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Q: my son hit a car (rear end) on TN 109 he was cited for Due Care and 30 residency as he just moved here and has a WY

the TPR checked must appear iand it is a regular court date not traffic court why owuld this be. there are LOTS of accidents in Nashville area. he was not under the influence and does not have a CDL

Anthony M. Avery
Anthony M. Avery answered on Oct 15, 2020

It is possible the Son will be Booked but not placed in Jail and not go to Court at all that day. Call the Court Clerk and inquire. Usually this type of requirement is at the LEO's discretion. If possible he needs to bring proof of complete restitution to the other driver by his... Read more »

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Q: I gave out my social security number at a desposition should i be worried
Mr. James Charles Wright
Mr. James Charles Wright answered on Oct 15, 2020

For many many years people gave out personal information in depositions. In my 40 years of practice I haven't seen this as an issue. However, we are living in times where we need to be more protective of our personal information. In more recent years lawyers have allowed this information to... Read more »

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Q: I bought a car Aug. 28,2020 I never received paperwork. I got into accident on Sep. 15 which wasn't my fault. After the

Wreck car lot started yelling I need a co signer. They've stated there is no contract. If they are taking the vehicle back do I have to use the couple thousand to fix the car or do.i have to give them the money?

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

It does not appear that you are the titled owner, and may not have a Bill of Sale. The other driver could still sue you and the owner/lot. Also the Lot could possibly sue you, probably for the money agreed upon. There is no clear answer with the facts stated. I think I would return the car... Read more »

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Q: Can I go to jail for a civil warrant

Car wreck no injuries

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar answered on Sep 23, 2020

A Tennessee attorney should advise, but your question remains open for three weeks. Instead of losing time continuing to await a response, you should consider reaching out to an attorney to determine what action is required, as time may be of the essence here. Nationwide, car accidents generally... Read more »

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Q: How do I remove a commercial vehicle from my insurance? I still have title in hand because buyer has not made payments.

We had a handshake agreement for buyer(long-time friend) to pay for a commercial van. 2009 Chevy, agreement was $3500, 500/month, never paid. He was supposed to transfer plates and insurance to his name but didn't, so it is still on our commercial insurance. We do not have contact with him or... Read more »

Anthony M. Avery
Anthony M. Avery answered on Sep 18, 2020

You should be able to get DOS to issue a new title certificate in the purchaser's name. Ask your County Clerk first, then call Nashville. Once issued send a copy to your agent, and try to deliver the title to the owner. Also that is probably a lease with option to purchase transaction,... Read more »

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Q: Step Father and Mother wrecked my car that I didn't have insurance on

My mother and stepfather took a vehicle i owned (she had a spare key) without my express permission and they wrecked...i did not have insurance cause i didnt drive that particular vehicle...my mother is willing to take responsibility without me having to sue her etc...but is that possible? She will... Read more »

Anthony M. Avery
Anthony M. Avery answered on Aug 27, 2020

Your Mother needs to make arrangements with the other driver to pay them off. With the paid in full receipt, notify the Financial Responsibility Section of the DOS, with your license number.

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Q: My boyfriend took the blame for a car accident when I was driving.

My boyfriend took the blame for an accident when I was the one driving. Will he get in trouble if he tells the truth since he went to jail over it and got a dui?

Paul E. Tennison
Paul E. Tennison answered on Aug 26, 2020

Seems he is already in significant trouble if he has been jailed and convicted for a DUI. If he now tells the police that you were actually the one driving then you will likely be charged and convicted for a DUI. It isn't clear to me if his DUI conviction will stand or they will instead charge... Read more »

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Q: What can I do When a company is threatening to suspend my license for unpaid claim

I have a 8000 claim against me i have a letter threatening me to have my license suspended because of failure to pay but its a An unaffordable price to i make only enough to get by check to check and there not willing to work with me on the payments

Anthony M. Avery
Anthony M. Avery answered on Aug 17, 2020

Chapter 7 Bankruptcy with the ins company, the other driver, and the Department of Safety (with your TNDL number) all listed as unsecured creditors, might be your remedy here. Your present assets are what needs to be considered first. If sued, a notice of exemptions might help.

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Q: Financial Responsibility in accident

I know someone involved in a at fault wreck. They received at letter in the mail about surrendering their license and registration. They no longer have that car involved in wreck, will the state require their current cars registration or just the car involved in wreck?

Mr. Kent Thomas Jones Esq.
Mr. Kent Thomas Jones Esq. answered on Aug 15, 2020

Financial responsibility is actually proof of insurance. To be safe, on the court date, I would bring proof of insurance at the time of the wreck and proof that you currently have insurance.

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Q: I was hit by a Shelby county truck as he was pulling away from a drive up window. I was in motion going around the line.

Driver turned his wheel away from the window to exit and drove right into me. A witness from the Starbucks said he couldn't have seen me. My sedan is half his height. They are denying my claim. I have no copy of their report, no one from their insurance has come to take my statement or witness... Read more »

Mr. James Charles Wright
Mr. James Charles Wright answered on Aug 3, 2020

You need to make sure your insurer is aware of the matter regardless how it ends up being handled. You don't want to prejudice your insurer. Beyond this - if the County isn't going to voluntarily pay - you will either need to let your insurer handle or file a lawsuit against the County.... Read more »

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Q: Nationwide insurance company revoked my License About 10 years ago I’ve been trying to get them back

Backed into A car in the park no court date no police officer I gave the guy my information I did not have insurance then I got a letter from nationwide insurance company to pay $1500 did not have it at the time and did not know where to send it to but would like to resolve this possible

Anthony M. Avery
Anthony M. Avery answered on Jun 30, 2020

If you have a TN DL, then call the TN Department of Safety, Financial Responsibility Section. Apparently you may have to get a release from Nationwide.

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Q: My boyfriend got rear-ended driving my car without a license in TN, other driver drove off, will my full coverage pay?

I have full coverage: collision, comprehensive, uninsured motorist coverage, rental, emergency services. My boyfriend isn't under my policy, his license is expired. He got rear-ended and hit a pole, the car is totaled and the other driver drove off, will my insurance pay? They say they... Read more »

Jeffrey C. Kovalski
Jeffrey C. Kovalski answered on Jun 13, 2020

I believe your UM should apply. I would highly recommend you both seek the advice of a personal injury attorney.

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Q: a witness lied to a police officer about a car accident, what do I need to do
Mr. James Charles Wright
Mr. James Charles Wright answered on Jun 9, 2020

We will need more information to provide much of a response. You should tell the truth about the accident. But not sure what to suggest without more.

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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.

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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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