If I hit a parked car and left a note, how long does the owner of the car have to respond?

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If I hit a parked car and left a note, how long does the owner of the car have to respond?

It has been a few days and the note has not been moved or even looked at.

Asked on July 9, 2012 under Accident Law, Pennsylvania

Answers:

Robert Slim / Robert C. Slim - Attorney at Law

Answered 9 years ago | Contributor

There is no time limit for the owner to respond to you.  There is a two-year statute of limitations, however, on any resulting civil claim for property damages.  I would try to find out who owns the car.  Maybe you can knock on the neighboring houses and ask if they know the owner.  If that doesn't work, then I would say to leave well enough alone.  In the meantime, I would get pictures of the damages.  You don't want the owner to come forward later and try to claim damages that you did not cause.

Another thing you can do is contact your insurance company and report the claim.  Then give them the make, model, color, and license plate number of the vehicle.  Maybe they can help you get in touch with the owner and get this matter resolved.


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