Hit and run driver totaled my parked car in front of my home at night. I got license plate picture from witness, reported to police. There was a woman on scene who turned out to be the driver’s girlfriend. She informed him that plate number was reported to PD. He returned to scene ~30 minutes later, verbally confirmed he reversed into my parked vehicle. Doubtful the driver would have returned if license plate photo was not captured. I requested ID, insurance and contact info. He said he would fetch and return. He walked away down the block, it was dark, and did not return after 15 mins. There was another car circling, a lowered white sedan. I called Police again declaring that I felt unsafe about the situation. 2 police cars arrive initially. The driver returned with his gf and the cops spoke to each of us separately. I did not speak to the driver again. Two more police cars arrived, and arrested the driver for DUI.
The estimated collision speed was 30-35mph in reverse, my car declared total loss by insurance. My car was in very good condition, high mileage. I won't receive amount from insurance that will equivalent quality vehicle.
You are entitled to the compensation for your totaled vehicle. However, since there is a DUI and hit and run committed by the at-fault driver, you may be entitled to punitive damages to punish the driver.
No. You get fair market value, and loss of use (or reasonable rental value) for a short period while you obtain another vehicle. That is all. Your own insurance will pay the fair market value and the loss of use (if you purchased rental car coverage). It will go about getting paid back from the DUI driver. Turn it over to your insurance and let it handle the claim.
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You are put in the same position you were before the accident, you don't get extra money and extra goodies
No. You are entitled to what you lost nothing more.
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