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1 Answer | Asked in Personal Injury, Car Accidents and Small Claims for Florida on
Q: I finally got a court date for a small claims case. Would I be able to request to appear virtually? I'm the plaintiff.

I live in Atlanta. The case is in Orlando.

Charles M.  Baron
Charles M. Baron answered on Jul 26, 2021

You can certainly request it, but to find out whether the judge would consider it, call the judge's judicial assistant and ask him/her. You might be required to file a motion to make that request and to set your motion for a telephonic hearing. Or you might be told, "no, you filed suit... Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Car Accidents for Maryland on
Q: How long before a trial is scheduled for a July 2021 ticket? When I called they are still scheduling 2020 court cases.

I am currently suing the person that hit my vehicle, but didn't want to wait another 6 months to a year before my trial is scheduled. Should I contact my insurance company and pay the deductible to get my vehicle fixed? I have full coverage, but don't have full PIP coverage. I think this... Read more »

Eric Todd Kirk
Eric Todd Kirk answered on Jul 22, 2021

It might not be possible to reliably predict when a currently file case will make it to trial. As you know there are meaningful delays due to covid and there could potentially be more. It's a financial decision but you may well wish to pay your deductible and let your insurance company try to... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Car Accidents for New York on
Q: I got into a car accident due to a manhole in nyc with no cover. What do i do now?

The accident occurred in october 2020, i submitted 2 auto body quotes, made a police report, and walked in person to assure that everything was done correctly, i received a letter the beginning of this year that they are still investigating even though there were 3-4 of us who hit that manhole in a... Read more »

Michael Bersani
Michael Bersani answered on Jun 26, 2021

Lawyer up quick! Your statute of limitations is only 1 year and 90 days, and you were supposed to file a notice of claim within 90 days of the incident. Your lawyer can make a motion to late-file the 90-day notice of claim, but if you blow the statute of limitation, your goose is cooked!

1 Answer | Asked in Car Accidents and Personal Injury for Oregon on
Q: Hey so I got into a car accident with no license or insurance and I got hit on the passenger side by a Amazon car

But the place we where at didn’t have a stop sign and I had my 4 month old in the car and my back hurts really bad

Virgil Royer
Virgil Royer answered on Dec 6, 2020

I am very sorry this happened to you. Especially this time of the year, with COVID-19 impacting much of our lives. I am going to assume that you were not at-fault in this accident. First the health of you and your child are the most important thing. Fortunately, a well-protected baby can do well in... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Car Accidents for Georgia on
Q: When a claim has been submitted how long is the review process if other party was given a citation?

Insurance company is state farm

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar answered on Dec 4, 2020

A Georgia attorney could advise best, but your question remains open for three weeks. It could depend on the citation. If it was for something administrative, it could be insignificant. If it was for an operational violation such as "following too closely" or "failure to... Read more »

3 Answers | Asked in Criminal Law, Traffic Tickets and Car Accidents for Minnesota on
Q: Why is my appearance in court mandatory?

I was in an accident due to a failure to yield left and they found me at fault for the accident. I was told by the officer in charge that I would be able to pay my citation and plead guilty for the charge, but now it says I have a mandatory court appearance. It is a misdemeanor for crim/traffic and... Read more »

Thomas C Gallagher
Thomas C Gallagher answered on Nov 30, 2020

If the officer checks the "property damage or injury" box on the citation, the court appearance becomes mandatory. That means failure to appear will result in an arrest warrant. A misdemeanor is a crime punishable by a maximum of 90 days jail, though jail is rare in cases like this.... Read more »

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2 Answers | Asked in Traffic Tickets and Car Accidents for Oregon on
Q: I was hit by a forest cop on one lane FS road blind curve. Please help, the damage is extensive.

I was coming up he was coming down the blind curve. Cliff on my side. One lane road. I swerved to avoid hitting him and he never even hit the brakes. My insurance lapses by a few weeks due to covid related financial issues. I have court coming up to contest the traffic ticket they gave me which was... Read more »

Jennie Lynn Clark
Jennie Lynn Clark answered on Nov 26, 2020

Since you were hit by a cop in the state of Oregon, tort claim notice will need to be received by the employer and/or city/county/state attorney of the cop who hit you within 180 days. The hearing for the ticket will be important, as the judge will be determining weather or not you were at fault... Read more »

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2 Answers | Asked in Car Accidents for Oregon on
Q: I scratched another car Left to get something to write with came back and they where gone. What do I do?

I was pulling in to a walmart parking lot and scratched another car. I then parked my car went over to the other car took a picture of the damage, then went back over to my car to get something to write with realized I didn't have anything so I went into the store to get paper and something to... Read more »

Virgil Royer
Virgil Royer answered on Sep 12, 2020

Parking lots, especially busy ones like Wal-Mart, frequently have accidents--especially scratches. When you caused damage to property, you are required to let the owner know. ORS 811.700 is a Class A Misdemeanor. If you hit a parked car, you are required to wait for (or, locate) the owner to... Read more »

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2 Answers | Asked in Personal Injury and Car Accidents for Alabama on
Q: I have done my deposition about 4 months ago, and is there a time frame on the person I'm suing to do there deposition?

The person Im suing hasn't did there deposition and I wanted to know could they wait until next year to do theirs, or is it a time frame for them to do theirs. My deposition was held four months ago.

Jeffrey G. Blackwell
Jeffrey G. Blackwell answered on Aug 27, 2020

Good question. With the current Covid-19 issues, many things are delayed. Your delays could be the result of coronavirus issues. But, I'll answer the question as if times are normal.

I've seen many lawyers frustrated by issues scheduling the other party's deposition. One of...
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1 Answer | Asked in Car Accidents for New York on
Q: How long does it take to get the money from an accident ? If you have loans do the loans take the money?

My accident was in 2018 my lawyer told me it was settled and it was closed but he doesn’t give me clear answers. He said that if I had taken out loans that they might take it or Medicaid. But it’s been months. It is now 2020 and I still was not given the check. I give them time. And I wait.... Read more »

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar answered on Jul 23, 2020

If there are Medicare liens, those could take time to ascertain through NYC HRA. Some of the public agency-related liens could be handled by third-party contractors. The COVID situation has also resulted in delays. If your attorney is trying to negotiate the liens, that could take time too. But... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Car Accidents for Michigan on
Q: I was hit at my credit union today on their property by their employee do I sue the company & their employee?

I was exiting out a one way and their employee was rushing to get in as if she was late for work. She tried to turn into a one way only exit which I was coming out of. She stopped then proceed to go & hit me. Due to the coronavirus I didn’t have insurance yet. She did. I am Now having back... Read more »

Brent T. Geers
Brent T. Geers answered on Jun 16, 2020

You will want to speak with a personal injury attorney, but expect you not having insurance to be a problem. One of the benefits of our no-fault system is that each person's insurance company is responsible for that person's bills. With you not having insurance, you may be stuck with your... Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Collections, Traffic Tickets, Car Accidents and Insurance Defense for Oregon on
Q: I was in a fender bender where I rear ended someone, now I’m being sent to collections and they say my license will be

Suspended if I don’t make a Minimum payment if 1000 down and 100 a month. When I got in the accident I had just bought a car the night before from a personal buyer and had not had a chance to put insurance on it in the less the lab 24 hours after having it. I bought the car on 4/20/20 at 7pm, and... Read more »

Virgil Royer
Virgil Royer answered on Jun 5, 2020

First, the collection agency is collecting a debt. They are not the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) and have no power to suspend your driving privilege. Second, you mentioned "grace" period. Did your insurance company deny coverage for this accident even though you just bought the car?... Read more »

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3 Answers | Asked in Car Accidents and Personal Injury for California on
Q: I was in an auto accident in April 2019. My case is still ongoing, how long typically do cases like this last?

My accident was in April 2019. They found the other driver at fault she ran a red light. I was injured. They settled for an amount but the attorney never reached out and I always have to call or email. If they already settled for the amount and my medical they said picked up alot of the bills back... Read more »

Robert Steven Walch
Robert Steven Walch answered on May 21, 2020

Every case is different, so there is no set amount of time that every case takes from the time of settlement to disbursement of funds. If you have Medi-Cal, the attorney needs to find out how much Medi-Cal paid to your medical providers and needs to get a final letter from Medi-Cal saying what... Read more »

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3 Answers | Asked in Car Accidents for California on
Q: What should I do if someone agrees to settle without insurance but is now threatening to take you to court.

I got into a small fender bender and he agreed to settling without dealing with insurance, I just got new insurance because my new rate was so high due to an accident I got into in September of 2019. There was no major damage just a little indent there was no paint transfer or any damage to my... Read more »

William John Light
William John Light answered on Apr 28, 2020

Your feelings about what is fair are not important, nor is your work status. You are liable for the amount of damages you caused. If his repair estimate for property damage caused in the collision, and his medical expenses for injuries caused in the collision add up to $1,900, you should agree to... Read more »

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