Really hoping you guys can help me as i'm in a bit of a terrible position. Almost 12 months ago my car was parked out the front of my house when it was smashed into and written off by an underage, unlicenced drunk driver. My insurance had lapsed and my car insurance company had refused to assist with the matter. The at fault driver's insurance would also not cover this as the drivers insurance was voided ( DUI). After assisting the police with the criminal aspects of the case (statements etc.) they advised me they aren't pursuing my civil claim. I've been told by some that I need a lawyer which I am not sure I can afford. The car was valued as AU$15,000 - do I have any recourse for pursuing this further? Is it advisable to represent myself in small claims court?