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Sunday, while driving home from work, I got stuck behind a line of cars slowed down by two buses. Since roads are very sinuous and narrow in the mountains, buses really have to go slow (20km/h- m/h). At one point, the road separates in two distinct lanes: cars going down pass though a short narrow tunnel carved in the mountain side while cars going up swirl around it. The first bus got stuck in the tunnel, thus halting the whole procession of cars behind. Since no cars were coming up the road, two of the cars in front of me leave the line to pass in the other lane. I follow. I pass two cars when suddenly a van in the line jerks the wheel right in front of me without warning. I brake but I was too close; his rear left end hit my front of my right side. I'm just about to get out of the car when I realize that he just kept on going. HE DIDN'T EVEN STOP!!! I just couldn't believe it! How can somebody but so careless and so selfish? I could have been injured or in shock. I knew the damage was minor on my car and I didn't really care about that- a moment of inattention happens to everybody- and I could have pretty understanding about it, but to just drive away without taking responsibility for his mistake? That's just plain low. I was furious. I followed him for about 15 minutes honking like a crazy woman, flashing headlights and all, trying to make him stop. He never did. At that point I grabbed a pen in my handbag and wrote down his license plate on my hand.
I want to file a complaint for a hit and run. This person should not be allowed to get away with this. He needs to be discouraged to do it again. My dilemma is by doing so, I need to contact my insurance and no matter that he is in fault or not, I will have charges to pay and my license will go up next year. I do not have extra money to spare. This money will have to come out of my savings for my first beehives (I'm starting a new career as a beekeeper).
So, is this worth the fight or should I just let go?