Geico will not tell you up front that they are afraid to go to court. They will tell you that they are going to protect you and act in your best interest. If some driver decides they want to try to sue you and they are at fault Geico will screw you in the end. Sure GEICO will hire a lawyer(for you) but it's really for them because they will settle your case whether you approve or not and Geico will not tell you of the dirty deed they have done with the other party until after they have done it. Its as if you never even had a lawyer. Geico only cares about Geico. They will pay out to someone else even if you are NOT at fault making it seem that you are at fault. Geico is a SCREW JOB and you should avoid Geico Auto Ins. they are not truthful and should NOT be trusted.
Ethics / Professional Responsibility Lawyer
Geico is big company and they are in business to make money. They are no worse than most other insurance companies. Auto insurance policies don't give the insured the right to refuse to settle. I don't understand what you are so angry about, frankly. By settling the case, Geico protected you from a possible personal liability. They would not have settled it if they did not believe you were at some risk to lose. They don't make money settling claims. Therefore they only settle claims when they think they have to, and they don't pay more than they need to.
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Personal Injury Lawyer
I agree with Mr. Brophy and, even if your position was correct, this is not the forum to post such opinions.
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Criminal Defense Attorney
I take it you are not happy Geico settled - I assume you got hit with a higher premium or assessment because Geico determined you were at fault.
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Car / Auto Accident Lawyer
Law suits are no fun. They may have done you a favor . In any case your contract with them no doubt allowed them to do this. don't slander them.
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Personal Injury Lawyer
Auto insurance companies do not give their insured the right to have any input on settlement. They can settle with or without your consent. I know you are upset, but they may have done you a favor. You get to avoid all the hassle of being a defendant in a lawsuit and your personal assets are likely protected by the settlement.