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[Car Accident] Now With Insurance Goosery
MichaelLCIn what furnace was thy brain?ChicagoRegistered Userregular
In what's occurring with disturbing regularity, I was involved in another car accident today. No injuries for either car, so that's good.
I was coming east across a controlled (light) intersection, the light turned yellow either right as I arrived, or right before, either way it was well within my rights & best interest to continue through. Car in westbound lanes was in turn lane, and when I entered the intersection and was about 1/2 through, turned left. I tried to avoid, but struck them in the rear panel. My car (05 'rolla) was pretty much destroyed - airbag, fluids leaking out, hood and grill crumpled, radiator pushed back to the engine.
Other driver got ticket for going through a yellow, I got one for "failure to not reduce speed at intersection". 3rd party who came to pick the other driver & passenger decided to bitch at the cop, even though she and the cop (obviously) wasn't even there.
So suggestions? I've filed insurance claim against them, my agent believed it was 100% them, for whatever that's worth.
Is this a lawyer-up case? Should I be more relieved or worried the other woman decided to lay into the cop? It doesn't sound like a good idea to me, since the paperwork was done.
UPDATE 6/24: Ok, so they did total my car. Initial offer was for 7,000. I sent paperwork showing new tires and $900 in brake work this year, bumped up to $8,200. Adjuster sent list of similar cars for around 8k, but any searches I do, they're coming up more around 10,000 which I sent to him. Anything else I can do? Any codewords to get more money? At-fault is still not settled, which is un-settling to me, since it seems pretty clear. Trying not to freak just yet, but can't really afford a bump in my rates.