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Q: In a car accident, can I provide my own insurance if the car owner was not insured? I unknowingly drove an uninsured car

I am an INSURED driver, but I borrowed a friend’s car for one day when my husband was using ours. I was not aware that my friends car was uninsured! I caused a fender bender and the officer asked me to provide insurance. After calling my friend, I learned he didn’t have any. Now I must appear... Read more »

Anthony M. Avery
Anthony M. Avery answered on May 21, 2020

Read your own Insurance Policy. See if it insures you driving another's car. If it does, then make a Claim on your Policy and provide the same to the Prosecutor at Court. If not, be prepared to become financially responsible to protect your TNDL.

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Q: Can I be cited for leaving the scene on private property. While parking damage occurred at minimal.

Unable to contact other party as they were inside at work and I do not know the individual. I left at the end of my shift. A officer called me 6 days later to speak with me and cited me

Brandon D. Fersten
Brandon D. Fersten answered on May 14, 2020

In short, yes. Leaving the scene of the accident with damage to another vehicle that appears to be less than $1,500 is a Class B Misdemeanor. A Class B Misdemeanor carries a maximum jail time of 6 months and fines up to $500. The court in addition to or in lieu of those penalties can require you to... Read more »

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Q: The buyer made the accident when I have a contract of sale between me and him before two days of accident

I have contract of sale between me and him before two days of accident that he got

The safety and home land security send to me notice of proposed revocation, please advise me what to do

Anthony M. Avery
Anthony M. Avery answered on May 12, 2020

If you did not carry liability insurance on the vehicle you sold, then you have a problem. Hire a competent attorney to immediately request a hearing before the Department of Safety. You may be able to submit a Bond or other requirements to keep your TNDL.

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Q: Can I be cited for leaving the scene on private property while parking damage occurred n could contact other party

Also remained at work for the day...I could not contact other party. Ticket was issued to me 6 days later

Anthony M. Avery
Anthony M. Avery answered on May 7, 2020

You could have been arrested. You need to make full Restitution now. You cannot contact the Victim however. A lawyer would be helpful. Try to get it Diverted, Dismissed and Expunged.

2 Answers | Asked in Car Accidents for Tennessee on
Q: Can I sue a business owner for not paying for car damages

I was rear ended by a company car in Feb. The owner agreed to cover the cost out of pocket to avoid his insurance going up. He's been giving me the run around ever since. Can I sue for the cost of the damage?

Anthony M. Avery
Anthony M. Avery answered on Apr 23, 2020

Yes. The Defendants include: the Company as principal and master for their agent/servant Driver; The Driver individually; and whoever the owner of the car is. Remember the accident report is inadmissible in evidence. And suing the Company can be tricky if a corporation, etc. His insurance... Read more »

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Q: How long will the license be revoked?

Property damage only

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar answered on Apr 5, 2020

Licenses are not generally revoked as an ordinary consequence of being involved in a motor vehicle accident. Your question remains open for three weeks, and you might need to respond/take action where time is of the essence. If you are under threat of license revocation, you could contact a... Read more »

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Q: the person i am being sued by for property damages did not give correct information to the judge. what can i do?

when the judge asked him to explain why he thought he was entitled to the amount of money he was suing me for and why he did not give sufficient evidence.

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar answered on Mar 27, 2020

A Tennessee attorney would be able to advise best, but you await an answer for three weeks. As a general matter in most any jurisdiction, the judge would ask for the evidence you mention - preferably an itemized printout from a reputable body shop outlining estimated charges for parts and labor -... Read more »

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Q: I was in an car accident where my airbags didn't not deploy on impact. Do I have a lawsuit?

I hydroplaned in the rain across the highway and hit the guardrail going 70mph. The car had a recall on it back in 2011 for faulty airbags sensors but I just bought the car a few months ago from a dealer and they told me it was no recall on the vehicle. I was sent to the ER with a concussion and... Read more »

Mr. James Charles Wright
Mr. James Charles Wright answered on Mar 24, 2020

Well, you may- but you mention that the vehicle had a recall in 2011- almost 10 years ago. Tennessee has a statute of repose for products liability actions - 10 years from the date the product was first purchased. If the car is more than 10 years old and sold more than 10 years ago - then the... Read more »

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Q: I filed a complaint with the Tennessee Department of Human Rights now the other party wants to mediate i need help

At hotel racially profiled my family and I

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar answered on Mar 23, 2020

A Tennessee attorney could give you direction best, but your post remains open for four weeks. You mention needing help. What is it you need help with? If the help you need involves finding an attorney, you could find one here (there is a section for Arbitration/Mediation) and there is a tab above... Read more »

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Q: Someone else drove my car and was involved in an accident and now MY license is getting revoked?!

They say I’m financially equally responsible since the car is in my name.

Paul E. Tennison
Paul E. Tennison answered on Mar 12, 2020

There may be more facts that could be relevant here. Was the person driving the car with or without your permission. I recommend you consult with an attorney experienced in traffic tickets and car licensing issues. Good luck.

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Q: How can i be charged with driving with no license when I backed into a car in a parking lot. I wasn't on a roadway.

No one saw me driving on a roadway. Its a misdemeanor and the officer didn't see me drive.

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar answered on Mar 1, 2020

Regardless of how the incident came to the officer's attention, it requires action on your part at this point. You should consult with an attorney in Tennessee, but your question remains open for four weeks. If you haven't already, contact an attorney to discuss what your next steps... Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Car Accidents for Tennessee on
Q: My daughter was involved in a car accident last week and was driving uninsured. The other driver was cited and at fault

How do I get the at fault drivers insurance to pay for damage to car? I called their insurance and they are insisting on my daughter’s insurance.

Anthony M. Avery
Anthony M. Avery answered on Feb 13, 2020

Your Daughter will probably need to sue the other driver and/or owner. I recommend initially filing in General Sessions Court. She needs to go to the Court Hearing on the other's Citation for a Rule of the Road violation, and make sure the Judge knows she is there as a victim on his case.... Read more »

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Q: In TN. Another car and I backed into each other in a grocery lot.

She looked at and felt her bumper and said she had no damage. I had no damage. She then yelled and said it was good there was no damage then she got in her car and left. She didn't get my info, I didn't get hers. She seemed anxious to leave and did. No police were called - it all... Read more »

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar answered on Feb 13, 2020

A Tennessee attorney could advise best on any state-specific requirements, but your question remains open for four weeks. It looks like there is nothing to report because nothing happened. As a general matter in virtually any jurisdiction, such an encounter would require no action - no injury, no... Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Car Accidents for Tennessee on
Q: Is there anything I can do to get out of accident liability because new owner didn't register the vehicle I sold them.

Sold a friend a vehicle, he supposedly register it but some how only got temp plate, no insurance and got in accident, turns out vehicle still is register to me. Now the other insurance seeking liability from me since its still under my name. Friend stated he title it but never receive new title.... Read more »

Anthony M. Avery
Anthony M. Avery answered on Jan 16, 2020

Whatever proof you have of selling the vehicle needs to be put together now. You might have a witness or a bank deposit. You will have to defend yourself and it will not be easy. The alleged negligence of your purchaser is also an issue, as well as that of the plaintiff. Comparative... Read more »

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Q: Involved in a crash, NO INJURIES. Driver of striking vehicle has no insurance and no license. Vehicle is insured.

5 weeks to the day, our vehicle is now being repaired. Insurance company, we feel, has been dragging their feet. The personnel have been wonderful but hands are tied by regulations, policy and what State Farm is legally obligated to do. We are encumbered to supply insurance and deposit for the... Read more »

Mr. James Charles Wright
Mr. James Charles Wright answered on Jan 14, 2020

Normally the rental car company will accept your insurance and you don't have to supply extra insurance while you are driving a rental car. The deposit should be returned to you when you are done with the rental. Your insurance company will only provide what they are required to supply... Read more »

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Q: I was driving my mother in law's car when a uninsured sixteen year old hit me.he had no license. The car has full covera

I didn't call the law.the boy wrote a note stating he was at fault.my mother in law filed on her insurance,they refused to pay y

Mr. James Charles Wright
Mr. James Charles Wright answered on Dec 23, 2019

I am not sure why your Mother-in-Law's insurer is refusing to pay. If the car has "full" coverage there should be coverage for this accident. Also, even if the other driver was uninsured - if there is full coverage, there would be uninsured motorist coverage as well.... Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Traffic Tickets, Car Accidents and Insurance Defense for Tennessee on
Q: I was in a small wreck just a fender bender a mile from my house, I had no license (Never had them) and no insurance I

Was driving down to our field (a mile and half from my house) our neighborhood hit my car he wasn’t paying attention to the road. I got a ticket for no license and no insurance I did have a 28 year old in the car with me, he told me he didn’t see any reason to arrest me since I was honest and... Read more »

Mr. James Charles Wright
Mr. James Charles Wright answered on Dec 13, 2019

If the accident was the other driver's fault then the fact you didn't have a license is likely not admissible on fault. Who is fault is determined by what happened in the accident. As to the ticket- It is good that you now have your learner's permit and insurance. The fact that... Read more »

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Q: I was in a car wreck and I just received a check from the person at fault insurance company

My health insurance already paid them. My question is who gets the check

Anthony M. Avery
Anthony M. Avery answered on Dec 2, 2019

It depends upon whether you have a subrogation agreement with your insurance co. or not. If you have an insurance policy, read it. If not, call your insurance carrier. It is very possible it is your money if you did not make a claim on your on auto ins policy. It also sounds like you should... Read more »

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Q: Can I be charged if I rear end a vehicle after they unsafely merge in front of me?

I was the rear most vehicle in a 3 car collision. The vehicle had merged in front of me and I had little to no time to slow and make space between us before the front car brakes suddenly. I was unable to stop before colliding with the vehicle in front of me.

Anthony M. Avery
Anthony M. Avery answered on Nov 27, 2019

Absolutely. Following Too Close, Failure to Exercise Due Care, Failure to Yield, are some of the possible Rule of

the Road Violations. If found guilty, then you are per se negligent and possibly liable for the other drivers' damages.

2 Answers | Asked in Car Accidents and Personal Injury for Tennessee on
Q: Is there a Spanish Speaking Lawyer or law firm that does pro Bono work for personal injury case?

Need assistance with 2 cases that are currently being managed by other lawyers but the language barrier and costs are making it impossible to move forward.

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar answered on Nov 20, 2019

Try contacting the Tennessee Bar Association. They have resources for finding lawyers. Good luck

Tim Akpinar

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