My wife was driving westbound on a 2 lane busy street when a driver of a parked vehicle opened his door and broke the mirror from our car.
CA vehicle code 22517 seems to place liability fully on the other vehicle. However the other driver requested we contact his insurance. I did so and unfortunately his insurance (Geico) is siding with him as he told them he had his rear door open to put something in his vehicle. They suggest he did so safely and did not impede traffic (clearly a lie) and will not pay our damages.
He had a passenger who left into a store while my wife and he were exchanging info as there was no damage to their vehicle. Obviously she'd likely support him. What options do I have to get them to pay?
I haven't contacted my insurance because I thought it was clear cut.Add: Is it worthwhile to contact our insurance as there's no damage to his vehicle and negligible (<$200) damage to ours? We have a $1,000 deductible. Naturally I'm worried about increased premiums and a fault on the wifes record.
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