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1 Answer | Asked in Car Accidents and Consumer Law for Michigan on
Q: the auto shop did extra thing to my car that I did not ask for, and they want me to pay for it. How to deal with that?
Peter N. Munsing
Peter N. Munsing
answered on Dec 19, 2017

If you didn't ask for them find out why they get to add it in if not in the writeup of the estimate, which hopefully you kept a copy of. Don't give them your copy --go in with a copy of that.

1 Answer | Asked in Car Accidents and Traffic Tickets for Michigan on
Q: If an officer checks misdemeanor on a civil infraction ticket for a car accident, would you be told he did so?

My husband was going about 35mph on i94 when he lost control and hit another car in our first big winter storm. The police showed up on scene and questioned the other driver and then came to my husband and gave him a ticket for the accident which appears to be marked as a misdemeanor. No one was... Read more »

Frank B. Ford
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Frank B. Ford
answered on Dec 18, 2017

Speed Too Fast for Conditions is a Civil Infraction, not a Misdemeanor. If the officer marked the misdemeanor box, it's a mistake. That's not enough to get out of the ticket, but it might give a little leverage in negotiating some kind of deal on the charge. Just to make sure it is a... Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Car Accidents and Personal Injury for Michigan on
Q: I got involved in a car accident and I have questions
Neil Davis
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Neil Davis
answered on Dec 15, 2017

A good auto accident lawyer should be able to answer all your questions.

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1 Answer | Asked in Personal Injury and Car Accidents for Michigan on
Q: what happend to me if i missed a court

plz help what the judge do if i missed a court date and i didnt go and what i csn do

Peter N. Munsing
Peter N. Munsing
answered on Dec 8, 2017

Find out what happened for starters--if you are a witness, you may get a warrant if they need you--you'd want to check with whoever subpoenaed you.

If it's for an arraignment or other you may have a warrant and should consult criminal defense counsel in that county.

1 Answer | Asked in Car Accidents and Traffic Tickets for Michigan on
Q: I had a car accident, I got a ticket and I have a court date.What can I do in order to not get the bad points?

Also to not get to pay the ticket.

Peter N. Munsing
Peter N. Munsing
answered on Nov 15, 2017

Not knowing what it was for, hard to say. For starters be neat in appearance. Slacks, collared shirt, haircut if a man, no facial jewlery, no major tats showing, no hoodie saying "yes sir " and "yes m'am" are good starts.

Why not consult someone who handles tickets in that county?

2 Answers | Asked in Civil Litigation, Car Accidents and Collections for Michigan on
Q: My husband took my vehicle out for a ride without my permission...I didn't have any insurance at the time and now my wa

wages are being garnished! They aren't taking any money from him & he's working! Is this legal? How can this be fair??

Brent T. Geers
Brent T. Geers
answered on Nov 6, 2017

As the vehicle's registered owner, you (and your insurance if you had any at the time) are responsible. Did you, or are you willing to, file a police report stating that your husband took your car without permission? That's about the only way you'll be off the hook here.

You...
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1 Answer | Asked in Car Accidents for Michigan on
Q: I was just in an auto accident in Michigan.

The other Driver was driving a company vehicle with a suspended license. He was arrested at the scene. I am on my way to urgent care to have them look me over for injuries. I would like to know my legal rights regarding suing the company in which the driver works for.

Peter N. Munsing
Peter N. Munsing
answered on Sep 19, 2017

Contact a member of the Michigan Assn for Justice for the county where the crash happened. They give free consults. Do not give any statement to any company, even yours--tell them you aren't feeling good. Call the lawyer.

1 Answer | Asked in Car Accidents for Michigan on
Q: A guy that works for a business that sales cars hit me driver side I don't have car insurance

I was driving home from the grocery store with my six month old. It was during rush hour and it was heavy traffic I guess he didn't see me while he was trying to cut through traffic.I was out of work because I just had a baby in February I couldn't afford car insurance. I go back to work... Read more »

Brent T. Geers
Brent T. Geers
answered on Sep 6, 2017

You should seek the advice of one of the many law firms that specialize in auto accident recovery. But because you didn't have insurance, you wouldn't be able to recover anything under Mini-tort, and would likely be out of luck on recovering anything for damages to your car.

1 Answer | Asked in Traffic Tickets, Car Accidents and Juvenile Law for Michigan on
Q: 16yrold was in a trafficaccident an got a OUI.He did smoke pot 6hrs before.Had to give blood.How longbefore I get charge

Bay County, Mi

Neil Colman
Neil Colman
answered on Jul 17, 2017

As soon as the blood test results are back.

1 Answer | Asked in Car Accidents and Traffic Tickets for Michigan on
Q: Cop had tow truck driver hand me ticket and I.D. back. Can I have it thrown out?

It was a single vehicle accident in a Thunderstorm, and cop told tow truck driver he "didn't want to get wet again".

Peter N. Munsing
Peter N. Munsing
answered on Jul 12, 2017

If you got the ticket you plead either guilty or not guilty. Who hands it to you means nothing. Focus on the real issues.

1 Answer | Asked in Car Accidents and Personal Injury for Michigan on
Q: If an auto claims lawsuit has already been settled for pain and suffering. (The non economic damages)

Does this mean I no longer can file another lawsuit for economic damages? I was not advised of the differences and now I'm coming to the end of my 3 years on no fault benefits PIP at least my wage loss and replacement services and soon this will stop. So now I will not be able to perform or... Read more »

David Alan Wolf
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David Alan Wolf
answered on Jul 11, 2017

Typically, when there is a settlement, there is a general release signed which ends up releasing the at-fault driver and insurance company from any further liability. You may want to consult with an attorney in your area to see if you truly waived all of your legal rights. Good luck.

1 Answer | Asked in Car Accidents for Michigan on
Q: I was involved in car accident. Other driver at fault. I am paying for rental car out of pocket. Can i get her pay ?

Also I went to hospital to get checked out next day because my back and neck are messed up. This was 2 wks ago. By back is still killing me. Not sure what i can do

Neil Davis
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Neil Davis
answered on May 31, 2017

If you have not already, you need to make a claim with your own insurance company. Some policies will pay for a rental car while your vehicle is being repaired. Also, if you sustained injuries, you can make a claim against the at-fault driver to recover compensation for those injuries.

1 Answer | Asked in Car Accidents for Michigan on
Q: can I ask a question? I am in michigan I got a subpeona to give a deposition about an accident i was in.

I was the driver. I was uninsured. The person suing was my passenger. Will my giving the deposition possibly cause me to be sued & held financially responsible? At this point the claim is to MICHIGAN ASSIGNED CLAIMS PLAN.

Neil Davis
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Neil Davis
answered on May 1, 2017

It is a little unclear what your question is. A Subpoena is a Court Order for you to appear for the deposition. If you fail to do so, the person that issued the subpoena can ask the Court to schedule a Show Cause hearing wherein you would have to explain why you should not be held in contempt of... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Car Accidents for Michigan on
Q: On Dec 8th I was involved in an automobile accident that was no fault of my own. I have been unable to work ever since,

We are still in the obtaining all of the MRI's from the hospitals and so forth, but I am searching for a good personal injury attorney.

Neil Davis
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Neil Davis
answered on Mar 7, 2017

A good personal injury lawyer can help get all the necessary records, help make sure you get all the benefits from your own insurance company and pursue the clam against the at-fault driver.

1 Answer | Asked in Car Accidents and Traffic Tickets for Michigan on
Q: Person stated neck pain after MVA and denied medics. Cop used wrong injury code on traffic report, should I fight this?

Cop used injury code stating "Any suspected minor injury that is evident to others at the scene" rather than "Any possible injury that is reported or claimed". The person in the accident had no bruises or evidence of any injury. Could this harm my case in the future and should... Read more »

Peter N. Munsing
Peter N. Munsing
answered on Feb 23, 2017

police won't correct that type of minor detail. Also, I don't see the difference. Let your car insurance worry about it.

1 Answer | Asked in Car Accidents and Personal Injury for Michigan on
Q: When filing a lawsuit, is it a set limit on pain and suffer because of the other person insurance policy?
Peter N. Munsing
Peter N. Munsing
answered on Feb 8, 2017

Not when filing but yes it's a limit. Contact a member of the Michigan Assn for Justice--they give Free consultations. If you look at your policy you have selected a certain amount. The other person also has an amount they set.

However in most states the filing amount is either a...
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1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law and Car Accidents for Michigan on
Q: When fostering a dog, if you have had it longer than the owner can you claim posetion of the dog?

I am fostering a dog. I have had it longer than the owner and it is at the vet under my name. She comes from a home with small children and she can be snappy at times. The reason why I am fostering her is because the owner at the time could not support her. I worry about her health and safety with... Read more »

Peter N. Munsing
Peter N. Munsing
answered on Nov 11, 2016

No. Work something out with the owner. Sounds like they are relying on the bond you have formed to get a free ride.

1 Answer | Asked in Car Accidents and Traffic Tickets for Michigan on
Q: IS it illegal for a passenger to leave the scene of a single vehicle accident with no injuries? Charges?
Peter N. Munsing
Peter N. Munsing
answered on Oct 5, 2016

No. Makes sense for them to stay but only person that has to be there is the driver.

1 Answer | Asked in Car Accidents for Michigan on
Q: Who is supposed to pay loss of use bill from rental car agency in hit and run while having broad collision coverage?
Peter N. Munsing
Peter N. Munsing
answered on Sep 19, 2016

Not sure about "loss of use" bill. That sounds like a cockamamie overreach by car rental companies. Turn it over to your insurance and let them handle it. If it's hit and run their coverage should kick in as it had nothing to do with you (I assume you reported it to the police). If... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Car Accidents for Michigan on
Q: Needed a truck loaner from car in dealer collision shop, they pd to rent from enterprise,but put dent in door-what to do

We happened to do this with a fence in our yard, enterprise didn't ask many question when we first picked it up cause dealer was footing the bill(so they declined insurance). Told dealer what happened and they said if Enterprise was okay with it, the dealer would fix the dent/scratch (because... Read more »

Peter N. Munsing
Peter N. Munsing
answered on Sep 13, 2016

Don't overthink it. Enterprise local may be obligated by enterprise central to use their shop. yes, they are pigs but you can always get estimates to refute them --so maybe get a couple. You are on the hook but on the hook doesn't mean open season.

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