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karamac
08-21-2008, 02:35 PM
we were pulling our 35 tt with our suburban down a major 8 lane hwy when traffic was slowing to a stop, we had a large space in front of us, (as anyone who tows a trailer of this size knows we need) when a lady pulled in front of us and slammed on the brakes well we hit her, our truck was ok, hers was not, she also hit the car in front of her, those people told the police she came out of nowhere and stopped, they felt it was her fault, We were not charged, and I dont think she was either, Now we are being sued by her for $1.5million. I am just sick about this, and the papers we were served with is full of a bunch of untrue crap. SO FRUSTERATED. may put a damper on our 2 wk trip to the fort in october.

Gatordad
08-21-2008, 02:43 PM
1.5mm for what? I hope y'all win.

Us3
08-21-2008, 02:48 PM
Ugh! I'm soooo sorry to hear this. It really does suck, people pull out in front of us all of the time while pulling too. I really hope you win the case as well!

PolynesianPixie
08-21-2008, 03:00 PM
Oh my gosh! I'm so sorry! Hopefully the court will see her for the sue happy witch that she is!

BigDaddyRog
08-21-2008, 03:07 PM
Well...if ya gonna have to pay 1.5mill ANYWAY....ya might as well find out where she lives, pack up the trailer and go make a pull-thru through her home!!!

BriBri1984
08-21-2008, 03:13 PM
WOW*** At least the Police reports says she pulled in front ( according to you and the ppl in Front that were hit..... Right?? )


Was it one of the states that say if u hit someone in the back, its your fault no matter what? Maybe that what she thinks,, but it seems you have a police report that says the opposite..

So I dont see what leg she has to stand one.. 2 ppl ( 3 if u include the police report ) against her.

I hope you got the conact info of the other party that got hit as well to help your case...

Keep us posted, especially what the lawyer says!!!!!

Bri

big kahuna1
08-21-2008, 03:26 PM
Been there, done that. Was sued for $875,000.00 for an accident my Son had 10 years ago. Took over 3 years to fight and settle.

The papers you received are standard ambulance chasing lawyer dribble that applies whether the lawsuit is for $1.00 or $10,0000.00. It claims they can't walk, talk, see, eat, sleep, spit, scratch, smell, shave, brush their teeth, tie their shoes, button a shirt, now wear a diaper, grow finger nails, take a bath and the final one...loss of consortium. Lawyers hate doing any real work so the form is standard one fits all form.

Hopefully the other party was charged and the report has the witnesses names and addresses so the Company can contact them and everything will turn out okay.

Just Beachy
08-21-2008, 03:37 PM
I have to agree with big kahuna1. I think you should forget about the suit for a couple of weeks and enjoy your trip to the Fort. You could be waiting for this to go to court (if it ever does) for a long time.

g8trmom1
08-21-2008, 03:59 PM
Been there, done that. Was sued for $875,000.00 for an accident my Son had 10 years ago. Took over 3 years to fight and settle.

The papers you received are standard ambulance chasing lawyer dribble that applies whether the lawsuit is for $1.00 or $10,0000.00. It claims they can't walk, talk, see, eat, sleep, spit, scratch, smell, shave, brush their teeth, tie their shoes, button a shirt, now wear a diaper, grow finger nails, take a bath and the final one...loss of consortium. Lawyers hate doing any real work so the form is standard one fits all form.

Hopefully the other party was charged and the report has the witnesses names and addresses so the Company can contact them and everything will turn out okay.

I agree with BK1. He's the insurance man.

Before I was a SAHM I was an insurance adjuster who dealt with these claims. I wouldn't worry too much about it, although I know it is upsetting! They have to prove damages (injury) to your insurance company. Your insurance company has a whole legal department that just deals with this sort of stuff. They aren't in the business of paying claims that have no merit.

BK1, you missed one. I had a claim where the woman complained that it hurt when she got her hair cut!!!

lucy_love
08-21-2008, 04:00 PM
So sorry to hear this!

:(

karamac
08-21-2008, 04:05 PM
thanks everyone, we are in Canada, The police said usually the person who does the hitting is at fault, but didnt seem to think so in this case, I dont think any charges were laid at all. Well the insurance company will be looking into it for us but they are on holidays untill next week. Regardless its likely to cost us a small fortune in legal fees.

BRDof3
08-21-2008, 04:06 PM
BK1, you missed one. I had a claim where the woman complained that it hurt when she got her hair cut!!!

Did anyone tell her that you're not supposed to use a Weed Eater for that? :lmao:

g8trmom1
08-21-2008, 06:00 PM
thanks everyone, we are in Canada, The police said usually the person who does the hitting is at fault, but didnt seem to think so in this case, I dont think any charges were laid at all. Well the insurance company will be looking into it for us but they are on holidays untill next week. Regardless its likely to cost us a small fortune in legal fees.

I am not familiar with Canada...but wouldn't your Auto Liability Insurance cover all of this? You shouldn't have to pay Legal fees.

Pirate-Jeff
08-21-2008, 06:07 PM
It's called the swoop and squat. Insurance are cracking down on this scam it's even in the all state commercials. I wouldn't worry about it.

Born 2 Fish
08-21-2008, 07:08 PM
People have no respect for large vehicles, vehicles w/TT, 18 wheelers, etc.
Then because THEY are a bunch of MORONS who don't care or realize how dangerous it is to drive like idiots around heavy load vehicles , they want everyone else to pay for their stupidity !

I"m so sorry this happened to you. I know it doesn't help you, but you can be sure that most folk here understands and would likely side with you.

Thumper_ehhhhh
08-21-2008, 07:49 PM
thanks everyone, we are in Canada, The police said usually the person who does the hitting is at fault, but didnt seem to think so in this case, I dont think any charges were laid at all. Well the insurance company will be looking into it for us but they are on holidays untill next week. Regardless its likely to cost us a small fortune in legal fees.

NO FAULT INSURANCE up here in Ontario. If thats the province your in then she can bite the big one. Unless she is crippled beyond repair she dont have a leg to stand on. Go enjoy your trip. Your lawyers can sort it out. Oh and when this is done and she has failed counter sue for all costs incured. lol

AuburnJen92
08-21-2008, 08:33 PM
I am so sorry and I hope this turns out for the good for you and your family in the end. We all have been in this situation with stupid people pulling in front of us. I am just so sorry you had an accident. I guess Canada is not immune to ambulance chasers either.:headache:

karamac
08-21-2008, 08:38 PM
thanks everyone again, I think the insurance company will be handling it (I hope) but the people I was talking with are somewhat niave about this and we have to wait to hear from the claims department next week. Originally they told me to seek a lawyer. who know.
BTW we are in Ontario, so I hope she "bites the big one" as one poster said.
Campers really are the best group of people. No matter where I am camping, they are always great.

Gatordad
08-21-2008, 08:40 PM
Here's what I would do. On your way down to the fort, get to like NC, pull off at the nearest county seat and declare political asylum here in the US, they won't be able to sue you.:lmao:

ram101
08-21-2008, 09:05 PM
I would think your insurance company would handle the entire case. It might not be a bad idea tho to think about getting a lawyer to look out for your interests even if the insurance company is going to handle it. I know a lot of time people will file the law suit so that they can just settle (sometimes it's cheaper on the company to just settle rather then fight the fight)! So she might be trying this!

I can tell you, I have a whole new respect for truck drivers since I bought our motorhome!

big kahuna1
08-22-2008, 06:19 AM
BK1, you missed one. I had a claim where the woman complained that it hurt when she got her hair cut!!!

You are exactly right. I forgot hair has feelings and hurts when it is cut. Dang it! Good catch!:thumbsup2

As to the advice of hiring you own attorney. Here is what I did. I kept in touch with the attorney hired forme by the insurance company. This is what these guys do on a daily basis so they know what they are doing. I asked him that if at any time he felt I should contact my own attorney to obtain advice on assest protection to please let me know. It never came to that.

The company will hire some private detectives to watch this person and catch them bowling, riding a horse, moving furniture etc... that proves they are not injured. Sometimes they catch them, sometimes they don't. They will also look heavily into the medical history of this person to see if it was preexisting.

des1954
08-22-2008, 06:59 AM
Here's my crappy news.... I received a letter from the IRS yesterday claiming I owe them an additional $1600 for 2006 taxes & they are payable by September 17th. I pulled my paperwork & went over it and it appears that this time they are correct. Crap!!! Just when I'm seeing a light at the end of the tunnel - this comes up!

It appears that a former employer of my DH paid continued to pay him commission on houses he sold prior to leaving that company, but failed to take out the taxes. I didn't claim it because I did not receive a W-2 or W-9 from them. I pulled the checks & lo & behold, no taxes withheld. I guess I'll call the IRS & see if I can put it on my Visa.:mad: :guilty: :headache:

AuburnJen92
08-22-2008, 07:01 AM
can't you ask them to pay it in payments? geesh...

stacktester
08-22-2008, 07:44 AM
Here's my crappy news.... I received a letter from the IRS yesterday claiming I owe them an additional $1600 for 2006 taxes & they are payable by September 17th. I pulled my paperwork & went over it and it appears that this time they are correct. Crap!!! Just when I'm seeing a light at the end of the tunnel - this comes up!

It appears that a former employer of my DH paid continued to pay him commission on houses he sold prior to leaving that company, but failed to take out the taxes. I didn't claim it because I did not receive a W-2 or W-9 from them. I pulled the checks & lo & behold, no taxes withheld. I guess I'll call the IRS & see if I can put it on my Visa.:mad: :guilty: :headache:

You cannot write of day trips to the fort and your little GEM Car Debbie!!!! Nor can you claim that wynotta ottah.

Gatordad
08-22-2008, 08:40 AM
Here's my crappy news.... I received a letter from the IRS yesterday claiming I owe them an additional $1600 for 2006 taxes & they are payable by September 17th. I pulled my paperwork & went over it and it appears that this time they are correct. Crap!!! Just when I'm seeing a light at the end of the tunnel - this comes up!

It appears that a former employer of my DH paid continued to pay him commission on houses he sold prior to leaving that company, but failed to take out the taxes. I didn't claim it because I did not receive a W-2 or W-9 from them. I pulled the checks & lo & behold, no taxes withheld. I guess I'll call the IRS & see if I can put it on my Visa.:mad: :guilty: :headache:


here's what I would do. Get in the explorer and start driving north. After you get into Canada, start driving towards Nova Scotia. Drive for an hour, then pull over to the providence courthouse and declare political assylum, stating you were oppressed in Fl. works every time.

mirmartinez
08-22-2008, 10:32 AM
Here's my crappy news.... I received a letter from the IRS yesterday claiming I owe them an additional $1600 for 2006 taxes & they are payable by September 17th. I pulled my paperwork & went over it and it appears that this time they are correct. Crap!!! Just when I'm seeing a light at the end of the tunnel - this comes up!

It appears that a former employer of my DH paid continued to pay him commission on houses he sold prior to leaving that company, but failed to take out the taxes. I didn't claim it because I did not receive a W-2 or W-9 from them. I pulled the checks & lo & behold, no taxes withheld. I guess I'll call the IRS & see if I can put it on my Visa.:mad: :guilty: :headache:

I have a suggestion (even though you clearly did not ask for one), look over your 2006 return to find missed deductions.
I have had various family members come to me with IRS notices such as yours. One family member was able to decrease the tax owed, when we identified a missed deduction.
He paid the IRS by the due date to prevent interest charges and then refiled his taxes.
My FIL, tax return was a nightmare, he missed so many deductions, The man had rental property and was not deducting maintence and repairs!!!!!
I started redoing his return to refile, when I decided that I was going to kill him and sent him to my favorite CPA. In this case, there was $1000's of dollars worth of missed deductions.

The other ones had no such luck.

Anyways take a peek at your old return and hope something slipped by.
Especially, if you itemized.

Sorry to butt in.

AuburnJen92
08-22-2008, 11:20 AM
I don't think that was butting in at all. In fact, that was very helpful.

des1954
08-22-2008, 11:48 AM
I don't think that was butting in at all. In fact, that was very helpful.

It was very helpful! Thanks!

I just went through everything (I'm really anal about keeping my papers in order - to my benefit) and squeeked all the deductions I am allowed. It was my error and I'm just going to deal with it I guess. What ticks me off is that the former employer sent notification to the IRS about "contracted" income, but failed to send us the 1099. There was a change in ownership of the company during that time & I guess they missed it - but then again - so did I. "Render unto Caesar what is Caesar's".

I have enough money in savings to cover it, but now I'm going to have to scramble again to save up to cover the Plasma TV we bought on 12 months no payments/no interest. I had just gotten the amount saved up and was actually going to pay it four months ahead of time - and now this. I'm glad I didn't write that check to GE Credit! It'll work out....it always does.:upsidedow

I did like Pete's idea about running away to Canada!!;)

HappyCamper87
08-22-2008, 12:04 PM
Lawyers hate doing any real work so the form is standard one fits all form.:rotfl2:

So True!

I feel really bad for you, although I agree that the between the police report and the witnesses you will turn out okay. :hug:

I hope you can put the situation on the back burner until your trip. We're going in October too!

Best Wishes!

And Debbie, that sucks about the IRS. I have the same problem, every time I think I'm about to get at least even something jumps up and slaps me back down to reality.

Boomer1
08-22-2008, 01:34 PM
Sure sounds like a set-up. Keep in touch with your insurance company. Sometimes you need to fight fire with fire. I had a man back into my minivan and then tried to say it was my fault. Both he and his insurance company called me several times at home and work, basically harrassing me. Finally I got very upset and called my insurance agent and told her I was experiencing alot of neck pain since the accident and wasn't sure if it was from the accident or all the stress from the numerous phone calls. Two days later I received the cheque to repair my minivan. These scam artists need a taste of their own medcine, then perhaps the swoop and squat would lose it's appeal.:mad:

BigDaddyRog
08-22-2008, 01:55 PM
...I got very upset and called my insurance agent and told her I was experiencing alot of neck pain since the accident and wasn't sure if it was from the accident or all the stress from the numerous phone calls. Two days later I received the cheque to repair my minivan....

Nice....play by their rules and they crumble!!! I love it!!

here's what I would do. Get in the explorer and start driving north. After you get into Canada, start driving towards Nova Scotia. Drive for an hour, then pull over to the providence courthouse and declare political assylum, stating you were oppressed in Fl. works every time.


Sometimes I think you hopped the fence and escaped from a MENTAL ASYLUM!!!:lmao:

4mickey2
08-22-2008, 05:15 PM
i have found that if you stay behind a large vehicle (like a semi or camper), you can leave some space and not a lot of people will pull in between you and that vehicle. they would rather race around the both of you and be in front.

most don't want to be the peanut butter on the sandwich.. not all of the idiots out there, but, most.. :laughing:

clkelley
08-23-2008, 12:48 PM
I am not familiar with Canada...but wouldn't your Auto Liability Insurance cover all of this? You shouldn't have to pay Legal fees.

That's what I thought. I was sued once over an accident. (Small money). I handed it over to my insurance company, and no legal fees whatsoever.

Gatordad
08-23-2008, 12:58 PM
Nice....play by their rules and they crumble!!! I love it!!




Sometimes I think you hopped the fence and escaped from a MENTAL ASYLUM!!!:lmao:

I did, and then declared asylum in FL. They took me, go figger

BigDaddyRog
08-23-2008, 02:40 PM
I knew it...he saught refuge in the church of Gatordiety and claimed sanctuary!!!