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1 Answer | Asked in Bankruptcy, Car Accidents and Personal Injury for Ohio on
Q: I was discharged after filing chapter 7 in August of last year. Was involved in car accident in February 2024. She is at

Fault. Is my future insurance settlement protected?

W. J. Winterstein Jr.
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W. J. Winterstein Jr.
answered on Feb 11, 2024

Unlike many states (like PA), Ohio does not permit a debtor to choose between the state and federal exemption lists; an Ohio resident can choose only those exemptions granted by the state of Ohio.

While it appears that the Ohio exemptions might have protected your auto accident recovery,...
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1 Answer | Asked in Car Accidents for Ohio on
Q: Car is in my name & mom insures & drives it. If she gets into an accident am I liable (as the car owner) in any way?

Mom does NOT live at my address.

James L. Arrasmith
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answered on Nov 30, 2023

In Ohio, as the owner of the car, you could be held responsible if your mother, who is insured to drive your car, gets into an accident. This is due to the principle known as "vicarious liability," which can apply to car owners when someone else operates their vehicle.

Your...
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2 Answers | Asked in Car Accidents and Personal Injury for Ohio on
Q: If a pregnant woman looses a non-viable baby as the result of a car accident is it vehicular homicide?

If a woman can legally have an abortion prior to the fetus being viable (23-24 weeks) then the implication is that she is not committing a homicide. So if a pregnant woman loses a baby as the result of a car accident and the baby is less than 24 weeks along can the person at fault for the accident... View More

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answered on Nov 9, 2023

The determination of whether the loss of a non-viable fetus due to a car accident constitutes vehicular homicide is complex and can vary by state. In many jurisdictions, vehicular homicide charges are typically applied when a person is killed due to the negligent or criminal driving of another... View More

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2 Answers | Asked in Car Accidents for Ohio on
Q: I just received a letter stating that I owe an Insurance Company. 5000 for car accident That I had no part of.

At the beginning of the year, my daughter allowed me to park my unused car at her house.

Apparently, apparently 3 months ago, her boyfriend took my car without my permission and got into an accident. I was never informed of this and now I owe money. How can I fix it?

Randy Bryan Ligh
Randy Bryan Ligh
answered on Sep 13, 2023

Not sure if "unused" was meant to be 'uninsured." If yo had insurance at the time of the alleged incident, then turn it over to your insurance company. Anyway, based on your post, I do not know why you "owe money" as if you are not legally negligent or at fault... View More

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2 Answers | Asked in Car Accidents for Ohio on
Q: I just received a letter stating that I owe an Insurance Company. 5000 for car accident That I had no part of.

At the beginning of the year, my daughter allowed me to park my unused car at her house.

Apparently, apparently 3 months ago, her boyfriend took my car without my permission and got into an accident. I was never informed of this and now I owe money. How can I fix it?

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar
answered on Sep 16, 2023

I think I see how this materialized - either (1) you were dragged into the claim as the legal registrant of the vehicle (which would eventually occur in the formal litigation stage, where the owner is named on summons and complaint), or (2) the plaintiff could be pursuing a claim based on negligent... View More

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1 Answer | Asked in Car Accidents and Contracts for Ohio on
Q: How long do I have wait for a car repair to be fixed , based off a insurance claim? It's been 10 months

My car was stolen, recovered and I am still waiting for my car to be repair. Theft was in Sept 2022, car was sent to auto repair shop in 11/2022, they didn't know the car was on the lot until 03/2023, still waiting for my car and it is 06/2023 and I have still been paying car notes and car... View More

John Michael Frick
John Michael Frick
answered on Jun 14, 2023

This question can only be answered based upon reading whatever contract you have with the auto repair shop.

In most situations, if the auto repair shop isn’t fixing your car quickly enough for you, you should pick up the car and take it to a different auto repair shop.

But, if I...
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1 Answer | Asked in Car Accidents for Ohio on
Q: Got a car and have progressive and paying almost 600$ a month. They didn’t tell me my car was in an accident and-

Apart of the reason they said it was so high is because it was in an accident but I wasn’t the owner of the car when said accident happened. Can they still charge me for it on insurance?

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar
answered on Jun 11, 2023

An Ohio attorney could advise best, but your question remains open for two weeks. If the car was in an accident with a different driver, that should not adversely affect the elements that go into computing your liability coverage premium. If you're talking about a situation where the accident... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Cannabis & Marijuana Law, Car Accidents and Employment Law for Ohio on
Q: what happens if im driving a company vehicle and im not high but weed is in my system and someone hits me or i hit some1

i usually only smoke like one bowl a day and if i get a medical card will i be ok no matter what

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answered on Mar 29, 2023

It is illegal to smoke marijuana in Ohio. This is true even if you have a medical card. Your employment is also not protected from the use of marijuana even if you have a medical card. Marijuana in your system will likely be determined to be a contributing factor in any accident.

1 Answer | Asked in Car Accidents, Personal Injury, DUI / DWI and Insurance Defense for Ohio on
Q: Do I legally have to disclose my Umbrella limit after an at-fault accident? Or can a judge force me to disclose it?

Does having a higher Umbrella limit make me a target for a larger settlement after an accident? Is this a State by State Law and if so, is there a good source to check?

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar
answered on Mar 5, 2023

An Ohio attorney could advise best, but your question remains open for four weeks. Until you are able to consult definitively with a local attorney, your carrier might be able to provide guidance on this. Case law on disclosure could differ by state - but carriers nationwide are attentive to the... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Car Accidents for Ohio on
Q: I was in a auto accident and started a claim but decided to not go forth with claim, my insurance company said I could

No longer drop my claim because other party is asking for injury and damages for vehicle. IS that true insurance company can keep my claim open?

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar
answered on Nov 8, 2022

An Ohio attorney could answer best, but your question remains open for two weeks. The short answer nationwide in such situations is "yes," they can do that. Your carrier is likely using the same claim number for all claims associated with the accident. Your portion of the claim could have... View More

2 Answers | Asked in Personal Injury and Car Accidents for Ohio on
Q: Can I hire a different lawyer if mine doesn't believe in me

My attorney only received some of my medical records and as I was telling him he didn't have all my records he made it clear he didn't think I was hurt in my accident but I was hurt and I just feel like he hasn't tried to ever get in touch with me or ever call or send me an email in... View More

Joel Gary Selik
Joel Gary Selik
answered on Oct 15, 2023

You can fire your attorney at any time. The attorney is entitled to some portion of the contingent fee. Consult with other attorneys before firing your attorney.

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1 Answer | Asked in Car Accidents for Ohio on
Q: I am located in Ohio… on June 20, 2021 I loaned my vehicle to my adult son… he was in an accident. His insurance took

Care of the claim, and paid out. I was on vacation for three weeks and just got home to find a letter from a lawyer telling me that I am being sued since the car was registered in my name. Is this something that my insurance should now take care of or am I liable otherwise?

Joel Gary Selik
Joel Gary Selik
answered on Jul 10, 2023

This should be reported to your and your son’s insurance companies. They will handle your defense.

2 Answers | Asked in Car Accidents for Ohio on
Q: Can I still sue after someone hit my parked car and I sold it instead of getting it fixed?
Joel Gary Selik
Joel Gary Selik
answered on Jul 3, 2023

Yes you can still sue. But you will still have to prove the damages.

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2 Answers | Asked in Personal Injury and Car Accidents for Ohio on
Q: Is there any legal action I can take against my local police for how they handled my crash?

A 15 year old was driving 40mph westbound unlicensed, uninsured, and alone down an eastbound road and hit me head on. I was rushed to the hospital with injuries, while the police gave the 15 year old a citation for “driving down the wrong way” ONLY and then proceeded to take her back to school.... View More

Joel Gary Selik
Joel Gary Selik
answered on May 18, 2023

No, you cannot sue the police for these actions.

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1 Answer | Asked in Car Accidents and Small Claims for Ohio on
Q: What's statue of limitations on property civil lawsuit. I was hit with no insurance in 2019.

I was hit in 2019. No insurance. She fake called the law and said they wouldn't come bc it was on private property and gave me false insurance and wasn't able to have car repaired til Dec 2021 and it cost me 5000 alot more than I thoight from the get go. Was told cops o had to have her... View More

Nicholas P. Weiss
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answered on Nov 9, 2022

Negligence cases have a two year statute of limitations in Ohio.

1 Answer | Asked in Car Accidents for Ohio on
Q: Individual refuses to pay small claims from vehicle accident with no insurance. Person cant be located, what now?

No law enforcement was involved. Did not claim through insurance and went to court and won the small claims case. Been 1 1/2 years and no payment. Can not locate individual and court system said they cant help. Hoping i can report to bmv.

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar
answered on Oct 15, 2022

An Ohio attorney could advise best, but your question remains open for four weeks. You're right, the court system will usually not get involved in those details. Claimants generally have to use their own research resources or hire an investigator. Good luck

1 Answer | Asked in Traffic Tickets and Car Accidents for Ohio on
Q: If I were at a drive-thru and was being cut off after waiting a long time and I bumped the car in front of me can I get

In trouble if I drove away and she was calling the police? There are two ways to enter the drive-thru. She pulled into the one side about 7 minutes after me and insisted that she was first.

Matthew Williams
Matthew Williams
answered on Aug 30, 2022

Yes, you can get in trouble for leaving the scene of an accident.

2 Answers | Asked in Bankruptcy and Car Accidents for Ohio on
Q: I’m being sued for $12,000 for a car accident that was legally my fault. Would I be able to file bankruptcy?
Joseph Michael Romano
Joseph Michael Romano
answered on Aug 10, 2022

It depends on the cause of the accident. Don't answer that in this thread. You'll need to sit with an attorney to discuss what happened in order to see whether the debt to be incurred would be dischargeable in a bankruptcy.

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1 Answer | Asked in Car Accidents for Ohio on
Q: Ok at work there is the row of parking a small drive behind them I lightly bumped a car parked on drive.

It clearly says no parking all along the drive yet they parked rite behind me so when I backed up I looked left and right but not behind me because no1 should be there. Isn’t the illegally parked car owner partially at fault for parking behind spots illegally?

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar
answered on Aug 3, 2022

An Ohio attorney could advise best, but your question remains open for two weeks. You're correct, they are. But as a general rule nationwide, being unlawfully parked doesn't usually create immunity for vehicles that hit the offending vehicle in most instances. You could bring that point... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Car Accidents, Bankruptcy and Collections for Ohio on
Q: I live in ohio. I was unaware my insurance lapsed. I let my son use my car. He had an wreck. Other car was totaled

The insurance company is suing me and my 18 year old son for almost 30 thousand. I own a car and a double wide mobile home on a rented lot. We do not have money like that, none in savings. I also have 2 other children who live here. The insurance company said they will get their money by all means... View More

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar
answered on Jul 9, 2022

An Ohio attorney could advise best, but your question remains open for two weeks. I'm sorry about the accident. I hope your son and everyone else are okay. It sounds like you are being pursued by the carrier's subrogation department. At this point, you could consider reaching out to... View More

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