Car totaled by police cruiser

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    Car totaled by police cruiser

    Hi, my car was hit and totaled by a police cruiser that didn't have its siren on and ran a red light. The police report states that the officer was at fault, not me. I need to submit my claim to the city and am wondering if I am able to claim damages besides the actual costs I incurred. This was very, very traumatic and I'd like to claim punitive damages. Is there any rule of thumb for this? And how do I word this in my claim? I've heard you should generally claim three times the actual damages.


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    Punitive damages are designed to punish a defendant so I don't think you are referring to the right type. However, you are able to sue for damages aside from the damage to the vehicle. I recommend consulting with a personal injury attorney, who may be able to take your case on a contingency fee.

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