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I, Marilyn Mattson, was in a car accident in Concord, Califo

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I, Marilyn , was in a car accident in Concord, California, on August 12, 2008 at 7:35 pm 9 (dusk). My 1994 Ford Probe was totaled in the accident. I was at fault. I was blinded by the sun in my eyes at sunset so that I did not see the red traffic signal above me.   Tow rrived immediately after a phone call using my AAA card. I signed the towing paperwork and told the driver I did not wish to store the vehicle and said it was a total loss. I went to the DMV and filed the Release of Liability Form and the car was removed from the records. Months later I received a letter from Credit Bureau Associates, P.O. Box 150, Fairfield, CA 94533, the collection company that I owed $3,700 in storage charges. I sent a letter to deny the charges to the towing company but it was never answered. I did move from so I believe letters to me possibly were lost in the mail. Is there any way I can get out of paying for the storage charges? Please advise me my rights.
Submitted: 7 years ago.
Category: Business Law
Expert:  Law Educator, Esq. replied 7 years ago.
If you notified them that you did not wish to have it stored and you filed your claim with your insurer, then you should do two things, one of which you already did (notify the towing company that you specifically told them you did not want it stored) and second you should notify your insurer and send them a copy of the bill and ask them to deal with it if you had comprehensive insurahce.

You may have an argument if you told them where to tow it, you cannot just tell them you do not want it stored and then give them no instructions as to what to do with the car. If once you filed all of the paperwork, you notified them where to dispose of it, then you could argue you are not liable. If you told them to tow it to your home, then you are not liable, but if you did not give them any instructions on what to do with the car, you may be liable to pay the bill.

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