Leaving the Scene of an Accident

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    Apr 25, 2012 10:34 PM GMT
    So, a few days a go on my way home from work at about 12:30am sunday morning (Saturday night) I was in a car accident. Luckily I am alright, and my truck is still drivable, it could have been a lot worse.

    I taking my usual route home when I was going to make my usual left turn onto the bridge that takes me to my boro of NYC. the car in the lane to the left of me was in the left turn only lane, so he was supposed to turn left as well. At some point he must have changed his mind and went straight, maybe he though I had passed, but he ended up clipping the rear driver's side of my truck sending me skidding into the intersection leading to the bridge. He hit me had enough to do a good amount of damage and there is no way he didn't know that he hit me. I stopped and turned around looking for the other vehicle and it was nowhere to be found. The other driver had gone straight and took off toward the highway. I was upset about the accident, but felt even more anger and resentment that whoever it was they didn't have the respect to at least stick around.

    So question...has this ever happened to you? Have you ever left the scene of an accident?

    And yes I know I'm assuming it was a guy, there really is no way for me to know the sex of the driver.
  • commoncoll

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    Apr 25, 2012 10:36 PM GMT
    It is a criminal act to leave the scene of an accident you were involved in, even if it was not your fault. Somebody clipped my car in a parking lot and left a pretty large bump in it; thankfully another customer wrote the color and license plate number and left in on my windshield.

    What did you do? Did you file a police case report for insurance?
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    Apr 25, 2012 10:40 PM GMT
    I called and made a police report. But it happened so fast and they fled off behind me, so I have a vague description and no plate. The cameras in that intersection are not very good, so very little chance this person will ever be caught.

    It's a criminal act here too, but with so little to go on, this person will get away with it sadly.
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    Apr 25, 2012 11:03 PM GMT
    First of all, Iet me just say that I'm glad you're all right. You're very fortunate that it wasn't a lot worse.

    As for your question, I have been in an accident, caused by the other driver, but they just ignored it and continued driving. It wasn't severe like in your case. The elderly woman was trying to turn into the shopping center and she bumped into my car twice and left some scratches. She acted as if nothing happened and proceeded into the shopping center. I just let it be. I was trying to get to work, and without looking at the impact, I knew the damage done would be minimal.
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    Apr 26, 2012 12:03 AM GMT
    Glad your safe. I knew someone who was walking along the edge of a road and was hit by a cab - the cab didn't stop.
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    Apr 26, 2012 12:33 AM GMT
    cold saidGlad your safe. I knew someone who was walking along the edge of a road and was hit by a cab - the cab didn't stop.


    Doesn't surprise me. I live in a tourist town and the cab drivers here are the most discourteous people on the road.
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    Apr 26, 2012 12:57 AM GMT
    It has happened to me twice. The last time, I called the police to file a report, but they didn't seem too concerned about it.

    I've also had my parked vehicles damaged many times over the years, usually in parallel parking situations. The most exasperating was in grad school - for our new lab building, they marked out a (perpendicular) motorcycle parking area right by the back entrance icon_biggrin.gif But immediately next to a parallel parking area for a sorority icon_sad.gif You wouldn't believe how many times that some bimbo domino-ed over all the motorcycles and just drove away. icon_evil.gif
    Or maybe you would. I usually discovered it at 2 a.m. when I crawled out of the lab and wanted to go sleep for a few hours.
  • Jonno11

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    Apr 26, 2012 1:08 AM GMT
    I was hit and ran in a parking lot one night. The guy was drunk and fleeing after assaulting a bouncer at a bar. He nailed my truck when he backed out of his stall and did $3600 in damage to it. Luckily it was drivable, and the bouncer got the vehicle plate, and even managed to find the guy on facebook. The police were involved but because he was drunk, didnt have a license and the vehicle wasnt his, it took 6 months to get the truck repaired and all the insurance headaches sorted out. I refused to pay for the truck to be repaired because the insurance company likely would have dropped the issue once they had my money.
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    Apr 26, 2012 2:11 AM GMT
    yes...about 15 years ago driving to my sisters house for Easter, I was stopped at a stop sign waiting to make a left. A guy made a left onto my road from the road I was waiting to get on..well he made a left alright...except he kept turning the wheel and made that left right into my rear drivers side denting it in pretty bad....but he never stopped, he just kept going...I was like wtf...this was before cell phones, I just drove down to the police station, they ended up catching the guy as other people had reported a car driving erratically. It turns out the guy was piss drunk.....he has a BAC of .22 which is off the charts. I still can see the guys blank face right now as he hit into me. I am lucky he didnt hit the front of my car or was going at full speed.
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    Apr 26, 2012 2:14 AM GMT
    People have cars in NYC???

    Joking aside I'm sorry this happened to you.
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    Apr 26, 2012 3:22 AM GMT
    My car was parked along a street in a good, safe neighborhood. I was in that neighborhood visiting someone and didn't hear the crash, but when I went to leave, I found the back of my car smashed in. Nobody was there, but I saw a gardener working across the street and ran over to see if by chance he'd seen anything. Turns out he not only saw, but got a license number - - and told me the car that slammed into my parked car just limped away and turned into a garage at a home about a block away. I went there right away (garage door was closed, but I could see Prestone that had poured out of the damaged radiator all the way). I knocked at the door and it was opened by the city police chief's wife. The bitch had done this 'hit & run' and tried to hurry home and hoped to get away with her crime. Suffice it to say I got my car fixed, and insisted the whole car be thoroughly repaired, and completely repainted at the best place I could find. The police chief and his wife quietly paid the bill. I gave a grateful reward to the gardener who had helped me find the bitch. What is it with this kind of person - - - who will do nearly $7,000. in damages and then leave - - - hoping to stick me with the bill for the repairs? Hit & run artists should be dealt with severely. I'm sorry I didn't report this to the local D.A.
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    Apr 26, 2012 3:37 AM GMT
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    cold saidGlad your safe. I knew someone who was walking along the edge of a road and was hit by a cab - the cab didn't stop.


    Doesn't surprise me. I live in a tourist town and the cab drivers here are the most discourteous people on the road.


    dear god almighty the most terrifying experience of my life was being thrown about the back seat of a minivan cab on Loyola when i was a kid.


    Joking aside though, i've been in several accidents owing to the small nature of the cars i've owned. Never my fault. I've had the good fortune of the other driver stopping all but one time and unless I have pressing matters to which I must attend I will always stop and provide witness to any accidents I encounter (its happened, many times).

    The time the other "driver" left the scene involved me in my Roadster and a pack of drunk Tulane brats swarming around me at a red light. One of them t-boned my fender and went flying flat across my hood/bonnet and then ran off when i told him I was calling the cops. Left a fair-sized crease in the aluminum too, bastard.
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    Apr 26, 2012 9:19 AM GMT
    From what I've read from the posts seems there might be a good chance the other driver was DUI, it as a saturday night and relatively early. Who knows. I am also glad that I am alright and I should be grateful for that.
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    Apr 26, 2012 9:35 AM GMT
    wallcrawler83 said.... I stopped and turned around looking for the other vehicle and it was nowhere to be found....


    Ghost Car!

    http://youtu.be/9QNDycDirxA

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    Apr 26, 2012 9:51 AM GMT
    I had a 72 Chevy Nova.. my first car, ever. My baby. Was parallel parked at home, on a quiet street, while taking a nap the neighbors backed out of the driveway and right into my car, ruining the back left half. I knew their son. He did heroine with my now ex boyfriend. It was a shame I couldn't prove it, but it's an even bigger shame they didn't admit it to me. Those older cars are MUCH cheaper to fix than modern ones. It wouldn't have even been that bad for them. :/

    I've managed to hit two cars in my day. Both times while parking/unparking. Both times I left HUUUUGE notes about how sorry I was, and always gave my info. Both times, the owners of the car told me not to worry about it. The damage really was non-existant, anyways.. but they were just happy that someone had left a note.
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    Apr 26, 2012 10:03 AM GMT
    You think that's bad... I've had patients hit by cars and the driver sped off without even seeing if they were alive.

    Unfortunately, not everyone makes the right decision in these moments.
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    Apr 26, 2012 4:11 PM GMT
    Adam228 saidYou think that's bad... I've had patients hit by cars and the driver sped off without even seeing if they were alive.

    Unfortunately, not everyone makes the right decision in these moments.


    In my job I've seen my share of hit and runs as well. It's a shame, but like most things we have the mentality that it could never happen to me.
  • HndsmKansan

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    Apr 26, 2012 4:16 PM GMT
    Absolutely not.. if you are in an accident, it's more than just about acceptance of reponsibility, it is the law. If it can be shown the other driver took off, you certainly can have him or her fined. Pretty sad and I can understand why you'd be angry. Glad you aren't hurt.