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1 Answer | Asked in Car Accidents, Criminal Law and Collections for Pennsylvania on
Q: My car was stolen and found by the police. The officer got the car impounded w/o notifying me. Recovery options w/o fee?

I was not notified when my car was towed away. The cop who found my stolen car got it towed and did not notify me. It has been a month i had to find the tow company myself 36 days later they are charging me 1100 dollars in fees.

Peter N. Munsing
Peter N. Munsing answered on Oct 22, 2019

This is a major problem. Contact your legislator, AAA, others --the law has to be changed. The question is what the towing company is charging. I don't have a clear, clean answer for this. However, if the person was found and is charged with the crime you may have access via the crime victims... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Car Accidents, Criminal Law, Family Law and Federal Crimes for Pennsylvania on
Q: I signed the title for sale of vehicle and the receiver has neglected to Notorize himself as the new owner. Now what?

I'm aware he operates it. I do not have any access to the title the vehicle or my plate. The registration is expired.

Peter N. Munsing
Peter N. Munsing answered on Oct 22, 2019

You didn't say why he has the plate. Did you make a copy of everything? Contact PennDot and see what they say. You need to ask them to cancel the registration.

He doesn't have to notarize himself if you give him the car and sign it over and he accepts. However you need to cancel the...
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1 Answer | Asked in Car Accidents for Pennsylvania on
Q: At fault driver insurance not paying for repairs under their 80% threshold policy. Is this legal? What do I do?

The at fault insurance company values my car at over $2,400, and the cost of repairs is just below their 80% threshold policy, but they refuse to pay for the damages and are trying to total my car. The Kelley Blue Book value ranges anywhere between $3,000 and $4,500, and their appraisal for the... Read more »

Peter N. Munsing
Peter N. Munsing answered on Oct 22, 2019

It is their option. If you were hurt in the wreck you have a claim. Feel free to call me. Problem is they don't have to fix it. You can't go by Kelly Blue book but ask for the "valuation sheet." That says how they got to the price.

1 Answer | Asked in Car Accidents for Pennsylvania on
Q: Fed ex hit my parked car. I have video of it. They said the damegages are too much and are sending an appraiser.

I'm worried they will value my car less than its worth.

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

They have to pay the damages. Give a copy of their appraisal to the person you want to have fix your car. They can usually argue it out.

1 Answer | Asked in Car Accidents for Pennsylvania on
Q: Can a Pennsylvania resident of 18 drive alone without supervision from anyone with a PA learners permit?

I live in Pennsylvania and I’m wanting to get my learners permit, I’m 18 by the way. I’ve searched on the internet dozens of times for an answer to this question, but haven't found anything that relates to what I’m asking. So can you drive alone without supervision from anyone with a PA... Read more »

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

It's called a learners permit not a license and that means that you must have someone over 21 who has a current license sit in the front passenger seat at all times while you are driving (over 18 if they are a spouse or--makes no sense--a parent.)

1 Answer | Asked in Car Accidents for Pennsylvania on
Q: My daughter had an accident with my car for left turn w/ accident. She planned to plead guilty to this as she did it.

There was a second citation for operating a vehicle without required financial responsibility. She got the papers out of the glove compartment and asked the officer what he needed. She stated he took one paper and returned it. He said noting regarding the insurance card. (Which was in the glove... Read more »

Peter N. Munsing
Peter N. Munsing answered on Sep 3, 2019

try the officer (politely -- he may not have returned the call because he was very busy) if that doesn't work plead not guilty.

As to the car crash, I hope she's OK but if she needs to see a doctor the medical under the car insurance will cover her. As she is at fault making a medical...
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1 Answer | Asked in Car Accidents for Pennsylvania on
Q: My son took my car without permission. He hit a parked car causing damage. He does not have a license. Can i be hel

Responsible for the damage

Peter N. Munsing
Peter N. Munsing answered on Jul 29, 2019

Depends on a lot of things--did you leave the keys lying around? Had he taken the car at any time before? It should be covered by your insurance, so turn it over to them. If you didn't reprort it as stolen, it's not quite theft.

2 Answers | Asked in Car Accidents for Pennsylvania on
Q: we were in a accident and they were at fault, their insurance wants to totaled our car, what are my options ?

cause we don't want the money we want our car fix because we can't afford a new car

Mark Scoblionko
Mark Scoblionko answered on Jul 22, 2019

Ordinarily, if an insurer wants to total a car, the only question is if you agree with the value they give you. Once they total the car, they get the certificate of title and the car is theirs. You can try to negotiate with them to take less money and keep the car. However, there likely will not... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Traffic Tickets and Car Accidents for Pennsylvania on
Q: My traffic citation says I was stopped & observed by an officer but this isn't true. He was called to an accident.

Can I fight the citation?

Peter N. Munsing
Peter N. Munsing answered on Apr 30, 2019

You can try but the issue is did you do what the officer says you did. If it's a crash and you were not at fault contact me or a member of the Pa. Assn for Justice--we give free consults.

If you were at fault contact your insurance. It would be useful to plead not guilty ---most DJ's accept...
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1 Answer | Asked in Car Accidents for Pennsylvania on
Q: Hi, actually my parked car got hit and I got the accident report from the officer and it’s shown the person who’s hit my

Car that he has insurance. After I contact his insurance and reported a claim they told the person who’s hit my car his insurance was canceled since last December. My insurance is lability and dose not cover my car. In this situation what i have to do? Was that officer fault? Also, I asked his... Read more »

Mark Scoblionko
Mark Scoblionko answered on Mar 21, 2019

Unfortunately, you are going to be stuck.

You can sue the driver who hit you, but it is probable that any lawyer who would take the case will charge you on an hourly basis, which will cost several thousand dollars. Further, if you win against the other driver, if he has no insurance, he is...
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3 Answers | Asked in Car Accidents, Civil Litigation and Personal Injury for Pennsylvania on
Q: Filed linjury law suits by persons name
Peter N. Munsing
Peter N. Munsing answered on Mar 18, 2019

not sure what your question is. Could you restate it with more detail?

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1 Answer | Asked in Car Accidents and Wrongful Death for Pennsylvania on
Q: death due to negligence

My mom passed away from a car accident while on her way to a job interview with amazon. They cancelled the interview but failed to inform her. She would have never been in the car if they would have called. Should they be held responsible?

Elizabeth Tarasi
Elizabeth Tarasi answered on Feb 6, 2019

The car accident was the cause of her untimely death not the fact that she was in the car going to an interview.

2 Answers | Asked in Car Accidents and Personal Injury for Pennsylvania on
Q: My parents live with me. They allow my nephen who has no liscensce to drive their car. Can i be held accountable.

I know that they run many risk in doing so and have tried to talk them out of doing this. I am just concerned that since they live with me and have nothing but their car in their name that if there was an accident and heaven forbid someone was injured, could legal action be taken against me since... Read more »

Cary B. Hall
Cary B. Hall answered on Jan 31, 2019

I do not think so.

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2 Answers | Asked in Car Accidents for Pennsylvania on
Q: MVA in PA after sunset on PA Hwy. Oncoming motorist had no headlights on collided with left turning vehicle. Caselaw?

I am curious if there is any PA case law on point with the above facts.

Cary B. Hall
Cary B. Hall answered on Dec 16, 2018

If you're asking for a Pennsylvania attorney to do free legal research for your case, good luck with that.

What you ought to do is contact a Pennsylvania attorney and arrange for a consultation. Many attorneys *do* offer free consultations, but at least go through the proper channels to...
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1 Answer | Asked in Car Accidents for Pennsylvania on
Q: I got in a wreck and I was at fault both cars are totaled what happens if insurance doesn't cover it?

I accidentally pulled out in front of someone and both cars are totaled. I personally am not on the insurance but the vehicle is insured. The vehicle is in my dads name

Mark Scoblionko
Mark Scoblionko answered on Nov 23, 2018

If you were a properly authorized driver for a car you did not own, the insurance should follow the car and pay the other person’s damages, irrespective of whether you were or were not a named insured. If the owner has collision coverage, that should cover the owner’s damages. If not, that is... Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Car Accidents, Criminal Law and Personal Injury for Pennsylvania on
Q: Wife and Daughter hit head on with serious injuries. Will the guy who crossed the yellow line be criminally liable?

All he got were 4 violations, the worst of which was Careless Driving. He has a prior DUI from 2013, but police said there was no indication of that this time. There was no blood drawn. These violations were entered in county court on November 2nd 2018 and I believe he has 10 days to make a... Read more »

Elizabeth Tarasi
Elizabeth Tarasi answered on Nov 13, 2018

I will be happy to represent you and your family in the civil case. In working on the civil case I will push what can be pushed in the criminal case. My office number is 412-391-7135. Web site www.tarasilaw.com

Email emt@tarasilaw.com

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1 Answer | Asked in Car Accidents and Insurance Bad Faith for Pennsylvania on
Q: RENTAL REINBURSEMENT

MY RENTAL REINBURSEMENT FROM GEICO IS 1,700 MY CAR WAS CONSIDERED A TOTAL LOST AND THEY ONLY PAID 400 FOR MY RENTAL FEES DO I AM STILL USING A RENTAL TWO WEEKS PRIOR TO MY POLICY BEING CANCELED I WANTED TO KNOW IS GEICO STILL RESPONSIBLE FOR PAYING FOR THE EXTRA TWO WEEKS OF MY RENTAL BECAUSE I AM... Read more »

Peter N. Munsing
Peter N. Munsing answered on Nov 3, 2018

Your car rental under your policy is only for the period when they have not paid you. It ends at that period. If you have 1700 in coverage, they will pay whatever your max is per day toward your bill.

By the way, responsibility under an auto policy continues from the time of the wreck. For...
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2 Answers | Asked in Car Accidents for Pennsylvania on
Q: My son was 17 got a old truck an was in a wreck his fault lady was hurt I have insurance can I be sued over my policy

The truck was in both are names an the insurance is in my name

Mark Scoblionko
Mark Scoblionko answered on Nov 2, 2018

If the truck was in your son’s name and he was a licensed driver, I would not expect you, as a parent, to be named in any suit or to have liability potential.

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1 Answer | Asked in Car Accidents and Small Claims for Pennsylvania on
Q: If a person in pa was not authorized to drive a motor vehicle and was involved in a car accident does my ins pay out?

Does my insurance pay for the party who is not at fault vehicle damages?

Peter N. Munsing
Peter N. Munsing answered on Oct 11, 2018

If that person was at fault? Or not? You aren't being clear.

If your vehicle was at fault, then your vehicle's insurance will pay for the driver's mistake. If the person was not authorized to drive that vehicle, the insurance may either a) not pay or b)pay under a "reservation of rights."...
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1 Answer | Asked in Car Accidents for Pennsylvania on
Q: I was in a car accident and saw an attorney for damages. I did not submit my interrogatories because I did not want to

continue with the case. I have now been asked to appear in court for not filling out the interrogatories. What can I do? Thank you.

Peter N. Munsing
Peter N. Munsing answered on Oct 11, 2018

You need to authorize your attorney to withdraw. However as to your question you need to speak with the attorney, and if necessary go to court.

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