Q: Received a demand letter in the mail should I respond?
Car accident occurred almost three years ago am now getting sued about property damage done to public property. The letter contains bill invoice that explains they have already tried sending bill to collections in registered owner name. My question is ,am I as the driver eligible to be sued.
A: I'm sorry for the alarming letter you received. In general, a driver can be sued if they are liable in the accident. Public entities such as departments of transportation, power companies, etc. do go after drivers for damage to their structures or equipment. As a starting point, you could contact your insurer at the time of the accident and provide them with a copy of the letter. Notify the public utility or their collection company that you have turned the matter over to your insurance company. That doesn't necessarily mean the problem is finished and resolved; things can depend on the carrier's position, but it is a starting point. Good luck
A: Correction - I see that the car is registered to someone else. I apologize for my oversight. Provide the owner of the vehicle with the letter so that they could notify the insurance carrier for the vehicle. Good luck
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