What is going to happen if he claims I was at fault? 4 Answers as of June 08, 2016

I was recently involved in my first car accident. I was on a business trip. I am from another state. An older man ran a red light and I hit his driver side door. There were no witnesses that stayed to talk with police. The older man was a little out of it but soon stood up. He was taken to the hospital as a precaution. I didn't receive a ticket from the police. My concern is I'm leaving for boot camp in 3 months. I don't want anything to come back to bite me.

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Law Offices of Ronald A. Steinberg & Associates | Ronald A. Steinberg, BA, MA, JD
Get a copy of the police report for your files. Notify your auto insurance of the accident, and if they ask, send them a copy of the police report. Keep the original in a safe place, just in case. If you suffered any injuries, go to a hospital ER or to your family doctor to make a record, just in case. Then go off to boot camp with a clear mind. Thank you for your anticipated service to our country.
Answer Applies to: Michigan
Replied: 6/8/2016
Downriver Injury and Auto Law | Michael Heilmann
You cannot be defaulted while serving in the military. The case would go on until your return. You should notify your insurance however of the accident and the facts.
Answer Applies to: Michigan
Replied: 6/8/2016
Klisz Law Office, PLLC
Klisz Law Office, PLLC | Timothy J. Klisz
If he sues, turn it over to your insurer. If you receive a ticket in the mail. Hire an attorney to work it out for you.
Answer Applies to: Michigan
Replied: 6/8/2016
Gregory M Janks, PC
Gregory M Janks, PC | Gregory M Janks
If the other fellow ran the red light, then it is unlikely you are at fault, and he would have to prove fault to have a viable case against you. Also, MI requires he have a "serious impairment of a body function" to qualify to make a claim against you (in addition to proving you were at fault). So under your fact scenario, it is unlikely a claim will be made. Nevertheless, if a claim is made, you, or your representative, should simply turn over the claim letter or suit papers to your vehicle insurer, as well as the insurer of the owner of the vehicle you were driving, and the insurer(s) would defend the action. So if you will be out of town, or the country, be sure you have someone taking in, reading and responding to your mail in case any claim/suit comes in (because if you don't answer, the other side can take a default against you). Also note that there are certain different rules that apply to cases if you are not around as you are in the service.
Answer Applies to: Michigan
Replied: 6/8/2016
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