Did you have automobile liability insurance?
If so, report the matter to those folks right away (if you have switched carriers, call the folks you had on the date of the collision). Your carrier has a duty to defend you -- meaning pay for an attorney -- and a duty to indemnify you -- meaning pay damages up to your policy limit.
If you did not have insurance, you are personally responsible for any damages and probably need some legal help to negotiate a resolution.
In no way am I offering you legal advice, and in no way has my comment created an attorney-client relationship. You are not to rely upon my note above in any way, but insted need to sit down with counsel and share all relevant facts before receiving fully-informed legal advice. If you want to be completely sure of your rights, you must sit down with an experienced criminal defense attorney to be fully aware of your rights.
Damage to a car does not always equate with damage to a car's occupant, and some injuries can appear right away but none the less can be very serious or become progressively worse. For example, if it is a disc injury, the car accident could have caused a tear in the annulus, and as the other driver started moving around in days that followed the disc material could have gradually come out of tear, putting pressure on nerves or the spinal cord. Very serious, but would explain why there is not pain immediately.
What to do? Report it immediately to your insurance company. They will hire a lawyer to defend the claim and pay within your policy limit to defend you.
I highly doubt the restricted mail is from the other lawyer. I know this is stressful, but this really is why you purchase insurance in the first place, so the odds are very good it will eventually all resolve itself.
I agree with the previous posters.
I would accept service. Otherwise, the attorney for other individual in accident will keep trying to serve you. Upon receipt, turn over to your insurance company at once. All of your arguments regarding the accident (and its circumstances and factors) can be made to your attorney.
Best of luck.
Damage to a car has been proven to have little significance to injury potential to the occupants of the car. That said, you should notify your insurance company and they should retain a lawyer to defend you.
This response is not intended to act as legal advice. I am not licensed to practice law in any state other than the State of Illinois. No attorney-client relationship is formed until you sign an attorney-client agreement with my office.
Just turn this entire matter over to your automobile liability insurance carrier at the time of this incident. They have a duty to investigate the matter, defend you and indemnify you up to your limit of coverage. You have an obligation to cooperate with their investigation.
Did you have automobile insurance? If so, notify your insurance company at once and let them handle it. If you are served with a lawsuit, make certain you turn it over to your insurance company. If you do not have insurance, than you should probably consult with an attorney and be ready in the event you are sued. If you are served with a lawsuit you have a limited amount of time to answer the lawsuit and you don't want to be defaulted for failure to answer it.
You should consult an attorney in your State at once.
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