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Q: Can you sue someone for taking your car without permission& getting it impounded by police?

I live in the metro Detroit area and let my daughter (a college student at Western Michigan University) use my car to get back and forth. While she was working, her boyfriend (who did not have permission) took my car and drove to Bloomington, IL with a friend of his and got pulled over with a large... Read more »

Peter N. Munsing
Peter N. Munsing answered on Sep 11, 2019

Yes. You can also report it to the police as a theft.

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Q: If I was in a car accident, but i am the daughter of the car owner and insurance policy holder, who files in email clai

Small claims motion to have him pay my deductible because he had no insurance? Me or my dad ? It both

Peter N. Munsing
Peter N. Munsing answered on Jul 29, 2019

If you were hurt you have a separate claim called uninsured motorist. Get a free consult from a member of the Michigan Assn for Justice in your county--they give free consults.

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Q: What kind of lawyer do you need for a car accident. My daughter hit someone and her insurance was expired.
Brent T. Geers
Brent T. Geers answered on May 25, 2019

Either a criminal defense attorney or civil attorney, and possibly both depending on how everything shakes out.

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Q: Can I be taken to small claims court and be sued by insurance through subrogation?

I was considered at fault for a car accident where I had no insurance. I am being sued in small claims court as well as the persons insurance company is requesting repayment for the claim its self.

Brent T. Geers
Brent T. Geers answered on May 6, 2019

Yes. The person is likely suing you in small claims for what's commonly called "mini-tort", asking you to pay the deductible they had to pay or had subtracted from what their insurance paid out. The insurance company will hold you personally responsible for the total amount they had to pay out.... Read more »

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3 Answers | Asked in Contracts, Insurance Defense and Car Accidents for Michigan on
Q: Should I accept this offer from the insurance company, or should I get more money?

I was in a car accident a couple of weeks ago. We were at a stop waiting for traffic to clear to turn left when the car behind us did not stop and went right into us. It was a hit and run, but they were caught. Both cars were totaled. I was the passenger in the car, and have been going to a... Read more »

Bruce Alexander Minnick
Bruce Alexander Minnick answered on Apr 16, 2019

This is a perfect example why non-lawyers should never agree to do anything important when offered by a complete stranger--over the telephone? Really? There may still be time for you to extract yourself from the clutches of this uncaring insurance company--if you call a lawyer and ask for help. Do... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Car Accidents and Libel & Slander for Michigan on
Q: On a snowy night, I crashed into a ditch and ended up in a brook. Temperatures below zero and was wet from the knee down

I got charged with not reporting an accident and driving left of center lane resulting in an accident

Peter N. Munsing
Peter N. Munsing answered on Mar 18, 2019

Don't see any harm from either except to you. But not reporting a wreck even if another vehicle was not involved can be serious depending on your state's laws, so look at the sections and see--if serious, then contact a lawyer that handles tickets in that county/city to represent you. Maybe they... Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Car Accidents, Personal Injury, DUI / DWI and Traffic Tickets for Michigan on
Q: I was in an accident yesterday and had a blood level of 2.98. This will be my second offense and I’m really worried

I ended up totaling my boyfriends new truck and going to the hospital. I was not in the right state of mind when the cops talked to me and might have jeopardized myself. I had also taken two cbd gummies which is why I was drowsy. 4 years ago I got charged with an owi so this will be my second... Read more »

Frank B. Ford
Frank B. Ford answered on Feb 21, 2019

You definitely need an attorney to help you with the situation. The information here does not indicate where this happened, which can affect how to approach the case, the cost for legal services, and who might be a good choice of attorneys. I think it would be better if you called me, or some... Read more »

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2 Answers | Asked in Car Accidents and Collections for Michigan on
Q: How do I respond to Subrogation letter regarding auto/tractor accident in no-fault state?

My dad was on his tractor and pulled out into the street at the same time that our neighbor came down the road in his truck. The neighbor moved to avoid the tractor and side swiped my parent's mailbox. Crash report states no damage. My parents paid the neighbors $500 deductible. Now a year later my... Read more »

Trent Harris
Trent Harris answered on Oct 26, 2018

You should find a local attorney specializing in no-fault insurance claims and speak to them.

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1 Answer | Asked in Car Accidents and Traffic Tickets for Michigan on
Q: Traffic Crash

Hi i involved in a traffic crash ticket after red light jump that got 3 other cars affected excluding mine.Police came to scene and gave me signal jump ticket. The Description says Disobey traffic signal with c&I checked only. The police confirmed that there were no injuries reported but there is... Read more »

Brent T. Geers
Brent T. Geers answered on Oct 2, 2018

Doesn't sound like it. Criminal charges could result if alcohol or drugs were involved, or you failed to stop and report, or you somehow intentionally or recklessly did this. None of that appears to be the case here.

1 Answer | Asked in Car Accidents and Traffic Tickets for Michigan on
Q: I was in a car accident. The ticket states that I left the scene. I gave all my information to the other party.

My vehicle was unsafe to drive but, I was able to move it off the road. I called for a ride and when they showed up I left. The other party stated that they were okay and we were there for an hour already. Court date is coming in the mail. Should I hire an attorney. This is the first accident I've... Read more »

Frank B. Ford
Frank B. Ford answered on Sep 25, 2018

Leaving the scene of an accident is a 6 point violation, which is as big as they get. It is also a criminal offense that could conceivably put you in jail for three months, although that is not likely. My point is, it's a serious charge, and you should get an attorney who regularly practices... Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Car Accidents and DUI / DWI for Michigan on
Q: I left the bar last night, don't remember leaving. Drove home. Cops showed up at door and impounded my car from driveway

I didn't answer the door. Called this morning and the cops said I hit and run a car, on my street. Said that they were getting off their shift and would be over at ten tonight to give me a ticket and I can get me car Monday from impound.

Frank B. Ford
Frank B. Ford answered on Sep 15, 2018

Sounds like you're going to get a ticket for leaving the scene of a property damage accident. That's a criminal misdemeanor, that carries up to ninety days in jail. Find an attorney in your area who practices primarily traffic and drunk driving defense. Although this presumably won't be charged... Read more »

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Q: Do I sue the driver and the company he works for in a small claims case? The driver hit me on private property.

He had no proof of insurance and was driving a company vehicle

Peter N. Munsing
Peter N. Munsing answered on Sep 11, 2018

If you were hurt contact a member of the Michigan Assn for Justice--they give free consults. However If it's a company, chances are they have insurance. If police weren't involved, write the company a note to the risk manager to get their insurance information.

1 Answer | Asked in Traffic Tickets, Car Accidents and Civil Rights for Michigan on
Q: I am under the age of 18 and I have a driver's permit but not a Driver's License can I purchase a car at a Dealership?

I have the money to buy the car. ALSO How would I get my License Plate?

Mark Bredow
Mark Bredow answered on Aug 22, 2018

it's unlikely that a car dealer will sell to you alone, without an adult, because minors may void a contract until their 18th birthday. But, if they do, the dealer will apply for the plate for you. You are not required to be a licensed driver to purchase a car, but you have to be licensed to... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Car Accidents and Personal Injury for Michigan on
Q: I got in a car accident 6 months ago, my lawyer never answers his phone calls.

Im trying to see where my loss wage claims are, adjuster wont speak to me, lawyer wont answer phone, neither his assistant,

I was wondering, what can I do, without my lawyer's interference since he never answers me, to push my insurance company to send my wage loss without filing a... Read more »

Peter N. Munsing
Peter N. Munsing answered on Jul 19, 2018

The insurance won't talk to you. Suggest you write and ask for an appointment, explain you call and dont' get anyone (double check to make sure you are using the right number).

Make the appointment in person. You can then see your file and if it's getting work on it.

Otherwise, you...
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Q: Is it essential to Michigan lawsuit of auto claim to be pursue without a police incident report
Peter N. Munsing
Peter N. Munsing answered on Jun 29, 2018

If you mean do you need an incident report, no, but they may not pick up the phone i you do't have one.

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Q: Being sued by a lady who I hit in an auto accident. I have no job, money or assets. What will happen if they win civil

suit? And can they come after my wife since shes the one who works?

Peter N. Munsing
Peter N. Munsing answered on Jun 24, 2018

If you have insurance that should cover it. Get a copy of the police report. But let your insurance company be your guide--they will provide you with an attorney.

If you have no insurance they may get a judgment against you. Generally your wife would not be involved, but if she has a car...
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1 Answer | Asked in Personal Injury and Car Accidents for Michigan on
Q: I was injured in a MVA in michigan 100 percent not at fault. Who's ins is responsible for pain and suffering?

Per doc instructions, I am to be off work for no less than 25 days and I am self employed. I have pip ins coverage. Do I need an attorney to help or should I rely on my own insurance company to take care of me

Peter N. Munsing
Peter N. Munsing answered on Mar 21, 2018

If you are a swimmer do you ask the shark for directions? You talk to a member of the Michigan Justice Assn for the county where it happened--they give free consults.

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Q: If I was hit in a head on collision and had no broken bones but have a concussion can i sue for negligence in MI
Peter N. Munsing
Peter N. Munsing answered on Mar 21, 2018

depends on your follow up, other problems. You need to contact a member of the Michigan Assn for Justice in the county where the wreck happened--they give free consultations

1 Answer | Asked in Car Accidents for Michigan on
Q: I was in a accident and now have to pay settlement. Is it possible to reopen case to fight judgement

I was in a car accident a few years back, at the time I did not have insurance. I was unaware that I was without insurance, I was in school and my mom had agreed to make those payments for me. The car was parked in the left lane with no hazards on so coming down the hill it seemed like it was... Read more »

Peter N. Munsing
Peter N. Munsing answered on Mar 15, 2018

The time to try to reopen it would've been when you realized you hadn't gotten it in. If it's not been too long you could try to reopen it but that would mean hiring an attorney and they'd want up front money. I f you were injured in the wreck and it's medically documented, and it's under two... Read more »

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Q: From a driveway merging on a 5 lane road Can I turn in center lane and wait til traffic is clear to merge over ?
Peter N. Munsing
Peter N. Munsing answered on Feb 14, 2018

Depends how the roadway is marked. Some roads you may not, would have to go to the next cloverleaf, then head back to make a right turn into the driveway.

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