consult a local traffic attorney to assess your options. print out a copy of your driving... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Car Accidents for Indiana on
Q: My daughter hit someone, left a note, they haven't gotten an estimate yet. How long until I'm not responsible

I asked repeatedly to get an estimate so I can pay out of pocket

Charles Candiano
Charles Candiano
answered on May 16, 2021

You admit that your daughter was at fault so you are never not responsible. The other driver must file suit within two years to recover if the accident happened in Indiana.

1 Answer | Asked in Car Accidents for Indiana on
Q: Tow capability of deisel trucks on the road

I have friends that have 2500 deisel pickup trucks that they pull the 5th wheel campers with. My question is regarding their weight ratings and legal ramifications in the event of an accident. For an example my friends truck has a payload capacity of 2200 pounds it can have on the truck but can... Read more »

Charles Candiano
Charles Candiano
answered on Apr 14, 2021

If your friends knowingly exceed the manufacturer's recommendations and that condition contributes to an accident, your friend could have significant liability AND he would be giving HIS insurance company a great argument that they are not liable because of his affirmative decision to exceed... Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Bankruptcy and Car Accidents for Indiana on
Q: First I am a disabled man that was just in an accident w/o insurance and at fault on 2/19/21(3 days before my birthday)

I'm also htv from dui's. This is the fourth time caught w/o insurance. I've already called down state to see what with them is going to happen with my license. 1 year suspension, 3 years Sr 22 insurance, and a $1000 reinstatement fee unless the judge does something else. I'm... Read more »

Timothy Denison
Timothy Denison
answered on Mar 6, 2021

What is your question?

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2 Answers | Asked in Traffic Tickets, Appeals / Appellate Law and Car Accidents for Indiana on
Q: is hitting a dog reason for license suspension in Indiana?, I found out I was suspended for an accident i wasn't in

was suspended for an accident involving a dog I wasn't involved in or even knew of...i got 8 kids, i cant afford this , what do i do now pro se?

Charles Candiano
Charles Candiano
answered on Feb 7, 2021

In law, a dog is a chattel (an animal that constitutes property). If you leave the scene of an accident involving property damage and fail to contact either the owner of the property or law enforcement in Indiana, you commit Class B Misdemeanor which is punishable by a fine of $1,000 and/or... Read more »

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