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Q: Valet service crashed my car and denied my claim because I don’t have proof that they did it. What can I do?

I pay a monthly valet service to park my car in my apartment building. One day, I received my car from them and drove off. When I parked at my next destination and got off my car the whole side door was as crashed. I submitted a claim to the valet service and they denied my claim because I don’t... Read more »

Charles M.  Baron
Charles M. Baron
answered on Jun 13, 2022

When you say "they denied my claim", do you mean the valet company or the insurance company for the valet company? The first steps in this situation is to get your written repair estimate and request the contact information for the valet company's insurer for liability claims, then... Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Car Accidents and Personal Injury for Florida on
Q: If you are being sued over an auto accident and you live with a relative can they be at risk of sued also ?

I’m over 18 and I live with relative who is afraid that they will be sued and lose everything due to me being in an at fault accident.

Austin Claiborne
Austin Claiborne
answered on Jun 10, 2022

If your relative owned the vehicle you were driving, or if they were otherwise negligently involved in the facts of the case, then they can be included as a defendant in the personal injury/car accident law suit. Each situation is different, but if your relative carries adequate insurance, then... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Car Accidents and Traffic Tickets for Florida on
Q: If my car spun out of control and went over a median on to the other side should I be getting a ticket for this ?
Charles M.  Baron
Charles M. Baron
answered on Jun 6, 2022

That depends on what caused you to lose control - someone else's carelessness or your own?, or a combination of both? Regardless, to get the advice you really need for this issue, you must schedule an appointment with an attorney handling traffic ticket defense in your geographic area. With... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Traffic Tickets, Car Accidents and Small Claims for Florida on
Q: How can I clear an FR 3 suspension if I don't have the funds to pay the judgment?

I was involved in a minor accident in 2011. No damage to either vehicle. My insurance had lapsed and the other party filed a law suit. I moved out of state and realized years later a default judgment was entered against me. Now the dmv wants proof that the debt was satisfied before they will... Read more »

Terrence H Thorgaard
Terrence H Thorgaard
answered on May 25, 2022

You indicate that there was no "damage to either vehicle", but the default judgment apparently indicates otherwise. I suggest that you get an attorney to negotiate a settlement (perhaps paying only a portion) with the judgment creditor.

1 Answer | Asked in Car Accidents, Criminal Law and Personal Injury for Florida on
Q: If my vehicle was found at a hit and run leaving the scene of an accident and drugs were found but I was nowhere near

This is in Florida city Florida and homestead. My truck was found at a hit and run and leaving scene of accident only resulting in property damage and they found drugs cab I bee charged with the drugs and or the crash

Charles M.  Baron
Charles M. Baron
answered on May 23, 2022

Your inquiry is a bit vague. If this was a hit-and-run, with a driver fleeing the accident scene, what does "found at a hit and run" mean? If you mean the truck was found somewhere else, and police determined that it was the vehicle that hit and ran, AND the police have not yet... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Car Accidents and Civil Litigation for Florida on
Q: I was in a hit & run, and the other driver pulled off. Can a lawyer find them, or should I contact my insurance?

I was involved in a hit & run car accident on Friday, May 6. I was driving my Land Rover, and a Toyota Corolla rear ended me. She pulled over for a few minutes, but pulled off before the police arrived. I have a clear photo of her license plate. My land rover has $1000’s in rear end damage.... Read more »

Terrence H Thorgaard
Terrence H Thorgaard
answered on May 11, 2022

GEICO knows about it, so it is doubtful that failing to "put a claim on [your] insurance" would save you any money. You should ask GEICO to pay the claim; if they do, they may want to try to find the identity of the Toyota's owner, and file suit against her.

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Q: In florida, if i drive my mothers car without me being insured, is that legal?
Terrence H Thorgaard
Terrence H Thorgaard
answered on Apr 1, 2022

If you get in an accident without being insured, you will probably be in serious trouble. But does your mother have insurance? Have her check with the insurer to see if you would be covered.

1 Answer | Asked in Car Accidents and Personal Injury for Florida on
Q: Never got any kind of compensation or justice from being hit by a car

My mom got hit by a car when she was crossing the road. She had to spend weeks in the hospital and suffered major injuries to her leg and head. I was a child at the time so my mom was not able to take care of me since she was in the hospital. So that effected our lives in that time.

The... Read more »

David Irving Shiner
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David Irving Shiner
answered on Apr 1, 2022

I am sorry to hear about your mother's situation. It is devastating to be injured in an accident and, even worse, knowing the at-fault party was not be held responsible for their negligent actions.

Under Florida's statute of limitations, you have four years from the date of the...
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2 Answers | Asked in Car Accidents and Personal Injury for Florida on
Q: I am in the process of a personal injury lawsuit. The other driver that is responsible for the accident, his insurance

company wants me to sign a POA, to release my vehicle to them. Is it ok to sign that agreement for property damage. Even if I am suing them for personal injury

Terrence H Thorgaard
Terrence H Thorgaard
answered on Mar 18, 2022

It's possible that they want to investigate the condition of the vehicle for some reason. Your insurance company should have assigned you an attorney. Ask that attorney about the document they want you to sign.

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1 Answer | Asked in Personal Injury, Products Liability, Traffic Tickets and Car Accidents for Florida on
Q: What can I do? Suing GM will take years.My cars totaled price will never get me close to a reliable vehicle I need 4work

Feb 2nd I was doing the speed limit of 65mph around 7pm which was dark out. Upon reaching the top of a hill instantly saw a vehicle stopped in my lane w/out hazards on and rear ended them. I Driving 2010 Buick Enclave w/zero open recalls.but upon impact my seatbelt didn’t lockup nor did a single... Read more »

Domenic J. Celeste
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Domenic J. Celeste
answered on Feb 12, 2022

Firstly, do you have your own car insurance? If so, you need to report this accident to them immediately. If you have car insurance, hopefully they can pay the cost to replace your vehicle, although, I'm sure, it won't be much considering the year of the vehicle. Did the police come to... Read more »

3 Answers | Asked in Car Accidents, Personal Injury, Workers' Compensation and Civil Rights for Florida on
Q: Exceptions to Florida Workers’ Compensation Immunity

I got ran over by a garbage truck and the person drug test came back positive for cocaine the same day and he got fired. Would that fall into intentional tort because he knew what he was doing was wrong and he could injury someone while driving high, especially a commercial vehicle?

Titus Thomas Nichols
Titus Thomas Nichols
answered on Feb 8, 2022

I'm sorry to hear about this horrible incident. In your sceneario it is possible that both the driver and the company that he was driving for would be liable for your injuries. In Georgia, a company may be responsible for the torts committed by its employees. Additionally, there may be... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Car Accidents for Florida on
Q: 2017 car accident now the person coming after me with lawyer, what should I do?

I was at fault for accident in 2017 , the insurance Paid her at the time of the accident. And close the claim. Now 4 years later she’s coming after me with an attorney. What am I supposed to do

Terrence H Thorgaard
Terrence H Thorgaard
answered on Jan 18, 2022

Notify the insurance company to pay an attorney in your behalf.

1 Answer | Asked in Car Accidents for Florida on
Q: Wife rear ended someone. She has no assets or job. Is our home safe if we bought it together after our marriage?

We where advised by insurance company that a lawyer might be needed as the person she hit got an attorney. We thought full coverage also had liability for the injured party but we where wrong and we didn't have that coverage. If she is sued, can out home be taken away? She has no job, no bank... Read more »

Stephen Arnold Black
Stephen Arnold Black
answered on Jan 16, 2022

OK first of all, if your wife had no liability insurance on her vehicle, the chances that an attorney would pursue this claim against her are almost 0%. Secondly, even if an attorney did pursue this claim, and your only asset is a joint home titled in your names together, that asset cannot be... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Products Liability and Car Accidents for Florida on
Q: A driver hit my car at my job's parking lot and he was driving a rental. Is the rental company supposed to fixed my car?
Linda Liang
Linda Liang
answered on Jan 11, 2022

No. The renter's insurance company. The renter should have insurance covering the rental car. You should look to that direction.

2 Answers | Asked in Car Accidents for Florida on
Q: Who is responsible for lost wallet in car accident?

I lost my wallet with $600 in it after a car accident. I left the wallet in my truck and when I went to retrieve it the next day from the tow truck company the wallet was gone. Is my insurance company responsible?

Terrence H Thorgaard
Terrence H Thorgaard
answered on Dec 29, 2021

Perhaps. You should read the policy to see if it excludes losses of this nature. But, in any case, I suspect that the insurance company will want more than your word. Do you have any other way of proving the claimed loss of your wallet?

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1 Answer | Asked in Car Accidents, Insurance Bad Faith, Insurance Defense and Civil Litigation for Florida on
Q: Can my car leaser add damages to my credit if I choose to return it damaged even though I have gap insurance.

Hello. I want to return my car because I plan on buying a house early 2022 and don't want a car payment listed as a bill when I apply for loans. I got into a wreck last month. I only have pip insurance. It's a fairly large dent in the driver side of the door. The person's insurance... Read more »

Bruce Alexander Minnick
Bruce Alexander Minnick
answered on Dec 29, 2021

Your plan has serious flaws in it, not the least of which is a possible legal claim from the dealer seeking the remaining monthly payments that you agreed to pay at the beginning of the lease.

Whoever told you that you can just return a badly damaged leased car to whoever leased it to you...
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2 Answers | Asked in Car Accidents and Personal Injury for Florida on
Q: Florida: recently married. New spouse owned property prior to marriage. If I am in a car accident and it’s my fault can

The injured party sue them and their property if owned prior to marriage?

Terrence H Thorgaard
Terrence H Thorgaard
answered on Dec 17, 2021

If your spouse negligently entrusted you with the vehicle (if, for example there were no insurance), your spouse might be sued. If they were to recover a judgment, they could, in theory, levy upon your spouse's premarital property (as well as marital property).

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1 Answer | Asked in Car Accidents for Florida on
Q: What happens after I filea a voluntary dismissalWithPrejudice in my personal Injury case?

My attorney filed for a motionless enormo The settlement agreement in court because I did not sign the release form and the court ordered me to sign the release form and file for the a.m dismissal.

Terrence H Thorgaard
Terrence H Thorgaard
answered on Dec 11, 2021

I don't know what you mean by "a motionless enormo", but if you agree to a dismissal with prejudice, it means that you cannot sue again for the same injury. The release has the same effect. Ask your attorney to explain it to you.

2 Answers | Asked in Car Accidents for Florida on
Q: My car was totaled in an accident and I think my tie rods must have failed. What can I do to prove this?

The insurance company did pay for my injuries but my pip didn't cover it. Also, the insurance company doesn't want to pay me what my car was worth. What can I do about all of this?

Michael  Mayoral
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Michael Mayoral
answered on Dec 9, 2021

You can consult with and retain an attorney who deals with insurance claims. The attorney should be able to do this on a contingency basis, which means you don't pay the attorney up front, but if you recover additional money, the attorney receives a portion of that.

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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
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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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