Am I required to surrender personal property to an insurance
Am I required to surrender personal property to an insurance company if I accept their payment?JA: Because laws vary from state to state, could you tell me what state is this in?Customer: IdahoJA: Have you talked to a lawyer yet?Customer: One that wasn't very encouragingJA: Anything else you think the lawyer should know?Customer: Yes I was struck by a car while riding my bicycle..A very expensive Triathlon bike. I took a full side impact at about 20-25mph. I'm not getting must in the way of acceptable results from the ladies insurance company (Geico)JA: What state is this in? And how old is the car?Customer: Idaho, 2008
I'm in the United States Army, and stole a bicycle. I gave a
I'm in the United States Army, and stole a bicycle.I gave a full sworn statement confessing, however I only confessed because the MPI told me how they had CCTV Footage of me taking the bike.I just got the case file today however and reading the reports, he states to have still IDd me from the CCTV footage. HOWEVER, I read a sworn statement from one of the MPs and it states, "CCTV Cameras were reviewed by the desk sergeant, (Name). However review of the footage found no cameras were pointed at the scene during the provided time line"He also claims to have IDd me from the tattoos on my left arm and right calf, but before confessing I mentioned how that wasn't possible because I had a sweatshirt and sweatpants on that day, to which he called me a smartass and continued to work a confession out of me.I understand I already made a sworn statement and confessed but is there anything I can do with the information I have?
My wife just got a traffic fine right at a 2 street
Hi There !My wife just got a traffic fine for turning right at a 2 street intersectionfrom a bike lane of a 2 lane highway in to a regular lane.“ORS 811.435 Operation of motor vehicle on bicycletrail”, paragraph 1.Paragraph 2 of the same law offers an exception."ORS 811.440 When motor vehicles may operate onbicycle lane. “Paragraph 2 of this exception states:“(2) A person may operate a motor vehicle upon a bicyclelane when:(a) Making a turn”She (my wife) wants to plead not guilty.Does she have a chance to win ?Thanks
I am the only witness in a t and Run accident between a car
I am the only witness in a Hit and Run accident between a car and a bicycle in Albuquerque, NM. I saw the whole thing. I immediately stopped to see if the guy on the bike was OK and he was not. Another person then stopped to sit by the injured man and I got back in my car and chased the driver down who was driving away as if nothing had happened. I caught up to her and made her stop by blocking her car with mine. 911 was called and I made sure the lady drove back to the scene of the accident.The police told me to please answer my phone from a blocked number so they could talk to me. I have now been subpoenaed. Twice. The first time through the mail and today by a visit to my house from a guy at the District Attorney's office because of a change in the court date. He was not a polite guy and asked me questions about the house I live in and where I worked. I asked him if this was relevant to the case and he said no. After a two second pause, he turned around without saying anything, got in his car and left.My question is....Am I going to need an attorney because I witnessed this hit and run? Is their attorney going to grill me about my life? Or, am I there to just answer questions about the accident? If I need an attorney because I am a witness then this just exacerbates the idea of never getting involved.
I find myself in a situation whereas I have an offer from a
I find myself in a situation whereas I have an offer from a 3rd parties insurance company to settle with me for $15k because this other party hit me while illegally traveling through a red light while I was on my motorcycle going through a green light. The police report states the other party was at fault and even cited for 2 traffic violations.Originally I had hired a lawyer and he settled the personal property portion of my case with my own insurance company already but they only covered enough to pay off the amount that I still owed on the motorcycle which was approximately $8k (the bike was relatively new and I had a bad interest rate)My attorney has since chosen to quit representing me because I caught him telling me one thing and then claiming he never made such claims. For example, having no vehicle any longer I started accumulating significant expenses using services like Uber and Lyft to get to work because my lawyer told me repeatedly "oh don't worry about it, it'll all be covered" but then he comes to me and says he can only get $15k because thats all the liability the guy has, my lawyer was going to take 1/3 of that leaving me with $10k. But my medical bill is $14k. I told my lawyer he was a liar, I didn't trust him, and I thought he was being lazy for not taking the guy to court to get more. He subsequently chose to quit and end his representation of me.Another attorney told me that if I had fired my attorney he could potentially put a lien on any settlement I received after the fact, but I did not fire him, he chose on his own accord to quit and sent me a letter to such affect. And our original agreement explicitly states that he is not entitled to any compensation if he does not successfully settlement my personal injury case.The insurance company is still offering me $15k settlement and I can not decide whether I should take the offer, or try to take him to court on my own. I have sued in small claims court in the past and am confident I can figure out what I need to do if I do decide to sue but I'm just not sure if it's worth dragging the case on or not because I've heard it could take easily a year if I decide to go that route.I've been told it's not worth it because he could very easily file for bankruptcy and I end up with nothing but having dragged it out for much longer. But the case is totally cut and dry, the other party was completely at fault. It says so in the police report and at least 2 witnesses gave their information to the police backing me up (all while I was being ambulanced to the hospital)It irks the crap out of me though that I am apparently going to be left having no vehicle, and I haven't been able to afford to replace my vehicle so now (this has been going on for 6 months now) now I'm riding my bicycle everywhere. Over this time period I've also gotten laid off from my job, but I just got another job offer but the job is pretty far away and theres no way to get there via public transit; if I had a vehicle I could take the job.So I'm very tempted to accept the offer, take the money to buy a new vehicle, and say screw the medical bills.. my credit report is already f**ked up anyway. The medical bills have been sent to a collection agency and they have sent me bills a couple of times but have never sent me anything that said "lien" on it. My concern is, if I accept the offer, will the insurance company actually be sending me the $15k to do with as I chose or is it likely that the hospital/bill collector will somehow intercept this settlement check?This relates to Los Angeles County, CA. The hospital is Cedar Sinai Medical Hospital, the collection agency is Designed Receivable Solutions, and the lawyer who I was but am no longer being represented by is Rob Marcereau of the firm Marcereau & Nazif whom I originally reached out to through his website riderzlaw.com.
I AM IN LAS VEGAS. I WAS HIT BY A CAR RUNNING A RED LIGHT
I AM IN LAS VEGAS. I WAS HIT BY A CAR RUNNING A RED LIGHT WHILE ON A BICYCLE. I HAVE A BROKEN COLLAR BONE AND SHOULDER BONE. LIKELY SURGERY AND A 30K EXPENSE. I WOULD LIKE TO HIRE SOMEONE TO NEGOTIATE WITH INS,. COMPANY FOR ME. PLENTY OF LAWYERS WILL TAKE 1/3.THIS SEEMS TOO MUCH. I WOULD LOVE TO HIRE AN ATTORNEY WITH A PARALEGAL WHO I COULD PAY AN HOURLY RATE TO NEGOTIATE FOR ME., THE DRIVER ADMITTED FAULT AND WAS TICKETTED BY ATTENDING POLICE OFFICER. ONE LAWYER SAID THEY ONLY WORK ON CONTINGENCY IN LV. HOW DO I FIND A COMPETENT REP WHO I CAN PAY,RATHER THAN TAKE 1/3? ANY IDEAS? I WOULD PREFER TO PAY A COUPLE G's UPFRONT RATHER THAN 33% AT END.
I live in Oakland CA. In September of 2015 I was backing out
I live in Oakland CA. In September of 2015 I was backing out of my driveway and was run into by a bicyclist.Background: we live on a one-way street that used to be two lanes for traffic. About 1 year ago the right-hand lane (which our driveway connects to) was switched to a bike lane, so to get into traffic one has to cross a sidewalk and then the bike lane. Cars are allowed to park on the right-hand curb all the way up to each driveway, obstructing vision, so to back out of my driveway I need to stop at the sidewalk and make sure all is clear, then slowly back into the bike lane before going forward into the traffic lane (which I've been doing all along).When this accident occurred I'd done this (and photos given to Our insurance company showed I was all the way out in the bike lane and clearly visible) when I heard "watch out" and a thump from the rear. I stopped and got out and found a 70-plus year old woman on the curb rubbing her chest. The bike (a fairly expensive Trek) was on it's side with the rear-view mirror broken, and her helmet was dented.She did not wait for the police, to give a statement (calling her husband on her I-phone after I gave her my insurance information, who picked her up and took her to Kaiser, leaving her bike with a neighbor here for pick up later). I'd left the car where it was until the police arrived and gave them a statement------and later found out from the police report write-up that she had failed to respond to multiple requests by the police to give a statement----so the police declined to assign fault or blame.It turned out she had no insurance that covered her as a bicyclist, and filed a claim for damages and injuries against my insurance. Within 2 to 3 months my insurance paid her property damages of $794 saying the bodily injury claim was still pending, with the adjustor saying the $794 paid out was because it was an expensive bike to repair, even though it was 8 years old. After 6 months with no feedback from the adjustor about whatever bodily injury claim was involved we contacted the adjustor's supervisor yesterday, who explained that everything on that claim was pending because the woman never provided any proof for what was being claimed, and they were still trying to get proof from her------and speaking to my wife she made it clear that they were finding me 100 percent liable (!) because CA law said the bicyclist had complete right of way (being already moving in the assigned bike lane) whether or not she was paying attention or was distracted, or the lane ahead was blocked, or she just failed to stop in time before she ran into me.Me and my wife are both worried about this liability assessment, not only for potential future insurance rate increases, but the effect on potential switching to some other insurance carrier. Is this what CA law really decrees?