My daughter was involved in an accident with my niece and her in the car the vehicle which struck my daughters car was initially reported as stolen the insurance company of the person at fault agreed to pay 25,000 the lawyer representing my daughter told her to settle because it was not heard of by him ever for a pay out on a stolen vehicle after everything was agreed upon the pay out was done they dropped the charges.Now my daughter is still left with unpaid bills and also my niece was never represented by anyone and she has bills also
I don't know where this was BUT I'm a liability investigator in NY and the niece/passenger is totally innocent. She can claim against both drivers. I work cases on a fairly regular basis where it is claimed the car is stolen - usually after the accident. Someone should have looked for proof that it was or wasn't. I don't see that that happened.
Depending on the time frame and circumstances the niece might still be able to file a claim.
I can't tell if the niece's claim against the other driver settled. If the niece is under age the niece's parents were responsible of filing a claim, settling a claim - the aunt who was driving has no legal standing as far as settling the claim of the niece.
I see that the niece was foolish to settle. What were the circumstances of the accident? Yes, there are attorneys who will sell short (settle for less than the value of the accident) because there's little insurance, both parties were at fault, something else - but with the Bar Association taking a long, hard look at settlements I see almost none who settle just to get their percentage early in the game.
Need more information in order to have a better idea of what happened here.