Visitor Question

Gas station owner will not respond to request for insurance information?

Submitted By: Rari (San Francisco, CA)

A person was injured at a gas station when he fell while walking by the gas pumps, caused by a a huge crack in the cement.

The injured victim tried to contact the owner of the gas station to get insurance information, but the owner will not respond at all.

What is the next step when you cannot speak to the owner or get the gas station’s insurance information? Can the owner be forced to give up the insurance information? Thanks for any information you can give.

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Answer

Dear Rari,

Unfortunately, in the State of California you cannot force a private business owner to volunteer his or her insurance information. Instead, to secure such information will require filing a lawsuit.

Once a lawsuit has been filed, you will be able to obtain a court-ordered subpoena. Moreover, you will be able to serve the gas station owner a set of interrogatories and/or requests for production of insurance information.

While you can file a small claims lawsuit, unless you are an attorney, or have specialized training in the law, you may not know how to issue subpoenas, interrogatories, or requests for production.

If the injuries are serious enough, you would be better served by retaining a personal injury attorney. Fortunately, injury attorneys work on a contingency fee basis. This means they are only paid if and when they settle the injury claim, or win the case in court.

The above is general information. Laws change frequently, and across jurisdictions. You should get a personalized case evaluation from a licensed attorney. Find a local attorney to give you a free case review here , or call (888) 647-2490.

Best of luck,

Published: June 4, 2014

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