Peter N. Munsing's answer You might, but generally the courts say that the person is only liable for the damage they caused --i.e. the value of the vehicle.
In this case if it had a new engine you can argue to your insurance that they should increase the offer because your car has been improved. You buy a car with 100,000 and a new engine you should get more value than just the value of a car with 100k. The brakes are iffy. Generally that's a "routine maintenance" item. Best bet--cut your best deal with the...
Robert D. Kreisman's answer The first issue is whether the injured party is of sound mind and memory and/or has the capacity to sign a POA. If the injured person hires an attorney, then that attorney would be empowered by the attorney-client contract in most instances to handle most of the issues you raise excepting the decisions on health care. I believe that a POA for health care signed in another state or jurisdiction would likely be honored in another state. By all means check with an attorney in your area who...
Peter N. Munsing's answer If there's an intersection or other video that shows it maybe. As things stand no--because the fact it happened almost instantaneously means that in all liklihood you didn't take that last look in the mirror--otherwise you would have seen the car. It's one of those "objects in the mirror are closer than they appear" moments.
Peter N. Munsing's answer I've been successful in getting compensation from the owner's insurance. If you have collision let your company handle it and go after the owner. If you were injured, then contact a member of the Colo. Assn for Justice. They give free consults.
Peter N. Munsing's answer First, talk to your agent. Generally, in a wreck, only the driver can be sued. In some states jointly held property can't be gotten if someone were to win. Unless the person is totaled, the plaintiff will settle for less than $500,000 unless they are a 30 year old skilled laborer and have multiple fractures. If you can afford the umbrella, then sounds like that may be worth the peace of mind you wish.
Peter N. Munsing's answer Find a nearby area where you can pulloff and wait. It'd be ok to wait with flashers on if you were going to offload in a couple of minutes--if you are sitting there longer the law would say, couldn't you sit somewhere else?
Peter N. Munsing's answer If you were hurt in a wreck contact a member of the Colorado Justice Assn--they give free consults, will represent you on the basis they only get paid when they get money for you.
Peter N. Munsing's answer Plead not guilty if you haven't done that. Get pictures of your car if relevant. Get a copy of the police report. figure out where you entered, approximately when you were sidesiped, how far you traveled once you were in the lane (when you say center do you mean it was 3 travel lanes? If not, you call it the right travel lane.
Peter N. Munsing's answer Seems it would make sense to go back, put a note on the windshield or at least change the tire now. If they have a sign warning you not to park, you'd better believe it can be towed.
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