My girlfriend was on her way to work when she got in car accident. The car involved ran the stop sign and struck her on the side of the car. They had to use the Jaws of life to get her out of the vehicle. She then rushed to hospital. The other person involved was able to walk away from the scene. But vehicle seemed to be at loss also. She has suspended license and vehicle is registered and insured to me. I'm wondering what's the next steps. I should take the police were on the scene. She was given a statement due to her being discombobulated.
Your girlfriend should contact an attorney immediately (assuming she is now out of the hospital). She should not talk with anyone from either insurance company until she has done so.
Some things will need to be looked at, such as whether she was a permissive driver on your policy, or whether she was an excluded driver. This could affect her entitlement to pain and suffering damages, though either way she is entitled to economic damages.
Call any of us for a free consultation. Good luck.
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1. Assuming that the automobile accident occurred in the State of California, in which city and county did the automobile accident occur?
2. On what date did the automobile accident occur?
3. At this point in time, and in the future, your girlfriend should not talk to the opposing party's automobile insurance carrier. The opposing party's automobile insurance carrier does not have your girlfriend's best interest(s) at mind and at heart. Your girlfriend need to hire a licensed California Personal Injury Attorney to represent her and help her out.
4. Do you and/or your girlfriend have the police report?
5. Was your girlfriend zero percent at fault? How did the automobile accident happen?
Your girlfriend has a PI case. She should be insured under your policy, even though her license was suspended. As a result, she should be able to get a full recovery from the at fault driver, up to the limits of their policy. If you have UIM coverage, that might be a source of recovery as well.
There can be criminal implications for driving without a license, but that does not necessarily affect her personal injury claim. Your girlfriend should speak with an attorney at a firm that handles both PI and criminal defense. There are many firms on Avvo, like ours, that do both.
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Sge should get to a doctor and get treatment if needed. She should then call any of us ASAP! We are all here to help ...many of us 24/7. Take care, William
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