I was involved in a car accident 07/02/2018 with a police cruiser.
The officer was running code through a red light, and I was proceeding through a green light. I do not recall hearing sirens. He went around a line of traffic stopped at the red light, as I was coming up to/moving through the intersection. By the time I saw him (there was also a building obstructing the view, as well as the line of vehicles, I only had time to brake, still causing us to hit each other.
I have not been ticketed. Yet. The officers have not been returning my phone calls. Finally, 07/06/18, I managed to speak with someone at the city and they finally filed the claim to their insurance. Their insurance company called me and advised me they still had to decide liability.
I would like to know how I should proceed. There were no injuries, but my vehicle is out of commission and they just seem like they are piddling around and not being forthcoming. I would also like to have a copy of the dash cam footage, as that will show whether the officer had sirens on and if he slowed to assess the intersection. Thank you.
Without personal injuries, it is unlikely you will find an attorney willing to take on a car property damage claim. Notify your carrier about this incident. If you have collision damage coverage, that may be the quickest, easiest way to proceed. I do suggest you get a couple of independent estimates of your property damages.
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Cases against a city for damages caused while responding to an emergency are difficult cases. Without any injury, it will not be worth hiring an attorney to help you fight the city. If you submit to your insurance they will fight them over the property damage if you have the right coverage. Good Luck.
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