Martin Wade Hodges’s Answers

Martin Wade Hodges

Everett Car / Auto Accident Lawyer.

Contributor Level 12
  1. What kind of atty do I need? And in what state?

    Answered about 3 years ago.

    1. Martin Wade Hodges
    2. Elizabeth Rankin Powell
    2 lawyer answers

    I agree with Ms. Powell, you need to take a wait and see approach before deciding if you need an attorney and what kind of attorney you need. Based on your representations as to the type of communications your relative has sent you, perhaps an anti-harassment or no contact restraining order should be obtained. If he files some type of suit against you in California, the court there must have subject matter or personal jurisdiction over you, which based on the limited information provided is...

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  2. Why can't I find a lawyer who will sue a bank on a contigency basis when I have a rock solid case?

    Answered about 3 years ago.

    1. Martin Wade Hodges
    2. James Brian Thomas
    3. Pamela Koslyn
    3 lawyer answers

    I agree with attorney Koslyn. Additionally, it may also be that you need to consult with a law firm that has the experience and resources to take on a large financial institution. Although you may have a good case, and again, that will be determined by all of the facts, a small law firm or sole practioner may not be able to put all of their eggs in one basket so to speak on the hope of getting paid in the end for what could be a potentially complex and lengthy litigation battle. Banking law...

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  3. Would a person driving down a center lane be at fault in an accident?

    Answered about 3 years ago.

    1. Martin Wade Hodges
    2. Christian K. Lassen II
    3. Andrew Daniel Myers
    3 lawyer answers

    This type of thing is quite common. You want to make a left hand turn accross traffic. The person in the right hand lane stops and motions you to proceed. Unfortunately, the person driving in the left hand lane/center lane does not see you and keeps coming. You turn and he hits you. If that is the scenario, you are at fault and would likely be cited for failure to yield.

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  4. Is the cost of housing during trial, when tried in an adjacent county, a legitimate "expense or cost" billable to the client?

    Answered over 3 years ago.

    1. Martin Wade Hodges
    2. Robert Daniel Kelly
    3. Pamela Koslyn
    3 lawyer answers

    You need to review your attorney/client fee agreement very closely. Given this was a two month trial that occurred outside of the attorney's home county, you should have probably discussed the costs of what I am only assuming were his/her hotel expenses. Generally speaking, the attorney is allowed to bill for all costs necessary to prosecute your case. This may include travel and hotel costs. If it was necessary for the attorney to incur housing costs in order to represent you, the cost may...

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  5. I need an attorney to help me -- Moving and Storage -- I moved my family from California to Washingtong state.

    Answered over 3 years ago.

    1. Martin Wade Hodges
    2. Yevgeny Jack Berner
    3. Robert Ricci
    3 lawyer answers

    You need an attorney who is experienced in business litigation or litigation in general. This is really more of a contract dispute, meaning the terms of your contract will likely dictate the remedies you have under the law. You can also contact the Washington State Attorney's General Consumer Protection Division. They will ask you to file a written complaint (I believe they will send you the forms) and will generally pursue your claim if they believe there is a consumer protection violation....

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  6. A hit and run, not so freakin fun. I left the scene.

    Answered over 3 years ago.

    1. Martin Wade Hodges
    2. Jeffrey Twersky
    3. Jeffrey Mark Adams
    4. Lars A. Lundeen
    4 lawyer answers

    Mr. Twersky's response is spot on correct. The simple thing would be to call your insurance company to confirm they covered the injured party's claim and have closed his/her file. If the claimant signed releases (which are generally required to close the claim), you have nothing to worry about and can put this behind you for good.

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  7. My parked truck was hit by a drunk & high driver who then took off. Should I get a lawyer?

    Answered almost 4 years ago.

    1. Linda Medeiros Callahan
    2. Martin Wade Hodges
    3. Andrew Daniel Myers
    4. Lars A. Lundeen
    4 lawyer answers

    You should work with her insurance company to be fully compensated for all damages incurred by the accident. This would include repair of your vehicle and the costs for towing your car. To make sure you are being treated fairly, I suggest you take the vehicle to a body shop of your choice for repair. Hopefully the truck can be repaired and her insurance company will pay for it. If the car has to be totalled (meaning it's value exceeds the cost of repair), you are likely only able to recover...

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  8. Son under 18 cited in accident as failure to yield, but he never received ticket in mail from state patrol!

    Answered about 3 years ago.

    1. Martin Wade Hodges
    2. Glen Edward Ashman
    4 lawyer answers

    Based on the facts you have given, it appears your son is likely at fault for this collision. However, it would certainly be in your son's best interest to hire an experienced attorney who specializes in traffic citations. Despite the facts given, many traffic citations are thrown out due to technicalities that could be identified by an experienced attorney. Generally speaking, I would never plead guilty to anything. Hope this information is helpful. Good luck.

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  9. Bumped into UPS truck blocking our drive way, who is responsible for our car damage?

    Answered about 3 years ago.

    1. Martin Wade Hodges
    2. Christian K. Lassen II
    3. Robert Andre Fleury Jr.
    4. Andrew Daniel Myers
    4 lawyer answers

    Your dad as the moving vehicle has the responsibility to know whats going on behind him as he backs up. Given the facts as stated, your dad would probably be found at fault if this went to court.

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  10. My 18 year old son was in an accident, and our insurance is being sued. Can they come after me, too?

    Answered over 3 years ago.

    1. Stuart C. Dimartini
    2. Thuong-Tri Nguyen
    3. Elizabeth Rankin Powell
    4. Martin Wade Hodges
    5. Robert Daniel Kelly
    5 lawyer answers

    In addition to comments by other contributors, it sounds like your insurance has already been notified and will cover you up to your policy limit. The value of a claim is determined by the nature and permanency of the injuries suffered. If driver's walked away from the collision under their own power, it is likely (but not certain), that their injuries will not exceed $50,000.00. However, the person transported by ambulance conceivably could have more serious problems. At any rate, if you...

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