I have had a rear end collision which has bent the rear axel/suspension.
Now my insurance estimator tells me that there is no way this occurred
during the accident. I know this can not be true as it was not bent
before the accident.
If anyone can tell me how these components of the suspension work
or give a good reasoned argument to help 'prove'/show that the suspension
can be bent from a rear end collision, I would be mucho greatful.
First the accident:
Bozo in front slams on brakes for lorry pulling out into adjacent lane,
but not her lane, aggrrrrrrr. I slam on brakes, come to a screeching halt
inches behind her. Bozo #2 rear ends my Audi Coupe GT(FWD) with such force
to bend rear bumber+car frame, also pushes my car into one in front,
breaking front headlight.
My car was hit only on the right(passenger) side at the rear.
I think I had my brakes on when I was hit from behind.
The spring of the suspension for the rear right wheel had moved forward
and left an impression in the mud in the wheel well/mud cover.
The suspension damage:
There is a thick axel that connects the two wheels, this had no
apparent damage. There is also a 'stabiliser?', a diagonal bar
(much smaller than axel with a 'U' shape cross section) connected to
the wheel/axel 'joint' at one side and the frame of the car on the other
side. This bar was visibly bent. This bar was to be replaced. When it
was being replaced, during wheel alignment it was discovered that the axel
was also bent.
Now the insurance man contends that the axel, (and now the 'stabiliser bar
as well) could not have been possibly damaged in a rear end collision.
Any reasonable arguments to help my case?