Charged with leaving the scene of an accident even after providing cell phone number, name, address and vehicle tag.

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Charged with leaving the scene of an accident even after providing cell phone number, name, address and vehicle tag.

I bumped a parked motorcycle at a neighbors house and it fell over. I got the owner. I verbally gave my name, number, vehicle tag and address. We had a prior commitment and had to leave. Everything was ok when we left. The owners father came to the scene 30 min later and called the police. The officer got on the phone and said that I must return to the scene or I will be charged with leaving the scene of an accident. I explained to the officer that we had I had given my information to the owner and all should be o.k. I explained to the officer that I was to far away and unable to return.

Asked on June 11, 2009 under Accident Law, Maryland

Answers:

M.T.G., Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 12 years ago | Contributor

Ok, you hit a motorcycle and left all your information with the owner and then left for a prior engagement without an accident report being completed.  Was there an accident report filled out?  If so, you need to get a copy and make sure that it does not say you left the scene.  If there is a report on file you need to file one as well asap.  You also have to make sure that you contact your insurance asap.  They will disclaim coverage if there is a claim for lack of notice.  You said "we" had a prior commitment so I assume that you have witness.  That is helpful. Keep in contcat with your insurance company and cooperate.   


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