I was in a car accident where I was hit from behind, then I hit the person in front of me. My license was suspended due to an unpaid ticket. Also, I did not have active insurance and car registration lapsed.
You need to go to court and clear up whatever caused your license to be suspended, get your registration reinstated and get insurance. You face civil and criminal consequences if you don't.
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There is no question here however if you were the middle car of a 3 car chain and struck the car in front of you only as the result of being struck from behind then anyone claiming bodily injury in the 1st car can look to the number 3 car for compensation. You may have lucked out in that regard. That being said, you should consider hiring a criminal attorney on what may now be more than simply operating a vehicle with a suspended license. My advice, get off the road.
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You were lucky not to be arrested for driving with a suspended license. If someone sues, they will sue all the cars involved and because you had no insurance, you will have to either hire a lawyer, represent yourself or have a default judgment entered against you for whatever sum of money a Judge thinks is appropriate for the injuries.
I am a former federal and State prosecutor and now handle criminal defense and personal injury/civil rights cases. Feel free to check out my web site and contact me at (212) 385-8015 or via email at [email protected] The above answer is for informational purposes only and not meant as legal advice.
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