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Q: Hi I was rear ended by a police car while sitting at a red light. Are they not responsible?

The insurance company says they only have to pay my deductible since I have collision insurance. This doesn't seem right.

Randy Bryan Ligh
Randy Bryan Ligh answered on Apr 8, 2021

You are correct, it does not seem right. You should search for a personal injury/accident lawyer in your area to discuss this further, especially, if you have physical injuries. Most lawyers in this field will provide a free initial consultation---contact a few of them, discuss your matter, and... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Traffic Tickets and Car Accidents for Pennsylvania on
Q: Can a lawyer beat sec 3305
Timothy Kraeer
Timothy Kraeer answered on Mar 27, 2021

If you received a citation for that section, you should consider contacting an attorney to discuss your case more in depth. That particular section carries 3 points. Most of us on here will provide free consultations, you just need to reach out.

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Q: I was hit by a FedEx truck in my workplace awhile ago. How long do I have to file a small claims lawsuit?
Timothy Kraeer
Timothy Kraeer answered on Jan 18, 2021

What kind of claim are you trying to pursue? If the claim is for negligence, i.e. for damage to a vehicle, property, or for personal injury to your person, you have two years from the date of the incident to either settle your case or to file suit against the responsible party.

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Q: After receiving an injury settlement my lawyer said he forgot to pay my doctor and is hounding me. Is this normal?

My lawyer said they overlooked the bill which they had for over a year. Also, it was a doctor he sent me to, so in a sense it was his doctor.

Timothy Kraeer
Timothy Kraeer answered on Nov 17, 2020

It's difficult to give you an accurate answer without some more information. For instance, did you and your attorney sign a letter of protection for this particular provider? If so, I'm not surprised your attorney is seeking repayment to the doctor from your settlement. If there was not a... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Car Accidents and Traffic Tickets for Pennsylvania on
Q: PA driver broke his mirror on my parked car No cars around. I got tag # Police said nothing happened here. Chargeable?

Driver hit my mirror with his. Shattered his but only folded mine back and kept driving. I happen to be sitting in the vehicle and there was no other vehicles around so I drove to follow him and he tried to elude me while I had 911 on the phone. I got his tag number and the state police showed up.... Read more »

Timothy Kraeer
Timothy Kraeer answered on Nov 13, 2020

Based on what you've described, he could probably be charged at least with a traffic offense for something like careless driving as you suggested, but if he didn't cause any damage, the police may not be too motivated to pursue charges. I would consider making sure there was in fact no... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Traffic Tickets and Car Accidents for Pennsylvania on
Q: Citation Costs

I backed up into a postal service car in the court that I live in. I had only lightly tapped her front end before seeing she was there. No damage or injuries were brought to the car or driver or myself. Her work managers were called and so was 911. A state officer was the one who came to check it... Read more »

Timothy Kraeer
Timothy Kraeer answered on Nov 10, 2020

Fortunately no one was injured and there were no damages. Unfortunately, often times citations will be issued following a motor vehicle accident, however slight. This is a trend that has seemed to increase in recent years, at least in my experience. You should contact a local attorney for a free... Read more »

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Q: Do i need to sign release for other persons insurance to get medicare lien info?

I am trying to settle out an accident at 0% my fault. My car was totaled and I was in hospital overnight. I have medicare and am requesting lien be paid in addition to settlement. Must I sign a release to insurer to have access to my CMS medicare account or can I just supply them with the final... Read more »

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar answered on Sep 30, 2020

A Pennsylvania attorney could answer best, but your question remains open for four weeks. As a general matter, if you've gotten to the release stage, it seems unlikely that they want to see your entire medical history, hence blank authorization for your account. It seems more likely they want... Read more »

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Q: Medicare Lien question for car accident settlement. Do i need to sign waiver for other persons insurance to get lien

I am trying to settle out an accident at 0% my fault. My car was totaled and I was in hospital overnight. I have medicare and am requesting lien be paid in addition to settlement. Must I sign a release to insurer to have access to my CMS medicare account or can I just supply them with the final... Read more »

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar answered on Sep 27, 2020

A Pennsylvania attorney should advise, as insurance practices can be governed by state law, but your question remains open for four weeks. As a GENERAL matter in my own experience in reconciling medical liens, I have found that it could depend on the carrier. I have worked with many carriers who... Read more »

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Q: Hey I live in PA, I was wondering if I were able to get blinking brake lights

I see major benefits with this, mainly visibility of the vehicle

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar answered on Sep 5, 2020

This is something a Pennsylvania attorney could advise best on, but your post remains open for three weeks. There wasn't a question in your post. If you want to install such lights on your vehicle, you should find out whether they would still enable your vehicle to pass annual safety... Read more »

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Q: What if someone hit 3 parked cars with liability insurance and it only covers $5k. How does that get divided?

The lady's insurance company is saying they only cover up to $5000. I just want to know how that works with multiple cars being hit.

Mark Scoblionko
Mark Scoblionko answered on Jul 7, 2020

The proceeds of insurance get prorated among all the people with claims, based on the amounts of the damages to each car. In all likelihood, there would not be enough funds for you to fully cover your claim, and you would then have to resort to your own collision coverage, if available.

1 Answer | Asked in Car Accidents and Traffic Tickets for Pennsylvania on
Q: If an officer issues a citation for a crash but did not witness the violation himself and there were no witnesses

can the officer testify in traffic court to the violation he cited for?

Ellis B. Klein
Ellis B. Klein answered on Jul 7, 2020

Yes. He can testify to his opinion how the crash occurred at it is up to the judge to determine if he has proven the case against you beyond a reasonable doubt. You should get a lawyer because chances are you are looking at some points. Another option is to negotiate the ticket with the cop and try... Read more »

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Q: Live in PA, got in a minor accident 05/03. Received a citation on 6/27. Shouldn’t I have gotten it at the accident?

The cop unfortunately only recorded the other persons part of the story, and seemed to only believe her so I was found at fault (he didn’t witness this crash.) I was given the report at the accident, so why not a citation? Was not told of a citation.

Mark Scoblionko
Mark Scoblionko answered on Jun 27, 2020

Not unusual for a summons to be served later.

2 Answers | Asked in Animal / Dog Law and Car Accidents for Pennsylvania on
Q: A dog ran out into the road and hit my car. I pulled over and attempted to find the dog but he was no where to be found

I was doing at most 35mph, I walked down the block and attempted to find the dog. I couldn’t find the dog so I left because there was no damage to my car and the dog appeared okay. I didn’t report it to anyone because there was no outside and because of the dog being gone. I’m located in PA... Read more »

Peter N. Munsing
Peter N. Munsing answered on Jun 5, 2020

Hit and run is when you are involved in a collision and there is damage to property or person. Sounds like you have no duty to report it. If you wish you can call up the police for the area where it happened. Make note of when you call. If they say no problem, then just say "thank you."

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1 Answer | Asked in Car Accidents and Traffic Tickets for Pennsylvania on
Q: I was invol.in an accident no other parties besides me.I got a ticket in mail section 3309 sub sec 1.

I called the officer next day to responsible and never got a call back. I didn't want to keep calling. Im completely blind sighted by this. I thought I saw someone coming and to avoid other party I went into an abandoned house's yard. Which damaged my vehicle. Please give me guidance.

Peter N. Munsing
Peter N. Munsing answered on Jun 5, 2020

If you saw another driver IN YOUR LANE then you took appropriate action in an emergency situation. If you have collision, it should cover your car damage and any damage to the house's yard. You have a duty to avoid an iminent crash, and can plead not guilty if they were in your lane.

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Q: I’m in Pa. Do I sue the person reliable for the accident or their insurance company?

My son was in a car accident on 3-26-20. It was not his fault. The money the insurance is giving him for his totaled truck isn’t anywhere to put him back in the position before he was in the accident. He is 18 and works as a residential carpenter. He needs a truck. He had an antique truck he... Read more »

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar answered on Apr 25, 2020

The insurance company is not generally sued. The defendant, upon being sued, presents papers to their insurance company. This is not an uncommon situation, where the total loss declaration could overrule the possibility of repair (this is governed by state law - a Pennsylvania attorney could advise... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Products Liability and Car Accidents for Pennsylvania on
Q: Someone hit my husband's parked car, that is overdue on its inspection. Will this affect us making an insurance claim?

We are waiting on a special order replacement windshield from the dealer, hence the expired inspection. Vehicle is insured and registered.

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar answered on Mar 3, 2020

No, it should not. The issue of overdue inspection does not absolve the other driver of blame for hitting your husband's car. Good luck

Tim Akpinar

2 Answers | Asked in Car Accidents for Pennsylvania on
Q: I was severely injured in an auto accident. I had a surgery which helped some. My case was settled. However one of my

doctors was not paid in spite of a doctors lien being signed by myself and my attorney. I am disappointed with my attorney's response which was "I have to pay it." Is there anything I can do to get the attorney to pay the bill?

Mark Scoblionko
Mark Scoblionko answered on Feb 20, 2020

Your attorney is correct that you are responsible for the bill.

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Q: Please explain what it means to have a lawsuit filed and litigated. Does litigate mean go to court and have a hearing?
Peter N. Munsing
Peter N. Munsing answered on Feb 7, 2020

Litigation means just that. If you have been sued you need to turn it over to your insurance. If you have a suit, you have a lawyer --or should have--and should ask them.

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Q: I live and PA and wanted to know if you are a witness is a accident do you have to stay on scene.

There were multiple witnesses

Peter N. Munsing
Peter N. Munsing answered on Feb 7, 2020

There is no law requiring that. However if you want to help you can notify the officer handling it see if they need your input. At least you cared to consider this and that's good.

1 Answer | Asked in Car Accidents for Pennsylvania on
Q: I was involved in an Auto accident on Friday, December 20, 2019 which was my fault. I didn't see a stop sign and went

through it. I was struck on the driver's side front bumper. I have a Property Damage Limit of only $5,000.00 and according to my Insurance Company and the pictures he saw of his vehicle it is going to exceed $5,000.00 which I know I will be responsible for. How will they get the rest of the... Read more »

Mark Scoblionko
Mark Scoblionko answered on Dec 23, 2019

There is no wage garnishment in Pennsylvania for this type of thing. Your insurance company should try to settle the entire case for the limits of your coverage in order to protect you. If they can't, they owe you a duty of defense and would have to hire a lawyer to defend you. The lawyer... Read more »

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