What do you do when you hit a parked car?
Here's what to do if you hit a parked car
- Stay-It's the law. Leaving the scene of an accident is against the law in every state and can be considered a hit and run.
- If no one arrives, leave a note. Keep it simple.
- Take photos.
- Look for witnesses.
- Call your insurance company.
Felony hit and run is defined by most states as leaving the scene of an accident where there is any type of injury to a person, whether the injured person is a pedestrian or an occupant of a vehicle. Remember, a hit and run might be classified as a misdemeanor instead of a felony.
- For example, in California, a felony hit-and-run conviction can result in up to four years in prison and a fine of as much as $10,000. A misdemeanor conviction in that state carries the possibility of six months' jail time and a fine of up to $1,000.
- As horrific as the idea is of hitting someone's pet whether it be a cat, dog or rabbit. You are not required legally to stop at the scene if you hit a cat… but if you do, and it has a chance of survival, the best thing you can do is: Move the animal to safety (if it can be moved) and ideally take it to the nearest vet.
- hit and run. n. the crime of a driver of a vehicle who is involved in a collision with another vehicle, property or human being, who knowingly fails to stop to give his/her name, license number and other information as required by statute to the injured party, a witness or law enforcement officers.
If someone hits your vehicle and damages it you would be making a claim against their liability coverage and there would not be a deductible due for either you or the other driver. If the insurer finds their covered driver completely at fault you vehicle will be repaired at no cost to you.
- If someone hits your vehicle and damages it you would be making a claim against their liability coverage and there would not be a deductible due for either you or the other driver. If the insurer finds their covered driver completely at fault you vehicle will be repaired at no cost to you.
- If a car hits you from behind, it'll almost never be your fault, even if you were stopped. One basic driving rule is that you're supposed to leave enough room in front of your car to stop when the car in front of you stops suddenly. If the driver behind you couldn't stop, he or she probably wasn't driving safely.
- If you don't report within a certain number of days after the date of accident (per your policy), the company has the right to disclaim and won't cover you or any claim made by the "other person". Most insurance companies, including GEICO, have 24 hour claim reporting services.
Updated: 6th December 2019