What to do if I was teaching my mom how to drive when she got into accident with some parked cars?

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What to do if I was teaching my mom how to drive when she got into accident with some parked cars?

There were no injury, however my insurance could not come into an agreement regarding the amount spent with the cars she hit (it belonged to the same person). There were some arbitration meeting but both insurances still couldn’t come to a conclusion. Now the case has gone to trial. The word trial terrifies me and my family? What should I expect? Also, my parents are out of the country for the date the trial has been set!? Would they extend the trial date!? Is there any way to possibly avoid this trial?

Asked on May 25, 2013 under Accident Law, Illinois

Answers:

MD, Member, California Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 8 years ago | Contributor

Here is the problem. Your mom and you were negligent and it is surprising that the insurance companies would agree to coverage considering it sounds as if your mom was not a licensed driver. That being said, your mom needs to be there for the trial or if it is an issue wherein she simply cannot be there, your lawyer would need to ask the court for an extension or move that any depositions taken prior to trial will stand as her sworn testimony. Trial is the method wherein two parties cannot agree on a settlement; it really is not a scary thing as long as the parties are civil to one another. The only cause for concern here is if your insurance company has plans to sue you for contribution or reimbursement. You need to get that matter resolved prior to trial which should set your mind at ease.


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