Lian (not her real name) was a young international student living in Sydney.
She was riding her bicycle slowly uphill when she hit a stopped car. Due to the speed she was riding, she did not sustain any injuries or damage to her bike, but noticed that she had left a black smudge on the car. She left her phone number with the owner of the car, who had not seen the collision, to pay for repair work if necessary.
The owner of the car then contacted Lian and sent her an expensive quote for work that included damage that Lian believed she did not cause, such as dents to the side of the car. The owner was threatening to go to the police if Lian did not pay the full amount.
At this time Lian contacted RLC for advice. RLC was able to assist Lian to effectively negotiate with the owner to ensure she was only paying for the minimal damage she caused. The matter was resolved swiftly and Lian was very relieved when it was over.
Lian’s case shows that if you are involved in a car accident and the other party is holding you responsible for the damage, it’s a good idea to get legal advice to check that you’re only paying for the damage you caused.
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