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Cadillac DTS Forum - 2006 through 2012 Discussion, Please Help!! - Accident legal advice in Past Cadillac Vehicle Discussion; 2 months ago, i rear ended a cadillac deville (DTS) at a semi-low speed causing minimal damage (a scratch to ...
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    2 months ago, i rear ended a cadillac deville (DTS) at a semi-low speed causing minimal damage (a scratch to the bumper) and today i got a call from my insurance saying that hes coming after me because his transmission case is cracked. is this even possible? we both werent going very fast and other than the scratch there was no visual damage

    2 months ago i rear ended a DTS at a pretty low speed (15-20) while he was almost at a complete stop anticipating traffic about a 1/4 mile ahead on the freeway (he was elderly). Anyways all that happened was me leaving a scratch on the bumper nothing to mine, so we both dropped it and thought nothing of it. NOW today i get a call from my insurance saying he went in for an oil change and they found that his transmission case was cracked and hes trying to come after me for it. is this possible? where is the case located under the car? i really need all the help i can get so i can fight this because i dont believe i was able to even do that especially when i wasnt even driving at a high speed. Thanks in advance

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    Re: Please Help!!

    The transmission case is located at the front of the car.
    The DTS is a front wheel drive car.
    If his bumper was only scratched... I don't believe it would be possible for a very low impact bump on the rear of the car to damage the transmission case which is attached to the FRONT WHEELS.

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    Re: Please Help!!

    this is what me and my dad are thinking, so my chances of the insurance fighting the claim are good?

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    Re: Please Help!!

    Quote Originally Posted by dagg View Post
    this is what me and my dad are thinking, so my chances of the insurance fighting the claim are good?
    I would think so...
    Go to a Cadillac dealer or to a reputable independent garage and ask for opinions.
    If you car has not been repaired, show them your car and ask their opinion.

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    will do. thanks you really calmed me down lol
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    Quote Originally Posted by dagg View Post
    will do. thanks you really calmed me down lol
    One other thing...
    Take your car to "YOUR" insurance agent.
    Have him look at it and take pictures of it, to bolster your assertion that you DID NOT cause the damage they you are being accused of.
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    Re: Please Help!!

    ^^^ You hit him from behind, anything is possible, your insurance company will probably pay his claim and up your premiums.

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    Re: Please Help!!

    Merged with your duplicate post in DTS. Please do not post duplicate threads.

    You hit the other car from behind. Your fault from the get-go. If the insurance companies battle it out, I have no doubt that you'll come out on the short end of the stick. Speed is not a factor when you rear-end another car. Sad fact.

    The insurance fight scenario ?? The Deville driver had his foot on the brake. You hit him and caused exceptional stress on the front axles and drivetrain. There's a discussion between agents. You pay and up go your premiums.
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    At 15-20 MPH, there would have been much more than just a scratch on the bumper. If that's all the damage there is, you were doing less than 10 MPH.

    Either way, absolutely nothing to do with a cracked transaxle.

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    Re: Please Help!!

    I think the shop he took it in for an oil change may be scamming him. He may only have a seal or gasket leaking.
    If the insurance is only going for the Trans and not body work to the rear of his car it means there was no damage to the back of his car.
    I would ask your insurance to have his Trans to be check out.

    Like others have said you rear ended him and you’re at fault

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    It's your insurance company's call whatever happens. That's what your premium pays for. You have the accident, they clean up after you.
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    Re: Please Help!! - Accident legal advice

    To me, 15-20 MPH is not a slow speed and you don't leave a scratch at this speed; it has to be slower than you mentioned. My experience has been that you almost always leave more than a scratch @ 15-20 MPH with the plastic bumper skins on the modern cars.

    Couple of moths ago we were visiting a friend who lives in a gated subdivision. We left their house early evening and as we were crossing the subdivision gate a couple in the front vehicle stopped all of a sudden. I stepped on the brakes and slowed down to a crawling speed (less than 5 MPH) and I barely touched his vehicle's rear bumper. The driver from the front car came out and started yelling at me & told me that I was following too close. I came out and I didn't see any apparent damage to his car. He immediately called the police and the police gave me a citation by telling me that I was following too close. I ended up paying $95.00 fine. Later I was informed by my insurance company that the other party had filled a claim for damages to their vehicle. My agent told me that the other party's bumper skin has to be has to be repaired/replaced.

    The moral of the story is: you don't win the rear-end bumping event no matter how small.

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    Re: Please Help!! - Accident legal advice

    the only good legal advice you will ever get on an internet forum is "talk to a lawyer"..

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    Re: Please Help!! - Accident legal advice

    Quote Originally Posted by jazoo View Post
    To me, 15-20 MPH is not a slow speed and you don't leave a scratch at this speed; it has to be slower than you mentioned. My experience has been that you almost always leave more than a scratch @ 15-20 MPH with the plastic bumper skins on the modern cars.

    Couple of moths ago we were visiting a friend who lives in a gated subdivision. We left their house early evening and as we were crossing the subdivision gate a couple in the front vehicle stopped all of a sudden. I stepped on the brakes and slowed down to a crawling speed (less than 5 MPH) and I barely touched his vehicle's rear bumper. The driver from the front car came out and started yelling at me & told me that I was following too close. I came out and I didn't see any apparent damage to his car. He immediately called the police and the police gave me a citation by telling me that I was following too close. I ended up paying $95.00 fine. Later I was informed by my insurance company that the other party had filled a claim for damages to their vehicle. My agent told me that the other party's bumper skin has to be has to be repaired/replaced.

    The moral of the story is: you don't win the rear-end bumping event no matter how small
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    Re: Please Help!! - Accident legal advice

    To the op,
    I did not read any of these question answered.
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    Was a police report filed?
    Were pictures taken immediately after the accident?
    Was there any written or recorded statements?

    No police report, no pictures, nothing recorded, = no case

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