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I was Reading about Sudden activity after my fiance was in

I was Reading about Sudden activity after my fiance was in an automobile accident.The first car was literally in the act of making a right hand turn. A police car abruptly made a u turn, no lights no siren, causing that car to slam on his brakes. Car number three unaware of the sudden activity hit car number two behind car number one. Pushing car two into car number one. All damage was estimated to be less than $1000 per car.Is this a sudden event qualifier?HH

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My wife was killed in an automobile accident in Panama six

My wife was killed in an automobile accident in Panama six months ago. I was driving. After an investigation the case was closed. I am back in the states and was notified by a Panama lawyer that a urine test showed marihuana in my system so this is now considered a homicide and if I don't return they are getting Interpol after me. I had not smoked for several days before the accident. I am not responsible for the accident or her death. I am having a hard time after losing what was most important to me and I don't know what to do now. I had lived in panama for three years. Any advise would be appreciated.Thank youGraham Bates

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My son is being discharged from the Army after having an

My son is being discharged from the Army after having an automobile accident involving a DUI and car accident even though he wasn't the one who caused the accident, but because this is the rules of Government he has been told he will be leaving within the next few weeks. My question is will he be able to file for unemployment benefits?

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Alex J. Esq.

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In February I WAS driving home from picking up my roommate

In February I WAS driving home from picking up my roommate from work as she was in the passangers seat and is on probation for a second DUI. It was rush hour traffic and cars were bumper to bumper passing Dallas Fort Worth International Airport in Irving, Texas. Traffic suddenly stopped and the sun was at a position where it was almost imposible to see ahead, and at 1.3 miles per hour (I was looking at the digital display at time of impact) I accidently bumpesd into car in front of me. The driver of the other car got out as I did. I first made sure she was ok and did not need medical attention. Secondly I had her inspect veheicles with me and we both agreed that no damage or harm was done. I told here ther it would be a good idea to go ahead and exhchange personal information in the event anything did come up. I went to the car and started writing down my name, number, vehicle information and etc... My roommate all of the sudden called my name and stated "She is running from the scene. As she drove off I put my writing supplies down, fastened my seatbelt and began to follow her. I thousht for sure she would be taking the next exit for the sake of safety due to road conditions. I was not tailgaiting her car and as a matter of fact was approx. 5 miles behind her, as would any "reasonable and prudent" person would have been. The traffic was so heavy that other cars managed to merge inbetween the lady I hit and my roommate's car. We lost sight of her so took the next exit on Amon Carter headed to Centreport Fort Worth, Texas. We thought she would have pulled over on this exit because it was the closest and most reasonable place besides the busy highway to be traveling on at the time. After our failed attempt to find her we then made the turnabout at the intersection and revisited the road where the accident occurred in hopes that the woman would have gone back. She had not.A week later a hostile and very angry rude officer was banging on our door at around 0800 on a Friday morning. He threatened to tow the car if one of us did not admit to wrecking into this lady who must have gotten our license plate with pics from her phone. I did state that I was driving the car but the the lady was the one that flew the scene of the accident. He issued me a Texas Citation in the Municipality of Irving, Texas which happens to be in the County of Dallas, Texas. I am no lawyer by any means but I am also am a graduate of Texsas Tech University with a BA in Political Science and Philosophy with a minor in Physics and a Master's in public Health from Duke University. I did have recources to do some legal researching. My findings where that a Municipal court deals with Civil and some criminal matters or in what I believe to be Tort Law. So the citation issued by the officer who was not at the scene of the crime admitted that the lady named Brenda called 911 about 2 hours after the accident. He told her she would have to come in to the police station in Irving in the following day to make a report. In his "investigative field note" he made it sound like she was a helpless victim. And stated that there was a small scratch on the bumper that would amount to damages equaling exactly $150.It was then that I decided to find out how to take care of the fines for 1.) Accident with Damage to vehicle 5120, and 2.)a blank violation box and with 5000 in the Code section. I searched the transportation code, the penal code, the family and general health code, and the code DMV website and could not for the life of me find what these charges meant. So I went to the irving municipal court and learned that they were as follows. 1) Accident - Failure to leave identification and 2.) No driver's liscense. So Well, of course I had identification, my DL, and my Concealed hangun liscense along with phone etc. But who was I supposed to leave this information with since the woman drove the hell off? But, I got the ticket? Both citations were payable via the enternet or open for deferred adjudication or no contest. So I plead not guilty of course. (Sorry my deamoner is not professional - it will be at pretrial in suite and tie) - but it chaps my hide everytime I think of the officers alligations. I then immedeatly went to the police department and got the police report. The "victim"'s storey ended up being much differnet than mine and my witnesses. My question is this; For discovery which is due tomorrow, I have already filed the following for the pretrial hearing: My Statement of fact of vehicle accident, My Witness' Witness of automobile Accident, Request for Police Report, Request for professional appraisail of damages, request to dismiss the charges and Request for release-Settlement Agreement & Filing of a Stipulation Discontinuing Action. Am I missing anything important for pretrial? What should I expect at pretrial? Can the court dismiss the charges if I pay the alleged $150. What would you recommend?

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My husband and I were involved in an automobile accident May

My husband and I were involved in an automobile accident May 17, 2014. Auto Owners Insurance issued us a check(now stale) which we did not cash. We've reconsidered and wrote them a business letter dated April 27, 2016 giving them ten business days to respond. In the letter we asked them to issue another check. We also included documented medical expenses which we requested that they pay. They have not responded.Since we need closure on this matter by May 17, 2016, I'm sure they are biding their time so they will have to pay nothing. For what it's worth, their party was totally at fault.Advice, please. I thought they would do the honorable thing and pay what they owe. Advice, please.

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I was appointed the personal fathers estate. I performed all

I was appointed the personal for my fathers estate. I performed all duties then had automobile accidents that I could not provide my final bill. I did all the Labor to bring the house value from appraisal$95,000 to 139900. I presented my invoice to attorney and he presented it the hearing for only discussing timely filing of final accounting. His opening remarks were "in my experience estates that go longer than 4 years there is usually funds disappearing but this is not the case here."My invoice for keeping yard 6 acres, plus remodeling the house was 41,000 supplies meals, travel and labor. I live in Ok estate in IN small town.Only was awarded 5000 of $9100, labor $3500 and $0 travel.The attorney presented it as a personal representative additional charge rather than a construction/maintenance invoice. Total increase of more than $60,000.I think that I should have been given more of the invoiceOnly my sister and I are beneficiaries.I feel this was not handled properly as we were not given any time to negotiate my feesI was Also feel I was backed into a corner by the attorney that I was entitled to half of his fee as attorney. He gave me no guidelines for anything, just keep records of time and expenses.Do I have a chance to defend my bill or is it too late?Do I have any recourse to the attorney.What really bothers me is that my sister did little and is benefitting from the hard work I did to increase value of house

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I was in an automobile accident about 1 1/2 years ago and

I was in an automobile accident about 1 1/2 years ago and sustained about $3,000 damages to my car which essentially totaled it. California Highway Patrol officers were present after the accident and their report found the other driver to be at fault. His insurance company, State Farm, initially told me they would pay me for the damages to my car. Then about a month later when I had not heard from them, I called them and they said they were reviewing the case. Then 60 days after the accident they told me that I was at fault. I immediately called my insurance company, GEICO, who had long since reviewed the case and was told that they definitely did not consider me to be at fault and would not raise my insurance rates because of this and they absolutely would never pay State Farm anything over this accident. After that I sequentially filled a complaint against State Farm with the Better Business Bureau and the California Insurance Commissioner's Office. Essentially I was advised that I could take my case to small claims court. Therefore, I filled a small claims court case against State Farm about 10-11 months after the accident. When they did not appear on the court date I was initially elated thinking this meant that I won my case. However, I was informed by the judge that I needed to name the driver who struck me as well as his insurance company and he gave me a second court date. I used a process serving service and subsequently discovered that the driver had died about 4 months after the accident (presumably due to causes not related to the accident as no ambulances were called to the scene of the accident). I, therefore, informed the judge of this during my second court date. I think he essentially was telling me too bad, tough luck but gave me a third court date of 1/22/2016. He seemed to do this somewhat reluctantly but told me that I could sue the driver's estate and that the driver did have a contractual arrangement with State Farm at the time of the accident that possibly could result in an award to his estate once the judge heard the merits of the case and if he agreed with the California Highway Patrol. I have contacted the Superior Court of County of San Francisco (where the driver lived) and discovered that there were activities regarding the estate dating from Oct.7, 2014 (which I think was shortly after his death) until Oct. 7, 2015. I then tried to contact his probate examiner via email to ask if there is anything I need to do or any form I need to fill out before my court date or even if the estate is still active. I received back a form letter that said "The court is unable to provide legal advice or otherwise assist you. It is suggested that you contact an attorney for help....The court is unable to give consideration to your request unless it is in the form of a petition or objection that is set for hearing and duly served on parties entitled to notice.....The court will take no action on your communication." This is my background information. My questions are: Is the estate still active or open or accessible to me? I have a copy of the "Register of Actions" which I can send on if needed. Is there a form I must fill out or an action I need to take in the next 3 days before returning to court? Am I wasting my time even returning to small claims court for the third time. The judge told me that I don't have to fill out a petition to end my court case, I just don't bother to appear. To attend the court I have to travel about 200 miles each way and give up an entire day of work. Am I wasting my time? At this point it seems as much about righting an injustice as it is about the monetary damage to my car. Thank you for any help you can give.

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I was involved in an automobile accident July 18, 2014

I was involved in an automobile accident July 18, 2014 wherein a woman ran a red light. She nor I were seriously hurt, thank God, but I injured my back and hurt my left knee. I elected not to sue, but I wanted all of my medical expenses paid. I had beenreceiving treatment up until July 17, 2015 and have been submitting copies of my bills to the insurance company. The adjuster told me all the medical expenses would be covered minus any adjustments made by Medicare and United HealthCare. She said no one isresponsible for the adjustments, but Medicare and UHC could put a lien against me for any settlement I receive. If that is the case, won't they want all the money they paid out in addition to the adjustments? In addition she told me that the insurance companywill only pay $2,500 for pain and suffering. I received another letter the next day saying the company would pay $4,000, minus a $1000 pip/mpc payment the insurance company made through my policy??? (The insured and I both have the same insurance company).When I asked how she arrived at that amount, she said it was based on similar cases. I asked how could she base my pain and suffering on someone else's. As it is, I will always have problems with my knee. Exercise will minimize the symptoms, but not resolvethem. (You should know that I injured my knee over 30 years ago but I had been doing okay until the accident). I did take the liberty of writing to Medicare and UHC to find out how they would handle my case, but I haven't heard from them yet. I don't knowif that was a wise move or not, but I need to know how to settle this matter in my favor. Do you have any suggestions?

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I am divorcing my husband after 31 years, he is an alcoholic

I am divorcing my husband after 31 years, he is an alcoholic and driving drunk if he gets into an accident or a DUI how will affect what I will receive in a settlement, for instance if he has an accident and gets sued. Or loses his job!

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