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1 Answer | Asked in Car Accidents for New York on
Q: My car was totaled and I've been waiting over 4 months to get paid out the value of the vehicle. Can I sue?

Someone backed into 3 cars and mine was one of them. It got totaled. Insurance company is claiming they have to wait to sell one of the other cars involved in the accident before they can pay me out. I've been waiting long enough and I need the money now.

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar answered on Oct 5, 2021

You should be able to sue, unless there are facts missing here. Whether you handle the matter yourself or you go through law firms, keep legal fees in mind. When it comes to handling property damage-only cases, law firms may not necessarily handle them on a contingency basis. Good luck

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Q: My daughter's car got backed into at a gas station. Her car was damaged. At fault driver now changing story. Proceed?

No police report was filed (error). Can't access video from the gas station apparently with out police approval, but no report. Insurance company says her word vs, his. Any recourse?

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar answered on Oct 5, 2021

If the matter involved low-level/low-speed property losses only, it could sometimes be difficult to arrange for an attorney to handle on a contingency basis. Depending on the type of policy, the carrier could pursue damages from the other side. Whether you act through the insurance carrier,... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in DUI / DWI, Traffic Tickets and Car Accidents for New York on
Q: Hello, if I am pulling out from stop sign to a main road with "two-way left turn" to turn left.

Where do I have to turn? To the "two-way left turn lane" or normal lane? New York State

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar answered on Aug 7, 2021

Below, I've pasted a link to the NYS DMV page that outlines a number of different left turn scenarios. The resource covers left turns from one-way to one-way, one-way to two-way, two-way to two-way, two-way to one-way, and two-way to four-lane highway. I hope it helps. Good luck

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Q: To submit DMV form 104 NYS Accident Report within 10 days, can weekend days be omitted from the 10 day count?
Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar answered on Aug 5, 2021

The wording on the form says 10 days, without including any distinctions between weekdays, weekend days, holidays, etc. If you can get the form in within ten days, that would be best. Good luck

Tim Akpinar

3 Answers | Asked in Car Accidents and Personal Injury for New York on
Q: NYS- Do I have to settle a liability claim in 3 years or I lose my rights? (struck by car in a crosswalk while on a bike

I was technically at fault due to being on a bike. Woman driving the car was messing with radio making a left hand turn. Insurance adjustor is pressuring me to settle tonight or I'll get nothing because tomorrow is 3 years.

Follow-up questions: Police report places blame on me... Read more »

Charles Edward Green
Charles Edward Green answered on Jul 31, 2021

I should have added, being on a bike does NOT “make you technically at fault”. A vehicle making a left turn is required to yield right of way to pedestrians and bicyclists. I have no idea how the accident happened, but that too is something to discuss with an attorney.

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1 Answer | Asked in Car Accidents, Federal Crimes and Wrongful Death for New York on
Q: Will i go to jail if i pass a crosswalk sign that told me to stop when the traffic light told the car to go?

I wanted to know if i would go to jail if the crosswalk sign said to stop and i passed but the traffic light told the car to go almost hitting me. I dont know if this makes any sense...

Peter N. Munsing
Peter N. Munsing answered on Jul 30, 2021

No one goes to jail for most traffic offenses (other than leaving the scene or reckless driving in some states).

If someone is in the crosswalk traffic has to stop. If no one is in it and traffic has a green light they may proceed.

1 Answer | Asked in Car Accidents for New York on
Q: Hello, I'll like to know how long does a disposition last?

I had went through one and they had me there like four hours. This was a car accident that wasn't my fault.

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar answered on Jun 27, 2021

A deposition could last anywhere from less than an hour (not too common) to several hours. Four hours is not uncommon. I've had depositions that ran two hours and I've had depositions that have run over four hours as well. It all depends on the complexity of the case, contentiousness as... Read more »

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Q: I got into a car accident due to a manhole in nyc with no cover. What do i do now?

The accident occurred in october 2020, i submitted 2 auto body quotes, made a police report, and walked in person to assure that everything was done correctly, i received a letter the beginning of this year that they are still investigating even though there were 3-4 of us who hit that manhole in a... Read more »

Michael Bersani
Michael Bersani answered on Jun 26, 2021

Lawyer up quick! Your statute of limitations is only 1 year and 90 days, and you were supposed to file a notice of claim within 90 days of the incident. Your lawyer can make a motion to late-file the 90-day notice of claim, but if you blow the statute of limitation, your goose is cooked!

3 Answers | Asked in Car Accidents for New York on
Q: Car accident

Hello I was in a car accident before my flight and we was in a taxi which the man ran into us And we ran into somebody well the taxi did and we know Puerto apart of the us is it possible to hire a lawyer from Ny to help us with a case it was 7 of us cause we live in nyc

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar answered on Jun 23, 2021

I'm sorry about your accident. I hope everyone is okay. If I understand correctly, you are New York City residents, but the accident occurred in Puerto Rico before your flight to New York. If that's the case, you should reach out to attorneys in Puerto Rico. If I did not understand... Read more »

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2 Answers | Asked in Car Accidents for New York on
Q: I'm New York state, what happens if someone pulls up to close too me when I'm at a red light, and I roll back into them?

I'm New York state and this is just a hypothetical: what happens if someone pulls up too close to me when I'm at a red light, and I roll back into them (I'm driving a manual car.)

Currently I have STUDENT DRIVER and ROLLBACK WARNING, STAY BACK stickers on the vehicle.

Michael Bersani
Michael Bersani answered on May 9, 2021

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2 Answers | Asked in Car Accidents for New York on
Q: I was in a car accident as a kid but never received the settlement. How can I find record of the terms in NYS ?

I’m 46 now but was told when I was 10 yrs old this happened. I know the city and county but no record of anything in my name .

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar answered on Apr 7, 2021

This might be difficult with the passage of so much time. It could be easy if you could locate the attorney who represented you. But you might not be posting this if you had that information. If you can't do that, it could involve more work. Given the timeline you present, it looks like the... Read more »

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Q: I am going to have a positive drug and alcohol test after a accident
Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar answered on Mar 16, 2021

I'm sorry about your accident. I hope all involved are okay. You may want to reach out to a criminal defense attorney to discuss confidentially in greater detail. You could use the tab above (Find-a-Lawyer) or conduct searches on your own, or check with the Public Defender's Office (based... Read more »

3 Answers | Asked in Car Accidents for New York on
Q: I was a pedestrian hit by pickup truck in a shopping center parking lot I was walking in crosswalk when I was struck

Evidence is on video. I reside in The state of New York. What $ is my case worth before I proceed

Jonathan Bradford Ripps
Jonathan Bradford Ripps answered on Jan 29, 2021

Hi there – first, I’m terribly sorry about your matter. It sounds awful. It is difficult for any attorney to assess what the case is worth without knowing more information, such as the extent of your injuries. There are certain thresholds that need to be met in New York in order to bring a... Read more »

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2 Answers | Asked in Car Accidents for New York on
Q: What is the liability of car #2 who is hit into car #1 by vehicle #3 while #1 and #2 are at a complete stop? Car #2?

Car #2 was totaled #3insurance paid all. Car 1 now suing 2 and #3. Unsafe stopped distance between 1 & 2??

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar answered on Dec 14, 2020

Car no. 2 should not be liable. However, in these multi-vehicle accidents, vehicles that are not at fault are sometimes dragged into the claim. Good luck

Tim Akpinar

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4 Answers | Asked in Car Accidents and Traffic Tickets for New York on
Q: I got a ticket by riding electric scooter and got hit by a car. Will you be able to help me?

I have a video car hit me. Police said I hit the car

Victor M. Feraru
Victor M. Feraru answered on Nov 10, 2020

Depending on the facts it sounds like you could have a very strong case. You'll want to consult with an attorney as soon as possible to go over the facts.

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2 Answers | Asked in Animal / Dog Law, Car Accidents, Small Claims and Wrongful Death for New York on
Q: Does he have to pay the vet bill?

My grandfather accidentally hit someone's dog the other day, and left the scene (which he's already been ticketed for), and the dog didn't make it. The dog's owners tried getting him to pay the vet bill for the services the dog recieved before passing. Does my grandfather have... Read more »

Benjamin Z. Katz
Benjamin Z. Katz answered on Sep 15, 2020

He should speak with his car insurance company. However, I believe that he is liable from what you have said.

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Q: Is legal for your car to be towed without a flatbed in NYC?
Jonathan R. Ratchik
Jonathan R. Ratchik answered on Sep 10, 2020

Arguably they need to exercise reasonable care when towing your vehicle. That said, it's going to be a tough sell that the towing company was negligent in damaging your vehicle (which was illegally parked) because it did not use a flatbed truck as opposed to a standard tow truck.

2 Answers | Asked in Car Accidents for New York on
Q: Hit my personal car while driving Penske truck with insurance on it

Looking for advise if i have a case in small claim court NY

Rented Penske track with insurance on it. While making wide turn hit my personal car which was on public road parked with no one inside. Damaged 2 doors and repair is very expensive

Contacted Penske by they refused to... Read more »

Victor M. Feraru
Victor M. Feraru answered on Sep 7, 2020

Slim chances. What about the insurance on your personal car?

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2 Answers | Asked in Car Accidents for New York on
Q: someone is suing for a car accident that happened 3 years ago and the insurance company had then went into liquidation
Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar answered on Aug 27, 2020

You could try reaching out to the New York Liquidation Bureau. On their website www.nylb.org, contact information is listed as 180 Maiden Lane, New York, NY 10038-4925, telephone 212-341-6400. You could also see if the New York State Department of Financial Services (formerly the NYS Insurance... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Car Accidents for New York on
Q: Hello my car is registered to my ex we broke up but I kept the car and make all the payments can I transfer thecar to me
Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar answered on Jul 31, 2020

Instead of relying on a quick, general answer here, you may want to have someone knowledgeable in vehicle transfers look the documentation over. You're talking about payments, which could possibly mean lienholders/security interests on the vehicle, among other possible issues. Good luck... Read more »

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