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Second opinion] I need to sue the city because one of their police units totaled my car and they were off the job already and not in any pursuit I just don't know how to go about it

Lawyer's Assistant: What state are you in? It matters because laws vary by location.

NJ

Lawyer's Assistant: What steps have you taken so far?

None - i had to take it up with my insurance because i wound up needing a new car

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Not at the moment

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I am willing to wait. Can you just connect me with a lawyer that can handle/take this case?
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Lawyer: Loren, Attorney replied 3 months ago

If your insurance company paid out then the claim is now theirs to pursue under their subrogation rights. You have, presumably, been compensated for your loss and any recovery you would get from the police would go to the insurance company to repay them for any damages they already paid out.

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Customer reply replied 3 months ago
What if I had to buy a new car when my old one I no longer needed to make payments on and it was in really great condition since I barely drove it - the money I got back was not nearly the amount I could get for a good car again
Lawyer: Loren, Attorney replied 3 months ago

You would still have to first repay the insurance company whatever they paid you from any award.

The payments or lack of payments on the old car is not legally relevant. All that the court will be concerned with is the value of the vehicle at the time it was damaged.

Other than that, the police are liable for the damages if the officer was driving their car negligently.

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