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Other Party Refuses to Cooperate
I was involved in a car accident on July 16th where I was making a left hand turn and was hit by a car running a red light.
At the time of the accident, the other party admitted fault and said she had no injuries.
I had no injuries and my passenger had no injuries either.
called the police to file a report but they said that they would not come out if there were no injuries.
When I went to file my claim, the adjuster working on the claim informed me that the other party was now claiming injury and asserting that the accident was my fault (we both have the same insurance company).
The other party has also hired an attorney who has told his client not to speak with the insurance company about the accident.
The other party, as instructed by their attorney, has also not gotten an estimate for the damages to her vehicle.
Is there a time limit as far as how long the other party can refuse to give information about the accident to the insurance company?
What are my rights in this situation?
If I am taken to court by the other party, will my insurance company supply me with legal counsel?
Hello, I am sorry to hear about this situation. Usually, the other party has 30 days to cooperate with the investigation.
However, if they have legal counsel, the insurance company might give them more time.
In either situation, the alleged medical bills must be paid by her/his insurance company first under the PIP portion of the claim. What this means that is that THEY have a duty to prove their case if they want coverage.
They are bound by the policy, and if they do not cooperate, then the insurance policy will not provide coverage for them (their policy).
In essence, this will also mean that they cannot prove their injuries to your policy either, but they can try.
Remember, there are many frivolous lawsuits out there. Looks like you might be a victim here.
Your insurance company (policy in this case) will provide you with a lawyer and protect you against their allegations.
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