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If I cause a crash can I delete my dash cam footage?

As an example, under the laws of Colorado, USA, deleting the footage would be a crime. See CRS 18-8-610: A person commits tampering with physical evidence if, believing that an official proceeding ...
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If I cause a crash can I delete my dash cam footage?

If things go to court, and the court knows that camera evidence existed, then two things can happen: 1. You may be in trouble for destroying evidence. 2. In a civil court, the judge can and likely ...
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Is homicide by misadventure illegal?

“homicide by misadventure." . . . is when somebody accidentally kills somebody else while engaged in a legal activity and without any intent to cause harm. There is a criminal offense sometimes ...
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Neighborly liability?

You can start here, with the attractive nuisance doctrine, which is aimed at children and the fact that they don't have adult common sense. The extent to which you are at risk depends on your ...
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What possible penalties can there be for failing to comply with rule 286 of the UK highway code?

Rule 286 states: If you are involved in a collision which causes damage or injury to any other person, vehicle, animal or property, you MUST stop. If possible, stop in a place of relative safety (...
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Can you charge someone with perjury during a traffic stop

As far as I know, every jurisdiction in America limits perjury to cases of lying under oath. Because it seems unlikely that the driver would be under oath at this point, you would probably lack ...
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If I cause a crash can I delete my dash cam footage?

Under UK law this could be considered Perverting the course of justice, which includes The disposal, or fabricating, of evidence. There are defences you can use such as Genuine mistake or error. So ...
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What possible penalties can there be for failing to comply with rule 286 of the UK highway code?

In the event that one (or more) of the following applies: Personal Injury, or Damage to a Vehicle, or Damage or Injury to an Animal Damage to Property attached to the road where the accident occurred ...
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Hit during traffic stop

In principle, police are liable for the safety of anyone they detain. If an officer creates a hazardous condition, as was described in this scenario, he or his agency (which effectively means the ...
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If a 12 year old child uses his mother's car without her consent

Depending on the country (not mentioned), the mother may be at fault for not keeping the car out of the hands of her son, but on the other hand, it seems quite impossible to 100% prevent a determined ...
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Harming a nearly dead person

Does he die from the poison or from the head injury? If it's from the poison, yes, Alice is guilty of murder. If it's from the head injury, Alice is guilty of attempted murder. If Bob dies from a ...
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What are the Legal obligations of a bicyclist who accidentally scratches one’s empty parked car?

According to Rule 286 of the Highway Code then the actual legal requirement doesn't mention an exchange of insurance details. If you are involved in a collision which causes damage or injury to any ...
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Found at fault in non-left turn collision

An insurer can’t find anyone at fault An insurance company cannot find you or anyone else at fault - they don't have the power. They are alleging that you are at fault and, presumably, demanding ...
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Expert trying to blame me for an accident

No, you cannot sue the expert for his errors. You can sue the insurance company for failing to pay out per the insurance contract. They will then introduce the expert's report as evidence, and you ...
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Contesting At-Fault Car Accident

Are you at fault for the fact that Car C read ended you? Close call. A jury could go either way. Can this accident which is now appearing on your insurance be disputed as Car A did not report ...
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What if persons involved in the accident with the same Insurance company?

You have been told that the other person's insurance may not be valid. Why it may not doesn't really matter, perhaps the other person didn't pay premiums or lied on an application. So the situation is ...
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What would be the fastest way to sue someone in a traffic accident? Post Accident Legal Strategies

Short answer The general approach and attitude that you propose is a horrible one that would bring an unfavorable result. It would add many months or years to the time when the case would mostly ...
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Can you charge someone with perjury during a traffic stop

Short Answer No. You can't charge someone with perjury at a traffic stop. Long Answer Perjury is a criminal offense, not a claim that can be brought by a private individual in a civil action. ...
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If I cause a crash can I delete my dash cam footage?

IANAL but I recommend setting a retention policy. Hopefully your dash cam will allow you to set a policy that it can implement automatigically. What you need specifically is that all footage will be ...
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Accident with a truck stopped on the road side to do road work with no sign

Almost everywhere, in any circumstances, it is the driver's responsibility to operate their vehicle so as not to get in an accident. When two drivers collide, responsibility can be divided among them ...
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Must I report a car accident to the police?

I think this is a reference to Section 14-224: (a) Each operator of a motor vehicle who is knowingly involved in an accident which results in the death of any other person shall at once stop and ...
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I was late to file a report in auto accident

He is mistaken. The statute of limitations for suing someone for a car accident, and for enforcing an oral promise, are both far longer than 3-4 months. You could get an estimate of the damages, ...
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Accident with a truck stopped on the road side to do road work with no sign

You say the vehicle you hit was stopped "for doing some roadwork"; I assume, therefore, it was a highway maintenance vehicle. Georgia's Move Over Law states, in part: (b) The operator of a motor ...
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What is comprehensive insurance for

Comprehensive insurance is generally there to cover repair / replacement for vehicle theft or non-collision damage. There is, additionally, collision insurance which covers losses arising from a ...
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Car accident and now charged Assault

What is going to happen, could I get fined, placed in jail etc? Your summons should have explained the specific violation you're being charged with, and you could look up the relevant sections of ...
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Do I need to hire attorney? What next steps for me on this case?

Your personal liability depends on your state law regarding the family car doctrine, so the answer there is "maybe" (Texas is not a state with that doctrine, so simple ownership of the car does not ...
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Am I responsible for this car accident?

From Rule 170 of the Highway Code: watch out for pedestrians crossing a road into which you are turning. If they have started to cross they have priority, so give way If this was indeed the case, ...
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Does replacing a gated fence with a gateless fence reduce backyard liabilities?

What you have is a pond. The doctrine of attractive nuisances has state-specific nuances, so you should consult a lawyer in your state to see what the local facts are. The question of liability only ...
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In the state of Michigan, can an employer be legally liable if an intoxicated employee hits and kills someone driving into work?

Under the doctrine of "respondeat superior", can an employer in Michigan be legally liable if an (intoxicated) non-salary employee hits and kills a person on their way to work? Probably not....
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What is the law concerning running over wild animals?

According to the article, the driver ran over the ducklings intentionally, when other drivers had already stopped. From the article: "Police urged animal lovers not to take "matters in your ...

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