My question involves a traffic accident in the State of: California
I and two other people were loading a rented cargo van parked at the extreme left of the center aisle in a private parking garage (their condo parking structure) when it was struck by another resident who was backing out of his space on the right side of the aisle. I inspected and photographed the minor damage to the rented vehicle (his vehicle was undamaged).
We exchanged information, and did not call for the police. The other resident said he would pay for damages once I heard back from the rental company.
I received the damage invoice from the rental company a week later -- approximately $600 -- and contacted the individual, who said he was not willing to pay the full amount as, in his words, I was illegally parked and so some portion of the blame should assign to me.
This is a private parking structure in a private, gated (and guarded) community. The van was attended by three people at the time, with doors open, and we were not approached by the other individual at any time before the accident.
In the interest of civil relations between this individual and my parents, I am willing to pursue a private settlement; however, knowing how the law applies in this instance would assist me in determining what negotiating posture to assume -- or whether simply to request his insurance company's information and contact them instead.