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Good afternoon. I certainly understand your situation and concern. In order to recover, you are going to have to show that the other driver was at fault. The burden would be on you, to show that the other driver was negligent and failed to use proper care, in the operation of her vehicle, which resulted in the accident and caused damaged to your car. You will want to bring in any evidence which you have to support this. Evidence can be photos, videos, witnesses and testimony, to show that she was at fault. Of course, since a citation
was issued, her attorney is likely going to try and show that the accident was a result of your improper lane change but it is important to remember, that the officer arrived after the fact and did not witness this, so he can hot testify as to what happened, since he did not witness it. As such, it will be your word and evidence against her. In addition, you will need to show the Judge proof and the actual cost of repairs/damage, so bring in with you the estimate which you received, showing that it would cost $5,000.
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