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Advice needed... Law enforcement opinion - August 8, 2009, 08:50 PM

So my wife and I walk out of Tyson's Corner mall and head to our car after watching a movie. I notice that their is a note at the driver side door handle. States that they hit our car and gives a name, number make/model of car and their plate number but fails to mention insurance info.

Before I go any further the car was still parked next to ours but it wasn't even in a parking spot. So he hit our car to park illegally.

I've called the number twice and have left messages and my wife has also called once and left a message. The phone appears to go straight to voicemail and we have not had a return call. My question is if this guy doesn't respond what are our options. Would this be considered a hit and run? I'm not even sure that the name or number given was real however the car description and plate number were a match. Our car isn't badly damaged but it's almost brand new.

Note was from a witness, not from the person who hit our car.

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August 8, 2009, 09:01 PM

A lot of jurisdictions depend on how bad the damage is. If the damage is minor, they can say that they didnt know they hit your car. The big problem is that you are suppsoed to reort a hit and run as soon as it happened.

I think you may be screwed. You might have to bite this one. Once you move a car..your prettty much done. But, the note might save you. Eh - call you rinsurance company and see if they are willing to run the insurance info without putting in a claim. Probably not though.


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August 8, 2009, 09:08 PM

The damage is very minor and we have to wait till monday to talk to our insurance company. Hopefully the guy will call us back.
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August 8, 2009, 09:35 PM

Maybe they are in the movie and turned their phone off while they're watching the movie. Just a thought.
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Also, did you see damage on the car that was next to you from where they hit you?
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August 8, 2009, 09:37 PM

If I can offer any advice from the insurance side of things it's this:

You said the damage was minimal, correct? Get an estimate from a body shop and tell them you are paying out of pocket. If the cost is close to your deductible, don't report it. A few $100 out of your pocket now can save you a lot down the road. Even though you are not at fault, insurance will still see it as an occurrence.


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August 8, 2009, 11:27 PM

I wouldn't think someone would leave a note and then not answer. They could've easily just driven away/parked somewhere else. Just try again tomorrow afternoon.


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August 8, 2009, 11:33 PM

I hope you took pics. Of your car, the other car, etc. On a different note, I would give them till tomorrow afternoon. Then, call and leave one more VM stating that if I didn't get a call back, the police would be called. However, if it was in a parking lot it is private property and most times police will not get involved if it is minor. BTW, can you be sure that the car next to you was the one that did the damage?
Regardless, I would at least call the police if they are not forthcoming. Sorry to hear about this, man.


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Did you call the police to get accident report? In Florida and old lady pulled in to a spot and hit my ex wife's car while she was inside at a doctors appointment. The old lady pulled into the spot next to the exs car and went inside. When we came out and saw the damage we called the police. He could clearly see the silver paint from my exs car on the old ladies car. He got her name and info from her plate and had her paged in the hospital. The old lady came out and said she did not know she hit the car. The cop wrote her a ticket for the accident. got her info and gave her a citation to report to the DMV and retake the eye exam.
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I would of called the cop right away.
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I just reread the note and it's from a witness and not from the person who hit my car. It makes sense now. So now I think I am really screwed cause all I have is the make/model and license plate number. And yes I know it was the car next to me cause paint was transfered and it had damage too. Now I really want to find this a-hole. Carnage what info can you find out with a plate number
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I just reread the note and it's from a witness and not from the person who hit my car. It makes sense now. So now I think I am really screwed cause all I have is the make/model and license plate number. And yes I know it was the car next to me cause paint was transfered and it had damage too. Now I really want to find this a-hole. Carnage what info can you find out with a plate number
If you have a witness and a plate number, call the police and file an accident report if you want the other guy to catch crap.

I would get an estimate on the damage and compare that to your deductible first though.

If you file the report, you'll have an accident on file. Not-at-fault accidents are worse than no accidents. Also, if you make a claim, you have the accident and the claim on file. Expect your premiums to increase.

You gotta weigh the options. Sometimes you'll screw yourself more, for trying to screw the other guy.


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I just reread the note and it's from a witness and not from the person who hit my car. It makes sense now. So now I think I am really screwed cause all I have is the make/model and license plate number. And yes I know it was the car next to me cause paint was transfered and it had damage too. Now I really want to find this a-hole. Carnage what info can you find out with a plate number
Nope you are not screw yet.
During a 30 minute work lunch my wife and I witness a dim wit driver pull this same stunt. She hit the other car pulling in to a spot in a private shopping center.

She then pulled back out and parked a few spots down. I got her vehicle description, plate number, driver description, time and date it happened and left all of this info and my contact info for the hit vehicle.

Just as I was heading back to work I spotted the guy who owned the other vehicle as he was leaving. I told him to call police before even starting the car up, give them all this info and my wife and I would gladly show up in court as a witness.

Guess what. Dip shit driver denied hitting the dudes car. Police got her insurance info, etc after a visit to her house.
I think she finally admitted to her insurance or her insurance decided to pay up without any court procedings.

That dude sent me an xmas card twice, each time with $100 bucks. I told him it's appreciated but he does not have to.

Told him just to do the same as I did and take a few minutes to help some one else if they ever need help.
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August 9, 2009, 11:23 AM

My wife is filling a report with the police. They will go to the persons house and see if they acknowledge hitting the car. If they do then police will charge them if not then they'll at least get their insurance info for us.
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Did the witness leave a phone number to call him/her back? The cops wont usually take a report from a place that it didnt happen. If you have the number of the witness - your good.


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