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Fred closes a stranger's truck door; the truck later burns down. What is Fred's liability?

what is "Fred's" true liability here, and how likely is it that he would be found financially responsible for replacing the truck? Very low. While his actions may have been the but for ...
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Is it illegal to warm up your car?

Yes. This is illegal in Washington State (the link is from November 9, 2020). The law means what it says, with one subtle caveat, which is that this law applies only on a public road, and not on your ...
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What is the state's obligation to provide a means to comply?

The state of Washington does not have an absolute requirement that vehicles must be registered. What it has is RCW 46.16A.030 (2): (2) It is unlawful for a person to operate any vehicle on a public ...
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Is it illegal to warm up your car?

austria In Austria, it is explicitly forbidden for environmental reasons. § 102 Abs 4 KFG says: Der Lenker darf mit dem von ihm gelenkten Kraftfahrzeug [...] nicht ungebührlichen Lärm, ferner nicht ...
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Fred closes a stranger's truck door; the truck later burns down. What is Fred's liability?

You are not liable if you are using something in its intended way. The most common example I see is someone opening a shop's glass door and it shattering. If you used the door normally and reasonably -...
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Renting a car and liability

The law with regard to this issue varies from one place to another. Most jurisdictions do not impose liability for car accidents caused by human error on the owner of the car automatically, unless the ...
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What is the state's obligation to provide a means to comply?

A Hail Mary play I'd try is to file a lawsuit to quiet title. "To quiet a title" is to remove stains on a title and produce a clear and unambiguous title as a matter of court judgment. To do ...
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What is the state's obligation to provide a means to comply?

Of course you must do whatever you have to to deal with the situation, so hire an attorney to advise you of the consequences. You might try this (8 slots available at this moment), and enjoy the drive....
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Is it illegal to warm up your car?

The answer is, it depends on where you are parked. The RCW you cited is clear on the requirements for leaving an unattended car running on public property. However, on private property it is legal.
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Can I sue Midas for 2 instances of negligence/fraud upsell?

Let me simplify the question for you, because there is TMI in your question. Can I sue the repair shop for fraud, because they told me that the framistan need replacing to fix the noise, and they did ...
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is requiring "auto pay" for a better car insurence payment plan considered discrimination

It may be discrimination, but it is not discrimination based upon any reason that the company is prohibited from engaging in. This conduct is legal in pretty much all U.S. jurisdictions.
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Have been waiting for the seat belt part without any ETA for more than 10 months now

This would appear to violate Consumer Guarantees under the Australian Consumer Law australia One of the statutory guarantees is that spare parts and repairs must be available for a reasonable time ...
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Will disabling the ABS system on a used car void the auto insurance policy on that car?

Will disabling the ABS system on a used car void the auto insurance policy on that car? Possibly yes, if you haven't declared it to your insurer / agreed it with your insurer. Check your policy ...
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Car and Med Insurance?

Any debts that a person has are to be paid by their estate. Whoever administers the estate must, in all states, publish an announcement to the effect that Smith is deceased and all claims must be made ...
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Does outfitting your vehicle with aftermarket equipment place your vehicle in violation of U.S. Motor Vehicle Safety Standards?

In Washington, there is no criminal sanction for installing an "aftermarket" product on your vehicle. If we are speaking of non-commercial vehicles, the penalties for violating the various ...
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Would I be liable for damage caused by vehicle failure during a test drive?

Yes Under Texas law (and pretty much everywhere else) the driver of the vehicle is responsible for ensuring that it is roadworthy. This does not mean that someone else cannot also be liable - the ...
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Will disabling the ABS system on a used car void the auto insurance policy on that car?

You’d have to check the cars license for general use in your country. There will be cars that are safe to drive without ABS and the ABS just gives you additional safety, which is nice to have but not ...
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Will disabling the ABS system on a used car void the auto insurance policy on that car?

You risk voiding your registration new-south-wales Modifications to the braking system must be assessed by a licenced certifier under the Vehicle Safety Compliance Certification Scheme (VSCCS). The ...
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Would I be liable for damage caused by vehicle failure during a test drive?

It would be determined on a case by case basis in states, such as Colorado (and most, but not all, other U.S. states) that have a comparative negligence regime. In these states, a jury is asked if ...
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Renting a car and liability

You don’t mention the country. In Germany, third party liability for car insurance covers the driver, not the owner of the car or the person paying the insurance. So a German car insurance would pay ...
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Does outfitting your vehicle with aftermarket equipment place your vehicle in violation of U.S. Motor Vehicle Safety Standards?

Modification can make operating the car a violation of applicable law in germany To be allowed to drive a car on a german road, it needs to have a Betriebserlaubnis, which is most akin to a vehicle ...
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Am I required to report accident to my personal auto insurer if I was driving a government vehicle

You need to report it to the responsible insurer or self-insurance claim processing firm so they can process the claim. You only need to report to citation and/or accident to your personal insurer if ...
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Fred closes a stranger's truck door; the truck later burns down. What is Fred's liability?

Then the hosts of the show aren't very good mechanics, and I wouldn't trust them with my vehicle, or to give advice to other people. It doesn't sound like they're very good lawyers either. it's ...
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Is it illegal to warm up your car?

Beyond state law, municipalities may have additional prohibitions against idling. This is done most frequently in larger cities for the prevention of unnecessary air pollution, but can also be done to ...
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Renting a car and liability

In most countries/states the owner of the automobile is required to have third-party liability coverage in the form of insurance or other approved means (bonded self-insurance, deposit). A contract ...
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Is it illegal to warm up your car?

Laws such as this are extremely common. They normally apply, as the Washington state law, only on public roadways and not on private property such as your driveway. I recommend that if you ever do ...
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Renting a car and liability

Possibly irrelevant or tenuously analogous to the question: In the US (Mississippi) the owner (A) trusted a 3rd party (D) to administrate the rental contract with the renter (B), the owners (A) filed ...
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I have mechanic licence from Turkey.Is there any way to easly get or change mechanic technician licenses in Alberta or Ontario

In Ontario, you can apply for a Trade Equivalency Assessment. Skilled Trades Ontario’s Trade Equivalency Assessment is the first step towards obtaining a Certificate of Qualification for experienced ...
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Which statutes cover a customer’s rights to not upgrade software in an automobile?

As far as I know, no state in the US has enacted a "must ask first" requirement on vehicle servicing. There are numerous requirements where a repair must be authorized if it costs more than.....
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Personal Liability Renters Insurance

My question is, is this liability for this dwelling only. No. It is comprehensive liability insurance from all claims not excluded by the policy. While it is called renter's insurance, the liability ...
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