I had a bike accident last year with a car coming from my right side (legally my fault) and had stupidly no insurance at that time.
All I remember at the time of the accident, is thinking that the car was going way too fast (had no way to prove that though), and that I was grateful that I was alive.
After looking at the scratches on his car, the driver and me made a verbal agreement: he will repair his car and send me a bill that I will pay from my pocket since I didn’t have any liability insurance at the time. I tried to be as honest as possible and told him straight away that I didn’t have any insurance and that I would definitively cover the costs myself, that he had absolutely no worries to have about this and he could trust me. I gave him every information he needed to be able to send me the bill directly. We were both grateful nothing more serious had happened, we apologized to each other, shook hands and left respectively happy about the agreement we had just made.
2 months later I received a letter from his lawyer, asking me to pay 6000 $ without any bill nor any cost calculation. Confused and surprised, I then went to his Spätkauf to have more information. He wasn’t there that day and so I spoke with his son who told me that if I wanted to see a bill I had to pay 5000 $ first. This seemed pretty strange to me, it felt like he was trying to make money out of the situation. It also seemed odd that I should pay 2000 $ to see a not yet existing bill. Not only didn’t he respect our first verbal agreement, but he engaged things to another level by involving a lawyer.
Scared and unable to defend myself alone, I ended up hiring my own lawyer. The last year has been about ongoing letters back and forth, before we ended up in court, because he put a complain against me, because he wants more money than I can offer.
The damages on his car are worth maximum around 6000 $, and this is what I have been trying to offer this whole time, but he is being super greedy, and wants to make money on me.
I am prasanta VK