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2 Answers | Asked in Car Accidents for Pennsylvania on
Q: I was severely injured in an auto accident. I had a surgery which helped some. My case was settled. However one of my

doctors was not paid in spite of a doctors lien being signed by myself and my attorney. I am disappointed with my attorney's response which was "I have to pay it." Is there anything I can do to get the attorney to pay the bill?

Mark Scoblionko
Mark Scoblionko answered on Feb 20, 2020

Your attorney is correct that you are responsible for the bill.

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Q: Please explain what it means to have a lawsuit filed and litigated. Does litigate mean go to court and have a hearing?
Peter N. Munsing
Peter N. Munsing answered on Feb 7, 2020

Litigation means just that. If you have been sued you need to turn it over to your insurance. If you have a suit, you have a lawyer --or should have--and should ask them.

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Q: I live and PA and wanted to know if you are a witness is a accident do you have to stay on scene.

There were multiple witnesses

Peter N. Munsing
Peter N. Munsing answered on Feb 7, 2020

There is no law requiring that. However if you want to help you can notify the officer handling it see if they need your input. At least you cared to consider this and that's good.

1 Answer | Asked in Car Accidents for Pennsylvania on
Q: I was involved in an Auto accident on Friday, December 20, 2019 which was my fault. I didn't see a stop sign and went

through it. I was struck on the driver's side front bumper. I have a Property Damage Limit of only $5,000.00 and according to my Insurance Company and the pictures he saw of his vehicle it is going to exceed $5,000.00 which I know I will be responsible for. How will they get the rest of the... Read more »

Mark Scoblionko
Mark Scoblionko answered on Dec 23, 2019

There is no wage garnishment in Pennsylvania for this type of thing. Your insurance company should try to settle the entire case for the limits of your coverage in order to protect you. If they can't, they owe you a duty of defense and would have to hire a lawyer to defend you. The lawyer... Read more »

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Q: If I were a passenger in a car and the driver hit and ran. Can I be held liable for not reporting?
Peter N. Munsing
Peter N. Munsing answered on Dec 18, 2019

No--the responsibility is on the driver. However, if you were injured in the crash you would want to report the incident, and would have a claim for your injuries and medical bills in excess of your other coverage. For medical bills resulting from the crash, you have to first initiate a claim with... Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Car Accidents for Pennsylvania on
Q: Am i guilty of this violation if in fact i crossed the divided lane to avoid an oncoming car?

A car came in my lane and i swerved to avoid the collision. Now i got sited for the violation

Peter N. Munsing
Peter N. Munsing answered on Dec 4, 2019

Plead not guilty. You were faced with a sudden emergency, had no choice.

You wren't really choosing to drive over the divided--you were forced to.

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1 Answer | Asked in Car Accidents for Pennsylvania on
Q: Do I have a valid reason to sue the van drivers insurance?

I was involved in a car swipe accident. This is my first ever car accident involving a vehicle. The driver that hit my car works for Amazon as a delivery driver. They have tons of vans in my area.

So ever since the car accident, I am now having problems emotionally when I am driving near... Read more »

Peter N. Munsing
Peter N. Munsing answered on Dec 4, 2019

If your doctor recommends PTS therapy, the doctor visit and therapy would be covered under 1st party benefits.

if you had any physical injuries--stiffness, pain, etc--tell your doctor so it's on the record.

You have a claim you can make but first get the medical rolling.

If...
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3 Answers | Asked in Car Accidents and Personal Injury for Pennsylvania on
Q: Would it be considered negligent for a vehicle inspector to not catch worn break lines and nonfunctional emergency brake

I had my vehicle inspected and days later my brakes gave out and the emergency brakes did not work either. This resulted in my spouse crashing the vehicle and sustaining some serious injuries.

Mark Scoblionko
Mark Scoblionko answered on Nov 27, 2019

It very well could be. However, you would need an independent expert to offer an opinion that these conditions existed at the time of the inspection, were within the scope of work undertaken by the initial inspector, and ought to have been discovered.

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1 Answer | Asked in Car Accidents for Pennsylvania on
Q: My car was parked on a street with street parking 15 inches from the curb and a school bus hit it.

The kids on board and on the street said she backed up down the narrow street and they warned her and she still kept goin and side swiped the whole car totally it. Now I’m stuck paying the difference in the totaled worth and my loan. Shouldn’t their insurance pay something?

Peter N. Munsing
Peter N. Munsing answered on Nov 26, 2019

Any vehicle insurance--school bus or otherwise--has the obligation to pay for the market value of your car. If that is less than the loan balance, that is not their issue. So yes, through no fault of your own you can end up owning money on a set of wheels you no longer own!

You can check...
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1 Answer | Asked in Car Accidents, Criminal Law and Collections for Pennsylvania on
Q: My car was stolen and found by the police. The officer got the car impounded w/o notifying me. Recovery options w/o fee?

I was not notified when my car was towed away. The cop who found my stolen car got it towed and did not notify me. It has been a month i had to find the tow company myself 36 days later they are charging me 1100 dollars in fees.

Peter N. Munsing
Peter N. Munsing answered on Oct 22, 2019

This is a major problem. Contact your legislator, AAA, others --the law has to be changed. The question is what the towing company is charging. I don't have a clear, clean answer for this. However, if the person was found and is charged with the crime you may have access via the crime victims... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Car Accidents, Criminal Law, Family Law and Federal Crimes for Pennsylvania on
Q: I signed the title for sale of vehicle and the receiver has neglected to Notorize himself as the new owner. Now what?

I'm aware he operates it. I do not have any access to the title the vehicle or my plate. The registration is expired.

Peter N. Munsing
Peter N. Munsing answered on Oct 22, 2019

You didn't say why he has the plate. Did you make a copy of everything? Contact PennDot and see what they say. You need to ask them to cancel the registration.

He doesn't have to notarize himself if you give him the car and sign it over and he accepts. However you need to cancel the...
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Q: At fault driver insurance not paying for repairs under their 80% threshold policy. Is this legal? What do I do?

The at fault insurance company values my car at over $2,400, and the cost of repairs is just below their 80% threshold policy, but they refuse to pay for the damages and are trying to total my car. The Kelley Blue Book value ranges anywhere between $3,000 and $4,500, and their appraisal for the... Read more »

Peter N. Munsing
Peter N. Munsing answered on Oct 22, 2019

It is their option. If you were hurt in the wreck you have a claim. Feel free to call me. Problem is they don't have to fix it. You can't go by Kelly Blue book but ask for the "valuation sheet." That says how they got to the price.

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Q: Fed ex hit my parked car. I have video of it. They said the damegages are too much and are sending an appraiser.

I'm worried they will value my car less than its worth.

Peter N. Munsing
Peter N. Munsing answered on Sep 11, 2019

They have to pay the damages. Give a copy of their appraisal to the person you want to have fix your car. They can usually argue it out.

1 Answer | Asked in Car Accidents for Pennsylvania on
Q: Can a Pennsylvania resident of 18 drive alone without supervision from anyone with a PA learners permit?

I live in Pennsylvania and I’m wanting to get my learners permit, I’m 18 by the way. I’ve searched on the internet dozens of times for an answer to this question, but haven't found anything that relates to what I’m asking. So can you drive alone without supervision from anyone with a PA... Read more »

Peter N. Munsing
Peter N. Munsing answered on Sep 11, 2019

It's called a learners permit not a license and that means that you must have someone over 21 who has a current license sit in the front passenger seat at all times while you are driving (over 18 if they are a spouse or--makes no sense--a parent.)

1 Answer | Asked in Car Accidents for Pennsylvania on
Q: My daughter had an accident with my car for left turn w/ accident. She planned to plead guilty to this as she did it.

There was a second citation for operating a vehicle without required financial responsibility. She got the papers out of the glove compartment and asked the officer what he needed. She stated he took one paper and returned it. He said noting regarding the insurance card. (Which was in the glove... Read more »

Peter N. Munsing
Peter N. Munsing answered on Sep 3, 2019

try the officer (politely -- he may not have returned the call because he was very busy) if that doesn't work plead not guilty.

As to the car crash, I hope she's OK but if she needs to see a doctor the medical under the car insurance will cover her. As she is at fault making a medical...
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Q: My son took my car without permission. He hit a parked car causing damage. He does not have a license. Can i be hel

Responsible for the damage

Peter N. Munsing
Peter N. Munsing answered on Jul 29, 2019

Depends on a lot of things--did you leave the keys lying around? Had he taken the car at any time before? It should be covered by your insurance, so turn it over to them. If you didn't reprort it as stolen, it's not quite theft.

2 Answers | Asked in Car Accidents for Pennsylvania on
Q: we were in a accident and they were at fault, their insurance wants to totaled our car, what are my options ?

cause we don't want the money we want our car fix because we can't afford a new car

Mark Scoblionko
Mark Scoblionko answered on Jul 22, 2019

Ordinarily, if an insurer wants to total a car, the only question is if you agree with the value they give you. Once they total the car, they get the certificate of title and the car is theirs. You can try to negotiate with them to take less money and keep the car. However, there likely will not... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Traffic Tickets and Car Accidents for Pennsylvania on
Q: My traffic citation says I was stopped & observed by an officer but this isn't true. He was called to an accident.

Can I fight the citation?

Peter N. Munsing
Peter N. Munsing answered on Apr 30, 2019

You can try but the issue is did you do what the officer says you did. If it's a crash and you were not at fault contact me or a member of the Pa. Assn for Justice--we give free consults.

If you were at fault contact your insurance. It would be useful to plead not guilty ---most DJ's accept...
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Q: Hi, actually my parked car got hit and I got the accident report from the officer and it’s shown the person who’s hit my

Car that he has insurance. After I contact his insurance and reported a claim they told the person who’s hit my car his insurance was canceled since last December. My insurance is lability and dose not cover my car. In this situation what i have to do? Was that officer fault? Also, I asked his... Read more »

Mark Scoblionko
Mark Scoblionko answered on Mar 21, 2019

Unfortunately, you are going to be stuck.

You can sue the driver who hit you, but it is probable that any lawyer who would take the case will charge you on an hourly basis, which will cost several thousand dollars. Further, if you win against the other driver, if he has no insurance, he is...
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3 Answers | Asked in Car Accidents, Civil Litigation and Personal Injury for Pennsylvania on
Q: Filed linjury law suits by persons name
Peter N. Munsing
Peter N. Munsing answered on Mar 18, 2019

not sure what your question is. Could you restate it with more detail?

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