Auto accident, what should I do
March 9, 2012 2:40am CST
Back on the 28th, of February, I stopped at the gas station in the center of town, to run in and get something. I had my grand daughter in the car with me. I had to park behind a Chevy pickup as the lot was full. I got out went in the store, came out a man walked up to me, said I hit your car. As I walked around the car, I seen that the driver's side fender was bent in and there was several things hanging down plus a rubber piece pushing into the tire. The man had no insurance info on him, but said he had it at home. I was on the cell with my daughter trying to let her know that we was ok, she said don't let him leave, call the police, I did, well what I didn't know was apparently they must of knew him, if I had not had insurance info on me then I would of been sited into court to show I did have insurance, he was not sited. We changed info, and later that evening this man called me, he said he had called his insurance agent and was told he was going to have his rates, raised by $800. a year, if he turns this in on his insurance. While this is not my problem, he went on to tell me how poor he was and could not possibly pay this increase, he had had open heart surgery, he was in a financial bind, would have to try to come up with the money to pay it out of his pocket. Either way, I needed my car fixed, this story of his went on for about 3 days, same story, how poor he was, his insurance company didn't call me, nor him make any arrangements to fix my car. When I ask what he was going to do, I got same story, each time, his financial miss fortune. There was something about this mans name, it just kept ringing in my head I had seen that name and number some where before. This is very small town so people are knows here quickly. There is a traffic light in center of town and as I was waiting on it to change, I happen to look to my right and low and behold there is a huge sign in the window for this huge stables and riding farm out on Centerville Road, I came home and googled the name on the sign, and come to find out this POOR MAN, that cant afford to pay for my car owns this business. Now I am mad, me and my son, had worked with this man over the last few days, trying to find me something to drive, while my car is being fixed. How can someone that has a multimillion dollar business, treat a person that is 65 years old and has just come through a cancer operation, like it is a piece of trash. He was order three times to get me a rental out here. Him and his insurance company both said noooooooooooooooo. Your not getting anything out of him. He did turn it over to his insurance company cause he said we was only trying to get money out of him. Now the only thing that we have ever ask him for is to fix my car and get me something to drive I have doctor appointments that I have missed, dermatoligy appointment I missed the day of the wreck, to treat what they said was pre cancer from a mold they took off couple weeks before. I had to go around begging for people in the neighborhood to let me drive their car, to pay bills and get groceries. When I called a lawyer, they want $100. and hour to help me, I don't have this kind of money. But I was told that I can sue him in small claims court here, for the treatment he give me and the cost to me for a rental everyday my car is down. This is nine days and I dont have my car yet. Last time I talked to his insurance company I ask them if they wanted to talk to my grand daughter, I figured they would want to know she was ok, HE SAID YOUR GRAND DAUGHTER HAS NOTHING IN THIS! Funny she was in the car and if he had pushed the car another foot and a half, he would of pushed her and car over a incline down into the bank parking lot, turning the car over. If you was me what would you do, just take the car and be happy that it is fixed, or sue him in small claims, it has not become the principal of the thing.
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• United States
10 Mar 12
See if you can get a Legal Aide Lawyer, they used to not cost anything. If all you lost was the car, I'd settle, but you lost more than that. The object of law in these cases is to render people hole. Like bills paid, lost wages, etc. Rich people do tend to get out of things, not all rich people, but some. That's how they stay rich, or so I'm told.
• United States
9 Mar 12
I am with everyone on this, apologies for the hell you have had to go through on this. There are so many wealthy people that try to get away with stuff like this. They think they are above the law. Given that you have been without a car, are fighting with the insurance company on everything, to be honest, you should take him to small claims court. You have a good case against this man. You should also get a hold of the local tv station or even take it to a national network that is in the biggest city near you. Let them know what this wealthy guy has been doing to you and your family. Point out that this probably hasn't been the first time that this has happened. How many others are out there that this guy has taken them for a ride. It really irritates me that there doesn't seem to be any concern for your grand daughter especially since she was in the car with the accident occurred. Even if she has a minor injury that should be taken care of by his insurance company not you or yours. I hope you can get everything taken care of. Good luck to you.
• United States
9 Mar 12
I wouldn't sue, as the stress of a long court battle will make you feel worse. It sounds like the insurance company doesn't know your granddaughter was in the car. I would try Amber's suggestion, as the news shows can get action quickly, as businesses don't want bad press on television.
• United States
9 Mar 12
I am just so sorry this has happened to you. First of all, do you have a local news TV station that does expose work? All three local stations where I live like to do stories about people getting swindled or treated unfairly. If you have something like that where you live, I'd definitely contact them and tell them what happened. I've seen people get shamed into doing the right thing simply because the local news station did the story. If you don't do that, unless he has caused me to spend money that I'm not getting back through insurance, I don't think I would sue him in small claims court. I know you're angry, and if you feel you have a good chance of winning and you won't lose out by having a lawyer charge you so much an hour, then go ahead, I'd love to see you win. But I worry the stress would do you more harm than trying to sue him would make you feel better.