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Monthly Archives: October

The police officer sometimes will accept the opinion of the first person who called 911. Can you dispute the accident report if it is wrong?

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Greg Stokes: Well, it is a good idea to argue against any facts that do not give a full picture of what happened. When there are 911 calls, one of the things we do is an open records request to the police department and the 911 operators. We get a digital recording of the… Read More »

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In speaking to your clients, how do you advise them how to get over a car accident?

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Greg Stokes: We handle a lot of different claims for a lot of different people with a lot of different injuries. What we really want that individual to do is try to get back to 100 percent health. There is a duty on their part to actually seek medical treatment and follow the doctors’… Read More »

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In general, who is at fault in a car accident?

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Greg Stokes: In general, who is at fault is the person that broke the law. We all know that you have to stop at a red light. If you run the red light and there is a crash, and it can be determined that the person ran the red light, that is who is… Read More »

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How to determine pain and suffering from an auto accident?

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Greg Stokes: This is a question that comes up often. Everyone would like a numerical calculation. People have heard three times the medical bills or three times the medical bills and three times the lost wages. Those formulas do not work when you are dealing with insurance companies. What insurance companies or 12 people… Read More »

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How much does an accident attorney cost?

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Greg Stokes: That is a great question a lot of people want to know. They are afraid to call a lawyer because they think they are going to have to pay the lawyer money out of their pocket. Some people just do not know that basically the legal system and most personal injury lawyers… Read More »

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How long does it generally take to settle an accident claim?

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Greg Stokes: We try to target 11 months from start to finish. But what really determines how long it is going to take is how long it is going to take that person to recover. We do not want to settle their claim until they reach maximum medical improvement. We would like to get… Read More »

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How long does a car accident stay on your record?

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Greg Stokes: It depends upon what you are talking about as a record. If we are talking about the Department of Motor Vehicles, and if you are cited with the accident, you have a ticket, and you are found guilty, or you plead guilty, usually the Department of Motor Vehicles is going to keep… Read More »

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How long do I have to report a car accident?

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Greg Stokes: First off, you want to report it immediately to the police. The second thing, you definitely want to report it to your own insurance company. You do not want to wait more than 30 days, because after 30 days, particularly if you are trying to apply for an uninsured or underinsured motorist… Read More »

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How is fault determined in a car accident?

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Greg Stokes: Well, nine times out of ten, the police report is going to report who was at fault. Whoever the police put in the number one positionon the accident report is the person that is going to be given the ticket for violating some traffic law. And, most likely that is the person… Read More »

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How does someone know when to get an attorney for a car accident?

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Greg Stokes: I would say, when in doubt of whether you should hire an attorney or not, without question, call an attorney and get their advice. It usually does not cost you anything to call the attorney. Then you get a feel for what is going on, and you have got your options ahead… Read More »

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