Multiple witnesses to varify man left scene of accident. Owner of golf cart appeared and promised to pay for damages. Can I sue for additional damages since the car was purchased less than two ago and will now have a accident on the history of the vehicle for remaining life of car?
You should check with yours and his insurance Companies...
Actual damages are not enough as there is loss to the value of the vehicle. Depending on cost of car, it may or may not be worth the cost of litigation.
File a counter report at the police station and report the incident to the golf course, too (if that applies). You can sue in civil court for anything you want, and separately claim loss of value of the car for increased depreciated value of the car due to the incident, but I'm not sure you will win much for this. You can try. Lucky no one was injured. Contact the driver's insurance company and hopefully, you will get your car repaired soon.
Notify the police again ASAP. They may still take a police report and charge a PC 20002 for hit and run but unlikely for the DUI VC23152b. Insurance companies should be notified and they will handle any civil damages. Sorry for your loss. Hope this helps?
Dear Petaluma – I doubt that the driver's auto insurance will cover this loss. However, his homeowners will likely cover it up to the limits. In addition, you likely have a diminished value claim, which is a claim for the loss in value to your car after it was wrecked and repaired. I have information on my webpage about diminished value claims, and although I am in Virginia, it may be helpful for you when you contact a California lawyer. Good luck.
California law only allows the lesser of cost to repair or replace. The loss of value due to the stigma of having been damaged (think CarFax report) is not a recoverable item of damage. You are entitled to have your vehicle put back into as good a condition as it was, or replaced if that is cheaper than the repair costs. Good luck.
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