I Do This For The Glory
Join Date: Dec 1999
Location: Nobleboro, Maine
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Re: 2 seconds cont.
I would go get an affidavit (signed statement before an official, it's the only thing believeable in court or to a lawyer) from EVERYONE there, even if they "didn't see much" or "were on your side". Then I would go back to the site of the slidmarks and measure them, take tons of pictures, and bring a credible witness to veryify the fact that you took the pictures and did not alter the evidence. If the local yokles didn't do it, they'll downplay the whole incident like it's no big deal. It'd be better if the guy going with you is a cop, just for his credibility. Otherwise they'll try to rely on statements from the original officer, who'll just say, "well, I dunno how far it was, but they weren't very long". Your pictures will come into play as well, make sure you keep them safe, and keep the original negatives if you used a standard camera. Documentation is going to be the key here, I can see it coming from a mile away, and have seen too many of these accidents screw people over.
Time is of the essence here, the longer you wait, the less credible your evidence becomes, and the more your case goes out the window.
They'll try to offer a settlement, don't take the first one, let them know you're going to pursue this to the end and they'll up the amount. Also don't settle unless it's fair to you. YOU were the one wronged in all this, the key phrase to remember is, "How much is it worth for you to go through this again in the future", that's the amount you're shooting for.
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