Absolutely. I suggest that you consult with a local attorney to make sure all of the bases are covered and you do not find yourself with additional claims down the road for personal injuries.
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Sorry to hear about your accident. By all means have the party whom you are paying sign a release of all claims, both property damage and personal injury. Additionally, if he/she is married, be sure to include their spouse in the release to bar any potential loss of consortium claims. This is one of those instances when it would probably be helpful to have an attorney draft a proposed release to insure you are properly protected. Good luck. Ralph
Bear in mind that it is very dangerous (indeed foolish) not to let your insurer handle this. If you do go the route you plan, get a lawyer to draft proper releases to help protect you.
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