You would need a personal injury defense attorney. If you had insurance, you should get in touch with your insurance carrier right away.
You need to contact your insurance asap and report the claim. They will handle defending you in this matter.
Most likely they have been dealing with your insurance carrier. Let your insurance handle. Turn letter over to insurance and they will provide a lawyer for you if suit is served on you.
My colleagues are being very polite, but I would like to be blunt: your have absolutely no idea what this person that you struck has been through in the last 1 + years, or whether he or she has legitimate injuries. People can suffer spine or other injuries that don't bother them right away. Some people may choose to go through treatment in the hope that their injuries can be repaired easily and think of litigation as a last resort. Some people simply might lead busy lives and don't get around to hiring a lawyer right away. You don't know what the facts are, you don't know anything about the person after having spent "around an hour" with him or her, so your views on whether the claim is "frivolous" are speculative and inappropriate.
Hopefully you were driving with liability insurance as the law requires, so that you will be represented by the insurance company's lawyers. If not, you will have to hire a lawyer out of your own pockets and pay any settlement or judgment against you in the same manner. If you can't afford any part of that, you should consider consulting with a bankruptcy attorney.
Turn this matter over to your automobile liability insurance carrier and let them handle the matter for you. That is why you pay them a premium.
If you were uninsured at the time of this incident, you should retain a civil defense attorney familiar with car accident litigation. You would have to work out payment terms with the attorney.
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If you had insurance, notify them and they will take care of it. If not, talk to an attorney to defend you. Some personal injury attorneys handle both.
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You should report and share a copy of the correspondence from the other person's lawyer immediately to the auto insurance company you had at the time of the accident. Most policies are such that they will (a) negotiate the claim and/or (b) hire an attorney(s) for you and pay their fees and costs to defend you if a lawsuit is filed.
Your insurance company will provide a lawyer to defend.
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If you have auto insurance, you should contact the company immediately. Your insurance policy provides you with an attorney to defend you when a claim like this is made against you.
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