I was in an auto accident in March of 2008. I had a green light and the person on coming the other direction made a left turn in front of me. I had two witnesses to the accident. I hired an attorney at the time because my insurance had lapsed. In court, the jury awarded me $70 for my out-of-pocket expenses. Now, the other insurance company is sueing me. They have applied to suspend my license and are telling me that I can settle for $11,000. What should I do?
Since the jury awarded me the case (even though the amount was small), doesn't that mean that the other party was at fault? Do I stand a chance of winning if this goes to trial?
Lawsuit / Dispute Attorney
Use the attorney you used in the trial to fend off the new lawsuit. It is certainly good for you that you prevailed in the first trial. An attorney familiar with the case like yours might be able to use a legal argument to avoid a second trial.
You need a lawyer. Check with a lawyer in your locale to discuss more of the details.
Good luck to you.
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Personal Injury Lawyer
I suggest that you may want to contact the attorney who originally represented you on the same accident. He would have intimate knowledge of the facts and would probably be in the best position to guide you in responding to your current situation.
Your dilemma points out why everyone who owns or operates a vehicle should maintain liability insurance on the vehicle at all times. Paying premiums for the coverage would be substantially less than $11,000 being claimed against you and you would not be having this aggravation. The burden of defending the claim would fall onto your insurance carrier, not you.
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