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1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, DUI / DWI, Personal Injury and Car Accidents for Washington on
Q: Where can I get help with my ongoing 3rd party claim with the other drivers auto insurance company in Washington State??

3rd time DUI offender plowed into our front yard, our fence, and our car at a high rate of speed. His car finally stopped only about 10 feet from the room in which we were at that morning. Our car was deemed a total loss as this was the only thing that stopped the driver from plowing right into our... Read more »

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar
answered on Jan 30, 2023

A Washington attorney could advise best, but your question remains open for two weeks. I'm sorry for your ordeal. You're correct; this could be an overwhelming matter because of the number of elements it contains. You indicate seeking an attorney. Your best option is to reach out to... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Insurance Bad Faith, Personal Injury and Car Accidents for Washington on
Q: What should I do when an insurance company keeps removing my uploaded documents on their claims website???

The insurance company continues to remove my documents that I have uploaded to their website and to which I was instructed to do so by the claims team. I have asked via text and email as to why this is happening and have not received a response. This has been happening every time I upload a... Read more »

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar
answered on Jan 29, 2023

A Washington attorney could advise best, but your question remains open for two weeks. One option is to ask them if there is a technical glitch with either the site or the formatting of the documents, and if so, will they accept hard copies by certified mail. Also ask them if they are downloading... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Car Accidents and Civil Litigation for Washington on
Q: I'm having trouble finding an attorney to handle a property damage claim in Tacoma WA. Where do I go?

I've checked attorney matching websites w no success No personal injury involved

Steve Dashiak
Steve Dashiak
answered on Jan 20, 2023

Well, depending on the specifics of the claim, there might only be 2 "property damage" firms in all of Washington. I don't believe either is on any of the attorney matching sites. I'd google "property damage attorney Washington" and look at the first organic result.

1 Answer | Asked in Personal Injury, Car Accidents and Insurance Defense for Washington on
Q: I am a defendant in a lawsuit. I was served a package of papers today. I am on a time schedule. The papers tell me to

I am a defendant in a lawsuit. I was served a package of papers today. I am on a time schedule. The papers tell me to contact an attorney immediately. I need to find an attorney. How?

Steve Dashiak
Steve Dashiak
answered on Jan 11, 2023

There isn't enough information here to give a full answer. One critical fact would be what type of lawsuit this is. Based on the categories you've selected, I am presuming you are being sued for injuries stemming from a car accident for which you were at fault.

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1 Answer | Asked in Personal Injury and Car Accidents for Washington on
Q: Can I say a law firm by name if that firm has given advice not representation 2 the insurance company in correspondence

I am battling a car accident settlement with insurance company alone. But was given advice from a good friend who is an atty and ceo at her law firm. I am not representited by the firm but given advice from that firm. When corresponding to the insurance company, can I mention the law firm name... Read more »

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar
answered on Dec 24, 2022

A Washington attorney could advise best, but your question remains open for three weeks. You wouldn't necessarily be doing your friend a favor with something like that. If they handle work or hope to handle work with insurance carriers, it's possible that could cause them to get flagged... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Car Accidents and Personal Injury for Washington on
Q: Can anyone answer my car insurance settlement question below please???

I am on SSDI & have medical insurance through the government. In July I was diagnosed w/ PTSD from an accident where a drink driver's car stopped less than 7 feet from our bedroom window (the room we were occupying that mornimg) going 60mph. Our vehicle was the only thing that stopped him... Read more »

Steve Dashiak
Steve Dashiak
answered on Dec 12, 2022

Yes, there's something called the collateral source rule that entitles you to the amount of the bills without regard to insurance. Link to pattern jury instruction below:... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Traffic Tickets and Car Accidents for Washington on
Q: I was hit, I called police because believed the other driver was at fault, when police arrived he said i was at fault
Antone Alfred Weber
Antone Alfred Weber
answered on Dec 7, 2022

In accident cases there are two questions, often mutually exclusive. First who is liable for damages, injury and whatnot. Your insurance company attorney will handle that side of things. The other question is if one of the rules of the road was violated during the course of the accident. The... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and Car Accidents for Washington on
Q: I was involved in a mva I was cited for Careless Driving now after a week later they say they wanna charge me wit

Now they wanna charge me with a Duii after they already released me can they do that

Cristine Beckwith
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Cristine Beckwith
answered on Sep 27, 2022

Hi, sorry to hear. Yes the State can charge you with DUI after releasing you. Washington State has two years to file charges for a gross misdemeanor such as DUI.

1 Answer | Asked in Car Accidents and Insurance Bad Faith for Washington on
Q: My car accident claim was denied, as moving the car safely out of traffic apparently caused the engine to be damaged.

Insurance company states I should have left vehicle in downtown traffic for the 24 hours it took their tow truck to arrive. Do I have any recourse?

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar
answered on Sep 1, 2022

A Washington attorney could advise best, but your question remains open for three weeks. It could depend on how you moved the car. At the same time, to your credit, the location of the car may not have left you with the choice of waiting 24 hours to move it. This depends on a closer look at... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Car Accidents and Traffic Tickets for Washington on
Q: If you are at a stop sign, is it legal for a car behind you to pull out into the oncoming lane to try and pass you?

If you're on a local (non-arterial) street stopped at a stop sign (on a 2-lane road w/no lane lines) waiting to turn out onto an arterial, is it legal for one of the cars waiting behind you to pull up on your left (placing them in the oncoming lane of traffic) to try and pass you without... Read more »

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar
answered on Aug 19, 2022

A Washington attorney could advise best, but your question remains open for two weeks. From a general traffic safety standpoint, going around you and circumventing the stop sign creates a hazardous condition, however it is addressed by state-specific vehicle and traffic law. You ask about the best... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Car Accidents for Washington on
Q: Hit and run uninsured driver hits a parked car and that car hit mine. Can i sue the person whose car hit mine?

Im in washington state. I was told i could file a claim against the person whose car caused my damage even though they werent the at fault driver. Is this correct?

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar
answered on Jul 13, 2022

A Washington attorney could advise best, but your question remains open for two weeks. Until you have a meaningful consult with a local attorney, from your description, it seems the car that had direct impact with yours did nothing wrong. It may have physically struck your car, but it was as a... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Personal Injury and Car Accidents for Washington on
Q: Uninsured driver hits parked car A, slamming it into parked car B. Can car B claim damages on Car A's insurance??

My neighbor (parked car A) was parked in front of me (parked car B) along the curb. An uninsured crackhead slammed into car A, causing it to slam into car B. The driver ran and was arrested within minutes.

I was told that even though washington is an at fault state, i can file a damages... Read more »

Randy Bryan Ligh
Randy Bryan Ligh
answered on Jul 5, 2022

A Washington lawyer would be a better source to answer this question, however, if Car A did nothing below the standard of care, i.e, not negligent, then how would you be able to recover from Car A?

1 Answer | Asked in Car Accidents for Washington on
Q: My parked car was hit by a companies delivery van. The driver left a business card they will not give me their insurance

This happened in Bellingham, WA. I keep emailing and calling requesting insurance details and they will not provide them. A Police officer from Bellingham PD also called them but says he cannot force them to provide it. Is this legal? What are my options? I do not have comprehensive coverage to use... Read more »

Randy Bryan Ligh
Randy Bryan Ligh
answered on Jun 8, 2022

Hire a lawyer.

2 Answers | Asked in Car Accidents and Personal Injury for Washington on
Q: My sister was in an car accident 3 days ago with my 2 month old niece in the car. The airbag did not deploy.

She fractured her back and had surgery yesterday. She has a plate in her back now next to her spine. I found out that there was a recall on her car for the airbags. Can she and should she sue. My niece is alright and was released from the hospital to my mom.

Egan Patrick Kilbane Esq
Egan Patrick Kilbane Esq
answered on Feb 20, 2022

I am extremely sorry for your sister's circumstances, and hope she makes the best and quickest possible recovery. She should absolutely consult with an attorney that has experience handling both motor vehicle collision, product liability, and potentially roadway defect claims as soon as she... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Car Accidents for Washington on
Q: I have a felony vehicular assault and it’s been 10 years with nothing else on my record, can I petition to lower it?

My public defender convinced me taking a strike 1 vehicular assault was more so in my best interest than a dui charge and now 10 years later I’d really like to not be a violent felon!

Stan Glisson
Stan Glisson
answered on Dec 6, 2021

It probably depends on how the case was charged and plead. Vehicular Assault is a class B felony, so ten years would be the waiting period to vacate. But there are three different ways to commit the crime of Vehicular Assault, my opinion is that one of them is eligible to vacate but the other two... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Car Accidents for Washington on
Q: Will at fault party's insurance pay for damages after claim approval, if the at fault party cancels their insurance?

Hello, My car was hit by my stepdad's car, my car was parked & he backed into it. His insurance, The General, approved the claim I filed against him, he was found at fault. Insurance did their own appraisal via pictures uploaded an app, they sent a check, etc. They stated for it to get... Read more »

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar
answered on Nov 27, 2021

A Washington attorney could advise best, but your question remains open for two weeks and it looks like the matter has created its share of stress for you. Since insurance practices are governed by state-specific regulations and an insurance carrier's own operating procedures, I could only... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in DUI / DWI, Cannabis & Marijuana Law and Car Accidents for Washington on
Q: Can an opposing party sue my family if I where to get into an accident because I have THC in my system?

I am 18 and have my medical marijuana card. I live in the state Washington. My parents claim that if I were to get into an accident since I would have THC in my system the opposing party could sue my family. Keep in mind I never drive under the influence. I am under there car insurance as well. Is... Read more »

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar
answered on Oct 19, 2021

A Washington attorney could advise best, but your question remains open for two weeks. Until you are able to consult with a local attorney for the most accurate state rules, in many jurisdictions, the claimant will usually go after the vehicle operator and the owner. Those two parties are generally... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Car Accidents for Washington on
Q: I was in a traffic accident I can’t get my license DOL give me a lawyers number should I talk to that lawyer?
Stan Glisson
Stan Glisson
answered on Aug 30, 2021

The other driver probably got a judgement against you for the damages in the crash. If you were uninsured, then you may be responsible for the other person's damages.

If that happened, then yes you will have to work out a financial arrangement with the other side before the hold on...
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1 Answer | Asked in Car Accidents and Criminal Law for Washington on
Q: Looking for a pro Bono/low cost lawyer to support a young black male who has been sentenced a heavy 9 years.

This individual was sentenced 9 years. He is adopted by a loving family and was charged standing up and protecting his special needs brother who was being assaulted. He is 24 now and was sentenced at 21. His father passed away while incarcerated and his adoptive mother has four kids and a grand... Read more »

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar
answered on Aug 10, 2021

Only a Washington attorney should advise here, but your question remains open for a week and it looks like you are losing valuable time. Time is of the essence here - your friend could look into whether he qualifies, based on financial need, for defense through the Public Defender's Office.... Read more »

4 Answers | Asked in Car Accidents and Personal Injury for Washington on
Q: I need advice on starting negotiations for my pain and suffering settlement because of a car accident.

Arbitration determined the other party was 100% at fault. dash cam footage shows the driver turned sideways on the freeway right in front of us. My husband was driving, I was in the front passenger seat and our 13 month old daughter was in the back in her carseat. We all went to the ER, but not via... Read more »

Justin Mishkin
Justin Mishkin
answered on Jul 21, 2021

Good morning. My answer will be general in nature. The demand amount would typically depend on the specific facts surrounding your case. It appears you , your husband and your child may all have claims. Since the child is a minor, there may be additional consideration in making the demand.... Read more »

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