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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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megan    

PLEASE! .. this guy is prob making up the story for the money.. he was rear ended.... big woop hes prob fine.. leave freddie and sarah alone and deal with a little fender bender... my gosh

1207 days ago
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Moonbeam    

@megan: You obviously have little legal experience with traffic accident cases. There is no reason for the plaintiff to deal with "a little fender bender" himself, have his own insurance pay for it, and possibly have his own insurance rates go up, if the person responsible for it has coverage or the owner of the responsible vehicle has coverage. That's what the insurance is for. A driver is expected to leave enough room to stop without hitting the car in front, even if that car in front were to stop suddenly. The insurance company will not pay out without proof of damage and/or injury, and there probably will be proof. Even if the car in front of you stops suddenly, like to stop for a cat or dog that runs into the street, if the car behind him rear-ends him, that car is still responsible. I suggest you familiarize yourself with the Vehicle Code.

As for it being a "little fender bender," you apparently have never been whiplashed and have no experience with soft tissue injuries. They are very debilitating, treatment is expensive, and the pain lasts for months, even in what may appear to be a minor collision. Apparently, if surgery is being discussed in this claim, then either the impact caused more than just a soft tissue injury or perhaps it aggravated a pre-existing condition (in which case the person who rear ended the other is still responsible).

There is of course occasional abuse of the system, like people intentionally stopping in front of expensive vehicles just to cause a collision they can sue for, but if it happened at a red light or stop sign, it's unlikely this was a "fake" accident.

1206 days ago
18.

chantelle    

other driver clams ... lol

1206 days ago
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