You need to report this claim to your auto insurance carrier immediately so that the insurance company can retain counsel to represent you.
If you do not have insurance, then you need to retain an attorney on your own or face the risk of having to pay a judgment against your wife. She may also have her license suspended.
If you have received notice of a lawsuit, you should immediately contact your insurance carrier so it can provide an attorney to defend you. You are typically required to file a responsive paper with the court within 20-30 days, so you need to act quickly to make sure your rights are protected. Insurance companies are aggressive in defending these claims, so they will investigate whether they believe there is a legitimate claim and proceed accordingly.
Call your insurance company ASAP.
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Let your insurance company handle it. If you didn't have insurance at the time, you'll need to hire an attorney. Good luck.
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If you haven't yet, report the claim immediately to your insurance company. If you do not, your insurance company may not have to provide an attorney to defend your wife or to pay for the claim if your wife is sued.
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