What to do if I’m now being sued for a car accident I had when I was 17?

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What to do if I’m now being sued for a car accident I had when I was 17?

I am being sued for a car accident I was in when I was aged 17; I am now 19. I was in my foster parents’ car and they said that hey had insurance. I am no longer in contact with them. As far as the summons says, they are being sued too. I have no idea what the insurance name was on anything.

Asked on June 18, 2019 under Accident Law, California

Answers:

S.L,. Member, California Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 2 years ago | Contributor

It is imperative that you contact your foster parents to obtain their auto insurance information at the time of the accident. If you were covered under their policy, the auto insurance company will provide you with an attorney at no cost to you. You should do this immediately because you only have thirty days from the date you were served with the summons and complaint (the complaint is the lawsuit) to file an answer. If an answer to the complaint is not timely filed with the court, and served by mail on the opposing party's attorney, a default will be entered against you. A default means you have lost the case unless a motion to set aside the default is granted by the judge.


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