What to do if a lawsuit was filed against me and another person in which the driver hit me on the side from the middle turning lane?

No ticket was issued because the officer couldn’t determine who was at fault. However a second officer arrived and stated that from the hit on the side of the car that I was driving, I was at fault but I don’t think that was documented. I know I wasn’t at fault, so I’m trying to determine whether I should get a lawyer myself because of the lawsuit now.

Asked on June 24, 2014 under Accident Law, Georgia

Answers:

S.L,. Member, California Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 6 years ago | Contributor

It would be advisable to be represented by an attorney.  Contact your auto insurance company which will provide you with an attorney at no cost to you.

If you don't have an attorney representing you, and you don't file a timely answer to the complaint (lawsuit), the other party can get a default judgment against you which means you have lost the case unless the default is set aside.  This is only one example of why you need an attorney to represent you during the course of litigation.


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