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1 Answer | Asked in Car Accidents for Massachusetts on
Q: My fiance was involved in a hit and run. There is no damage to my vehicle and she didn't even know she hit the other car

The other drivers taillight was broken. Weve received a few phone calls from the investigating officer saying that there will be a warrant put out for her arrest. She has multiple medical conditions, a heart condition, seizures almost every day, she would die in jail. How do we fix this without her... View More

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar
answered on Sep 29, 2023

A Massachusetts attorney could advise best, but you're going to lose valuable time under the "Car Accidents" heading. This is something to discuss with a criminal defense attorney. Car accident attorneys don't deal with these settings - criminal defense attorneys do. You could... View More

2 Answers | Asked in Car Accidents and Personal Injury for Massachusetts on
Q: What am I liable for a car accident?

If it's judged to be my fault and there is a personal injury lawsuit. The questions: are:

1. I am retired and my only income sources are social security and pension. Will that be garnished if a compensation is awarded?

2. My wife has separate bank/savings/brokerage accounts.... View More

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar
answered on Aug 29, 2023

Your auto liability policy should handle any claims against you. Insurance carriers will sometimes advise their insureds that they could consult with an attorney, depending on damages and the limits. It could then be up to the insured to seek additional guidance from an attorney regarding personal... View More

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2 Answers | Asked in Car Accidents and Personal Injury for Massachusetts on
Q: I was in a multi car accident. The person that caused it got away, hit and run. Do I need a lawyer for my injuries?
Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar
answered on Aug 23, 2023

Hiring an attorney is an individual decision, and that's up to you. What you can do is try to arrange a no obligation/free initial consult with a law firm. That way an attorney could outline your rights and options to help you decide. No one can judge a claim based on a few brief lines in a... View More

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2 Answers | Asked in Car Accidents and Personal Injury for Massachusetts on
Q: I was in a multi car accident. The person that caused it got away, hit and run. Do I need a lawyer for my injuries?
Lillian J. LaRosa
Lillian J. LaRosa
answered on Aug 22, 2023

While you are certainly not required to have an attorney, an attorney who works representing car accident Plaintiff's knows the law and how to deal with insurance companies effectively.

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1 Answer | Asked in Employment Law and Car Accidents for Massachusetts on
Q: Do I have to provide my employer a picture of an accident if I was a Uber passenger?
Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar
answered on Aug 2, 2023

A Massachusetts attorney could advise best, but your question remains open for two weeks. It could be a provision included in their standard operating procedures (possibly more intended for employees who sustain accidents as a driver of a company car or their own car, that's being construed... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Car Accidents for Massachusetts on
Q: My daughter rear ended a vehicle going 5 mph.The car she hit had a tow bar extended from the back of the car.liability??

Can u drive with a tow bar when not towing?legality issue?

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar
answered on Jan 5, 2023

A Massachusetts attorney could advise best, but your question remains open for five weeks. Until you are able to consult with a local attorney about specific vehicle & traffic law as to legality, your daughter or her attorney should still consider raising the issue of such a device being a... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Car Accidents and Intellectual Property for Massachusetts on
Q: Is it legal to have engineers completely remodel a car and make it look like a completely different car and drive it...

...on city streets? Like to get the exterior and interior of different car but the features of the old car? I just don't want to be doing anything illegal. Thanks!

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar
answered on Oct 30, 2022

A Massachusetts attorney could advise best, but your question remains open for a week. This is something that intellectual property attorneys would be most familiar with. There are high-end carmakers that vigorously pursue legal remedies against replicas of their six and seven-figure high-end cars... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Car Accidents for Massachusetts on
Q: Hi, there are blocked storm drains on my road. Is the town liable for damage to my car from the road flooding?

The road often floods very badly, I often have to drive through it in my car as it's the only way out of the neighborhood for me. It damages my brakes and I'm sure other things as well. I have sent pictures and reported this to the town. Built up water also freezes during the winter and... View More

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar
answered on Jan 22, 2024

A Massachusetts attorney could advise best, but your question remains open for two weeks. It sounds like it could be a difficult case. But you could reach out to local attorneys to see what they think - such settings could involve the need for notices of claim (short filing deadlines). Good luck

1 Answer | Asked in Traffic Tickets and Car Accidents for Massachusetts on
Q: Two citations for rear-ending someone?

I was driving in stop-and-go traffic in Connecticut and accidentally rear-ended someone. The police decided I was at fault and gave me a ticket solely with the complaint that I was driving too closely to the car in front of me. Now, I've received a letter from the RMV threatening to revoke my... View More

Lissa McKinney
Lissa McKinney
answered on Jan 5, 2024

Since the ticket was issued in CT, then what they can or cannot do or issue is governed by CT law, not MA.

Even if you have an MA license, that ticket will be processed by the ruls of CT. You should ask this in a CT forum.

2 Answers | Asked in Car Accidents, Insurance Bad Faith and Insurance Defense for Massachusetts on
Q: Was in a car accident, insurance company didn’t cover me because they came to the conclusion I was doing gig work.

At the time of the accident, I was actually on my own time, not having any active orders assigned to me by Instacart. The app was opened in the background on my phone, but I wasn’t paying any attention to it. I was heading back to the supermarket to use the facilities when the accident occurred.... View More

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar
answered on Aug 30, 2023

A Massachusetts attorney could advise best, but your question remains open for a week. Carriers can consider gig work to be non-personal use. An attorney could advise better with a copy of the carrier's denial. Good luck

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1 Answer | Asked in Car Accidents, Consumer Law, Civil Litigation and Identity Theft for Massachusetts on
Q: Massachusetts Boston my wife has a permit and keeps registering and insuraning cars in my name without my consent

Has stolen my identity and opened credit card and I filed a identity theft claim

William J. Amann
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answered on May 27, 2023

It sounds like what she's doing is illegal but that's merely speculative based upon your brief statement. I recommend you contact the Division of Motor Vehicles.

1 Answer | Asked in Car Accidents for Massachusetts on
Q: My fiance was in a nofault accident driving my car. I have not worked to care for our children. How will I be reimbursed
Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar
answered on May 2, 2023

A Massachusetts attorney could answer best, but your question remains open for two weeks. It could depend on the policy, whether it covers collision, or whether it covers only liability. Additionally, if the other vehicle was at fault, then their insurance could be a possible source of... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Consumer Law, Criminal Law, Traffic Tickets and Car Accidents for Massachusetts on
Q: Canceled license plates are being used by someone else in another state.

I was in a car accident last year my insurance company considered my car totaled and I canceled the plates in April of last year before they took it. They had messed up when the tow company was coming so my plates were still in my car and I told the insurance guy I just needed an hour before... View More

Christopher Tolley
Christopher Tolley
answered on May 25, 2022

Unfortunately I suggest you obtain the services of a New York attorney experienced in this type of law because you are going to have to convince a judge that you are not responsible for the tickets based on your circumstances described above. You can also keep attempting to dispute the tickets... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Car Accidents for Massachusetts on
Q: Is other vehicle's insurance responsible for car rental if they accepted fault for accident?

I am a full time ride-share driver hit by a car and their insurance accepted fault. How can I be compensated for lost wages and are they responsible for paying upfront for a rental while vehicle is being repaired?

David Tapalian
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David Tapalian
answered on Jan 2, 2022

Every situation is fact intensive and related to that particular circumstance. However, when an insurance company accepts fault for an accident, they should be providing a rental, if one is needed. This is particularly applicable if they are paying for the repair of the vehicle. The situation... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Car Accidents for Massachusetts on
Q: While driving, I was hit by another car that didn't stop at stop sign. He was not insured. My car is totaled.

My car was towed to a storage facility and I don't know who has to pay for those fees, since his supposed insurance company, GEICO, says his insurance was expired or invalid (?). I had coverage for uninsured and underinsured drivers, but that only covers bodily injury. I'm filling a claim... View More

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar
answered on Nov 17, 2021

A Massachusetts attorney could advise best, but your question remains open for two weeks. If you have to get rid of the car, you may want to consider taking photos. Your post does not mention injury, and I hope you were not injured. But if there were any injuries here and the matter needs to be... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Car Accidents for Massachusetts on
Q: If someone doesn’t live With you and has an accident due to rain not with another car is it covered

So recently someone I consider my brother Who has lived with my mother for the last five years got into an accident in my car during a storm the car ended up in a ditch I have collision coverage on my insurance they called me yesterday and told me they are not going to cover the accident and now I... View More

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar
answered on Sep 26, 2021

A Massachusetts attorney could advise best, but your question remains open for four weeks. You could review the policy closely to see what it is says about non-primary drivers. But as a general matter nationwide, carriers can deny coverage for users outside the policy holder's household. Good... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Car Accidents for Massachusetts on
Q: A moving company truck hit some low hanging power lines that resulted in my electric service being torn off the house.

Who do I go after, Electric Co. or Moving Co. for reimbursement ?

Police officer told me wires are supposed to be high enough for all trucks. Moving company would only be liable if they hit the Utility pole directly, is this true?

What about driver negligence?

Aren’t... View More

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar
answered on Jun 22, 2021

A Massachusetts attorney could advise best, but your question remains open for two weeks. These can be tough settings. Sometimes liability is apportioned between both sides, depending on the negligence doctrines followed in the jurisdiction. Good luck

Tim Akpinar

2 Answers | Asked in Car Accidents and Personal Injury for Massachusetts on
Q: Is a deposition necessary when a party is accepting liability in a car accident?
James A.  Swartz
James A. Swartz
answered on Jun 10, 2021

Presumably, the nature and extent of your damages (injuries) remain contested. Therefore, at a minimum, counsel for the defendant will want to ask questions about your medical care, treatment, diagnosis, prognosis. Also, some details of how the incident occurred, and resulting vehicle damage,... View More

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1 Answer | Asked in Car Accidents and Social Security for Massachusetts on
Q: Can social security see that I cash a settlement check if I have no bank account of my own and just cash at issuing bank

got in a serious car accident cannot walk anymore and got a very small settlement...recieved check at same time got approved for disability and don't wanna lose it all ready check is all ready gone and spent

Kenneth Prigmore
Kenneth Prigmore
answered on Mar 11, 2021

It's not worth the trouble that can come if you get caught. Sometimes the info gets to SSA in unexpected ways. When they find out, they can demand repayment of several years of benefits. If your benefits are need based, then you can spend the funds on specific things approved by SSA like some... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Car Accidents for Massachusetts on
Q: i was in an accident on a highway i was getting off and the other car was getting on he failed to yield but he lied and

said i came from the center lane and hit him and the police gave me a ticket. unsafe lane change the fine was 20.00 i appealed the ticket and waiting for a date. is it worth it to fight the ticket and how can one defend against the lies.

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar
answered on Oct 6, 2020

A Massachusetts could answer your question best, but your post remains open for two weeks. It could be worth your time to fight the ticket. More than the $20 of the ticket could be at stake if the outcome is used as evidence of your fault if you are sued. Since the matter would be governed by... View More

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