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Stephen Boyd

Buffalo Personal Injury Lawyer.

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  1. I was the victim of a hit in run the driver was accused of dwi after the police caught him. what action do i take?

    Answered about 2 years ago.

    1. Michael Scott Rothrock
    2. Stephen Boyd
    3. David J. McCormick
    4. Lars A. Lundeen
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    You appear to have a property damage claim. If there is collision coverage on your vehicle, you can file a claim with your insurance and they will go after the other company for repayment (subrogation). You can also contact the other driver's insurance carrier to have your vehicle repairs paid.

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  2. I want to determine what the insurance adjuster is offering is low ball or not. My daughter was in 2 car accidents within 2 day

    Answered about 2 years ago.

    1. Stephen Boyd
    2. C Steven Moskos
    3. Nathan Zale Dowlen
    4. Shane Kelvin McNeill
    5. David Weissman
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    The value of your daughter's injuries will be dictated by the values of similar cases in your local area. A lot of people want to settle their case without an attorney. Sometimes that makes sense. However, a few years back an internal insurance company memo showed that some companies pay about 10 cents on the dollar for a non-represented claimant. I'm in New York, and a scar of any kind on a 16 year old girl would have far greater value than the numbers you have presented. Tennessee might...

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  3. Does being ticketed for unsafe lane change when rear-ended in an accident put me at fault, insurance wise?

    Answered about 2 years ago.

    1. Stephen Boyd
    2. Daniel Nelson Deasy
    3. Charles Joseph Michael Candiano
    3 lawyer answers

    It could go against both. Your daughter had a duty to see what was there to be seen and to properly judge the speed of the oncoming vehicle before making the lane change. The other driver had the same duty and was responsible to stopping if possible. With regard to the ticket, it might make economic sense to hire a local attorney to handle it in traffic court. Many New York State Courts will reduce a ticket to a parking ticket. This would prevent the violation from getting on her record...

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  4. What kind of punishment would a person with no prior record be likely to recieve for forgery and grand theft 5000.00 in F.L

    Answered about 2 years ago.

    1. Craig A. Epifanio
    2. Stephen Boyd
    3. James Regan
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    3rd Grand theft is a violation of 812.014(2)(c)2. ($5,000 or more but less than $10,000). That is a 3rd degree felony. You should seek legal counsel immediately. The penalties for 3rd degree felonies in Florida can range from PTI (Pretrial Intervention) to prison term of up to five years.

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  5. How can i sue an uninsured motorist?

    Answered about 2 years ago.

    1. Daniel Nelson Deasy
    2. Stephen Boyd
    3. Christopher Daniel Leroi
    4. Andrew Ronald Gillin
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    You should contact a personal injury attorney in your area. You might also look at your own insurance policy. Some states provide for policies to include coverage for uninsured motorists (UM Coverage). I'm in New York, so I'm not sure if you'll have that in Colorado. This coverage stands in the place of the coverage that should have been provided by the uninsured person that caused the accident. Using this type of insurance should not make your rates increase as you can only use it if you...

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  6. How do you go about getting a new attorney for a PIP car accident? Can you switch attorneys half way through the process if you

    Answered about 2 years ago.

    1. Jonathan Hayes Groff
    2. Jose Ignacio Carrillo
    3. Stephen Boyd
    4. Steven Mark Sweat
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    In most states you have the right to change attorneys at any time in the process. Your outgoing attorney will likely be entitled to a fee for the work done to date. If this was a contingent fee case, the outgoing attorney will either have a lien on the legal fee (and thus share it with the new attorney), or could bill you hourly for the work done. See a local attorney to ask for the rules in your area.

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  7. I have question over ownwership of a pet. please see the details.

    Answered about 2 years ago.

    1. Stephen Boyd
    2. Eric Edward Rothstein
    3. Laura Mcfarland-Taylor
    3 lawyer answers

    Your new roommate really has no ownership claim to the animal. Neither does she have standing (a legal connection to the harm) to make the claim. If the dog is in your possession, and you agree it belongs to the old girlfriend, your new roommate has an uphill battle on her hands.

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  8. Can someone else insure my car

    Answered about 2 years ago.

    1. Yefim Rubinov
    2. Stephen Boyd
    3. Steven Mark Sweat
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    You might be able to add him to the title. At least that way, you would retain some formal ownership of the vehicle. You might also consult with a local insurance agent.

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  9. My car was hit at a intersection. Witness claims on police report that my father ran a red light. Insurance denies claim.

    Answered over 4 years ago.

    1. Stephen Boyd
    2. Clifford Douglas Gabel
    3. Jeffrey Michael Donato
    3 lawyer answers

    If your father was seriously injured, any personal injury attorney will likely take up this issue as part of the case. If, as you say, the light must have been red for both drivers, you have a pretty good liability case. Remember that insurace companies exist to make profits. The more premiiums they accept and the more claims they deny, the more money they make. Logic sometimes plays very little role in their decision making. If the damage is 5,000.00 or less, you can take the other...

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  10. My former spouse was the parent of our deceased child. Is the former spouse entitled to share in my wrongful death settlement?

    Answered over 4 years ago.

    1. Howard Robert Roitman
    2. Stephen Boyd
    3. Lars A. Lundeen
    4. Alan James Brinkmeier
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    I am sorry for your loss. I do not believe New York law would allow you to prevent the other parent from collecting 50% of the settlement. I am assuming that you are represented and your attorney is aware of the "Intestate Succession" laws. These laws govern the assets of an estate of a person who had no will. The other person's economic status is not a factor. However, if your attorney can show a Surogate's Court judge that there was back child support owed, you might be able to...

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