Can I still sue someone without knowing much information about them?

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Can I still sue someone without knowing much information about them?

I gave permission to someone to drive my car while I was at work. He rear ended someone else causing a wreck and having my car in the shop He stated that he was going to pay for it but the next day he vanishes. I have full coverage insurance and I didn’t have to pay my deductible but I’m paying for my rental. Although I didn’t know to add it before but I shouldn’t have to pay for it out of my pockets. I believe he should be paying me for my rental. All the information I have about him is his first and last name, his sister address, and previous employer How can I get him served properly? I’ve had this rental car since October 22nd and it’s December 1st

Asked on December 1, 2016 under Accident Law, Texas

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

Answered 4 years ago | Contributor

You can have a process server do a skip trace to locate the person.
Most likely, the skip trace will succeed in locating the person.
However, if the skip trace is unsuccessful, an alternative is to serve the defendant by publication.  This is running a notice of your lawsuit in the legal notices section of a newspaper for a period of time.  The court clerk can tell you how long the notice must run for effective service of process by publication.  It is still effective service of process even if the defendant never sees the notice in the newspaper.


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