How much does a crash analysis cost?

A woman hit my car with hers; she backed in to me. I had to pay $1000 deductible. I now find out that she claims that she was stopped and I hit her. I have pictures that show all the damages and a picture that shows her in the wrong lane and matching up perfectly to my dent. The parking lot may have video of the hit. Is it worth getting a subpoena to get the video? How about crash analysis to take her to small claims court. Really mad that she thinks she can lie and get away with it. How much does crash analysis cost? Is it worth it?

Asked on September 16, 2011 under Accident Law, California


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Answered 9 years ago | Contributor

The cost for a crash analysis depends upon the type of crash that needs to be analyzed and depends upon the speed of the automobiles, review of the police report, simulated reconstruction of the accident, the hourly rate of the expert and all assistants, the analysis and the preparation of the ultimate report from the data collected.

In all likelihood the costs from what you have written about for an expert to come up with a final analysis minimum would be in the range of $1,500.00 to $2,500.00 for a bare bones analysis in my opinion based upon the costs that I have seen from matters that I have been involved in.

If you paid a $1,000 deductible to get your vehicle fixed, the estimated costs for the analysis that you want does not make economic sense since it exceeds your out of pocket costs for your vehicle's repair.

Good luck.

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