Most likely, the other driver was injured in the crash and is seeking compensation for his injuries. Your insurance company will perform an investigation, determine who is responsible, review the other driver's medical records and billings and attempt to negotiate a settlement within your liability policy limits. It is in your interest to see that the claim is settled before a lawsuit is filed against you. If a lawsuit is filed, California law requires that the other party sue you rather than your insurance company. If you are sued, your insurance company will hire an attorney to defend you at no cost to you. You should cooperate with your insurance company.
This response applies only to California law, is not intended to be legal advice to any individual and does not create an attorney-client relationship.
While the other driver is the only one who truly knows his or her own motives, its likely that because you were cited as being the at-fault driver, he other driver has retained the services of an attorney to obtain adequate compensation from your insurance company.
When a person is unrepresented by legal counsel, they often receive a 'take it or leave it' low-ball offer from the insurance company. This offer is meant to compensate them for their injuries, expenses, and pain and suffering.
Because an attorney can file a lawsuit and haul an insurance company to court if their client deems the offer too low, the attorney can utilize this leverage to get a settlement from the insurance company that is more fair.
Most likely for compensation for personal injuries.
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The party knows that the only way to be properly compensated for an injury is to retain an attorney.
My advice is to retain a local traffic court lawyer to fight the ticket, as it sounds like a very bad call. Most people who are rearended aren't at fault.
If you were injured, you can retain an attorney from your city from Avvo and have your attorney pursue a claim against his insurance.
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