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Q: As the owner of a vehicle that caused an accident while being driven by another insured adult, am I liable?
David Tapalian
David Tapalian answered on Apr 10, 2019

Yes you could be. The owner as well as the operator could be found liable. Make sure you notify your insurance.

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Q: totaled truck buy back repair myself under ri 31-46 -7 part c then retitle?

I want to repair my totaled truck myself. Ins co, and dmv say it can only be repaired by someone with salvage rebuilders licence. Law says I can rebuild it if title is stamped "for parts only". I hold the title. Can I repair it and then get it retitled?

Neville Bedford
Neville Bedford answered on Feb 27, 2019

The title will likely remain a salvage title for the life of the vehicle.

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Q: What are penalties for 31-26-5, accident resulting in damage to highway fixtures and 31-15-1, leaving lane of travel
Neville Bedford
Neville Bedford answered on Jan 29, 2019

The costs or replacing the damaged fixtures plus what the judge decides, following the statutes, after a hearing. Your own attorney is the best thing you could take with you to court for this type of scenario. (5) Violations of this section are subject to fines enumerated in § 31-41.1-4.

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Q: Can you get off on good driving policy if you have a car accident on your driving record?

No tickets on record. Just one accident

Neville Bedford
Neville Bedford answered on Jan 16, 2019

In the last three years, If you were not at fault, and were not given a citation for the accident, then it is hard to imagine how that could be a prior infraction. If you were at fault, and given a citation, then this is not within the purview of the good driver's statute.

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Q: who has right of way?

Two lanes becomes one. Right is coming off from rotary. I was in left lane. Both cars were coming off from main road but opposite direction. I enter the left lane from a traffic light. Then the two lane merged. Who has right of way? There’s no traffic sign to indicate who has to yield.

Peter N. Munsing
Peter N. Munsing answered on Dec 14, 2018

A lot depends on the positions of the cars and road markings. Most are marked either by signs or pavement markings showing which lane is the through lane and which lane is being shut down, as it were. Traffic on the main lane would have the right of way unless other vehicles were entering that lane... Read more »

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Q: What happens if I decide not to go through with medical treatment that my settlement is supposed to cover?
David Tapalian
David Tapalian answered on Dec 14, 2018

That's a good question. It could have negative implications for your health. In addition, it could affect your settlement. Furthermore if you wait too long to treat you may never be able to resume treatment.

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Q: Is there legal ramifications for almost hitting a commercial truck and passing a red light?

I accidently passed a red light and the trucker saw me and continued to try and hit me.

Peter N. Munsing
Peter N. Munsing answered on Dec 19, 2017

I'm not clear as to what happened. If you weren't cited, then no legal ramnifications unless there was a crash. If the trucker saw you, and there was a collision it may or may not be his fault depending on who was where, though on balance insurance companies will look on you as at fault if you ran... Read more »

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Q: Can a person file charges of an accident 3 years later ?
Peter N. Munsing
Peter N. Munsing answered on Dec 9, 2017

Depends on the issue. RI had a 3 year statute.That means before 3 years, not after. For property damage it may be longer. Also for uninsured motorist claims. Why not contact a member of the RI Assn for Justice--they give free consults.

1 Answer | Asked in Car Accidents and Traffic Tickets for Rhode Island on
Q: I live in RhodeIsland. I was driving unregistered and uninsured. It belonged to a family member. My car is now legal

I have court soon.

Neville Bedford
Neville Bedford answered on Mar 21, 2017

Bring that evidence with your to court. You may still have to pay some fines . . . but proof of resolving the problems can't hurt.

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Q: Do I need to file a police report for my vehicle being stuck in the snow on the side of the road if no other vehicle

Was Involved and no property damage occurred

Peter N. Munsing
Peter N. Munsing answered on Feb 27, 2017

No. Assume you got it out of there.

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Q: hello my license is suspended for the unsatisfied judgement act I was wondering Wat I could do to help me straighten out

I was never served papers and never had my day in court I went to re-new my license and was told about the unsatisfied judgment law

Neville Bedford
Neville Bedford answered on Jan 2, 2017

Meet with an attorney. Be prepared to compensate them for the time it will take for them to research your case and advise you.

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Q: my car was in an accident.

it was determined the other driver at fault. insurance co set me up with a rental and told me to take the car to get it fixed. the car was finished and ready for pickup. body shop called me to tell me the insurance co (liberty mutual)the car was being worked on, insurance co paid the body shop... Read more »

Neville Bedford
Neville Bedford answered on Oct 23, 2016

Work with YOUR insurance company, they usually resolve the disputes betwixt themselves and the other motorist's insurance. If that is not an option, meet with an attorney. It may cost you a retainer to write some letters and start a dispute that may resolve the situation - or end up in litigation.

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Q: My insurance company is trying to deny my claim saying I used my personal vehicle for business use.

I was picking up a water heater which I gave to a friend who is hard up. My pickup is a luxury pickup clean as can be with not a single tool in it. My father ownes a Plumbing company that I help at. Any time me or anyone else picks up supplies for the company it is done with a company van or... Read more »

Peter N. Munsing
Peter N. Munsing answered on Sep 13, 2016

You tell them it wasn't a business trip, and if they think it was they can prove it. Tell them you regret that you will have to file a complaint with the insurance commissioner. Get an affidavit from the guy you were doing the favor for that he wasn't a customer, it was an act of charity, etc. They... Read more »

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Q: Can my insurance deny my claim if I'm unemployed and was picking up a water heater for my father who runs a company?

The insurance is saying I was using vehicle for work related purposes but I'm unemployed and do not receive any paycheck. I was picking up a water heater for my father who ownes a plumbing company and was taking it home from the store. Can they deny my claim?

Neville Bedford
Neville Bedford answered on Aug 31, 2016

This sounds like a very fact specific claim/denial. Meet with an attorney who may be able to argue on your behalf.

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Q: Is a shop responsible for damages to my vehicle

My car was deemed a total loss after being in a accident while in a repair shop and the insurance company is only paying the book value leaving me with a balance on the car

Adam Studnicki
Adam Studnicki answered on Aug 4, 2015

You are entitled to the fair market value of your damaged property at the time it was totaled. You might be entitled to other damages, such as rental car coverage for a period of time. A local lawyer can confirm.

Please Take Notice: I am not your lawyer unless we enter into an engagement...
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Q: Do I have any recourse to pursue compensation for my vehicle?

My insurance expired. I was involved in an accident that was entirely the fault of the other driver. Is there an option for me to file a claim for the loss of my vehicle? It's totalled. None of the parties in my vehicle were injured.

John M DeProspo
John M DeProspo answered on May 13, 2015

It does not matter that your insurance expired. If the other vehicle is at fault and the owner has insurance, you can make a claim with that insurance company for your property damage.

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Q: in an car accident do I have the right to know the worth of the other drivers insurance policy.
Neville Bedford
Neville Bedford answered on Mar 27, 2015

When you have a problem like this, it is best to see a personal injury attorney and retain them to assist you. The attorney will explain the procedures and disclosures common to this type of case. Representing yourself in such a matter is not advised.

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Q: I was injured in hit and run. Insurance says must file and use collision and medical portion and not uninsured portion.

This is RI law since we don't know who driver is. Is this true?

Neville Bedford
Neville Bedford answered on Mar 27, 2015

When you have a problem like this, it is best to see a personal injury attorney and retain them to assist you.

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Q: If you didn't have insurance at the time of an accident but was not at fault can you get fined for it? Got ins after

Got insurance a couple days after the accident, received a letter from the dmv saying they will suspend the license and trying to make my friend pay for the damages of the other persons car. When they cut across two lanes of traffic that wasn't cleared

Neville Bedford
Neville Bedford answered on Feb 6, 2015

Insurance is not usually retroactive. There are many factors that go into determining liability for accidents. I am not sure of your friend's role but it sounds like you could benefit from the services of an attorney to advise you of your rights and responsibilities after a confidential private... Read more »

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Q: What constitutes a "highway"

In regards to this law, what is the definition of a "highway" they are referring to.

Neville Bedford
Neville Bedford answered on Feb 5, 2015

http://webserver.rilin.state.ri.us/Statutes/TITLE31/31-1/31-1-23.HTM

TITLE 31

Motor and Other vehicles

CHAPTER 31-1

Definitions and General Code Provisions

SECTION 31-1-23

§ 31-1-23 Types of roads. – (a) "Bicycle lane" means a portion of highway...
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