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Q: Daughter in car accident. Insurance company dragging feet on liability and being very ridiculous.

Insurance has taken statements from both drivers, has police report and witness statements. Other driver cited for illegal left turn / failing to yield (daughter going straight thru intersection). Insurance has twice stated that other driver at fault/liable. Yet 4 weeks after accident they... Read more »

Peter N. Munsing answered on Jun 12, 2019

In most states the law says car damage has to be settled promptly and fairly. Most give 30 days. At 30, file a complaint with the insurance commissioner. If your daughter was hurt she should get treatment and see a member of the Colorado Assn for Justice--they give free consults.

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Q: Suing for personal injury (rear ended)

My attorney sent a demand and the insurance company responded with a counter off totaling less than my medical. My lawyer advises that if they don’t comply with my demand to file a suit. My lawyer isn’t sure why they’re not honoring this demand as I had lost wages as well. Should I be... Read more »

Timur Akpinar answered on May 6, 2019

I wouldn't be alarmed. But this is something you should really discuss further with your attorney because the basis for you and the carrier reaching a common ground depends on the specific damages and liabilities in your case. Rather than applying formulas based on multiplying medical expenses by a... Read more »

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Q: Hi, I am charged with MTC 1402(1) for causing a minor damage to parked vehicle in a parking lot & leaving the spot.

Issued a Citation with 4 points added & Court hearing at LONE TREE CIVIC CENTER @ LONE TREE, COLORADO.

How do deal with this situation at court. And how do I get away with less fine & no traffic points with less impact to my driving & insurance history.

I am an immigrant, 35 years... Read more »

Peter N. Munsing answered on Apr 26, 2019

you should get a lawyer, report the claim to your insurance or take care of it. You can't argue about the other person's estimate as you did it. However the leaving the scene charge can be very important, so you need to talk to an attorney about that.

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Q: I am currently 19 years old I was in a car accident in Craig Colorado due to the weather and I got a ticket for driving

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Peter N. Munsing answered on Apr 6, 2019

not sure what you want to know about that ticket. If it's weather, you have a duty to drive according to the weather conditions. You can drive at 25 in a 50 zone and still be driving too fast for conditions if there's a whiteout and you rearend someone, or you skid out whenyou would not have if... Read more »

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Q: I got hit in a parking lot intersection back right tire area by another driver my insurance is saying it’s my fault?

There was ice and snow she slid instead of stopping, I was almost through the intersection when she hit me am I still 70% responsible because of sec 701 CO law. I feel we did not approach “approximately” at the same time.

Peter N. Munsing answered on Mar 21, 2019

Tell your company you expect them to stick up for you. That's why you have insurance. But if they want to say it's your fault, you may have to go with their finding because at the end of the day, your goal is to avoid being sued and if you are to have the insurance cover it. You can always... Read more »

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Q: What is reasonable to ask for on a wrecked car in addition to what it's worth, i.e. cost of recent (10 days) repairs.

Our daughter's boyfriend wrecked and totaled our car. He did not have permission from us but was given permission to drive it by our daughter who although is not an owner is on the insurance policy. Our insurance company has given us a fair valuation of the vehicle, but I feel like the boyfriend... Read more »

Peter N. Munsing answered on Mar 18, 2019

You might, but generally the courts say that the person is only liable for the damage they caused --i.e. the value of the vehicle.

In this case if it had a new engine you can argue to your insurance that they should increase the offer because your car has been improved. You buy a car with...
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Q: Can a relative be given Power of Attorney, to help another relative in a different state.

This is because of a car-pedestrian accident. The injured party needs to hire a PI lawyer, and he isn't well versed in claims and because of the injury, a family member needs to be able to be the contact to assist the lawyer and make medical decisions. Is the dual state a problem?

Robert D. Kreisman answered on Jan 3, 2019

The first issue is whether the injured party is of sound mind and memory and/or has the capacity to sign a POA. If the injured person hires an attorney, then that attorney would be empowered by the attorney-client contract in most instances to handle most of the issues you raise excepting the... Read more »

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Q: While hiking with my dog at Palmer Park last weekend, a woman ran into my dog with her car in the parking lot.

In my opinion she was driving too fast. I incurred substantial vet bills and she refuses to accept any liability. What are my rights? Thank you.

Peter N. Munsing answered on Dec 14, 2018

A lot depends on where the car was, where you and your dog were, if the dog was on a leash was that visible? Did police respond? You may want to file a report.

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Q: Can I be cited for accident when parked, opening Dr along a street. after a visual both over shoulder and by mirror?

There appeared to be no vehicles coming from behind me in either of the two lanes.

The Pueblo City van immediately hit the driver's door AS I was opening it. It was like he came out of nowhere. No injuries, but I was cited for section 1207 of Colorado State law and fined. The driver of the... Read more »

Peter N. Munsing answered on Dec 14, 2018

If there's an intersection or other video that shows it maybe. As things stand no--because the fact it happened almost instantaneously means that in all liklihood you didn't take that last look in the mirror--otherwise you would have seen the car. It's one of those "objects in the mirror are closer... Read more »

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Q: I hit a cow on hwy281north at nighttime my car was totalled what is the animals owners liability?

Peter N. Munsing answered on Oct 11, 2018

I've been successful in getting compensation from the owner's insurance. If you have collision let your company handle it and go after the owner. If you were injured, then contact a member of the Colo. Assn for Justice. They give free consults.

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Q: If I sell my granddaughter My vehicle on payments. And the title remains in my name.

If she causes a serious accident. Can I be sued ?

Peter N. Munsing answered on Sep 4, 2018

possibly. You'd want insurance because if she lets it drop, has a wreck, as the owner of an uninsured vehicle you can be on the hook for all the damages she causes.

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Q: In Colorado, can someone who loses a civil lawsuit related to a car crash lose their home and retirement savings?

I've been told that your home and retirement savings are protected in the event you lose a civil lawsuit. Is that correct? We have $500,000 per accident coverage in auto insurance and $300,000 coverage in homeowners insurance. I realize that medical bills can be far greater than that in serious... Read more »

Peter N. Munsing answered on Jul 25, 2018

First, talk to your agent. Generally, in a wreck, only the driver can be sued. In some states jointly held property can't be gotten if someone were to win. Unless the person is totaled, the plaintiff will settle for less than $500,000 unless they are a 30 year old skilled laborer and have multiple... Read more »

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Q: Me and my coworkers were having a discussion about what to do in this situation, we all work as concrete truck drivers.

The situation is, we arrived at the job, there was no room for more then one truck to pull onto the property, the house is right on the highway, it's a 2 lane road with NO shoulder, do we park in the lane or do we unsafely pull sideways on a large grade, trucks weigh 58,000 lbs, would that be... Read more »

Peter N. Munsing answered on Jul 19, 2018

Find a nearby area where you can pulloff and wait. It'd be ok to wait with flashers on if you were going to offload in a couple of minutes--if you are sitting there longer the law would say, couldn't you sit somewhere else?

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Q: Getting into a car accident with no insurance.

I was at fault there was more damage to my car than the other persons. I had no insurance at the time of the accident. This is my first accident, and this will be the first no insurance ticket I will receive. What most likely will happen during court? How long does a driving with no insurance... Read more »

Peter N. Munsing answered on Jul 19, 2018

Worth your getting at least a consult from an attorney who handles tickets in the county where this happened.

Generally, no jail time.

But, get a license suspension as long as you don't pay. Other person can sue you. Not just for their car but for their injuries.

Your...
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Q: What does it mean if I received letter for failure to comply with financial responsibility act?

Peter N. Munsing answered on May 4, 2018

Means someone thinks you don't have insurance so you need to provide proof of coverage.

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Q: I am disabled, how to apply for pro bono attorney with free of charge?

Applies of SOL 3 years or CRS 13 81 103?

Peter N. Munsing answered on Mar 21, 2018

If you were hurt in a wreck contact a member of the Colorado Justice Assn--they give free consults, will represent you on the basis they only get paid when they get money for you.

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Q: I was in a sideswipe crash. I merged from an on ramp into center ln. I was in center ln for abt 5+ seconds

I was then side swiped. I was ticketed & I don't feel at fault. How should I handle this at my court date?

Peter N. Munsing answered on Mar 2, 2018

Plead not guilty if you haven't done that. Get pictures of your car if relevant. Get a copy of the police report. figure out where you entered, approximately when you were sidesiped, how far you traveled once you were in the lane (when you say center do you mean it was 3 travel lanes? If not, you... Read more »

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Q: Mtn car accident. Icy, slid off road. Not speeding. $100 ticket for “drove vehicle improperly on mtn hwy” contest??

I was driving 15 mph in a 35 limit. Very icy roads. Once I started sliding I could not stop and slid off the road, 30 feet downhill into trees. Got a tow and the state patrol helped direct traffic. Afterwords he presented me with a $113.50 ticket for “drove vehicle improperly on mountain... Read more »

Peter N. Munsing answered on Feb 26, 2018

Why not? Worst that happens is judge tell you to pay it. You were slowed down--any slower you wouldn't have control on the vehicle.

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Q: What happens if I turn over the vehicle title to the impound lot if the vehicle was involved in an accident?

Liability insurance coverage only

Peter N. Munsing answered on Jan 18, 2018

Not sure what your question is. Presumably you did that to cover cost of the tow. Has no affect on your insurance.

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Q: I was the victim of an auto accident where my car was struck by another driver. Question involves careless driving.

The police officer who arrived filled out an accident report where he cited the other driver for careless driving, but no summons was issued. Since no summons was issued was the other driver given an actual citation for careless driving, and if so, what penalty would have that driver suffered?... Read more »

Peter N. Munsing answered on Jan 17, 2018

Penalty is usually points, fine. If you were hurt you need to contact a member of the Colo. Assn for Justice--they give free consults.

As far as your claim, the fact the officer felt the other driver was careless (which in citation language means more than inadvertent) will be significant...
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