The can sue you for economic damages and possibly alleged pain and suffering. Get an experienced attorney who handles a personal injury cases to aid you. Good luck.
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Retain a local lawyer immediately. You should consult with a lawyer who defends folks in car wreck cases. These folks are often referred to as "insurance defense lawyers". You will want to hire one of them, even though you don't have insurance. They have experience defending cases like yours.
In determining the value of a car accident case, the juries assesses fair and reasonable damages. If this is soley a property damages case, it sounds like the cost of repair and loss of use/rental value. Get an estimate to get it repair and an estimate for the rental of another chair during this period. That is an approximate idea assuming no personal injury claim. Another option is to call a local attorney, give a little more detail and get their opinion.
In RI, if you do not settle up with person you hit (or more likely their insurance company), they can ask DMV to suspend your license until you pay or they agree to a payment plan.
If you file bankruptcy, you can probably wipe out the debt and keep your license. That will cost about 1,500.
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