Westerly, RI asked in Personal Injury and Traffic Tickets for Rhode Island

Q: Son was in an accident with another party who was using a personal vehicle as a business vehicle

My son was in a car accident with another party. Small accident where he rear ended the person in front of them. No one was hurt but his air bad went off. Small dent to the persons mini van. The women stated to me at the scene she was in route to a catering activity (and this wasn’t her vehicle) and this vehicle was being used for business at the time. It appears this is personal vehicle insurance and not used for business use. Does her claim to me mean anything? Trying to make sense of it all.

1 Lawyer Answer
Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar
  • Little Neck, NY

A: A Rhode Island attorney could advise best, but your question remains open for two weeks. As a GENERAL principle nationwide, one could sue for damages they sustained by another vehicle - that seems to be the central crux of your concerns when you ask whether her claim means anything.

But that's only a general principle, and there are issues here that only a Rhode Island attorney could advise on, such as the policy, use of the vehicle, coverage of medical expenses, etc. By now, you are probably in touch with your insurance carrier if the other side asserted a claim for property damages, and your carrier may have already advised you as to what to anticipate in terms of a possible bodily injury claim. I hope your son and everyone else involved are okay. Good luck

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