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What happens if you have an accident in your vehicle with no other cars involved and you leave the vehicle at the scene?

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2007-10-27 00:54:25
2007-10-27 00:54:25

Doing so is automobile abandonment. If left for several days, the local police will check for ownership via the license plates or VIN of the vehicle. Attempts will be made to contact the owner - If the owner cannot be reached, then the vehicle will be towed to an impounds lot. Parking is not free at the impound lots - sometimes as much as $8 per day in some regions. The owner will be required to pay the parking fees AND the towing charges before the car can be removed from the impound lot.

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If you are involved in the accident it is a crime to leave the scene, but if you are a witness or bystander there is no problem.



Yes. Like a hit and run? If you saw an accident happen and left it is highly unlikely, if not impossible, but if you were involved in anyway it is illegal to leave without first of all stopping your vehicle and communicating with the victim, usually exchanging insurance information and license plates.


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This simply means that if you were involved in any type of accident and leave before authorities arrive, you have left the scene of an accident with out making a statement.


Not 100% but I'm pretty sure you'd be looking at felony hit-and-run along with negligent homicide.


they can file charges or leave it alone, depending on how nice they are,


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The person backing out I am asuming other person has finished reversing and is leaving if I understood correctly


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Do not leave the scene. Call the police immediately!! After which you would contact your insurance company. Leaving the scene of an accident is a felony in most state in the US. It is known as "Hit and run", or "leaving the scene of an accident."



No, if you were negligent, and 'at fault' you still are, however, if they leave the scene doesn't sound like you will have to fix their vehicle, but you could still have a 'chargeable' accident on your policy.


your a lucky (or unlucky depending on the degree of injuries you sustained) son of a beech and you're probably a bad driver If you caused damage to property and get caught, you will get a ticket and have to pay for the damage. If no one saw you then you only have to deal with your conscience. If you try to make a claim on your car, your insurance agent will want to know where and how the damage was done. If you don't make a claim, you will probably get away with it.


all you need to do is go to the police department and ask for a copy you can also call them up and if you know the officers name that reported the accident then you can talk to them you might have to leave a message but they will get back to you quikly


If your involved you'll be charged with leaving the scene, if they was injuries it's far worse. Depending on the state and the severity of the accident you could get a warrant issued to you.



nothing legally, this is more a moral Q; if you think you have a statement that might clarify matters, the police will take it without repercussions.




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