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my car was involved in a hit and run but i wasn't there. can i still get in trouble?
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my car was involved in a hit and run but i wasn't there. can i still get in trouble?

Last night my girlfriend was using my car and she got into an accident. Instead of stopping, she left the scene and drove home. she doesn't have a valid DL and she was afraid she'd go to jail. So now i'm stuck with the damaged car and the fear of being in trouble with the law. What should i do?


2009-04-04 17:58:57 +0000
Unfortunately in a lot of hit and run accidents all that a wittiness is able to get is a license plate number, and that is yours so I would expect a visit from the local constable. Now you would then have a dilemma as to weather you will turn in your girlfriend or not, make that decision before that time comes. Good Luck.

2009-04-04 18:04:13 +0000
Turn her in and send her *** to jail. Which would you rather do, find another girlfriend freely or find a girlfriend in prison? You are the registered owner of the car and they will find you by the license plate. "Oh but officer it wasn't me." is something they hear every day so it will not fly.

2009-04-04 17:56:09 +0000
i agree, the best thing to do is come clean and stop lending your car out! or you could somehow track down the person she hit and pay for their damages.

2009-04-04 17:57:29 +0000
Yes, you can get in a lot of trouble. You are liable for the damages, and could also have charges against you for knowingly allowing an unlicensed driver to use your car. What were you thinking?

You and your girlfriend should go to the cops and fess up, maybe they'll go easy on you

2009-04-04 17:55:15 +0000
come clean and report it. call ins co. they nay deny for letting unlicensed driver use car. stop trying to cheat people --tell "girlfriend" to get ready to be responsible for her actions. what kind of friends are you keeping company with???

2009-04-04 18:16:13 +0000
If you are contacted by the police and a claim is filed, they will take your information down. Don't worry, have it ready and give it when needed if they pursue an accident claim. The owner of the vehicle cannot force that information out of you without an insurance claim.

- She obviously gave valid contact information, which is required. It is not hit and run if you give information and cooperate. There is no requirement however, to fork over your private insurance information without a claim being filed. Contacting your own insurance and letting them know that you hit a car is what you do so that if the owner of the hit vehicle does file a claim, their insurance can contact you and get your information. You did not run away from it and refuse to cooperate then it is not going to get you in trouble. Let your insurance know, give them the other persons information and let your company battle it out. This is not a personal battle between the owner of the car and you.
I was rear ended a couple months ago and my brother is a cop so I asked him about all of this when it happened to me
1 week ago

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