Ohio Car Accidents Questions & Answers

Q: I was recently in a non injury auto accident. Grange is my insurance co and Fine Line is the body shop.

1 Answer | Asked in Car Accidents for Ohio on
Answered on Apr 6, 2019
Peter N. Munsing's answer
If fine line did it without authorization it should be on them. Your position should be that the insurance company should pay and then go after fine line. File a complaint with the insurance commissioner. Talk to your state rep.

Q: In OH, If I co-sign for my 19yr sons auto loan, n he holds full coverage ins., will I be held responsible for accidents?

2 Answers | Asked in Personal Injury and Car Accidents for Ohio on
Answered on Feb 20, 2019
Matthew Williams' answer
If you co-sign a loan, you’re in the hook for the loan, not any accidents he may get into with the car he buys with the loan proceeds. If the car is titled to you, you need to make sure there is insurance on the car. If it’s titled to him, that’s his problem. If you are driving the car when an accident occurs, you’ll be on the hook for that one.

Q: My car got hit in school parking lot the police said its private property it doesn't matter who is at fault

2 Answers | Asked in Car Accidents for Ohio on
Answered on Jan 21, 2019
Patrick DiChiro's answer
THEY MAY NOT BE ABLE TO CITE BECAUSE IT IS PRIVATE PROPERTY. BUT THAT DOES NOT PROHIBIT YOU FROM FILING A CIVIL LAWSUIT FOR DAMAGES. ESPECIALLY IF YOU THINK YOU WERE NOT AT FAULT.

I SUGGEST YOU CONTACT AN ATTORNEY WHO CAN HELP YOU.

BEST WISHES,

PAT DICHIRO

Q: Is another vehicle owner liable for damages related to a crash if there is no showing of fault?

1 Answer | Asked in Car Accidents for Ohio on
Answered on Jan 9, 2019
Peter N. Munsing's answer
You can take the same approach--it's a single vehicle accident they have to show that the tire blew, they have to make a claim against the tire manufacturer, not you.

In most states they have a duty to promptly and fairly settle cases. If they don't and you had property damage give them estimates; confirm with them they have refused to pay. Then file a complaint with the insurance commissioner and whatever government agency regulates what they do.

Q: My dog ran away and someone claims to have hit her. Is it my responsibility to pay

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law and Car Accidents for Ohio on
Answered on Jan 9, 2019
Peter N. Munsing's answer
You should report her claim to your homeowners insurance. Did she pay the vet bill? Generally,you are responsible in most states for your animal's actions. If you let them loose, then you may be responsible.

Q: I got injured in a car accident in Ohio but I was visiting there from Kentucky. Do I still have to go through court

2 Answers | Asked in Personal Injury, Car Accidents and Civil Litigation for Ohio on
Answered on Dec 27, 2018
Dimitrios Makridis' answer
Typically, a lawsuit is filed where the defendant (1) resides; (2) has a principal place of business; (3) conducted activity giving rise to the claim; or (4) where all or part of the claim took place (i.e. where the accident took place). However, a lawsuit can be filed where a plaintiff resides, IF the lawsuit requires out-of-state service OR the plaintiff has been a resident of that county for at least 90 days.

Q: Someone hit my dog and drove off. Can I hold them accountable for animal cruelty?

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law and Car Accidents for Ohio on
Answered on Dec 14, 2018
Peter N. Munsing's answer
I doubt it. If they violate a speed law that's one thing. However duty to stop is if property is damaged and they caused it. Your pooch ran into them, it sounds like. Time to dog proof your fence.

Q: Hey I had a car accident and I give the person my info and went home and changed my plates and put some old plates on

3 Answers | Asked in Car Accidents for Ohio on
Answered on Oct 23, 2018
Matthew Williams' answer
Eventually, they will probably figure out that you did these things and file criminal charges against you.

Q: I was in a car accident 3 years ago. I received $900,000 from the insurance. Capitol First is not allowing access.

1 Answer | Asked in Car Accidents and Insurance Bad Faith for Ohio on
Answered on Oct 16, 2018
Timur Akpinar's answer
I don’t practice in Ohio but your question remains open for four weeks. If you were represented by an attorney, it could be worthwhile to ask them to go over the terms of your release and other closing documents for the case.

Tim Akpinar

Q: what if I was involved in a hit and run and I was not sited at fault. My passenger is trying to sue me for medical bill

3 Answers | Asked in Car Accidents for Ohio on
Answered on Oct 11, 2018
Matthew Williams' answer
Then you will want to defend the lawsuit. Your insurance is likely to defend if you were not listed as at fault. Have you reported the accident and the suit to them?

Q: What can I do when my car was hit on private property and the police won't give me the correct statement

1 Answer | Asked in Car Accidents for Ohio on
Answered on Sep 28, 2018
Matthew Williams' answer
What do you mean by "won't give me the correct statement?" Whose statement? What does it say? What do you think it should say?

Q: My bro was pulled over charged with too many kids in the car and tampering of evidence 2yrs ago. Speeding ticket last yr

1 Answer | Asked in Car Accidents for Ohio on
Answered on Sep 28, 2018
Matthew Williams' answer
There is no way to know that based on the information provided. The BMV can certainly tell you though, give them a call or visit their website.

Q: IM STILL PAYIN A CAR NOTE GOT INTO A CAR ACCIDENT THEY HAVE NO INSURANCE CAN I SUE THEM FOR THE DAMAGES

1 Answer | Asked in Car Accidents for Ohio on
Answered on Sep 11, 2018
Peter N. Munsing's answer
Yes, and if you have uninsured motorist coverage that can cover your injuries if you were hurt. If you were hurt, contact a member of the Ohio Assn for Justice--they give free consults.

Q: Im 17 and got into a minor collision, got cited for a stop sign violation and have a provisional license. What'll happen

1 Answer | Asked in Traffic Tickets, Car Accidents and Juvenile Law for Ohio on
Answered on Sep 5, 2018
Joseph Jaap's answer
Your license could be suspended and/or you could be fined.

Q: I was in an accident 3 years ago, she hit me. I didn’t have ins, 3 years later my license are suspended bc of no ins thn

1 Answer | Asked in Car Accidents for Ohio on
Answered on Sep 4, 2018
Peter N. Munsing's answer
If you were not at fault you may be able to reopen the case if you can show they never served you properly. If you were hurt contact a member of the Ohio Assn for Justice for the county where it happened.

Q: I was involved in a 3 car rear ending. I hit the car in front of me because the car in front of him stopped fast.

1 Answer | Asked in Car Accidents for Ohio on
Answered on Aug 21, 2018
Matthew Williams' answer
The law says you have to maintain an assured clear distance ahead of your vehicle so that you can stop in case the driver(s) in front of you do. It does not say you cannot stop suddenly. Unless you could show that the first car pulled out in front of traffic when it wasn't clear, the liability is going to be on the two following drivers.

Q: My daughter was at college and was involved in an accident, the other driver left the scene only to return before the

2 Answers | Asked in Car Accidents for Ohio on
Answered on Aug 16, 2018
Matthew Williams' answer
It sounds like they sued right before the statute of limitations ran out, which is common. Since she didn't have insurance, she is going to need a lawyer to defend her.

Q: I hit the curb in a building and damaged some parts of it. The landlord is asking for a lot of money. What do I do?

2 Answers | Asked in Car Accidents for Ohio on
Answered on Jul 6, 2018
Matthew Williams' answer
Notify your insurance company. They will fight the claim, if the amount requested is unreasonable. You should also consider hiring an attorney yourself.

Q: my daughter has a suspended licence and got in a car accident and totaled the car and the other drivers car

1 Answer | Asked in Car Accidents for Ohio on
Answered on Jun 15, 2018
Matthew Williams' answer
You could be brought into the case on a negligent entrustment theory, and may even be criminally charged with negligent entrustment.

Q: What are the consequences of getting in an accident without insurance?

1 Answer | Asked in Car Accidents, Insurance Bad Faith and Insurance Defense for Ohio on
Answered on May 4, 2018
Peter N. Munsing's answer
No jail. I'm assuming you had an accident. The other person or their insurance will ask for her insurance. If she doesn't have any they'll ask her to pay. It may be to her advantage NOT TO MAKE ANY AGREEMENT TO DO SO because she may be "judgement proof." It really makes sense to discuss these things with an attorney who handles defense of claims, as she and you need to look at what her assets are and aren't, her need for driving etc. But you don't want to jump into negotiations with the...

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