Is there anything I can do so that I don’t have to pay so much for an accident in which I am partly at fault?

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Is there anything I can do so that I don’t have to pay so much for an accident in which I am partly at fault?

I’m being sued for $1,345 for bumping into a motorcycle that was illegally parked in the road. The motorcycle’s peg broke from falling over. That was it’s only damage. Since his motorcycle is the same height as my car’s trunk, and it was just a few feet away, I didn’t see it while backing up. I didn’t have insurance at the time and because my car was in motion I am at fault. I understand that I should pay some, yet if he wasn’t parked illegally none of this would have happened and I definitely don’t see why the cost is so high for just a peg. His motorcycle was drivable immediately afterwards.

Asked on February 7, 2017 under Accident Law, Mississippi

Answers:

S.L,. Member, California Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 4 years ago | Contributor

You can  try to negotiate a reduced amount, and settle the case; however, if the other party rejects that, you will be liable for the entire $1345.  Did the other party show you estimates from other repair shops or any estimate to verify the amount that is being claimed?
Without insurance, you are personally liable and the lawsuit will result in a monetary judgment against you.


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