What to do if a personal injury lawyer has asked for my car insurance information?

I received a citation for running a red light. When I ran it, a cop was going by and I stopped in time so I didn’t hit her. She slowed down, turned around and

pulled me over. She had someone in the back of her car. A month later, I get a letter from a personal injury lawyer representing the felon in the back of her car. The lawyer is requesting my car insurance information. I am concerned that a felon has my contact information and is trying to get money from me. The cop car he was in never slammed on the brakes. The citation I received stated no bodily injury occurred. Am I required to give the lawyer my insurance

information? Do I have the right to find out what type of injury this person claimed to have received?

Asked on November 25, 2018 under Personal Injury, Florida

Answers:

SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 2 years ago | Contributor

You are not required to. What you *should* do is pass his request and his contact information on to your insurer and let your insurer deal this: pay a settlement if appropriate, or defend against it if not. You pay an insurance premium for your insurer to handle claims--let them do their job (especially since you are generally obligated to provide prompt notice to your insurer of potential claims, and failure to do so can result in you not being covered--so to preserve insurance coverage, you have to notify the insurer anyway). So give this to your insurer to deal with.


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