I was riding a 2002 Yamaha Majesty 250 scooter with ~55000 Km on the clock. Last week I was hit from behind by a drunk driver and was hospitalized. The accident: At about 10pm that day, I was riding along Kissing point road towards Paramatta. I moved to a right turn lane and stopped to wait for traffic in the opposite lanes to clear up for my right turn to Sturt street. Glanced the mirror, seems a car was approaching fast from behind....... Then I was lying on the road looking up the sky, people seems to gather around me. A guy was crying saying he was really sorry and told other people he just moved into the lane and suddenly saw me in front and hit me. I can move my arms but cannot get up or move my legs. Strangely I was feeling kind of clam (or may be confused). Ambulance came I was sent to Westmead hospital. In the ambulance I was able to press my feet against the paramedic but still cannot get up or move my leg. In the hospital I got some X-rays taken and luckily there was no damage to pelvis / spine / neck. After a few hours of lying still I can finally move again and was sent home at about 2am. A nurse even gave me biscuits and apple juice when I told her I have not had my dinner yet. Thanks to the paramedics, doctors and nurses for your care and treatment. In the hospital the police took my statement and told me that they are going to charge the driver who hit me with drunk driving and negligent driving. I was told I was hit by a car travelling at 30-40 Km/Hr. The next few days I suffered from body ache and stiff neck so I just keep resting on my bed. I am now basically fine with the help of pain killers except that I still suffer from sprained knee and cannot walk properly. When I think about the accident again, I keep wondering if I could avoid it had I moved forward and allow more time for that driver to stop. It seemed when I saw the car in the mirror I assumed it would stop and make a wrong judgement about its speed and distance. Or maybe its just too fast for me to react? Post accident: I just got my scooter back from the tower today and paid a hefty $420 for towing and storage fee. The scooter seems to be trashed: Broken indicator, mirror; Damaged and scratched front, back and side fairing; Damaged seat and under seat storage compartment; Damaged instrument penal; Damaged exhaust pipe cover; Flat rear tyre; Oil filter broken off from the engine; Electric problem and engine wont start. I am now in the process of trying to get property damage compensation from the driver. I do not have property damage insurance and I believe the other driver was no insured for property damage too. I know that I need to write a letter of demand to the driver for compensation. I was told that I need to get several repair quotes for the scooter. And here are my questions: A) Is there any reputable repairer near the Eastwood / Paramatta area besides Bikebiz and Action? Is it possible to ask a repairer to come to my home for a smash repair quote? And how much would it cost? C) Will it affect my claim if I sold my scooter to a bike wrecker after I got the repair quotes and documented the damages by camera? D) If I sold my scooter to a wrecker, what is the most appropriate amount I can claim from the driver? 1) Lowest repair quote minus wreck sold price 2) Redbook value minus wreck sold price 3) Some other value? E) If I want to sell my scooter to a bike wrecker, how much can I expect to get and would I be able to get more if I sell it to a specialized scooter wrecker? Is there any good wrecker near the aforementioned area? F) I know I can get compensation for towing cost and riding gear, my Shark helmet purchased 1 year ago at $330 was damaged, how to determine the reasonable amount for replacing the helmet? G) How can I get a proper red book value for my scooter? I found a price range of $3,650 - $4,500 from bikesales website. This is my first accident after I started riding for a year. I feel really lucky that I was not seriously hurt. But it would be very difficult for me to convince my girlfriend to let me ride again and I learnt that I MUST get property insurance if I was ever going to ride again. Thanks for reading my long post. Any advice and suggestions are most welcomed.