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Q: His car was not damaged at all but the other car was. The guy scared me into saying it was my fault saying If I didn’t

He was going to call police and me without a license didn’t know what to do. So he told his insurance as well as my boyfriends insurance it was my fault. So now I am so scared and don’t know what to do. A claim has been filled with both insurance company’s.

Joanne Reisman answered on Aug 16, 2019

I think you are responding to questions I asked you when I posted a response to a question you posted earlier but I really can't tell for sure as this post is not linked to the prior post. Please understand that the Attorneys who respond don't know who you are and don't work for Justia. We just... Read more »

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Q: I just got into a car accident and I do not have a ODL it is suspended:( I was driving my boyfriends car with insurance

I stayed and talked with the person and we contacted insurance company’s. But what do I do now?

Joanne Reisman answered on Aug 16, 2019

Definitely tell your boyfriend's insurance. They will probably cover the accident if you had permission to drive his car and your are not a member of his household. If you are a member of his household meaning you live with him, there may be a clause in the policy which excludes members of the... Read more »

3 Answers | Asked in Car Accidents, Insurance Defense and Personal Injury for Oregon on

Q: How can I remove a PIP claim from someone not written on my auto insurance policy?

My mother in law filed a PIP claim against my auto insurance, for an accident I had no involvement in from 11/16. It's is a last ditch effort by her lawyer to get money. She is not written on my policy but did live with us at the time. GEICO has left it in limbo for months and it looks like my... Read more »

Mr. Michael O. Stevens answered on Jul 11, 2019

You can't, and honestly its not a last ditch effort, its what the law is, she is covered if she lived with you. https://www.oregonlaws.org/ors/742.520

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Q: If you bumped the back of a car and no one was hurt and there wasn’t any damages but u left the scene what do I do ?

I stopped and came out and check to see if person was ok and persons car was ok and she said no damages but she still has to call the police, so I got back in my car and left because I was scared. What do I do ? I’m scared

Joanne Reisman answered on Jun 22, 2019

If you are 100% sure there were no damages to any persons or property there is probably nothing the other driver can say or do. However a person doesn't always know at the scene of the accident if there are no damages and no injuries. The other driver had the right to get your information - your... Read more »

3 Answers | Asked in Car Accidents, Civil Rights, Real Estate Law and Small Claims for Oregon on

Q: A car drove into the side of my house what can I use the driver for? It scared my grandchildren my pets and my family

Joanne Reisman answered on Jun 8, 2019

You can sue the driver for the damage to your house. Emotional damages (pain and suffering) can only be requested by a person who was physically injured.

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4 Answers | Asked in Personal Injury and Car Accidents for Oregon on

Q: My uncle ,my two boys and I were in a accident last month I wasn't at fault I don't have LIC. Or insu. What can I do?

My uncle was hurt badly, it was Sprint carriers Corp. Semi truck with trailer hit head on

Joanne Reisman answered on Jun 7, 2019

Your uncles should get a personal injury Attorney. Since you say you weren't at fault your uncle's Attorney will likely look to the other driver and their insurance for damages. Similarly an Attorney can represent your two boys against the other driver and their insurance.

As for you,...
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Q: My son was in a accident not his fault. My insurance was lasped. Oregon

Insurance companies trying to blame him m

Joanne Reisman answered on Apr 8, 2019

This isn't phrased as a question so I can't tell what input you are looking for. Is your son trying to get damages for his injuries? If so, all he needs to do is contact a personal injury Attorney in your area. A personal injury Attorney might take the case on a contingency basis and can also... Read more »

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Q: I have been served a Complaint for negligence in an auto accident, and need legal council on options that I may have.

I am extremely low income and have no clue on where to start. I need to know what resources are available to me for my defense.

Joanne Reisman answered on Apr 7, 2019

If you had auto insurance all you have to do is call your auto insurance company and they will assign an Attorney to defend that lawsuit at no cost to you. The same is true if you didn't have your own insurance but you were driving a car owned by someone else who had insurance on that car. You... Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Personal Injury and Car Accidents for Oregon on

Q: Does the fact that I was driving without a license mean an at-fault drive can't be held liable to pay for my injuries?

Mr. Michael O. Stevens answered on Nov 19, 2018

Not exactly. There is a law that if you were driving without insurance you cannot recover what are called non-economic damages, such as pain and suffering. And if you did not have a license, you may not have had insurance either.

But, even if that is the case, you can still get economic...
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1 Answer | Asked in Car Accidents, Civil Litigation and Insurance Bad Faith for Oregon on

Q: Need to take an insurance to small claims, they have agents in the county does this count as having a physical presence

An at fault party's insurance company has neglected to reimburse for car rentals, which they agreed to pay for, or provide any closure. Even with police report (which I had to provide at my own expense) and video evidence it took almost 2 months to accept liability. One month after having my car... Read more »

Jeff Merrick answered on Nov 15, 2018

If your question is whether your county has jurisdiction over the insurer, odds are it does.

If you can't find the insurer's proper address with the Secretary of State's business registry, try the State Insurance Division.

It might be worth buying an hour of a lawyer's time to...
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3 Answers | Asked in Personal Injury and Car Accidents for Oregon on

Q: If I wasn't wearing a seat-belt when another car side-swiped me, does that mean I can't win a lawsuit for medical bills?

Mr. Michael O. Stevens answered on Oct 24, 2018

Not quite, but it reduces how much you can get: https://www.oregonlaws.org/ors/31.760

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1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and Car Accidents for Oregon on

Q: What can happen to me?

I was a passenger in a single vehicle accident. The driver fled but its my truck and I panicked and fled too. The truck flipped but no other cars were involved. I live in Hermiston, Umatilla County, Oregon

Brandon C. Foy answered on Oct 23, 2018

You should not post online about or otherwise discuss this incident with anyone until you speak privately with an attorney. You can seek one out on your own, or you can contact the Oregon State Bar's Lawyer Referral Service. This service can refer you to a local lawyer who might be able to assist... Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Personal Injury and Car Accidents for Oregon on

Q: I felt okay after my car accident a few weeks ago, so told

the police I didn't need to go get checked, but now I don't feel well - will the insurance company say it's not because of the accident and not cover it?

Mr. Michael O. Stevens answered on Aug 31, 2018

They will certainly try, but it is also common to not feel the pain from the injuries right away.

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3 Answers | Asked in Car Accidents and Personal Injury for Oregon on

Q: I was hit by a car while riding my bike. The driver was at fault. My question is, will the fact that I was on meth

Will me being on illegal drugs at the time of the accident ruin my personal injury case?

Mr. Michael O. Stevens answered on Aug 20, 2018

If the other side knows about it, of course it will effect it. For one thing (DUII is not my area of practice) if one is convicted of DUII (which includes drugs and includes riding a bicycle) in an accident, you cannot recover anything in that accident for non-economic damages, i.e. pain and... Read more »

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Q: My daughter was involved in an accident where both parties were backing out of parking spots and collided...my question

My question has to do with the fact that the other driver's car registration was expired. Shouldn't he be more at fault for driving the car illegally?

Peter N. Munsing answered on Aug 17, 2018

No--that is like saying driving with a minor vehicle infraction gives someone license to hit you. The question is who was where when. Both backing, both may be at fault. If there are injuries, contact a member of the Oregon Assn for Justice-=they give free consults.

2 Answers | Asked in Car Accidents and Personal Injury for Oregon on

Q: I was recently in a Car accident where a driver was using the special left turn lane as I was exiting a parking lot

One this day it was very sunny and dry, I was stopped at a parking lot exit waiting for southbound lane traffic to allow me to turn on to a special left lane turn so I could merge on to the northbound lanes on the other side, the traffic on the southbound lanes stopped and wave me on to get on the... Read more »

Joanne Reisman answered on Aug 14, 2018

You are getting the run around because you don't have an Attorney representing you. Yes, absolutely your have the right to turn in the middle turn lane and other drivers can only use that lane to start and finish turns, not for direct travel. That's why the guy got the ticket. But nothing I will... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Personal Injury and Car Accidents for Oregon on

Q: In a personal injury case, I'm being sued, can they take my military disability compensation income? Or retired income?

Or put a lien on my house?

Joanne Reisman answered on Aug 14, 2018

i would hope that you have car insurance and your insurance company is defending you. The majority of these case will settle at or below your policy limits assuming you have insurance. If the damages were very severe and could exceed your policy limits you could be at risk.

You can...
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2 Answers | Asked in Car Accidents for Oregon on

Q: Car accident, Portland OR. Insurance says we automatically at fault in our situation. True or can we argue? See detail.

Portland OR, T intersection, school zone, 3 PM today. Turning left onto main road from side road. Visibility to left about 100 feet (I checked map scale), and we know 20 mph stop distance is around 40-50 ft, so road looks clear. Clear both ways, pull out, NOW car from left appears, clearly moving... Read more »

Joanne Reisman answered on Jun 8, 2018

Insurance companies will say all sorts of BS to get out of paying a claim and Geico is notorious for playing games. I can't really tell from reading your description what the fault would be but usually a Personal Injury Lawyer would be willing to talk to you at no charge and evaluate the case so... Read more »

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Q: I am uninsured and was hit by an insured driver. It was their fault but they want me to pay their damages what can I do?

His damages are probably 2500 and mine were less then $50 and already taken care of. He didn’t call police since I had no insurance he said they would seize my car in Oregon, I’m from Washington. I have a witness also saying it was his fault. If he files a claim will his insurance pay his... Read more »

Joanne Reisman answered on Jun 5, 2018

It is hard to say what the other driver will do and it is very unfortunate that you don't have insurance as the insurance would have defended you. You could go and talk to an attorney now to develop your defense strategy or you could just wait and see what happens. I want to warn you that there... Read more »

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Q: I was involved in a car accident where the guy backed into my company van.

It happened in a bank parking lot and I was waiting behind him to go threw to park my van on the street since the bank didn’t allow parking in their parking lot before 6 pm. It was around 4:30. Do I fill out the accident report for the dmv or does my employer?

Joanne Reisman answered on May 15, 2018

I would coordinate filling out and filing the accident report with your employer. Just make sure it gets done if it is required under Oregon Law. Note: note very accident requires the filing of an accident report with Oregon DMV. Accidents with very little or no damage to the vehicles and no... Read more »

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