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2 Answers | Asked in Car Accidents and Personal Injury for Michigan on
Q: I was wonder if I could sue for pain and suffering after an not at fault accident which I now have bad back problems?

The car accident took place at February 28, 2020

Brent T. Geers
Brent T. Geers answered on May 26, 2020

Likely no. Our no-fault system makes your insurance company responsible for your medical bills. About the only way to get outside of the no-fault system and sue the other driver is if you suffered a serious impairment to a bodily function (e.g. paralysis, amputation, etc.). Back pain, usually,... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Traffic Tickets and Car Accidents for Michigan on
Q: Can I operate a motorized bycicle under 50cc in Michigan on public roads without a moped or driver's license?

Motor has a top speed of 28mph and produces 1.9hp. The displacement is 48cc and it has a muffler. The pedals would still be operable as normal and don't get removed in the process of installing the engine.

Mark Bredow
Mark Bredow answered on May 5, 2020

Put simply, no. Mopeds must be registered at a Secretary of State office unless operated solely on private property. A three-year registration decal costs about $15.00. If you do not have a valid operator or chauffeur license and are at least age 15, you may apply for a moped license. You must... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Car Accidents and Criminal Law for Michigan on
Q: Driver crashes into building (not under influence), are criminal charges a possibility?

New driver (not under the influence) crashes into building, does damage to building, gets careless driving ticket (has yet to go to court due to covid). At scene, police searched vehicle, found nothing, they did threaten to charge driver with a hate crime or malicious destruction of property (no... Read more »

Brent T. Geers
Brent T. Geers answered on May 1, 2020

It's possible. I would imagine when he goes to court, the prosecutor will likely want him admit to careless driving right then or they'll charge him with reckless driving and malicious destruction of property.

1 Answer | Asked in Car Accidents for Michigan on
Q: Car insurance company trying to sue me
Peter N. Munsing
Peter N. Munsing answered on Mar 30, 2020

I'm assuming because you had no insurance. If you had insurance turn the claim over to them.

1 Answer | Asked in Car Accidents for Michigan on
Q: Can I sue my auto insurance adjuster for blatantly lying in trying to get me to agree to a post settlement offer?

This is a catastrophic auto claim and the insurance company is trying to get me to accept a POST settlement. The reason I am interested is to get the medical care for T.B.I. issues and undiagnosed upper body injuries.

The problems I AM having is the my insurance adjuster is lying to me via... Read more »

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar answered on Mar 20, 2020

It would be best for a Michigan attorney to advise you, but your post remains open for four weeks. You present lots of information and it's difficult for anyone to assess your situation in simple terms and offer a couple of quick pointers or suggestions. As a general matter, regardless of... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Traffic Tickets and Car Accidents for Michigan on
Q: I have got a ticket for failed to stop within a clear distance

I have got a ticket for failed to stop within a clear distance and have no proof of insurance as well. I was driving my friends car and his car does not have insurance. What's my best option how fine, points will I get?? It was very minor accident like just small dent on the car which I... Read more »

Peter N. Munsing
Peter N. Munsing answered on Feb 22, 2020

It snows in Michigan and you are supposed to be going slowly enough that you can stop without hitting anyone--which is why you got the ticket.As to the no proof of insurance, as it's not your car how could you have proof of insurance? If you have insurance on your own car presumably you... Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Car Accidents and Insurance Defense for Michigan on
Q: Can I be sued in Michigan for hitting a building, if it's my fault?

I hit a building and it's my fault (negligent in parking lot, no drugs or alcohol involved). Can my insurance company deny the building owner's claim? Can the building owner (or their insurance company) sue me for damages?

Brent T. Geers
Brent T. Geers answered on Feb 22, 2020

The answer is "yes" to both your questions. Although I'm not sure why the insurance company would deny a valid claim unless they were denying coverage for any number of reasons found in your contract with them. In which case the building owner could certainly sue you personally.

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1 Answer | Asked in Car Accidents and Insurance Defense for Michigan on
Q: Q: Can I be sued in the event that a leased vehicle I cosigned for Is involved in an accident?

I will be cosigning for a lease vehicle for someone who has a poor credit score.

MY name will appear on the vehicles registration with the owners. This individual will be carrying their own and only auto insurance on the vehicle.

Macomb, MI

Peter N. Munsing
Peter N. Munsing answered on Jan 20, 2020

Usually only the driver is sued; if you cosigned you aren't necessarily a registered owner. If you are, you need to make sure insurance is on that vehicle.

1 Answer | Asked in Car Accidents and Small Claims for Michigan on
Q: Are they responsible for that damage?

Hello

I'm a uber driver and I went to pickup a passenger where he works. It was snowing and the ground was covered. After picking him up and as were leaving I hit what seems to be a pothole and damaged my passenger front and rear wheel and tire. It was in the way and on their... Read more »

Peter N. Munsing
Peter N. Munsing answered on Jan 20, 2020

There were class actions under which uber had to pay for insurance for you drivers. If you had collision, run it through that. As to their manager--his property, you can sue the company in small claims.

1 Answer | Asked in Car Accidents for Michigan on
Q: Do I have any options if failed to report an accident?

While leaving for work I hit my neighbors brick siding. I live in a condo, and all the units are within close proximity to each other. My neighbor's garage and my garage directly face each other. It was our first major snowstorm of the year, and the snow hadn't been cleared, and whiling... Read more »

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar answered on Dec 3, 2019

Your question was cut off at the end, but your conduct, should you be accused of leaving the scene of an accident, demonstrates every intention of reporting it after you realized there was damage. If you are accused, contact an attorney. Ask the rep from the insurance company with whom you spoke to... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Car Accidents for Michigan on
Q: Which attorney sends payment to childsupport in waynecounty mi
Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar answered on Oct 21, 2019

Is it possible you inadvertently uploaded this to the wrong category? There is a Child Support section here; a car accident attorney is not likely to be able to meaningfully answer your child support question. Good luck

Tim Akpinar

1 Answer | Asked in Car Accidents, Insurance Bad Faith and Personal Injury for Michigan on
Q: Can I get a new claim representative if the one I have is being difficult to work with
Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar answered on Oct 19, 2019

You could ask for one if there is something very acrimonious in the chemistry in your working relationship. But for the most part, the role of a claim rep is adversarial to the claimant. The claim rep is not there to be a mentor or friend. Claim reps are highly intelligent, analytical, and... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Car Accidents for Michigan on
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.

1 Answer | Asked in Car Accidents for Michigan on
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.

1 Answer | Asked in Car Accidents for Michigan on
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.

3 Answers | Asked in Car Accidents for Michigan on
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... 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.... 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... 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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