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Should I File a Car Accident Claim Against Friends or Family?

Written by Jared Staver

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Jared Staver is a Personal Injury Lawyer based in Chicago, Illinois and has been practicing law for over 20 years.

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CATEGORY: Auto Accidents, Personal Injury


When you are in a car accident that was caused by another driver, it seems obvious that you would file a claim against that person to have their insurance take care of any damages or injuries you suffered. But, what if the other driver is your friend, or worse, your family member?

Filing a car accident claim against friends or family can seem difficult, or even impossible to do. But, it doesn’t have to hurt your relationship, and with the help of an experienced car accident lawyer near you, the process can be simple.

Call Staver Accident Injury Lawyers, P.C. today at (312) 236-2900 to schedule a free consultation with a skilled and knowledgeable lawyer.

How Can I File A Claim Against a Loved One?

Filing a car accident claim against friends or family can feel uncomfortable. But if you don’t file a claim, that means you’re choosing to be financially responsible for repairing your car, replacing any personal items damaged in the accident, and paying your medical bills. It also means you don’t plan to get reimbursed for the work you missed while you were recovering.

But, what if you can’t afford to take on all these bills? You may have no choice but to file a claim after your accident. Luckily, car insurance can help you take care of the bills you can’t afford on your own.

Let a Lawyer Help You

It’s important to remember that when you file a car accident claim, you are dealing with an insurance company, not with your loved one. The insurance company is responsible for examining the facts of the accident, reviewing your bills and notes, and determining a settlement that will cover your costs. If any information is needed from your loved one, the insurance company will contact them, not you.

You can remove yourself even further by hiring an attorney to represent you. Your attorney will be the main point of contact in the case, so they will handle any communication from the insurance company or anyone else.

Choosing a capable attorney is crucial since they will negotiate with the insurance company to get the compensation you need for your recovery. You will likely never even have to discuss the case with your friend or family member.

Were You Hurt in a Car Accident? Call Staver Accident Injury Lawyers, P.C.

At Staver Accident Injury Lawyers, P.C., we understand your hesitation to file a car accident claim against friends and family. However, we also know that you should not let this stop you from getting the damages you need to recover from your accident.

To schedule a free and confidential consultation with one of our attorneys, contact us at (312) 236-2900 today.

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