What type of attorney do I need for an auto accident? 41 Answers as of July 02, 2013

My son was driving my car and got in an accident and was cited. He personally was not insured on that car. Sounds like I will be stuck paying, but what type of attorney can advise me on this matter.

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Law Offices of Kenneth Wincorn P.C.
Law Offices of Kenneth Wincorn P.C. | Kenneth Wincorn
A personal injury lawyer.
Answer Applies to: Texas
Replied: 3/22/2012
Gregory Casale Attorney at Law
Gregory Casale Attorney at Law | Gregory Casale
If he is charged for driving an unregistered or uninsured motor vehicle a criminal defense lawyer is the appropriate type of lawyer for your son.
Answer Applies to: Massachusetts
Replied: 3/21/2012
Lacy Fields, Attorney at Law, LLC
Lacy Fields, Attorney at Law, LLC | Lacy Fields
Your insurance company should enter and defend the case for you. They have attorneys.
Answer Applies to: Missouri
Replied: 3/20/2012
Lombardi Law Firm
Lombardi Law Firm | Steve Lombardi
You need a personal injury attorney; one with experience in this area and who is licensed to practice in the jurisdiction where the accident happened.
Answer Applies to: Iowa
Replied: 3/18/2012
David F. Stoddard
David F. Stoddard | David F. Stoddard
If he was driving with you permission, your insurance should cover it and your insurer will hire an attorney to defend it. Try to get one who does defense work for auto insurance companies. Ask your insurer who they use.
Answer Applies to: South Carolina
Replied: 3/16/2012
    ROWE LAW FIRM
    ROWE LAW FIRM | Jeffrey S. Wittenbrink
    There is no recognized "specialty" in the field of automobile liability in Louisiana. However, you should look for an attorney who has done either personal injury plaintiff work or insurance defense work. Either of those will be able to serve as your defense attorney in that type of case. If your son was not specifically excluded from coverage, and if he was a licensed driver, he should be covered. There are exclusions for drivers who live with you or regularly use your vehicle if they are not "named" as insureds under the policy. Be sure to discuss all of this with your insurance agent/carrier before hiring your own counsel.
    Answer Applies to: Louisiana
    Replied: 3/14/2012
    Law Office of Dean B. Gordon
    Law Office of Dean B. Gordon | Dean B. Gordon
    If he is not an excluded driver but using your insured car with your permission he may be covered under your insurance. Contact your insurance company. If they refuse to help you, you may want to contact a personal injury lawyer.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 3/14/2012
    James Morris Law
    James Morris Law | James Morris Law
    In NY there is a doctrine of permissive use which means that your son would be covered under your insurance. If your son was at fault then you need to alert your insurance company and they should provide you with a defense attorney. If your son was not at fault then you should contact a personal injury attorney to discuss his and your rights.
    Answer Applies to: New York
    Replied: 3/14/2012
    Hynum Law Office, LLC
    Hynum Law Office, LLC | G. Wayne Hynum
    Any attorney that handles civil cases can advise you. Are you sure the insurance did not cover your son? Generally speaking, anyone who drives your car with your permission is covered by your liability insurance policy, unless he was specifically excluded as a permitted driver.
    Answer Applies to: Mississippi
    Replied: 3/14/2012
    Paul Whitfield and Associates P.A.
    Paul Whitfield and Associates P.A. | Paul L. Whitfield
    If your son was driving your car with your permission he was an insured under your policy/ report this to your insurance carrier and forget it. that is what you pay premiums for
    Answer Applies to: North Carolina
    Replied: 3/14/2012
    Law Office of Sam Levine, LLC
    Law Office of Sam Levine, LLC | Sam L. Levine
    You won't be stuck paying for your damages from the car accident in Georgia if you have uninsured motorist coverage.
    Answer Applies to: Georgia
    Replied: 3/14/2012
    Musilli Brennan Associates PLLC
    Musilli Brennan Associates PLLC | John F Brennan
    Assuming you are correct that he was not covered, he primarily, and yourself will be potentially liable for the damages. You should seek counsel regarding your possible defense. Most personal injury attorneys, personal injury defense attorneys as well has my firm can provide such services. A firm opinion requires detailed facts.
    Answer Applies to: Michigan
    Replied: 3/14/2012
    Lapin Law Offices
    Lapin Law Offices | Jeffrey Lapin
    What type of attorney depends on what questions you have about the accident. If you are concerned for your son's citation, you would need a criminal defense attorney. If you are worried about the other person suing you for the damage to their vehicle and/or their injuries, I would first suggest contacting your car insurance company. Unless your son was an "excluded driver" on your policy your insurance company will handle the claim. If your son is properly "excluded" from your automobile policy or your insurance company will not pay, you should contact an attorney who does insurance defense work as they defend automobile accident cases. By "excluded" I mean that your insurance company will not pay if he was driving your vehicle. There are requirements and limitations on excluding drivers from automobile insurance policies, the full description of which is beyond the scope of your question.
    Answer Applies to: Nebraska
    Replied: 3/14/2012
    Andrew T. Velonis, P.C.
    Andrew T. Velonis, P.C. | Andrew Velonis
    First of all, turn this over to your insurance company. They may go ahead and cover it. If they don't, they have to give you a written explanation as to why not. Then you can go see an insurance lawyer to find out if you can fight that. Otherwise, you should go to a lawyer who handles litigation defense matters.
    Answer Applies to: New York
    Replied: 3/14/2012
    R. D. Kelly Law Firm, P.L.L.C.
    R. D. Kelly Law Firm, P.L.L.C. | Robert Kelly
    Usually, your insurance company will provide an attorney when it was your fault. When you didn't have insurance, you might want to retain counsel to provide your defense in the civil litigation.
    Answer Applies to: Washington
    Replied: 3/14/2012
    Broad Law Firm, LLC
    Broad Law Firm, LLC | Donald K. Broad
    You should seek an attorney who does or has in the past defended auto accident cases. They usually list their experience as "insurance defense attorneys." You can also seek a referral from your local bar association.
    Answer Applies to: Indiana
    Replied: 3/14/2012
    Law Offices of David W. Hibbert
    Law Offices of David W. Hibbert | David W. Hibbert
    Call your insurance company for the policy on that vehicle and report the claim. Most auto policies cover permissive drivers and resident relatives, unless they are specifically excluded by name. If your son had a policy on antoher vehicle it would likely cover him as well. Your insurance company should provide counsel for you in the ebvvent of a lawsuit. A local general practitioner or personal injury specialist would be able to review your policies and let you know if you are covered.
    Answer Applies to: Georgia
    Replied: 3/14/2012
    Downriver Injury and Auto Law | Michael Heilmann
    It is a crime to drive without insurance and the driver and owner of the vehicle is responsible for all the expenses of the accident. You will need a very good lawyer experienced in these matters.
    Answer Applies to: Michigan
    Replied: 3/14/2012
    Paris Blank LLP
    Paris Blank LLP | Irving M Blank
    You probably do not need a lawyer. Just make certain that you have reported the accident to your insurance company and they will take care of it. That is why you have insurance.
    Answer Applies to: Virginia
    Replied: 3/14/2012
    Adler Law Group, LLC
    Adler Law Group, LLC | Lawrence Adler
    Our firm can help you or any firm that does auto accident defense work that has worked for Insurance companies.
    Answer Applies to: Connecticut
    Replied: 7/2/2013
    The Law Office of Harry E. Hudson, Jr.
    The Law Office of Harry E. Hudson, Jr. | Harry E. Hudson, Jr.
    A personal injury attorney. Your carrier should provide the attorney.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 3/14/2012
    Koning & Jilek, P.C.
    Koning & Jilek, P.C. | Jonathan Neal Jilek
    Call your insurance company. If you were the owner of the car and were insured then the insurance company should hire you a lawyer.
    Answer Applies to: Michigan
    Replied: 3/14/2012
    Law Office of Patrick E. Donovan, PLLC
    Law Office of Patrick E. Donovan, PLLC | Patrick E. Donovan
    You need a litigation attorney, preferably one with experience in personal injury matter. You can always call the NH Bar Association's referral program for an attorney in your area.
    Answer Applies to: New Hampshire
    Replied: 3/14/2012
    The Law Offices of Paul A. Samakow, P.C.
    The Law Offices of Paul A. Samakow, P.C. | Paul A. Samakow
    You will be responsible for payment. Depending upon the amount of the payment, and whether you have the funds, it may be that you'd want to consult a general practice attorney, who might assist you with resolving the matter with the other party.
    Answer Applies to: Virginia
    Replied: 3/14/2012
    Rothstein Law PLLC
    Rothstein Law PLLC | Eric Rothstein
    Notify your insurance carrier. It will appoint a lawyer to defend you if you get sued. You must notify them now though. If you don't, they might disclaim coverage later. Hire a criminal defense lawyer for the citation.
    Answer Applies to: New York
    Replied: 3/14/2012
    AyerHoffman, LLP
    AyerHoffman, LLP | David C. Ayer
    You should consult with a personal injury or civil defense attorney. One who specializes in motor vehicle accidents would be ideal, but not necessary.
    Answer Applies to: Massachusetts
    Replied: 3/14/2012
    The DeRose Lawfirm | Peter J. DeRose
    Typically, your insurance company will pay for the defense. If there is no insurance, you need to hire an attorney well versed in civil litigation. The fees will vary, but the most experienced, the higher the fee. Hire the best you can.
    Answer Applies to: Michigan
    Replied: 3/14/2012
    DEAN T. JENNINGS, P.C.
    DEAN T. JENNINGS, P.C. | Dean T Jennings
    Criminal defense who also can handle defense of a claim for damages. Personal injury lawyers frequently do both.
    Answer Applies to: Iowa
    Replied: 3/14/2012
    Salladay Law Office | Lance Salladay
    You may need and attorney that can deal with both civil matters and criminal/traffic matters involving defense (probably an insurance defense type attorney for any civil claim- because they deal with defenses on auto accidents). You may also need a criminal defense attorney depending on the nature of the citation your son received due to the accident.
    Answer Applies to: Idaho
    Replied: 3/14/2012
    Parks Law Group
    Parks Law Group | Melinda J. Parks
    Most personal injury attorneys are very familiar with insurance policies if you are looking for someone to review your policy and make sure the damage is not covered. If you're looking for an attorney to defend your son's citation, you should seek out someone with criminal defense or traffic court experience.
    Answer Applies to: Alabama
    Replied: 3/14/2012
    Gilbert & Bourke, LLP | Brian J. Bourke
    In California, if you have car insurance, that insurance will cover anyone who drives your car with your permission and this claim should be submitted to your insurance carrier. However, if your son lives with you and you did not list him as a potential user of your car, or if he was specifically excluded on the policy, that may be a problem. In California, the owner of a car has liability up to $15,000 per injured person and up to a total of $30,000 for 2 or more injured persons. The driver has unlimited liability.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 3/14/2012
    Bruce Plesser | Bruce Plesser
    Notify your carrier and they might defend you depending on whether you listed him as a driver on your policy.
    Answer Applies to: Florida
    Replied: 3/14/2012
    Quitmeier Law Firm, P.C.
    Quitmeier Law Firm, P.C. | William M. Quitmeier
    A person is not liable just because they let someone else use their car unless negligent in some fashion. For instance allowing an unlicensed or drunk driver to drive one's car. However your son can be sued if over 17 and a judgment potentially taken against him and he could lose his license until he enters into a settlement to pay.
    Answer Applies to: Missouri
    Replied: 3/14/2012
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