Because you were a pedestrian, the $10,000 payment may be coming from the 3rd parties PIP (personal injury protection) insurance. This insurance is a no-fault insurance that covers the driver and also is extended to pedestrians. Contact a personal injury attorney to see if there are any other options for recovery. An attorney can also negotiate with you health care providers regarding any liens that may exist on your settlement.
I am sorry to hear about your accident.
You should immediately contact your insurance company and let them know that an accident occurred. Your employer may become involved as well. Also, if you were injured, contact a personal injury attorney if you believe the other driver was at fault. They may be able to resolve liability for you as well.
You should immediately contact an experienced personal injury attorney in MI. If a lawsuit is filed, your attorney should be able to find out what the defendant driver's policy limits are. An attorney can advise you whether they think you should settle your claim or go to trial. Regardless if you go to trial or not, you should contact an attorney as soon as possible to protect your aunt's rights. Best of luck with your case.
Actually, the other driver’s insurance company doesn’t have to pay you anything, now or later, unless you force them to pay by bringing a civil lawsuit against their insured. However, if a valid claim exists a lawsuit is usually not necessary if you accept the carrier’s determination of what the claim is worth. Thus, if you agree with the carrier on how much your case is worth then you’ll be able to settle the claim fairly quickly and with ease. But the at-fault carrier will often...