Category: Car

Sign Guidelines: Towing a Vehicle From Private Property

Has someone left an abandoned vehicle on your parking lot? What can you do if someone parks on your property and then dines at a restaurant across the street? Can you tow a vehicle from a handicap parking spot if they just run in for a few minutes? What happens if they show up while their vehicle is being towed?

The laws for towing vehicles from your private property are different than towing a vehicle from a public street. Stiff fines can be imposed if you illegally remove a motor vehicle without the owner’s consent. Much worse, you may have an ugly confrontation.

Sign laws vary slightly from state to state but are generally the same throughout the country. But it is always best to contact the local police authority for the exact rules as our research has found conflicts in the sign requirements from neighboring municipalities.

First, determine if you are subject to signage requirements. A residential homeowner of four units or less is not typically required to post towing notices to have a vehicle removed that is blocking their driveway. Could you imagine what it would look like if every suburban home had a no parking sign in their driveway?

If you are a property manager of an office building, shopping center, apartment complex or condominium community then you will need to conspicuously post parking signs that your area is subject to tow away.

The sign must be prominently placed at each vehicular entrance to the property which can easily be seen by the public. You want the motorist to be informed upfront, usually within 5 feet from the public right-of-way; don’t hide the signs in the back of the parking lot. If your parking lot does not have a curb cut entrance, then a sign must be posted every 25 feet apart along the frontage.

The size of the sign varies but typically it should be not less than 18 inch x 24 inch. The State of New Jersey has just passed a law that requires the sign to be 36 inch x 36 inch in some cases. You will want the sign to be installed at eye level of the motorist. The tow away sign should be installed so that the bottom edge of the sign is no lower than five feet and no higher than eight feet above ground level.

Some states have rules that the sign must be continuously maintained which means the lettering cannot have faded. You will want to use a weather resistant material like sign grade aluminum. It is a .080 inch thick alloy that is long lasting and rust free even in harsh weather extremes.

The sign lettering must be large enough to be readable. Some states go as far as specifying the height of the letters ranging from 1 inch to 4 inch. A 1 inch sign letter is readable from 50 feet away and a 4 inch letter is readable from 200 feet away. Most states specify that …

Santa Monica Car Accident Attorney’s Top Ten Reasons People Get Into Auto Accidents

1. They’re having a bad day.

2. Their horoscope said they would.

3. Their toaster burned out that morning.

4. Their computer crashed last night.

5. They didn’t get the memo.

6. They didn’t get any sleep last night.

7. Their dog growled at them this morning.

8. Their stocks went down for the forty-third day in a row.

9. Their boss didn’t like the last project they did.

10. Too many things have been going well lately.

Here are ten useful tips of advice from a car accident lawyer to follow if you have been in an accident. You can also learn more about how to handle a car accident in Santa Monica, or any city, by calling the Law Offices of R. Sebastian Gibson at any of the numbers which can be found on our website at  and learning how we can assist you.

Obviously, if you have had an accident, and you are reading all of this advice, it may have been a few hours since the accident. However, if you ever have another accident, or if it’s only been a few hours since you were hurt, here’s what you should do from the start.

First, take a look around and determine if you or anyone, are hurt. If so, taking steps like trying to prevent further injury or loss of blood are the most important thing you can do. Even if some other driver caused you to be injured, it’s just good manners to help the other driver if they are hurt. They may even be so thankful that they admit their fault to you. The worst thing you can do is get angry or start a fight.

Second, make sure everyone is safe from being injured further. If you are in the middle of traffic, and you are dizzy, sit down away from traffic. If your vehicle is a traffic hazard and you have accident warning devices like flares or triangles, put them out on the road to warn other drivers and get away from the car. Let the police an other emergency personnel investigate the scene with the vehicles in place and move them more safely at a later point.

Third, call the police. Accident reports are extremely helpful if the police will do such a report. Let the police know you are injured immediately. Answer the police questions honestly. But if you are dazed or confused, let them know you need medical treatment and answer only what you feel sure about. Remember, your statements can and will be used against you if you admit fault, and it will be too late and too fishy to later say you didn’t know what you were saying at the scene. Police know that your best recollection is immediately after an accident.

Fourth, get the other driver’s information including their names, addresses, driver’s license numbers, make and model of their vehicles, license plate numbers, and their insurance company name and policy number. If there are witnesses, …

The Pride of Owning a Mercedes-Benz!

For those who dream of having and driving his or her car, a Mercedes-Benz won’t be missed in the list of must-haves, along with other luxury cars like BMW, Volvo to name a few.

Mercedes-Benz is a German manufacturer of automobiles, buses, coaches, and trucks. Its headquarters is in Stuttgart, Germany. The first Mercedez-Benz that was marketed was in 1901. Imagine how long this company has have existed-it is over a hundred and eight years now, but remains a name desired for.

Mercedes-Benz has managed to maintain its reputation for durability, luxury and unparalled quality. In addition, the company has been an active force to reckon with in the arena of motorsport, when it started out back in 1926. All its cars particularly in this segment, have actively participated in three motorsport events, including DTM, Formula Three, and, as expected, Formula One. With that, it is a proof that it has still survived the tests of times.

There is no doubt that one who would own a Mercedes-Benz, would definitely have that sense of pride within or even on the exterior side. It gives one the power, the prestige all that the same time.

However, the challenge is, the vehicles Mercedez-Benz goes with high price. Would any ordinary individual who dreamt of owning one possibly get or have one?

The good news is, there is this place in Northern California called, Alameda County Auction.

Alameda County Auction offers Sedans, Trucks, SUVs, Sports cars, Vans and many more to begin with and Merceds-Benz cars, used cars.

Alameda County Auction is an auto auction open to the public, located in the San Francisco East Bay Area city of Dublin. Its public car auctions hold vehicles from bank lease ends, fleet returns, county used vehicles, government agency vehicles and more.

What are the benefits one can get from Alameda County Auction? This premier auction company in California guarantees its bidders of excellent quality of vehicles; with competitive financing (upon approval of credit), and extended warranty available for most cars; and most vehicles sell below blue book value.

To reach Alameda County Auction or ACAuction simply drive east on Interstate 580 (I-580), go one mile past Interstate 680 (I-680) junction and exit on Hopyard Road. Go left back over I-580, two traffic lights to Dublin Boulevard and turn left. Pass through two traffic lights turn right on Sierra Court, drive two blocks to 6438 Sierra Court, Dublin.

For further details, contact 925.829.5999 or visit Alameda County Auction‘s site on…

Implied Warranties Of Merchantability And Fitness

The law in California provides two types of warranties: express and implied.

Implied warranties take place automatically when you purchase a car. So, a dealer does not specifically have to make a written agreement. However, dealers in most states can use the words “as is” or “with all faults” in a written notice to buyers to eliminate implied warranties.

There are two kinds of implied warranties:

  • implied warranty of merchantability
  • implied warranty of fitness.

Implied warranty of merchantability unspoken or unwritten guarantee that a vehicle will function as expected, given its age and condition. In other words, the car is in average condition for the price paid for it and fits the safety demands. This works in the way that the dealer is liable for what he sells and therefore, he wants his product to be in the right condition.

A warranty of fitness takes place when a dealer advises you buy a vehicle for a particular purpose. For example, a dealer who suggests you buy a specific vehicle for hauling a trailer in effect is promising that the vehicle will be suitable for that purpose. The warranty of fitness will take place under the following circumstances:

  1. the dealer must have reason to know your specific purpose of the vehicle
  2. the dealer must have reason to know of your reliance on his skill and knowledge
  3. you must rely on the dealer’s expertise.

But if, for instance, you specify a certain brand of a vehicle, or you have a greater expertise and knowledge, or if you provide specifications such as blueprint, design plan with detailed information about types of materials used, you are not eligible for warranty of fitness.…

Drunk Drivers in Los Angeles Cause Thousands Of Accidents Annually

Drunk drivers are continually causing more and more Los Angeles drunk driving accidents every single year, particularly in the city of Los Angeles, California. Minor and major injuries are often a result of these accidents, and vehicles and other types of property are inevitably damaged in the process. Unfortunately, though, many lives can be damaged in the process as well. There are many deaths that occur as a direct result of drunk driving accidents in Los Angeles annually, many of which are the victims of a drunk driver in a neighboring vehicle, rather than the drunk driver him/herself. If you’ve been the victim of a drunk driver, you should contact a specialized Los Angeles car & auto accident lawyer immediately following your accident. He or she can help you get the settlement you deserve for your claim to cover all of your injuries and any property damage you’ve incurred.

If you haven’t been seriously injured in the drunk driving accident of which you were involved, you are one of the few who can truly count themselves lucky. Unfortunately, though, you likely incurred a substantial amount of damage to your vehicle and any property that you may have had in the car at the time of your accident. Although this is obviously not as painful to deal with as serious injury or death, vehicle damage can be an incredibly costly expense that could set you back a fair penny. Insurance companies, especially car insurance companies, can be purposefully difficult for individuals to work with, being so in the hopes that you’ll give up and not pursue any more than the small amount of compensation they will likely give you. This is a common occurrence (and annoyance) for those who do not hire a drunk driving accident lawyer to help them deal with the insurance companies. With the help of your lawyer, you can receive all the money you need to pay for the damage done to your vehicle.

Injuries are another common incurrence following an accident with a drunk driver. Automobile accidents are some of the most difficult to recover from, often resulting in broken limbs, lost appendages, spinal cord injury, and even brain damage. Medical costs are incredibly expensive, even for more minor injuries, and in an instant those costs can make or break the good credit you’ve been building all your life. It isn’t uncommon for automobile accident victims to become so overwhelmed with medical costs that they end up filing for bankruptcy in a last-ditch attempt to stay afloat. Don’t let this happen to you. Contact a specialized drunk driving accident lawyer immediately following your accident so that he or she can evaluate how much your claim should really be worth. The settlement amount you pursue will take into account how expensive your medical bills are, how much your court fees will be, and paying for your lawyer’s services as well. That way, you likely won’t have to pay anything out of pocket for your medical expenses or …

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