My question involves a traffic accident in the State of: CALIFORNIA
The scenario is this; I pulled out of a gas station into a clear lane. I was in the lane, but not completely straight yet (ending my turn into the lane). A lady cuts me off to make the turn, and the following damage occurs: The back off her car scrape the front right corner of mine, essentially pulling off the entire bumper, and shattering the headlight. I am a licensed, insured driver. I was in the lane before being hit. We pulled off in order to exchange insurance information, and she said the following, "I'm sorry, I didn't see you." I have several witnesses (friends accompanying me in other vehicles who also pulled over to ensure my safety) that insist they heard her make this claim, without me even asking. Although the damages to her vehicle are minor, I will need quite a bit of work on my car (a BMW, so repair is not cheap). Am I at fault for this collision, or is she? Is the damage enough to make a claim, or should I make a private settlement and pay for my own repairs?
As a summary,
>I was in a lane with no cars behind me, finishing my turn into the lane.
>She made a left lane change, cutting me off.
>This lane change caused a collision between the front right of my bumper and the back tire of her vehicle.
>She claimed she did not see me when making the lane change
>The event occurred at night; my headlights, her headlights, and several street lights were on