Just after some help from any knowledgeable legal heads if present on the boards, or just those with more understanding of matters similar to mine which I'll get into explaining below. Mods feel free to move to more appropriate section if you feel the need.
Ok, so the Thursday before Good Friday I was involved in a vehicle collision in my daily - a 1977 Toyota ke30.
It's not a rust bucket either, it's incredibly clean and well looked after given it's age.
The incident took place in the evening and I was not at fault.
The impatient woman who was qued up to turn left onto a main road which was also backed up due to a train crossing a few hundred metres ahead decided not to wait.
I was pulling out from the street that essentially met that que to my left.
Now, no oncoming traffic from either direction was approaching and I had double checked as per normal as I consider myself to be a cautious driver what with the amount of incompetent idiots on our roads.
As my car was slowly passing the rear of her 2009 Kia Carnival [with reverse sensors] I quickly checked left again to ensure i hadn't missed any oncoming cars that may have been in a blind spot from my previous position, only to notice this moron willy-nilly reversing with reckless abandon straight into my left hand rear quarter panel.
I barely had any time to move forward at all, though as I did manage to move in the split second I had I ensured a long loud horn just before I was hit.
I would have been properly t-boned otherwise.
Her car didn't slow down. It simply rammed mine and only then did she realise.
Now to cut to the chase. Neither party is insured. I am aware that would have made things easier had I been: noted - but anyway.
She admitted fault in person and gave the usual amount of useless excuses.
She also stated she would pay for the damages as she knew she'd created the accident.
Details were exchanged, except in the heat of the moment - I had forgotten to note the address.
Now, come Tuesday and back to work, we'd discussed that I'd provide her the quotes and we'd take it from there.
I work in the panel industry, so I was able to get multiple quotes quickly - all of which were between $2000 and $3000
Once passed on, contact became essentially nonexistant.
I should mention there was next to no damage on her car minus a small dent and scuff on her rear bar.
Obviously not expecting such a large amount, her true colours shone through and did everything she could to not communicate with me on the matter.
That being said, I was not a bastard about it, nor did I harass her. I kept every sms exchange, calm, professional, well written and factual with politeness.
I kept everything to sms, so when she'd reply I would have detailed logs of the exchanged messages.
After countless times I'd asked, she refused to provide an address.
So, I warned that my only option was to make it a police matter as she is required to by law to provide it.
With the help of a friendly young cop and my own internet searching, I found her.
I sent her a message stating that I would like the matter handled outside of court, just as I did on day one and that I just wanted my pride and joy; my car, fixed...and was willing to accept $1500 just to have it over and done with.
That being said, I mentioned if this didn't seem like a viable option than I would pursue it at small claims after I'd issued her a letter of demand and any other relevant documentation for the hearings etc.
By this stage I had not recieved any contact off her for several days, until tonight.
I had some chipper young man ring me at 8:07 from a Free Legal Aid office, most likely a law student at university, who couldn't string a sentence together to save himself, notify me that should I wish to contact the lady again, I would have to go through him, as he is now the representative.
I said that's fine and I'd wait to hear back from him within the fortnight regarding the matter.
- WHERE DO I STAND?
- WHAT DO YOU THINK?
- DO I HAVE A CHANCE?
- BEEN IN A SIMILAR SITUATION?
- WHAT DO YOU RECOMMEND?
- MY NEXT MOVE?
Edited by .RONE, 08 April 2013 - 10:10 PM.