What to do if I’m being sued for a personal injury regarding a car accident?

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What to do if I’m being sued for a personal injury regarding a car accident?

I was involved in an auto accident almost 4 1/2 years ago in a company vehicle. I was served a court summons last night that the individuals in the other vehicle are suing for lost wages, medical expenses, etc. They filed their suit 4 months ago, just 1 day before the 4 year statute of limitations was up. They did not file an injury claim at the time of the accident with either insurance company. They stated they were not injured when the officer arrived on scene. It was just a little fender bender, my company insurance paid for the damage repair on their vehicle and everything was settled. Do they have a case against me?

Asked on October 12, 2016 under Personal Injury, Utah

Answers:

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

Answered 5 years ago | Contributor

It is common for auto accident injuries to manifest themselves after the accident and not always immediately at the scene.
Since you were driving a company vehicle, you should give the summons and complaint (lawsuit) to your employer's insurance company.  The employer's insurance company will provide you with an attorney at no cost to you.  That attorney will handle the case for you.
The lawsuit names you and the company as defendants because you were the driver and the company was the registered owner of the vehicle.
The personal injury case is separate from the property damage (cost of repairs) claim which was settled.
The lawsuit was filed because the personal injury case has not been settled and to not miss the statute of limitations.


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