My question involves a traffic accident in the State of: California
I read through the threads that when backing out of a parking spot that it can 50/50 in fault. My situation is that I did just back out of a spot and going slightly forward when I was hit. I was hit in the rear passenger side quarter panel, all damage is totally on the side of the car. The other car hit me straight on with the back of their bumper backing out. Pictures show a streak across my car where we scraped since I went forward and a picture shows his bumper with my paint scrap across it, about 2 feet wide in the middle of the bumper.
Another note, the other person semi-admitted fault, to the point that they did not take my insurance info at all but I was able to get his. He is an older gentlemen and I just want my car fixed, so he asked for a estimate which I did the same day and gave him 7 days to pay.
If this does go to insurance, what are people's thoughts, since this was a parking lot accident, would it be easier to let it go. Should I just report this immediately to insurance or give him a chance to pay? I do have pictures of him next to his car and both of us next to our cars, so it's not like he can deny he was there or it didn't happen etc, like a previous post.