Should I authorize release of my car damage pictures to the other party so they are satisfied and can move on or does that leave me vulnerable in some respect?

I was recently in a car accident where I was pulling forward as someone was moving backwards at a slow rate of speed, neither of us going faster than 3-5 mph. After evaluation of the damages, both of our insurance companies decided this was a no-fault accident. The father of the individual who was involved is refusing to accept this claim as his daughter claimed more damage to her car from the accident. However, the insurance companies found that her damage could not have been caused by our collision. He now wants pictures of my

car because he can’t come to grips that his daughter may be withholding the entire truth. My insurance company said that it is my decision but that he said he wanted piece of mind. There is only a slight scratch on my car, which would prove that her extensive damage that she is claiming is not from our accident, however from another accident that she had at another time.

Asked on April 26, 2016 under Accident Law, Texas

Answers:

SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 4 years ago | Contributor

There is likely no harm from releasing the pictures, since if this matter cannot be settled and litigation ensues (regardless of who sues whom), the pictures will come to light in that context--i.e., if you *need* to use them for any reason, they'll come out, so may as well share them now if it will help resolve the matter.


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