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Q: If I lied to police about someone stealing my car and they did a hit and run. But I actually know the person driving.

Will I get in trouble for recanting what I said about not knowing who was driving and finally admitting who the driver was?

Cayley Turrin answered on Jul 28, 2019

If you know the person that stole the car but you gave them permission to take it potentially you can get in trouble. But if you knew them and didn’t give permission to take the car then no.

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

Q: I got in an accident had to go to ER. Car was totaled other person was at fault. I didn’t have insurance at accident.

I didn’t have insurance during the accident and the other insurance company called and said they will not be covering my bills. What do I need to do about this, is there anything I can do?

Mr. James Charles Wright answered on Jul 25, 2019

The other driver's insurance is not required to advance or pay your medical bills at this point. Some adjustors will as a courtesy- but again not required to and often times not done- so don't take that as a reflection that the insurer is denying fault or that the insurer is taking some negative... Read more »

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Q: I have a accident case going lawyer trying settle for 9,000 how much will he recieve

Mr. James Charles Wright answered on Jul 23, 2019

You should have a written contract with your lawyer that spells out fees. Either look at the contract or ask the lawyer for a breakdown of fees and expenses and a copy of the contract.

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Q: If I Told the other driver I didn’t want to call police/insurance/file but I have thier name. can I change my mind?

Got rear ended but I figured everything was ok and I told the other driver I didn’t want to file a report. But they offered to fix scratches out of pocket. I didn’t take pictures or file a report but now I would rather go through her insurance. I have her name and number that’s it. Can I... Read more »

Mr. James Charles Wright answered on Jul 11, 2019

You can. Hopefully you have the person's name and contact information. If they don't return your call and you don't have their insurance information you should send them a letter asking for them to contact you. If that doesn't work there are some other steps. But let's see if this works. If... Read more »

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Q: I have a charge of financial response 55-12-139 .. If I show that I have gotten ins. Since my car wreck

what are the odds

Peter N. Munsing answered on Jul 11, 2019

Better but the problem is it won't cover you for the damage to the other vehicle. If there was no damage to someone else not a problem. If you were hurt and it's not your fault, contact a member of the Tenn. Assn for Justice in the county where it happened--they give free consults.

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Q: Didnt report an accdent have witness that I stayed 3 hrs trying to get truck out of ditch, no injuries or damage.

Dodged a deer, got stuck in ditch. Didn't call the police. No one was hurt, truck not damaged. No property damage. Stayed 3 hrs trying to get several ppl to pull it out, but no one could. A neighbor said that in the morning her husband coukd pull it out with a tractor. So we all went home. The... Read more »

Anthony M. Avery answered on Jul 1, 2019

You probably committed the charged offense. But a General Sessions Judge might Dismiss it. But you will still have to pay for the impoundment fee and maybe other costs. If he finds you guilty, it should not affect your License, and if it does, demand a DOS Hearing.

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Q: If buying a financed car that is a total lose. Am I responsible for finance charges rendered up purchase.

I were ten months from purchasing the vehicle....

Mr. James Charles Wright answered on Jun 27, 2019

If I am understanding you correctly, your car was totaled in an accident. Your car was financed and you are wondering if after the accident you continue to be responsible for the payments for the vehicle.

You would still be responsible under your contract for purchase. Whoever is...
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Q: Is there any way to get the addtl $ to repair damage to my car? Ins co values car at $2900 and repairs are $4K+.

Nafa all I want is my 2003 Acura put back the way it was. Geico is claiming a total loss because it needs a rear quarter panel. Based on the condition of the vehicle prior to this accident it was valued at $5K.

Peter N. Munsing answered on Jun 15, 2019

It's their choice to give you either the total loss value or cost of fixing. If you say it's valued at 5k then your argument is that their total loss value is incorrect. If you were hurt I suggest you contact a member of the Tenn. Assn for Justice--they give free consults.

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Q: Hi - I was in a car accident in the state of Tennessee but was really in no condition to file an injury claim.

At the time and basically haven't recovered due to a brain injury suffered in the accident. My question is then, are there cases where lawsuits can be filed after the 1-year statute of limitations? Is anything from the car wreck considered in the judgment? Or is it an absolute that you have to... Read more »

Peter N. Munsing answered on May 1, 2019

Unfortunately the only thing that can sometimes void it is some type of latent injury (and that may not) or fraudulent concealment to avoid service (which presumes you tried suing them). Call a lawyer or two to see--most members of the Tenn Assn for Justice give free consults.

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Q: I was sideswiped on the expressway by a truck I had no way in getting over due to being in the outer lane, at the scene

I was told it couldnt be determine who was at fault...paperwork now show I was at fault, do I have a case against the driver who knocked me off the road

Anthony M. Avery answered on Apr 29, 2019

The Accident Report is inadmissible in evidence, but insurance companies will usually act in accordance with them. You need to photograph any evidence on th e roadway/emergency lane such as skid marks prior to them disappearing. And yes you can still sue for your property damages, but it will be... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Business Formation and Car Accidents for Tennessee on

Q: How long does a towing company have to hold your car before they can sale it

Peter N. Munsing answered on Apr 19, 2019

For starters look at the paperwork they gave you. Big problem is the storage charges which they can still rack up. At $30 or more a day most companies will keep the wrecks as potential money makers.

1 Answer | Asked in Car Accidents for Tennessee on

Q: What is the offense level of a failure to yield resulting in an accident that does NOT result in serious bodily injury?

Anthony M. Avery answered on Apr 9, 2019

Usually that would be a Class C Misdemeanor. 30 Day possible Sentence.

1 Answer | Asked in Car Accidents and Traffic Tickets for Tennessee on

Q: I had an accident which was faild to merge. After 2 days, I got a citation to attend the court for the same reason in TN

For the accident the road was closed without sing.

What is going to happen with my driver license? I just got it less than a month.

Peter N. Munsing answered on Apr 6, 2019

Depends what you were charged with. Get the police report. See if there's a video. Get photos of your car. Consider hiring an attorney who hanlde tickets if you can afford it. Respond to the summons.

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Q: was involved in an accident late 2017 I did not have insurance, and the person I hit had no license what are my optIons

Person I hit had their car insured, however I feel like they’ve been trying to bully me, and they ignored my multiple attempts to contact before this became a state matter

Anthony M. Avery answered on Apr 3, 2019

If you are sued for Tort Damages, then you need to defend yourself. Possibly hire an attorney. It sounds like the wreck was your fault, and without insurance, the Judge will probably give the Plaintiff a Judgment for money damages. If you do not appeal or pay, then either him or his Insurance... Read more »

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Q: I bought my dad's vehicle the car had no insurance I was driving home and got into a accident .who will they go after

Ididnt have time to register vehicle or get insurance

Anthony M. Avery answered on Apr 3, 2019

You as the operator, and your Father as the vehicle's owner, are both potential Defendants in a suit for Personal Injuries and/or Property Damages.

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Q: Can I be charged with immediate notice of accident if no damage was caused to either vehicle?

I backed into a car and barely hit it, there is no damage to either car.

Anthony M. Avery answered on Apr 1, 2019

There are several Rule of the Road Violations that you might be charged with, but it is very doubtful... If something happens, then hire a competent attorney to represent you. Do not ignore a Citation, Summons, Civil Warrant or Notice from the Department of Safety.

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Q: A man got out of his car with a bat and hit my car and hit on my door window telling me to roll my window down

I had to use my car in an attempt to escape. Hit him with my car. His son then grabbed the bat and attempted to hit me but by pulling away he hit my car. All this happened after he rammed me with his car and fled the seen.

Anthony M. Avery answered on Apr 1, 2019

If you wish to press Criminal Charges, then call and go see the Police or Sheriff's Office. Be prepared to describe the attacker and his car.

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Q: My elderly father in law has alzheimer's , was in a car accident that was his fault. Can the insurance company sue him?

He has no assets and on a fixed income.

Anthony M. Avery answered on Apr 1, 2019

The other car's Driver, Owner or Insurance Carrier, can all sue the other driver which caused the wreck. If your Father had Insurance then he should let them handle the Claim. If not, expect to at least have his License suspended for Lack of Financial Responsibility, and possibly other Rule of... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Car Accidents and Traffic Tickets for Tennessee on

Q: I got a ticket in Walmart parking lot for failure to use due care. Should I go to court or pay it?

I started to pull out of the Walmart parking lot when a car pulled out from a lot across the street and I had to brake. When I backed up to get out of the street, the car behind me was driving forward and my bumper tapped his. He overreacted and accused me of damaging his car that was obviously... Read more »

Anthony M. Avery answered on Mar 27, 2019

From your facts it does appear to be your fault, that is a Rule of

The Road Violation occurred. If you plead Guilty and pay the Citation, it will appear on your MVR. You may wish to hire a lawyer to represent you, so something besides a conviction might go down. Your Insurance Company...
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Q: No judgment in court on an accident..its been 2 years now trying to revoke my license

My wife was driving and had a fender bender I have 2 years ago.. I get a letter stated they were going to revoke mine and her license.. I have found an affidavit that can be filed to reinstate them if no judgment in court was made under t.c.a section 55.12.108 is this still applicable?

Peter N. Munsing answered on Mar 21, 2019

likely. I am assuming you had no insurance. See if you can get the clerk to show that there is no open case or closed case with a judgment against you.

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