Washington, DC asked in Personal Injury and Car Accidents for District of Columbia

Q: Stigma Damages


I was involved in an accident on December 20th 2015, and there were over $7000.00 worth of damages’ done to my car. I was told by the other driver’s (who was at fault) insurance company that there is no law in DC that will require them to pay the depreciation value claim I submitted. Is this to be true?

1 Lawyer Answer
Peter N. Munsing
Peter N. Munsing
  • Personal Injury Lawyer
  • Wyomissing, PA
  • Licensed in District of Columbia

A: Check with your policy. If it has it use that and let them go after the driver.Depreciation is a new concept related to the availability of Carfax. Generally, you don't get depreciation. You can check with the insurance commissioner for DC or wherever it happened.Usually you only get the book value/used car resale value. Now you may claim there that the resale value should be lower because the cars they use assume a clean history.

7000 damages you would want to talk to an attorney about your injuries, so discuss that when you get a free consult from a meber of the Trial Lawyers Association of Metro DC

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