I just wanted to vent about something that happened, and I don't really know of any means to do it other than blogging about it, haha.
About a month ago I was out looking at houses with Kelsey. At the end of the day I picked up Al and we dropped off K at my friend Ashley's house. As I was driving to the end of the road, a man on a bicycle suddenly rode in front of my car. He came from between two parked vehicles on the right side of the road so I had no way of knowing he was even waiting there. I hit the brakes hard, but they locked up and the car slid and the man's bike tire collided with the right corner of my bumper. He was uninjured, but his bike tire was bent and there was a hole in the bumper of my car. We exchanged insurance information, he was very apologetic saying "I'm so sorry, I thought that was the last car" (referring to the car that had been traveling in front of me) "I didn't see you guys coming at all". The thought had occurred to me that I should start recording the conversation on the phone, but he apologized over and over again for causing the accident and my stupid trusting side got the better of me. Another mistake we made was not calling the cops.
We had the insurance company come out a few days later to assess the damage to the car. They told us that we'd have to pay a $500 deductible to get it fixed (which we have to do because we are leasing the car). I was pretty mad at this point, that this guy had chosen not to look and just rode out into the street and now we're out $500 for his mistake, but with everything going on with Squee the past couple weeks, I really wasn't focusing on that anymore.
Yesterday I got a call from our insurance agent who informed me that the biker had called and filed a claim against me claiming I caused the accident. He bald faced lied and said that he saw us coming "from two blocks away" and thought he had time to get across the street but that I was speeding (I was driving somewhere between 20-25 MPH because Ashley's street is super narrow and you really can't speed on it, plus there was a car directly in front of me). His lie doesn't even make sense to me. How could I even hit him with the right corner or my bumper if I was coming from two blocks away? I'd have to be traveling at the speed of light for that to happen. The insurance agent said since there were no witnesses (other than Al who would be considered bias) that Multnomah County would likely side with the biker and if I didn't agree to pay for the damage to his bike, he would likely sue us and claim injury and that it was in my best interest to pay his claim.
I really have no say in this because I don't want to get sued. I wish so fucking much that I had recorded the conversation at the time of the accident. I am completely baffled at how someone is okay with flat out lying to get their way. I cannot even imaging causing an accident and then turning around and lying about it for money. I can be an asshole at times, but I would never ever do that.
So, I am very frustrated at the situation. I couldn't sleep last night because of it. I feel like there just really is no justice sometimes, and I really just don't understand why some people are such greedy assholes.