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1 Answer | Asked in Car Accidents for South Carolina on

Q: Could I use the estimate that includes all of the damage done to my vehicle by the at fault party?

I was in an accident on Thursday, August 8, at approximately 3:12PM. The insurance company listed on the FR-10 form is an insurance company that the owner hasn't had insurance with since 2018. The owner listed on the FR-10 form is not the real owner of the vehicle. I know that to be true due to the... Read more »

Peter N. Munsing answered on Aug 22, 2019

From what you've said, I don't see why not. However if the case is as you have stated, have you told the police so that they may investigate? If the person in fact has no insurance, in many states their license can be suspended if they refuse to pay.

As to the second estimate, you may use...
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1 Answer | Asked in Personal Injury and Car Accidents for South Carolina on

Q: I've found myself in a confusing situation between an Auto repair shop, insurance company, and car rental company.

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Tim Akpinar answered on Aug 14, 2019

It looks like there wasn't a question here - it's possible it inadvertently got left off. However, if you are having issues with these aspects of your case, an experienced South Carolina attorney who handles personal injury could give guidance on the property damage claim and your rental rights as... Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Criminal Law, Car Accidents and Small Claims for South Carolina on

Q: Is it legal to take a picture of someone’s license plate at work? It’s for a hit and run I’m a victim of

A coworker hit my parked car and didn’t report it or give me her information and I want to take a picture of her license plate at work to proceed.

Gary Kollin answered on Jul 19, 2019

It is legal to take photographs of things in public

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Q: Ran into a mailbox, now I have a warrant!! What to do?

It was 1a.m, I was sleepy, my right headlight was out, I dozed off for a second too long and hit someone’s mailbox.. I didn’t want to wake the people up about the matter; my tire was flattened so I left my car at friends house close by and caught a ride home; my plans were to go back the next... Read more »

Carole Jean Hayes answered on Jul 1, 2019

I would go to the police department as soon as possible and let them know exactly what happened. The sooner the better.

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Q: Does modifying your tail lights to say “LOL” make it so if I get in an accident, it can be used against me!?

The tail lights’ turning signals are untouched and are in no way modified. Just the surrounding light for practically running lights.

Peter N. Munsing answered on Jun 15, 2019

It won't enhance the penalties, assuming that having a distracting light isn't a violation of SC vehicle codes. However, if you are in a wreck and cause the wreck someone will make reference to it if they see it. It's like an aggressive bumper sticker--not illegal, won't change the fine or not, but... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Personal Injury and Car Accidents for South Carolina on

Q: I'm Owner, adult son at fault for accident. Plaintiffs asking for more than limits on insurance.

Can they sue me for extra money?

Carole Jean Hayes answered on Apr 22, 2019

Plaintiff attorneys often ask for more than policy limits even when we know the case may not be worth that much. So that does not automatically mean the case is worth that much. If the injured party has under-insurance coverage that would be next in line. For them to get money from you... Read more »

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Q: My vehicle, adult son had accident. His fault. Vechile insured, he didn't know his lisc was suspended, can I be sued

License suspended because he stopped payments for his car insurance. I was just helping him out since his car was being repossessed (Bankruptcy)

Carole Jean Hayes answered on Apr 22, 2019

Your auto insurance "follows the car" so as long as he was using your car with your permission, your insurance will pay for any claims that might be made against your policy by anyone alleging damages. The fact that he did not have a driver's license is a separate issue that he will have to handle... Read more »

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Q: i was in an accident on 1/10/2019 .i was hit from behind while sitting at a stop sign there was no damage to my car.

Nor was the other car damaged..after i got a prolonged headache an went to the hospital on1/12/2019 but have not heard anything from the other insurance company

Tim Akpinar answered on Jan 17, 2019

They may call you to ask about your injuries and how the accident occurred after verifying basic information with their insured. It's also possible they might not call you, depending on what they learned from their insured. Many South Carolina injury attorneys give free consultations. You could... Read more »

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Q: Is it legal for an adjuster to contact my adjuster when I only filled against the parties insurance?

They refuse to pay claim stating that they have not contacted their client. I have a police report stating their client is the only contributor to the accident. Is this legal. Also, adjuster contacted wife and asked to take a statement but did not inform her that she could provide a written... Read more »

Peter N. Munsing answered on Dec 28, 2018

Adjusters can talk. Adjuster can ask your wife for a statement and she can refuse. The other insurance has 30 days usually to process the claim. Why not call a member of the SC Trial Lawyers like Chuck Jacobson in Charleston? Tell him I suggested you call. He'll give you a free consult.

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Q: I was driving home last night and a car t boned me. It was about 8:10 when the accident happened. Maybe earlier.

The other driver ran the stop sign. And claimed he didnt see me because i didnt have my headlights on. It wasnt dark yet. The officer put us both at fault. How can he do that?

Titus Thomas Nichols answered on Aug 20, 2018

Many times the reporting officer is going off of incomplete information when they write the citation. It is important that you get an attorney to represent you that can conduct their own investigation into the situation.

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1 Answer | Asked in Car Accidents and Workers' Compensation for South Carolina on

Q: I am w/c from an auto accident at work. If I were to die, does my wife still have the ability to get some settlement.

I have incurred about $30K in medical bills in the last year, I have 2 herniated disc, doctor thinks I will need injection for rest of my life.

Peter N. Munsing answered on Aug 17, 2018

You need a good workers comp attorney. Contact Carl Jacobson in Charleston. Tell him I gave you his name. He'll address other claims besides comp you may have, etc. He gives free consultations. If you need his phone give me a ring.

All the best.

1 Answer | Asked in Car Accidents for South Carolina on

Q: What is the worst case scenario for a first time non insured accident that involved only the driver and our mailbox?

My husband is financing a car from carmax. He has not had insurance for a year so we have been using my truck. My truck was broken down the other night and my son needed medicine so my husband used his car. We never recieved a letter from SCDMV or carmax about the lack of insurance and his license... Read more »

Peter N. Munsing answered on Jul 25, 2018

First, he has in effect bought the car. Unless he wants to make a big deal in which case he can get the extra penalty.

Have it towed to a dealer or someone you would want to have fix it. Get an estimate. You'll have to pay so wait until you can pay.

Make your payments....
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2 Answers | Asked in Personal Injury and Car Accidents for South Carolina on

Q: A guy runs a red light and T-Bone you. Can you sue his insurance company and do a personal suit against him?

Titus Thomas Nichols answered on Jun 14, 2018

You will want to consult with a Personal Injury attorney who is familiar with these types of cases. Although the driver is clearly at fault, his insurance company will not want to pay you a fair compensation.

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Q: Can a sheriff have a vehicle towed,in SC after car breaking down for only 45mins.

We also ask to pay towing fee of $240 and they vehicle was only left less than 1hour can they do this

Carole Jean Hayes answered on Jun 11, 2018

Unfortunately, without some kind of extenuating circumstances, they can do this as it impedes the flow of traffic. Check on your policy to see if you have towing coverage.

1 Answer | Asked in Car Accidents and Employment Law for South Carolina on

Q: I drive a company truck. Am I responsible to pay for any accidental damage done to the truck while on job?

I work for a pest control company. My boss gives me a work truck to drive to my jobs. I accidentally backed my work truck into a small tree I didn’t see while leaving a customers house, 2 years ago. It damaged the bumper. I put in my 2 weeks and today, the day before I’m supposed to leave my... Read more »

Peter N. Munsing answered on Mar 28, 2018

Not necessarily. If you are leaving, leave. He can try suing you but you were doing his business. Ask to see the estimates first--make copies. If he tries to sue you you have a defense. Was the bumper deformed?

1 Answer | Asked in Car Accidents and Construction Law for South Carolina on

Q: I was pulled out infront of in a construction zone with signs saying do not pass. Can you help

I drive a big industrial truck and I was headed home from work on the interstate it's a three lane I'm in the far right I am coming up to a construction zone and there are signs that say do not pass .I'm about to take a right and get over on the intersection and this guy whips infront ofme as I'm... Read more »

Peter N. Munsing answered on Feb 3, 2018

Generally do not pass refers to people passing on the left. If you're dash cam or intersection cam show him whipping in front of you, great! You may get a reduction in at fault. A lot depends on how the police write it up. See if there is an intersection cam--you have to do this ASAP as images get... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Car Accidents, Personal Injury and Civil Litigation for South Carolina on

Q: I was involved in an auto accident on 9/29/17. Is it too late to file a personal injury suit? My pain has worsened since

In addition, though I was not at fault and did not receive a citation, my driving record is showing me at fault causing my insurance rate to increase. How do I fix this?

Carole Jean Hayes answered on Jan 24, 2018

In TN, you have three years within which to file and serve a lawsuit (there are some exceptions such as if the at-fault party works for a municipality...). There are a few issues i can already see such as have you gone to the doctor yet? If not, that could be an issue. You really should simply... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Contracts, Car Accidents and Juvenile Law for South Carolina on

Q: If I'm 17 and drive ny parents car and break somethings on accident, do I legally have to pay them? Can they make me?

I'm 17 and I have been told I broke a few things in my car. One I will pay for, but the rest they claim I broke when I didn't. Can they legally make me pay for it, even though I'm underage and there was no contract?

Peter N. Munsing answered on Jan 12, 2018

Technically they'd have to show it was you, but you need to decide how much you want to push the issue. You'd come off more mature saying that you didn't break the other items but you'll be glad to help out by paying them.

1 Answer | Asked in Car Accidents and Traffic Tickets for South Carolina on

Q: Accident after seizure

Son had a seizure while driving and struck another car. There were no physical injuries, but he was cited for crossing the yellow line.

His seizures had previously been well controlled with medication, and do not know why he had this seizure.

My question, do we go to court and... Read more »

Peter N. Munsing answered on Dec 12, 2017

A seizure would be a "sudden emergency" which would let him off the hook for a civil case. As you have pointed out, in the citation that may stir up more dust than it's worth. Note that some state say doctors have to notify the state, in which case what you do in traffic court won't matter.

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Q: If you settle from a car wreck and then receive a bill that was never seen before, is there anything that can be done?

Peter N. Munsing answered on Dec 12, 2017

Generally no. Unless they never sent it to you, in which case you can claim it had to be sent sooner. It you settle its on you. If you had an attorney let them deal with it.

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