What can I do after an accident I didn't cause and I did have insurance but the commercial truck was not insured?

Asked about 2 years ago - Bellflower, CA

I was involved in an accident, I own a Sara Lee bread route. I did not cause the accident but I didn't have insurance but neither did the person who crashed me. I'm being charged with high medical bills (20,000.00) and the truck is in total damage. I want to know if I can avoid having to pay for medical expenses and if I can get my truck paid back. I have two other commercial trucks with insurance except the one that was involved in the accident. Can I do anything to help me?

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  1. Jacob W Gent

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    Answered . You could file a lawsuit against the driver who caused the collision, but if they didn't have auto insurance, it is unlikely they will be able to pay any award or judgment you obtain out of pocket. You may be able to get your medical bills paid through your health insurance, if you have any.

  2. Pius Joseph

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    Answered . You barely saved yourself from receiving a citation for driving without insurance if police did not come to the scene. But wait,it may not be all over since filing of an SR-1 by any party can trigger the issue,
    You can claim your medical bills and property damage even though you did not carry insurance. No claim for pain and suffering. A piece of advice. If you are in business get your vehicle insured in fact "YESTERDAY". You can lose everything if you drive uninsured and you are at fault. You just saved yourself. Good Luck.

  3. Asmik Jasmine Gevorkyan

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    Answered . You may file a lawsuit against the other party directly to recover your damages.

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  4. Andrew Ronald Gillin

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    Answered . This is a difficult situation. As a technical matter you can sue the person responsible, but if they don't have insurance they probably don't have any funds to collect. Hopefully you have health insurance.

  5. Sidney Weinstein

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    Answered . See if you can find an attorney who will at least help you do background/asset check on the other driver if you do not know how to do it yourself. If the other driver has assets, the attorney may be willing to take your case.

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