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Category Archives: Auto Accidents

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 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 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 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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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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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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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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What about physical damage to the vehicle? How to determine diminished value of the car after accident?

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Greg Stokes: This comes up very often. You are always entitled to the repairs. The insurance companies have computer programs that spec out the cost of the equipment and the cost of the labor and they can get that right down to the penny, but the second part is the diminished value of a… Read More »

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After an injury wreck, how much is my car accident settlement worth?

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Greg Stokes: For a car accident settlement, we will take all your medical bills, add those up; take all your future medical bills, we will bring in a registered nurse to estimate what the future medical bills will be; take all your past lost wages, all your future lost wages, and sometimes we will… Read More »

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What are the steps for how to sue after a car accident?

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Greg Stokes: The preliminary step usually is to hire an attorney. Your attorney is going to gather all of the evidence, do his investigation, get all the medical records, document the claim, and make a demand on the insurance company. They are going to negotiate back and forth and try to get the case… Read More »

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