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2 Answers | Asked in DUI / DWI and Car Accidents for California on
Q: Its my first time getting a DUI, I dont know what to do and need help but have no money, can someone help me please

Or send me to someone that maybe could. My English isnt that strong. I got my DUI 10/23/2021 on Baily Rd. Bay Point, Ca. A car had stopped infront of me and I didnt break in time good enough and hit the vehicle infront of me no one hurt.

John Karas
John Karas answered on Nov 17, 2021

If you don't have any money to pay for a private attorney to represent you, at your arraignment where you plead no guilty ask for a Public Defender to be appointed.

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2 Answers | Asked in Car Accidents, Civil Rights and Probate for California on
Q: Hello I need help with a civil law suit but I need a lawyer that does pro Bono work I can't afford a lawyer

I was at work when my car was hit by a parked car the driver stated he was going 40 mph fell a sleep at the wheel woke up hit a parked car behind me then the car behind me hit me from behind and I hit the car in front of me from behind I just found out my car is a total loss and the was my only... Read more »

Maurice Mandel II
Maurice Mandel II answered on Nov 17, 2021

Sorry to hear that you are in this situation. Without a personal injury of some kind, few personal injury/property damage attorneys will assist you on a contingent fee because the claim has too little money involved. But that is not the end of the story. You can file for yourself in Small Claims... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Car Accidents and Civil Litigation for Texas on
Q: In a parking lot fender bender,do I sue 18 year old driver or his parents,owners of car?
Ard Ardalan
Ard Ardalan answered on Nov 16, 2021

You may need to open an insurance claim first. Open a claim with the parents' insurance company. For a lawsuit, you will need to get a lawyer involved to get the most out of the case. At 18, the driver is no longer a minor and may be sued personally. If his parents negligently entrusted the... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Car Accidents on
Q: I was involved in an accident with a non road worthy vehicle, who is liable for the damages?

None

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar answered on Nov 15, 2021

More information is needed. You could possibly be liable, or partially liable - but it depends on how the accident took place, the actual defect resulting in unroadworthiness, the jurisdiction (state) where this occurred and its comparative negligence doctrine, and other possible factors. I hope... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Personal Injury and Car Accidents for California on
Q: Can I hire a lawyer to serve as my POA to advocate on my behalf on a case currently being handled by a different lawyer?

I was involved in a car accident (struck as a pedestrian) 7 months ago in New Jersey. I hired a lawyer to take on my case. I recently moved to California, and more recently suffered the death of a parent. My attorney wants me to fly back to N.J. to see another doctor. I'm unable to. I've... Read more »

Maurice Mandel II
Maurice Mandel II answered on Nov 15, 2021

You can replace the NJ attorney at any time, but there will be consequences, such as having to pay him from the recovery for the work he has done to date. BUT you better have another NJ attorney ready to take over the case. I do not see any reason that you cannot see a physician where you... Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Car Accidents for California on
Q: My car was hit and totaled by a Uhaul truck. Other driver was found to be 100% at fault. I had to pay almost $800 out

pocket for my deductible and car rental until I found a new car. Uhaul insurance (rep west) is stating they only pay $5000 toward the car. Geico (my insurance) is saying they keep that full amount because they paid me for the totaled car. The other driver said he had private car insurance in... Read more »

Maurice Mandel II
Maurice Mandel II answered on Nov 15, 2021

Very sorry to hear you were in a vehicle collision. Hope you are ok. If your claim is under $10,000.00, you should sue both the driver and the registered owner of the vehicle in Small Claims Court, as both are responsible. Many people think you sue the insurance company but they only provide... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Car Accidents for Alabama on
Q: I was injured in a car accident caused by a city bus driver. They are protected by a cap. Can I seek other damages?

The city has a $100,000 cap but my bills are well over that amount. Can I pursue punative damages and ask for pain and suffering?

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar answered on Nov 14, 2021

An attorney who practices in the applicable jurisdiction could advise best, but your question remains open for two weeks. It isn't fully clear if this in Georgia or Alabama, as both appear in your question. Try to arrange a consult with an attorney in the jurisdiction where this took place.... Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Car Accidents and Personal Injury for Florida on
Q: Just got a letter from a car accident lawyer. What are my next steps?

I was involved in an accident where both parties were deemed at fault by the officer. We traded information through the officer, and I told the other party I would be filing with my insurance when I got home, and they would be hearing from them.

Today, I received a letter from a local law... Read more »

Domenic J. Celeste
Domenic J. Celeste answered on Nov 15, 2021

If you have car insurance, it should defend you against the claim being made against you. If you believe you may have a claim against the other party (say you have injuries, car damages, lost wages, etc), then, just as the other party has done, you'd hire your own attorney. Unless you plan on... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Personal Injury and Car Accidents for Oklahoma on
Q: If I'm injured in an auto accident while driving under suspension can I still Sue

The other driver admitted to running the light and the officer did say that the young lady admitted fault & to running the light and hitting me. There's witnesses to the accident. I was taken by ambulence to the hospital with a concussion and injury to back , arm & head. They were... Read more »

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar answered on Nov 13, 2021

Only an Oklahoma attorney could advise here, but your question remains open for three weeks. Until you are able to consult with a local attorney, a GENERAL premise followed nationwide (subject to state law distinctions) is that liability is separate from the underlying offense - no license,... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Car Accidents for North Carolina on
Q: I've been in an accident not my fault. Insurance companies did valuation with 7 vehicles and only wants to give me low

End of valuation which is a $2000 difference. Also I had scratches and bruising

Is that worth anything

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar answered on Nov 12, 2021

A North Carolina attorney could advise best, but your post remains open for two weeks. However, it could be difficult for ANY attorney to evaluate your case based on a couple of brief lines.

Most attorneys who handle such cases offer free initial consults. Here are some things an attorney...
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1 Answer | Asked in Car Accidents and Government Contracts on
Q: MVA student of government grant program was just removed from program due to accident and modifications the school has

Said I could return but will not be paid for placement also told me what to put in the email saying I will agree to not be paid for my placement if they allow me to return once well I will be working 300 hours for free while everyone else is paid I am not returning as of now as my care provider has... Read more »

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar answered on Nov 6, 2021

In terms of the car, if there were no injuries, it would be handled as a property damage claim. How that is handled could depend on available insurance coverage. If there is coverage under your policy, it could be handled by your carrier. If not, it could be handled through the insurance carrier of... Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Car Accidents, Civil Rights and Personal Injury for North Carolina on
Q: Can police refuse a request to breathalyze the other party at an accident when asked to do so by the other motorist?

A red light was run and the police refused to breathalyze the driver even though I requested them to. He was notably impaired. His excuse was ‘the guy was a doctor’ and he didn’t have probable cause

Randy Bryan Ligh
Randy Bryan Ligh answered on Nov 5, 2021

In answer to your question, yes. I don't think his excuse is valid however law enforcement is not require to have each driver involved in a MVA given a breathlyzer test. Now, if you think the law enforcement really breached his duties, then you can assert a complaint with his supervisor or... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Car Accidents for Puerto Rico on
Q: My elderly mother hit another vehicle, causing bodily injury to both parties. will she need to surender her license?
Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar answered on Nov 4, 2021

An attorney practicing in Puerto Rico could advise best, but your question remains open for two weeks. Until you are able to consult with an attorney who is knowledgeable in local laws, regulations, and license renewal protocols, as a general U.S. rule, people do not usually lose their license as a... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Car Accidents, Civil Rights, Insurance Bad Faith and Small Claims for Ohio on
Q: What does this mean, and what do I do? Summons on Complaint. Required to serve upon the plaintiffs attorney. An answer?

I got into an accident, my steering locked up on my vehicle and I went into another vehicle pulling out of a gas station. Damaged were done and I didn't realize my insurance that I paid for 6 months in advanced had expired a few weeks prior. The other party has State Farm insurance and they... Read more »

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar answered on Nov 3, 2021

Only an Ohio attorney can advise here, but your post remains open for two weeks. You should consider reaching out to an Ohio attorney without further delay. I'm sorry, but from what you describe, it appears that you are being sued by the other motorist. Writing an informal note as you describe... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Car Accidents for Illinois on
Q: If I got Into a car accident and I was issued a ticket but the cop said I didn’t have to show up to court I just had

To pay it. But then I got a letter in the mail saying I have to show up to court.what does that mean?

Charles Candiano
Charles Candiano answered on Nov 3, 2021

Obey the "letter" from the Court. Most importantly, Contact your insurance carrier and seek their advice BEFORE you do anything that may jeopardize your coverage. Part of your insurance is a "duty to defend" you. That would be VERY expensive or not affordable if you had to pay for it.

1 Answer | Asked in Car Accidents for California on
Q: Can my insurance deny a claim from initial statement at the accident, despite I have since clarified.

It was a minor fender bender. Both vehicles were drive-able. My only concern is can the insurance company use it against me when I initially said 5 minutes after the accident I was in CA for work. I have since clarified and offered to provide them proof. My insurance coverage extends to rentals. It... Read more »

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar answered on Nov 3, 2021

A California attorney could advise best, but your question remains open for three weeks. It could depend on the wording of the policy, the statement, terms of the rental, and the carrier's discretion. When claims are small and only involve minor property damage, an accident may not be... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Car Accidents and Constitutional Law for Oklahoma on
Q: My daughter was left alone at scene when her dad was taken to jail for warrants..is this illegal in oklahoma?

I was across town when i got the call and raced to the scene, but by the time i got there my daughter was sitting in the front of a police car and her dad had already been taken to jail and car was being towed away. My daughter was left alone, her dad handcuffed and taken to jail and car towed... Read more »

Charles Watts
Charles Watts answered on Nov 1, 2021

Based on what you have stipulated in the question, your daughter was left with another officer. So short answer, Yes a minor can be left with another officer while her father was escorted to jail.

3 Answers | Asked in Car Accidents for California on
Q: My son got into an accident and the report states that there were no signs placed to warn drivers of a working crew dust

Can the crew dust company get sued for not putting up warning signs?

William John Light
William John Light answered on Nov 1, 2021

Yes, he can. He will need to show that the failure to place signs was a cause of the collision and a cause of his injuries. Speak with a personal injury attorney to get a more detailed analysis of his potential claims.

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2 Answers | Asked in Consumer Law, Traffic Tickets and Car Accidents for Tennessee on
Q: I was involved in wreck. The agent told me the guy admitted he was at fault. The agent avoided my calls for over 3 weeks

I finally got ahold of someone from the insurance company after almost 3 weeks and they told me I was at fault just because I hit the other person first. The other person involved ran a stop sign and I was not able to stop in time. I was wondering if I have a case?

Anthony M. Avery
Anthony M. Avery answered on Nov 1, 2021

Call a competent attorney in your area today. There are many pertinent facts needed, and you do not understand what is going on. Even if a property damage tort only in your case, you can mess it up quickly. Citations in Court can destroy you also. Comparative Negligence may apply.

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2 Answers | Asked in Car Accidents for Maryland on
Q: Was making a u turn in a 35 mile an hour zone in a residential are, another driver was going well above the speed limit

Other driver slammed into me and totaled both of our cars. I’m now getting a damaged claim. Am I able to fight the claim?

Mark Oakley
Mark Oakley answered on Nov 1, 2021

A agree with Mr. Kirk. When you are making a u-turn, and you turn into the pathway of oncoming traffic, you are the one who fails to yield the right-of-way. To prevail in court, you would have to prove that excessive speed, and excessive speed alone, of the other vehicle caused the accident, and... Read more »

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