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1 Answer | Asked in Car Accidents, Civil Litigation and Criminal Law for Florida on
Q: If the driver dies in a car accident in Florida, & they are driving someone else car with no license, who is responsible

I borrowed my girlfriends car. I told my sister she could use it to take her boyfriend home. She didn't & instead asked a friend to drive hin using my girlfriends car. The friend driving my girlfriends car wrecked & was killed. Would the owner of the car insurance cover the cost of... Read more »

Bruce Alexander Minnick
Bruce Alexander Minnick answered on Nov 17, 2020

1. The short answer to most of your questions is that the insurance company that insured the car that was wrecked is the best source to get answers to all of your many questions.

2. Second guessing them I will only say that you and your sister and everyone else involved here have DIFFERENT...
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1 Answer | Asked in Car Accidents and Personal Injury for Florida on
Q: If I was involved in an accident that only I was in no one else was involved, I had full coverage, what can I do about

Getting medical attention for my broken knee and back and neck pain? The doctors tell me to contact an attorney before they can treat me due to the extent of injuries they were aware of me being the only one involved and i believe i have 25000in pip but im still dealing with a broken knee and no... Read more »

Charles M.  Baron
Charles M. Baron answered on Nov 10, 2020

Did they explain why they told you to contact an attorney? Could they be confused and think you were the victim of another, at-fault driver? Your insurance company's PIP would cover up to the first $10,000 in bills (minus any deductible), then your health insurance, if any, would cover the... Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Car Accidents for Florida on
Q: If someone has something sticking out of their parked truck into the road and I hit it, who is at fault?

The steal beam was run out the back pass-through window, out the back of the truck and 2 ft into the road from his driveway. There was a small red flag secured to it via surran wrap. The truck was unattended and it was dark outside. I did not see it and I hit it with my golf cart. The back window... Read more »

Terrence H Thorgaard
Terrence H Thorgaard answered on Nov 7, 2020

Get your insurance company to hire an attorney to represent you. Let the insurance companies litigate it.

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1 Answer | Asked in Car Accidents for Florida on
Q: Does a claimant for an auto body claim have the right to choose their repair facility?
Charles M.  Baron
Charles M. Baron answered on Nov 2, 2020

Depends on insurance policy language.

1 Answer | Asked in Car Accidents and Personal Injury for Florida on
Q: Can someone sue me for a car accident after it was dismissed with prejudice?

In 2014 I was in an at fault car accident. It was later resolved with a dismissal with prejudice. I just found out my license is suspended and when I called they told me I had a lawsuit against me for the accident. I looked up the florida court records and they had opened a new lawsuit against me... Read more »

Charles M.  Baron
Charles M. Baron answered on Oct 20, 2020

If the second suit is for the same incident and same claimed damages, a motion to vacate the judgment in the second suit should be filed and set for hearing before the judge currently assigned to that case number. You must compare the complaint filed in the first suit to the one filed in the... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Car Accidents for Florida on
Q: i need information on a hit and run accident .the other car had minor damage. unintentional accident

what kind of lawyer i need for the court hearing

Terrence H Thorgaard
Terrence H Thorgaard answered on Oct 16, 2020

I assume you were charged with leaving the scene of the accident. You need an attorney who has experience in criminal law.

1 Answer | Asked in Car Accidents for Florida on
Q: I had a very minor fender bender Involving my vehicle and a parked vehicle

I was cited for violating limitations of backing statutes but I wasn’t actually driving the vehicle ....my vehicle did not shift fully into park and minutes after I had exited it disengaged from park and jumped through neutral and into reverse....at which point my Jeep moved very slowly backwards... Read more »

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar answered on Sep 23, 2020

A Florida attorney could advise best, but your question remains open for three weeks. It's possible the other side could raise the issue that the parking brake could have averted the minor accident. Good luck

Tim Akpinar

3 Answers | Asked in Car Accidents for Florida on
Q: I was hit by another car and come to find out my ins was canceled and I didn’t know it what happens now?

I wasn’t in pain when it happened but I am now do I still get checked out even though I have no insurance and live in a no fault state?? Or how does it work?

Charles M.  Baron
Charles M. Baron answered on Sep 17, 2020

Immediately call a personal injury attorney in your area. First thing to check is the validity of your insurance cancellation, as your insurance has PIP coverage. The next thing is to determine the insurance carried by the other driver, if he/she was at fault.

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1 Answer | Asked in Car Accidents and Criminal Law for Florida on
Q: If someone gets a affidavit for a felony charge, does the affidavit act as a warrant for their arrest
Henry George Ferro
Henry George Ferro answered on Aug 12, 2020

Your question is somewhat confusing...an arrest warrant is issued by a judge...and arrest affidavit is issued by law enforcement at the time of an arrest...they are two different things...there is also an affidavit in support of a request for an arrest warrant...HIRE A LAWYER AND LET HIM FRET WITH... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Car Accidents for Florida on
Q: In Florida if you are served a summons not given to you directly how long do you have to file a written response

I was delivered a summons to my home but since i was out of town at the time it was instead given to my room mate to then give to me when i returned how long do i have to file a written response is it still 20 or is it 30 because it was not given to me directly?

Terrence H Thorgaard
Terrence H Thorgaard answered on Jul 28, 2020

Assuming your roommate is an adult, it is good service. File the written response within 20 days of your being served by delivery to your roommate.

2 Answers | Asked in Animal / Dog Law and Car Accidents for Florida on
Q: If an unknown neighbor came to my door and my dog got out and they were scared can I be sued

They came to complain about my dog pooping in their yard, which is actually an easement

Terrence H Thorgaard
Terrence H Thorgaard answered on Jul 20, 2020

They were scared, but not injured? Surely you jest.

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1 Answer | Asked in Personal Injury, Business Law, Car Accidents and Insurance Bad Faith for Florida on
Q: Taxi cab hit us, no insurance. Opening multiple LLC' to avoid prosecution? How is this legal?

They have no assets to go after as he is an LLC. How do I have little recourse against them as my attorney states a grim outcome?

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar answered on Jul 16, 2020

A Florida attorney could advise best, but your question remains open for four weeks. Your attorney has as a point. This situation arises with commercial operators that are undercapitalized and underinsured (or worse, uninsured, as is the case with this vehicle). Your attorney has probably already... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Car Accidents for Florida on
Q: I have no driver license and I wrecked someone rental car twice. My fault on both. Rental $15,500 damage on 2nd accident

And the other car has damages also. First wrecked on the other car too. Can the rental car company ask the courts to put a warrant on me for damages. I didn't report the accident to the rental but they found out. What can happen in a case like this?

Terrence H Thorgaard
Terrence H Thorgaard answered on Jul 4, 2020

They can't "put a warrant on [you] for damages"; a suit for damages would be a civil case. In a civil case you would be served with a summons and complaint. the summons would give you directions for responding to the case. A warrant may be issued if criminal charges are also filed.

1 Answer | Asked in Personal Injury, Car Accidents and Insurance Defense for Florida on
Q: Can my assets be brought into a previous lawsuit if we get married?

My fiancee was involved in a car accident while he was on his parents policy. One person did not settle and is now sueing. Can my assets be brought into the lawsuit once we get married in November 2020?

Charles M.  Baron
Charles M. Baron answered on Jun 19, 2020

A party's assets are not an issue in such a lawsuit unless and until a money judgment is entered against the party, and then it's an issue only if there is no or too little insurance coverage to protect the party - for example, if a judgment for $50K is entered against the defendant, who... Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Car Accidents and Libel & Slander for Florida on
Q: A guy hit my car, we chose to settle private..PLEASE READ (Evidence)

A guy hit The side of my car this morning we pulled over and he asked me cash or insurance I told him we can settle it private. we exchanged information and I took video of the whole thing including him saying his name and exactly how he hit me on video. If he chooses not to respond how do I go... Read more »

David Tapalian
David Tapalian answered on Jun 17, 2020

It’s always best practices to contact the police. Especially if this accident was not your fault, it’s always best to go through the other person’s auto insurance. I’ve seen time and again how handling it “private” backfires. If you are concerned you should file a police report.

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1 Answer | Asked in Traffic Tickets and Car Accidents for Florida on
Q: I was in a collision I believe I'm not at fault for but I told the officer I wasn't sure if the light was green or not.

I was turning left driving behind a friend and mid turn I was hit by an oncoming car. They claimed they had a yellow light and in the confusion I stated I wasn't sure if the light was a green arrow, or green. I was issued a failure to yield but I believe I had the right of way and my friend... Read more »

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar answered on Jun 13, 2020

A Florida attorney could advise best, but your post remains open for three weeks. You could contact a traffic ticket defense attorney; many offer free initial consults. The case appears to present challenges, in terms of making a left turn, the reliability of your friend's testimony (as it... Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Personal Injury, Car Accidents and Civil Litigation for Florida on
Q: Do I file answer with all of my financials or call Morgan and Morgan and let them know I don’t own the car anymore?

Out of nowhere while visiting with family the other day, I was served with a summons for a vehicle crash my ex wife was involved in. Shocking as I moved several states away a couple months ago and was back in town at extended family’s residence visiting for the weekend and BBQ. We are divorced... Read more »

Bruce Alexander Minnick
Bruce Alexander Minnick answered on May 18, 2020

DO NOT CALL MORGAN & MORGAN. There are more than enough scary facts presented here to warrant you looking for and hiring a lawyer right away. It appears that the crash report identifying you as the owner is the main cause for concern; however, people being sued under the theory of vicarious... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Car Accidents for Florida on
Q: I rented a car and was in an accident. I tried to resolve in 2017 with Budget but was referred

to a collection agency for all matters. Now 3 years later Budget is trying to sue me. Stating they having been trying to fix the issue but they stopped the communication not me. Any steps I can take to get this dismissed?

Jeffrey Snyder
Jeffrey Snyder answered on May 6, 2020

Is there an attorney involved? i would suggest contacting them to set up a payment plan before a default judgment against you.

2 Answers | Asked in Car Accidents and Insurance Defense for Florida on
Q: I signed up for full coverage on my vehicle because I am financing it. I have proof that the policy was changed. Help??!

I signed up for full coverage insurance on my vehicle because I am financing it. I got into an accident and now they are saying I only have baseline coverage. But I have documents proving otherwise. What can I do?

Charles M.  Baron
Charles M. Baron answered on Apr 29, 2020

I assume by "they", you mean your own insurance company. Either you purchased a policy with the full coverage, or you didn't - it's in black and white on your policy and declaration page documents. Your first step is to confront the insurance company representative with the... Read more »

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2 Answers | Asked in Car Accidents for Florida on
Q: 2 years ago in Fl I was in a car accident. Wasn’t charged nor given a ticket. The other driver is now suing me.

No one was found at fault and it was wet and it wasn’t my fault. She’s trying to sue me for her deductible. I have no income other than 522 in SSI a month and food stamps, as I’m disabled and don’t work. She for some reason is trying to sue me for her damages even though i was never charged... Read more »

Charles M.  Baron
Charles M. Baron answered on Apr 20, 2020

I you can't convince the plaintiff that you have no $$, you have no option other than to defend yourself and attempt to persuade the small claims court judge that you were not at fault. Ticketing by police, or lack thereof, is irrelevant (unless someone is ticketed and then pleads guilty or... Read more »

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