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  1. Since you were on the job during the bus crash, your employer's insurance company has a duty to defend you. Defense counsel named you in the suit only as a matter of strategy, however I doubt that they are looking for you to be a source of compensation. Speak to your employer and have them turn over the paperwork to the insurance company.
  2. In California, the case management statement must be submitted 15 days before the actual CMC.
  3. I would consult with a personal injury attorney on the matter. Unfortunately, because you were not insured at the time of the accident, you would not be able to have them defend you, but many attorneys will not pursue the case if you don't have insurance or assets pay for her damages.
  4. Hiring i personal injury attorney you trust in HIGHLY recommended. You might want to find one that specializes in tax cab motor vehicle accidents
  5. Forward the paperwork to your insurance provider at the time of the accident. They have a duty to represent you in all lawsuits. Furthermore, depending on the jurisdiction on state laws, they may have filed outside the applicable statute of limitations. Hand over your paperwork to them, and let them handle it.
  6. The amount of time that the attorney is holding onto the check does not sound unusual, but he or she should be doing a better job of communicating with you. It is a common complaint among clients.
  7. If/When the driver is summoned to court, they will be required to show proof of insurance. If they fail to do so, the fine will be quite large.
  8. The other party will first pursue a claim with your insurance company, and although many parties often prefer to settle in these circumstances, they may sue you personally. However, if they do, your insurance has a duty to defend you, and you will only be on the hook if a court awards damages in excess of your $20,000 policy limit. Even then, if their attorney request policy limits and is rejected by your insurance, your insurance could still be liable.