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Q: My sons car was hit and totaled by an uninsured driver while it was parked. How does he get reimbursed for the car?

The driver was cited with failure to control and was found guilty. How does he get some kind of restitution for the lost of his car?

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar answered on Feb 12, 2020

An Ohio attorney could advise best on this, but your post remains open for four weeks. At this point, you have probably discussed the matter with your insurance people and have learned about these routes. Some of the recourses you might have are to treat the property loss as a first-party claim if... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Car Accidents, Small Claims, Construction Law and Landlord - Tenant for Ohio on
Q: Is my company liable for damages to my vehicle?

My company has recently leased a new office space in a newly renovated building (including the parking lot). The parking lot has a utility pole with a guy wire that extends into a parking space. The parking spot doesn't have any warnings (e.g. the spacing being striped for no parking).... Read more »

Joseph Jaap
Joseph Jaap answered on Jan 27, 2020

Talk to the local building dept. whether it is a violation. If not, and if landlord or company will not pay for repairs, you could sue in small claims court. The court will determine if they have any liability for failing to post a warning sign. But if the wire was in plain sight, the court... Read more »

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Q: can u get in trouble for almost hitting somebody?

My boy friend was taking me home from the mall, we were just about to get on the highway when the car in front of us slammed on their breaks outta no where . we ALMOST hit them but my boyfriend made a sharp left turn so we didn’t . but today an officer came to his house and said the car that was... Read more »

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar answered on Jan 1, 2020

Based on these facts alone, it's difficult to determine exactly what happened, in terms of whether your boyfriend's actions were responsible for the accident, whether the other vehicle's damage claim is valid, etc. You could try to arrange a brief consult with an Ohio accident attorney to determine... Read more »

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Q: If you are in an accident but the police aren't notified, are you still liable for damages

If I rear ended someone in a rental car, the police were not contacted. Insurance information was given but there is now no written proof of this accident, correct? Just wondering.

Matthew S Flemming
Matthew S Flemming answered on Dec 6, 2019

Yes, you are still liable.

Trying to deceive an insurance company is insurance fraud. Insurance fraud is a felony.

Failing to cooperate with your insurance company can invalidate coverage and make you personally responsible for damages instead of having your insurance company...
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Q: Was on the highway car failed to yield at stop sign. Was in accident, he was sited for failure to yield.

He is trying to lie and say I was in left lane then moved to right. But he was sited for it so his insurance has to pay for my car right? They told me at his insurance company that it is waiting on manger to approve liability. Will I get my car taken care of?

Peter N. Munsing
Peter N. Munsing answered on Dec 4, 2019

I've seen insurance companies try to claim it was "arguable" or offer only 70 or 80 per cent liability. You could use your own collision if you have it and let them deal with it. If you were injured contact a member of the Ohio Assn for Justice--they give free consults.

1 Answer | Asked in Car Accidents and Juvenile Law for Ohio on
Q: If the keys are in the car, is it still grand theft auto?

My cousin took a car without permission, but the key was in it. He had Intentions to return the car but on the way back he wrecked it.

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar answered on Dec 3, 2019

This is something a criminal defense attorney would know. You could repost the question in the Criminal Law section. Car accident attorneys (the category where you have it posted) usually only deal with the civil aspects of collisions, such as personal injury and property damage claims. They aren't... Read more »

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Q: My daughter was in an accident. The other driver was ticketed for not yielding. My daughter did not have a license.

Or insurance. Does the other drivers insurance still cover my daughter's car?

Matthew S Flemming
Matthew S Flemming answered on Oct 15, 2019

I hope your daughter is doing OK. As long as it was determined that the other driver was liable for the accident, it should cover the vehicle. The insurance may try to fight you on this due to her being an unlicensed driver, but as long as that did not cause the collision, it should be... Read more »

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Q: Looking to speak to somebody about my wife being in a car accident..
Matthew S Flemming
Matthew S Flemming answered on Sep 26, 2019

There are many good attorneys who can help you, look through the “find a lawyer” search tool here, or internet search for local attorneys near your home.

I hope she’s doing alright.

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2 Answers | Asked in Car Accidents for Ohio on
Q: Car accident question

If there was a tree down from someone's yard that fell in the street all the way across the road from ditch to ditch that caused us to have a bad accident. Can you go after the home owners insurance. There was no time to stop so we hit it at the rate of speed that the road allows.

Matthew Williams
Matthew Williams answered on Sep 13, 2019

The short Answer is maybe. It depends on why the tree fell and what their policy covers. It’s certainly worth looking into.

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Q: 2 cars traveling in the same direction the first car signals to turn left and then realizes he wants to turn right

as he goes to turn right still in the intersection he hits the side near the front of the vehicle behind him that was going straight

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

See my other answer to which I'd add--the confused driver can claim that the other driver did not leave an assured clear distance ahead of themselves which would have obviated the contact.

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Q: 2 cars traveling in the same direction the first car signals to turn left and then realizes he wants to turn right

as he goes to turn right still in the intersection he hits the side near the front of the vehicle behind him that was going straight

there is only one lane to turn from (no turning lane

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

Car that changed his mind in the middle of the traffic stream.

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Q: 2 cars traveling in the same direction the first car signals to turn left and then realizes he wants to turn right

as he turns right, he hits a car that is behind him going straight who is at fault the vehicle turning hit the front side of the other vehicle that was going straight

Matthew S Flemming
Matthew S Flemming answered on Sep 7, 2019

If they’re in the same lane, the car who rear ended him is at fault for failure to maintain assured clear distance ahead.

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Q: I was given a settlement due to a car accident. Today when I was called in to get my check, I was told I needed to sign

the full settlement check first and they would need to deposit it into their account and wait for it to clear before I would be issued my check. Is this normal?

Matthew S Flemming
Matthew S Flemming answered on Aug 23, 2019

Yes.

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1 Answer | Asked in Traffic Tickets and Car Accidents for Ohio on
Q: I was at fault but I know it wasn't my fault. How can I get them to pay for my damages?

I was in a no injury , car accident yesterday. I was cited and considered at fault. They said I ran a red light. Which I did not I even said the light was yellow as I was moving through an intersection. A truck in the left turn lane hit me as I was going straight. My car is most likely a total loss... Read more »

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar answered on Jun 24, 2019

I'm glad you were not injured. But from the standpoint of liability, the citation and your statement that the light was yellow place you in a difficult position. If it's possible to retrieve video imagery of the accident that might support your position, that's a possibility to explore. But four... Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Car Accidents and Traffic Tickets for Ohio on
Q: I hit a parked car on private property in Ohio. The other party called the police.

I received citations for driving under suspension and driving with no insurance. Can the police cite me on private property even if that company has cameras?

Peter N. Munsing
Peter N. Munsing answered on Jun 19, 2019

I'm not sure what private property has to do with cameras. You caused destruction of property. The police may investigate that. If they find you are driving under suspension with no insurance, likewise. You are looking at a looooooooooooooong suspension, as the Judge may figure the first one didn't... Read more »

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Q: Me and my brother broke down a freeway Pam transport semi truck smashed into the car an car was not running it was broke

When Semi hit car I see Pam trantport side of the door an Pam transport on back of trailer based on in facts alone can I file lawsuit ?

Peter N. Munsing
Peter N. Munsing answered on May 1, 2019

You should contact a member of the Assn for Justice of the state where it happened, get the names of their members in the county where it happened, they give free consults. Get a copy of the police report. Yes, it is enough to go by but it's good to have the complete picture.

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Q: if you have two vehicle policies and have a wreck can you draw off both
Peter N. Munsing
Peter N. Munsing answered on Apr 30, 2019

It's not clear but I'm assuming you are speaking of medical benefits or liability?

Each state has different laws regarding combining policy benefits or "stacking." Most policies have "household exclusion" rules to prohibit this though some states--Pennsylvania for instance--has done away...
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Q: I was recently in a non injury auto accident. Grange is my insurance co and Fine Line is the body shop.

Initially it was deemed repairable and then was marked as a total loss. Fine Line is basically holding my car hostage asking for an exorbitant amount for work they were not even authorized to do. The insurance company wants me to pay the difference between what they feel is reasonable and what Fine... Read more »

Peter N. Munsing
Peter N. Munsing answered on Apr 6, 2019

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.

2 Answers | Asked in Personal Injury and Car Accidents for Ohio on
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?
Matthew Williams
Matthew Williams answered on Feb 20, 2019

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... Read more »

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

Is that true the police cant do anything because its private property

Patrick DiChiro
Patrick DiChiro answered on Jan 21, 2019

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

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