Q: I’m a foreign national who got into a car crash. I’m at fault. I don’t have any property in United States.
What if I get sued? If I plan to return to my country can I use that in the settlement?
A: If you have insurance the insurance will take care of it. If not, saying you'll return and trying to get out of it may generate a call from the person to the authorities which is no problem if your visa is valid but if you have overstayed........
A: If you have insurance then you shouldn't have anything to worry about as your insurance should handle it all. Just because you had a car accident is no reason you should feel like you should have to return to your country, it's an accident and a lot of people have them. I just hope you were responsible and did have insurance to begin with.
A: Your automobile insurance should be able to handle this situation. Make sure that they are aware of the accident.
A: I agree with Mr. Munsing, Ms. Wincott, and Ms. Thornton - your insurance should handle it and that's the route you should follow. As far as property and other considerations, those are things an attorney could advise you further about if your situation becomes one where the limits of the policy will not be adequate to cover the damages sought by the other party(s). If things get to that point, your insurance company's attorney could advise you that you should consider consulting with an outside attorney regarding your assets. But for now, see how the claim unfolds under your carrier's coverage. Good luck
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