Offer to Pay for DamagesWhen you talk with the owner, offer to pay for the damages. You can work out a plan later with your child to repay you. If the damage is relatively minor, such as a small scratch or dent, a broken window, or a displaced side mirror, you could offer to pay for the damages out-of-pocket. Ask the owner to get several written estimates, and tell him you will pay the lowest or an average of the estimates. Once the amount is agreed upon, give the car's owner a check, along with a signed, written letter. It should include a description of the incident and damages, the amount paid, and another sincere apology for the accident. Ask the car's owner to sign the letter signifying their acceptance of the payment, and keep a copy of the letter for your records. If the damage is more than you can afford to pay out-of-pocket, check your homeowner's insurance to see if this sort of damage is covered. Although the car's owner likely will not want to file a claim against his car insurance policy for minor damage and risk an increase in his premium, it is possible, and you could offer to pay his deductible. His insurance company may also attempt to collect payment from you for the damages they covered, called subrogation.
Contact Dolman Law Group Accident Injury Lawyers, PAIn the event that the damage to the parked car is major, your child may also have suffered injuries from the accident. It would be prudent to discuss your case with an attorney who is experienced dealing with car-bicycle collisions as well as insurance companies. The team at Dolman Law Group Accident Injury Lawyers, PA can investigate the incident and determine whether the accident could have been caused by a mechanical malfunction of the bicycle, or whether illegal parking could have contributed to the accident. Call today to speak with a member of the Dolman Law Group Accident Injury Lawyers, PA at 727-451-6900. Dolman Law Group Accident Injury Lawyers, PA 800 North Belcher Road Clearwater, FL 33765 727-451-6900 https://www.dolmanlaw.com/practice-area/bicycle-accidents/
*The above information was written and reviewed by either Attorney Matthew Dolman or another injury lawyer at the Dolman Law Group Accident Injury Lawyers, PA which has a combined 90 plus years of experience practicing Florida personal injury law. Matthew Dolman himself has been practicing personal injury law in Clearwater and St. Petersburg for the last fifteen (15) years. The information provided comes from extensive research and years of experience trying legal cases in courtrooms throughout Florida.