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Freddie Prinze Jr. Is a Real Pain in the Neck ... Allegedly

12/26/2010 5:20 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

Freddie Prinze Jr. is being sued for allegedly crashing his famous wife's car into the back of another vehicle -- and other driver clams he was injured so badly ... he needs surgery to fix his messed up neck.

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According to legal docs obtained by TMZ ... Prinze was driving a car registered to Sarah Michelle Gellar in L.A. back in 2009 ... when he "suddenly and without warning" rear-ended a car that was stopped at a red light.

The other driver claims he suffered serious neck injuries in the crash -- and hasn't been able to work since. We're told the man has been advised to undergo major surgery to get his life back together.

Sources close to the alleged victim tell us the man didn't really want to sue -- but he was getting low-balled by his insurance company ... and suing FPJ is his only hope to get the cash he needs.

We're told the guy is demanding something in the 6-figure range.

Calls to Freddie's camp have not been returned.

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1.

Cartman    

He can afford it. He could also afford limos but hey.

1347 days ago
2.

Truth    

THAT FIGURE SOUNDS ABOUT RIGHT. US HEALTH CARE SUCKS BALLS. JUST PAY UP DUDE OR AS THEY SAY IN THE CELEB WORLD "SETTLED PRIVATELY". KA-CHING$$!!

1347 days ago
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FlamingoNut    

That's right, sue, sue, SUE! Was it really a bad accident, or is this guy taking advantage of the celebrity status?

1347 days ago
4.

Ginger    

Actually, whiplash is very real. Neck injuries don't go away. The wait until you start to get oldish then flare up, especially in winter.

1347 days ago
5.

Tina    

Yes he is being sued, but it is still the insurance company that has to pay. If the guy's damages are more than Freddie's policy limits than they could possibly go after assets, but normally it's the insurance company that pays - you just have to sue the policy holder since it is their vehicle.

1347 days ago
6.

theresa pink    

HAY EVERYONE OUT THERE! FREDDIE P REALY SHOULD THINK B-4 HE DRIVES!LOVE HIM !

1347 days ago
7.

captnhowdy    

first beachesssss!!!!!

1347 days ago
8.

nick    

"We're told the guy is demanding something in the 6-figure range." = That's because you sue for the policy limits (usually one million) and then settle for way less. I hope people know how common this is and it's not like FPJ is paying for it out of his own pocket - the insurance company covers it all.

1347 days ago
9.

Carl    

Wonder if anyone has been rear ended by another car "Slowly and with plenty of warning".

1347 days ago
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TMZ@Froggy.biz    

Whenever you get into a car accident with a celebrity, it's always suing time.

1347 days ago
11.

Laura    

Being "low-balled by the insurance company" huh? I doubt that.

1347 days ago
12.

Britt    

Freddie and Sarah need to make a comeback.
Their daughter is adorable.

1346 days ago
13.

Moonbeam    

This sounds like it is just going to be a fight between insurance companies, and has nothing to do with Freddie "paying up." There was probably more than enough insurance on a luxury car that new to cover the damages, and sometimes a person has to file suit to avoid being low-balled on a claim. One told me that he often just files a suit right away when he gets a case so that the claim is taken out of the adjuster's hands and instead goes to the insurance company's lawyers, who often have higher settlement authority than the adjuster to whom the claim is initially assigned.

1346 days ago
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Moonbeam    

correction to #13, third line: "One LAWYER told me he often just files a suit right away ..." (I inadvertently omitted the word "lawyer.")

1346 days ago
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Sarcastic1     

Signs of depression like his dad. Michelle Geller needs to but this nut on suicide alert

1346 days ago
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