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William Coats

Bellingham Car / Auto Accident Lawyer.

Contributor Level 7
  1. Is it illegal to "double dip"

    Answered over 4 years ago.

    1. William Coats
    1 lawyer answer

    It is fair to ask for the difference between the blue book and what the insurance company pays you. You can also let your insurance company know that they can be listed as a "victim" of the case and seek reimbursment from the at-fault driver.

  2. Who is liable.

    Answered over 4 years ago.

    1. William Coats
    2. Claire Danielle Hancock
    2 lawyer answers

    The driver of the vechicle that rear ended you is responsible. The owner of the vehicle may also be responsible. This will depend on the circumstances. You should check to see if either one of those people (driver or owner ) has insurance. If not, it may be difficutl to recover compensation. When you renew your insurance, ask how much more it will cost to increas your underinsured motorist protection from $25,000 to $50,000 or $100,000. It often does not cost much more money to get 4x as...

  3. How do I go about getting the other person to pay for my rental expense and deductible?

    Answered over 4 years ago.

    1. Jeffrey Carl Brashear
    2. William Coats
    2 lawyer answers

    The most important thing for you to do is to make sure you have all contact information from the witness to the accident. If you were not injured and the only cliam you are making is for property damage and rental car expenses, you might want to ask the witness to write out a statement of what happened. You can then use the witness statement to convince the insurance company to pay the claim. If they don't pay, you can take the other driver to small claims court. If you were injured, you...

  4. What is the standard for dividing a settlement check for a car accident?

    Answered over 4 years ago.

    1. Stephen Boyd
    2. David Alexander Browde
    3. William Coats
    4 lawyer answers

    The most common fee agreement is for the lawyer to take 1/3 of the fee off the top and then deduct for expenses. However, the issue should be covered in a written fee agreement between the lawyer and client. If it is not in the fee agreement, the lawyer should take out deductions before taking 1/3 for fees. I do not practice in New York and there may be a special rule in your state. You can check with the State Bar Association to see if there is a rule requiring the expenses be deducted...

  5. What is the standard for dividing a settlement check for a car accident?

    Answered over 4 years ago.

    1. Stephen Boyd
    2. David Alexander Browde
    3. William Coats
    4 lawyer answers

    The most common fee agreement is for the lawyer to take 1/3 of the fee off the top and then deduct for expenses. However, the issue should be covered in a written fee agreement between the lawyer and client. If it is not in the fee agreement, the lawyer should take out deductions before taking 1/3 for fees. I do not practice in New York and there may be a special rule in your state. You can check with the State Bar Association to see if there is a rule requiring the expenses be deducted...

  6. Who is responsible if I get into a car accident?

    Answered over 4 years ago.

    1. Stephen Boyd
    2. Carlos Gonzalez
    3. William Coats
    3 lawyer answers

    If you are driving the car and you are careless and cause an accident, you will be responsible for any damage you cause. In some states, parents can also be responsible under the "family car doctrine" or the theory of "negligent entrustment". However, in your case it does not seem that those would apply because your parents are not providing you with a car. You simply live with them and this is not enought for them to be responsible for your negligence. I do not practice in New York, so if...

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