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1 Answer | Asked in Personal Injury, Appeals / Appellate Law, Car Accidents and Legal Malpractice for Iowa on
Q: Definition of/penalties for lawyer perjury when sworn in as a witness in IA.
Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar answered on Oct 9, 2021

An Iowa attorney could answer best, but your question remains open for two weeks. If this involves motor vehicle accident litigation, your selection of categories makes sense. However, this could also be something that an attorney who deals with criminal law/professional conduct matters could have... Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Car Accidents, Personal Injury, Civil Rights and Small Claims for Iowa on
Q: Can my dads friend come after me for $1100 to fix his truck after accident with a mini bike without an insurance claim?

I was in an accident where I lost control of my friends minibike and hit his dads, friends truck. I suffered a broken wrist due to it and two days after the incident, the guys wife reached out saying the estimated cost to fix the truck was $1100 and that I would rightfully have to pay it because... Read more »

Tim Bottaro
Tim Bottaro answered on Oct 6, 2021

If they turned the claim into their insurance company and it was paid, the insurance company would have a right to go after you for reimbursement.

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Q: Sadly Tim I've already been through all that. They said anybody in the household 14 and older to be listed on the policy

I didn't know that because of that they actually dropped me. Now I have no insurance and is looking for new insurance but in the meantime I need to figure out if I have to pay him the deductible and pay them the $6,000 that they gave him. He text me again today asking for the deductible but... Read more »

Tim Bottaro
Tim Bottaro answered on May 25, 2021

I assume by your answer you are satisfied you have no insurance coverage for what happened. If this is the case then you are responsible for any negligence on your part and the damages you caused. You need to be given proof of the amount of the damages and the amount of his deductible. You use the... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Car Accidents for Iowa on
Q: I'm in Council Bluffs,IA
Tim Bottaro
Tim Bottaro answered on May 24, 2021

Just because your son is not on your policy doesn't necessarily mean he is not covered. Instead of relying only upon what the other driver is telling you, file a claim with your carrier. If they deny it they must tell you why and show you the language of the policy which they say supports... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Car Accidents for Iowa on
Q: My daughter let my son who is not covered under my insurance drive her car and he hit someone. No personal injury.

Do I have to pay the guy the 1000 deductible back and pay his insurance the $6,000 that they gave him? The guy is texting me asking me for the deductible back but he also stated that his insurance company will probably come after me for the other money they gave him. What am I supposed to be doing?

Tim Bottaro
Tim Bottaro answered on May 24, 2021

What state are you in/is the policy written in?

1 Answer | Asked in Car Accidents for Iowa on
Q: How to clear my name in an auto accident

I sold an individual a vehicle He never transferred it into his name and was involved in a hit-and-run. Now the DOT is trying to put the Blame on me.How do I go about clearing my name?

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar answered on Sep 27, 2020

An Iowa attorney could advise best, but your question remains open for four weeks. Since you don't have the benefit of the vehicle registration as a solid form of proof, some weaker forms of proof could include a bill of sale, record of payment, copy of receipt, cancellation of insurance, and... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Car Accidents, DUI / DWI and Wrongful Death for Iowa on
Q: Son died 12 hrs after car failed to yield. Driver had 2 warrants 4 DUI, no licenseby, 9 suspensions. Manslaughter?

What recourse do we have? Never want another family to deal with the same loss as we have had.

Stephen Douglas Lombardi
Stephen Douglas Lombardi answered on Sep 8, 2020

If there is insurance you can sue for wrongful death.

1 Answer | Asked in Car Accidents for Iowa on
Q: im am in iowa and stopped at a stopsign and then looked left and pulled out and hit the car in front of me.
Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar answered on Aug 3, 2020

An Iowa attorney could answer best, but your question remains open for five weeks. As a general matter, these facts may not be in your favor, given the fact that you had a stop sign. By now you must have contacted your insurance carrier if the other vehicle's operator and passengers brought... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Car Accidents for Iowa on
Q: An uninsured 17 year old motorist hit my car and caused $1,000 damage. Do I sue the child or the parent?

The car is registered to the child. They verbally agreed to pay to have my repairs made but I sent copies of the invoices and they won’t pay. I have a copy of the police report and a witness stating it was the kid’s fault. She also fled the scene but I caught up to her and called the police.... Read more »

Stephen Douglas Lombardi
Stephen Douglas Lombardi answered on Jun 19, 2020

You file an accident report with the Iowa DOT Motor Vehicle Division explaining there was an collision and explaining why, factually, the other driver was at fault. If they agree with you, then the IA-DOT contacts her and if she does not pay for your damages they take away her driver's... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Car Accidents, Criminal Law and Personal Injury for Iowa on
Q: can you be charged with anything if you ask someone you ask to come to see you get in an accident

if you asked someone to come and see you and they refuse to let you pick them up and instead they take public transportation and then get into an accident are you responsible to help pay the medical bills and if you don't can they charge you with anything?

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar answered on May 29, 2020

An Iowa attorney could answer your question best, but your post remains open for two weeks. As a general matter, it seems unlikely that criminal charges would stem from such a scenario, unless there are factors not mentioned, such as allowing a small child to fend for themselves on public... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Personal Injury, Arbitration / Mediation Law, Car Accidents and Insurance Bad Faith for Iowa on
Q: If a driver of a vehicle has a suspended license and hits someone riding a bicycle, wouldn't she be at fault automatical

Wouldn't she be at fault for driving on a suspended license

Erik Luthens
Erik Luthens answered on Feb 24, 2020

Operating a motor vehicle with having a suspended license does not create a liability per se situation.

1 Answer | Asked in Car Accidents for Iowa on
Q: Car in front slams on breaks (interstate) for no reason and gets rear ended-vehicle behind is boxed in-who is at fault?

Car in back had vehicles on either side (3 lane interstate)/could not move over and slammed on breaks, but cracked the bumper of car in front (crushed front end of car in back). Car in front had no reason to stop in regular 65mph traffic. Car in back received a ticket for failure to stop and full... Read more »

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar answered on Jan 26, 2020

The standard rule in most rear end collisions in virtually any jurisdiction is that the vehicle in the rear is at fault. Vehicle & traffic law can vary from state to state, and highway safety officers at the scene could characterize things differently, whether citing the situation as following... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Car Accidents for Iowa on
Q: What options are there for an individual who was involved in an auto accident but had no insurance at that time?
Peter N. Munsing
Peter N. Munsing answered on Jul 11, 2019

If you were at fault and facing a big claim, talk to a bankruptcy attorney unless there were no injuries and only minor damage to the car.

If you were not at fault, contact a member of the Iowa Trial Lawyers Assn or Iowa Assn for Justice for the county where it happened--they give free...
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1 Answer | Asked in Car Accidents and Traffic Tickets for Iowa on
Q: We have a neighbor who parks his semi on the side of a gravel road. Is there anything to make him stop?

It is difficult to get other machinery down the road and unsafe for general traffic.

Peter N. Munsing
Peter N. Munsing answered on Jan 9, 2019

If it obstructs traffic on a public road yes.

3 Answers | Asked in Car Accidents and Personal Injury for Iowa on
Q: I was in a motorcycle accident Nov 7 2016 I didn't have insurance. The other driver ran a red light and hit me no ins

He was charged for running the light. I was in Iowa City for CPL weeks cracked and broken pelvis had 8 1/2 hr surgery in a wheelchair for a year. I'm still unable to work and require additional surgery. Is their anything I can do since neither of us had insurance?

Stephen Douglas Lombardi
Stephen Douglas Lombardi answered on Oct 7, 2018

That's a difficult question to answer without having more information about the accident and without being able to read the accident report from the police department that investigated the accident. I will be in the office after 2:30 Pm today if you would like to discuss the situation.

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1 Answer | Asked in Car Accidents for Iowa on
Q: Can I remove the doors from my car? I live in iowa.
Peter N. Munsing
Peter N. Munsing answered on Jun 24, 2018

For street use? I doubt its legal. If it won't pass inspection then it's not legal.

1 Answer | Asked in Car Accidents, Collections and Small Claims for Iowa on
Q: My husband owes $6,000 due to a fender bender in Washington State. How do I start a payment plan to get that paid back?

They suspended his licence too. Need to get that back

Peter N. Munsing
Peter N. Munsing answered on Apr 16, 2018

Did he have insurance? If so that should cover it. You need to talk to someone who hanldles suspensions to see what his options are.

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and Car Accidents for Iowa on
Q: Yesterday i was leaving Walmart a lady started to reverse so we stopped walking. She then stopped so we proceeded to wa

We proceeded to walk behind the vehicle. As we got behind the vehicle she put it in reverse, i put my arm up in defense the vehicle hit me, we all told the police the same information including the driver of the vehicle. The police then arrested me saying “i lied and jumped into the car”for... Read more »

Stephen Douglas Lombardi
Stephen Douglas Lombardi answered on Apr 7, 2018

Facts are funny, it seems everyone has their own set. Many things are 'legal', but what is 'legal' isn't necessarily right. I have no idea which town or city you were in. (Jurisdiction) I have no idea what the police officer wrote in his/her report. And I have no idea what... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Car Accidents for Iowa on
Q: what Should I do if my replacement for a broken side mirror is not in yet?

I recently broke my driver side mirror, and I immediately ordered a new one, however it isn’t supposed to be in until February 15th.

Peter N. Munsing
Peter N. Munsing answered on Feb 3, 2018

You can drive with it though I'd carry something showing your mirror is on order.

2 Answers | Asked in Car Accidents for Iowa on
Q: What should I ask for in a vehicle accident settlement?

I was in my work vehicle and I was hit by a drunk driver who ran a red light. He did not have a drivers license, he was arrested, but his passenger fled the scene and he attempted to flee the scene in his vehicle. He hit me at a high rate of speed on my driver's side of my work vehicle. The... Read more »

Harley C. Erbe
Harley C. Erbe answered on Jan 30, 2018

Every personal injury case is different and unique. Personal injury attorneys spend a lot of time on each case analyzing and evaluating its value. You'll need to hire one for that kind of analysis, which can't be achieved through a short question on this forum.

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