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    CAR DAMAGE. DRIVER DID NOT STOP

    My car was parked outside my workplace yesterday. When I came out, big dent to the back wing. Note on my windscreen from local resident who heard the bang, looked and saw the driver talking on his mobile, then he drove off.

    Have reported and given all the details to the police, insurance etc.

    The resident got the car registration details. I know it won't be a priority for the police to find and check this car.

    So now I just sit and wait...........until nothing happens then I am told uninsured accident and too late to do anything about it.

    I have no way of tracing the driver.......so that's it, he gets away with it????

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    I have no way of tracing the driver.......so that's it, he gets away with … I have no way of tracing the driver.......so that's it, he gets away with it????



    Not so

    you can request owner details from DVLA there is a small charge for the service though

    Give MIB a try mib.org.uk/Hom…htm The MIB is an organisation (established in 1946) to help compensate the victims of negligent uninsured and untraced motorists. It's funded by all the insurance companies and is basically the only option available for those seeking compensation who've had a crash or accident with an uninsured driver. good luck and sorry to hear this happened.

    Kevo2k7;7149087

    Give MIB a try http://www.mib.org.uk/Home/en/default.htm The MIB is an … Give MIB a try http://www.mib.org.uk/Home/en/default.htm The MIB is an organisation (established in 1946) to help compensate the victims of negligent uninsured and untraced motorists. It's funded by all the insurance companies and is basically the only option available for those seeking compensation who've had a crash or accident with an uninsured driver. good luck and sorry to hear this happened.



    this is only for inju7ry claims though isnt it? not vehicle damage ?

    Give it to your insurers, they will take all the necessary steps to recoup the money, unfortunately with no reg it will very difficult and unlikely, therefore, yes they do get away with it!

    He won't get away with it. My husband was accused of hitting some-one and the police were involved. He carries people in his car all the time for patient transport and was in the area on the day and the passenger said that he never hit anyone while they were in the car but the insurance company (admiral :x) still insisted on paying out as we had no proof that he didn't hit it as there was a mark on our wing mirror and he was in the area. Police dropped the charges but basically the person had damaged their car and had maybe looked for a car with a mark on it's wing mirror and said that my husband had hit them and drove off. You have a witness too so I think you ill be fine. The police will charge him with leaving the scene of an accident and dangerous driving ( thats what the charges against my husband were)

    This happened to me in a supermarket. The insurance company traced the vehicle and owner, and yes he wasn't insured.

    I will think twice if it was to happen again, is the
    damage worth repairing or is it just a scratch!

    Banned

    The resident got the car registration details. I know it won't be a … The resident got the car registration details. I know it won't be a priority for the police to find and check this car.




    As long as you have the reg number they will be able to trace the car, unless it is un-registered then you just have to hope the police spot it ( they will put a marker against the reg)

    Banned

    1. report to the police as they will chase up and prosecute for failing to give details

    2. contact your insurer as they will contact the dvla and pursue the claim

    3.Buy the good samaritan a good drink

    4. Fill out a V888 to get the drivers details

    direct.gov.uk/en/…067
    How to find out about the keeper details of another vehicle
    You can only get the name and address of the registered keeper of another vehicle if you can demonstrate ‘reasonable cause’ for needing the information. The DVLA must consider the reasons why you need the information and how it will be used before it is given to you.

    Banned

    As long as the Reg you have is correct and you have your witness, the police will track the guy (assuming its not stolen). He'll get done for failing to stop at the scene of an accident (again, assuming he's not reported it himself within 24 hours of the incident).

    Obviously you need to contact your insurance company with those details.

    Hopefully once identified, the guy is insured. Not sure what happens in those circumstances.... maybe be has to give you his car as compensation instead. (OK - that was a joke - but it's a serious suggestion!)

    Take a photo of the damage aswell, also u can get the dmg repaired by a garadge, keep the invoice tho of the work that has been carried out

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    guv;7149153

    As long as the Reg you have is correct and you have your witness, the … As long as the Reg you have is correct and you have your witness, the police will track the guy (assuming its not stolen). He'll get done for failing to stop at the scene of an accident (again, assuming he's not reported it himself within 24 hours of the incident). Obviously you need to contact your insurance company with those details.Hopefully once identified, the guy is insured. Not sure what happens in those circumstances.... maybe be has to give you his car as compensation instead. (OK - that was a joke - but it's a serious suggestion!)


    No, he has to give the car to the police until either insured or they scrap it. OP would then have to pursue a private claim IIRC

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    csiman;7149176

    No, he has to give the car to the police until either insured or they … No, he has to give the car to the police until either insured or they scrap it. OP would then have to pursue a private claim IIRC



    Hmmm.... You missed the next bit where I say "OK - that was a joke - but it's a serious suggestion!"

    I know thats not gonna happen...... I'm suggesting it would be a better solution than handing over to the Police. (They are not the victim here!!!):thumbsup:

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    guv;7149215

    Hmmm.... You missed the next bit where I say "OK - that was a joke - but … Hmmm.... You missed the next bit where I say "OK - that was a joke - but it's a serious suggestion!"I know thats not gonna happen...... I'm suggesting it would be a better solution than handing over to the Police. (They are not the victim here!!!):thumbsup:


    nah, didnt miss that; just posting what actually happens. Although I do prefer your suggestion :-D

    Even if you do get the details of the owner, isn't there the danger he'll deny he was driving at the time? Did your neighbour actually see the driver himself? Is he able to describe them?

    Happened to me once in my work car park and I was left with lots of damage. Luckily, CCTV caught it. Turned out to be a colleague.

    Good luck.

    Jumpingphil;7149466

    "The resident got the car registration details."Did you miss that bit … "The resident got the car registration details."Did you miss that bit ^^^^^ ? :?



    ooops I did miss that bit - I had lots of typos too - lol well it was early!



    Ahhh just pass it onto your insurance company then and they will deal with it all for you x

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    monkey_whiskers;7149727

    Even if you do get the details of the owner, isn't there the danger he'll … Even if you do get the details of the owner, isn't there the danger he'll deny he was driving at the time? Did your neighbour actually see the driver himself? Is he able to describe them?Happened to me once in my work car park and I was left with lots of damage. Luckily, CCTV caught it. Turned out to be a colleague.Good luck.



    Only relevant if the police are going to prosecute

    Irrelevant if the insurance companies are sorting it out

    If you have reported it to your insurance company they will do the rest

    Original Poster

    Phew, thanks guys. Just got back from police station....2 hrs presenting documents and filling forms etc. They cannot give me the drivers details, all they would tell me was that he is insured :-D

    The police will go and visit the witness because the info from me is hearsay, she saw it happen. She is so angry because she could see he was on his mobile phone.

    Police said he will get a letter informing him of offence and must declare who was driving. Great but I want the details, would really like to visit his home, see if any damage to his car is visible.....more evidence (when he denies it took place or comes up with a great alibi) which I know the police will not do. I know that might seem over the top but I know how these things pan out after months and months.

    OK insurance will sort my car out but I am not being left with the excess to pay. Well dented back panel and scratches, approx £500 + not sure

    Will look at some of your suggestions above and come back to you. At the end of the day, it's only metal and nobody hurt...............:roll: keep trying to tell myself. Ha

    monkey_whiskers;7149727

    Even if you do get the details of the owner, isn't there the danger he'll … Even if you do get the details of the owner, isn't there the danger he'll deny he was driving at the time? Did your neighbour actually see the driver himself? Is he able to describe them?Happened to me once in my work car park and I was left with lots of damage. Luckily, CCTV caught it. Turned out to be a colleague.Good luck.



    The registered keeper of the car will be legally obliged to identify who was driving the car at the requested date and time - if they claim the car was parked up at home, they'll be expected to prove it. At this point, none of it has anything to do with the alleged offence as failure to provide the details of the driver is separate entirely. Once the driver has been identified though the police will need some proof that it was their car, the neighbour will need to be able to provide some evidence of the car, make sure they've noted down *all* details, even small ones about the make, model, spec, colour etc. of the car and if they couldn't identify the model to note down say the shape of the brake lights or anything that would help identify the car.

    John

    guv;7149215

    Hmmm.... You missed the next bit where I say "OK - that was a joke - but … Hmmm.... You missed the next bit where I say "OK - that was a joke - but it's a serious suggestion!"I know thats not gonna happen...... I'm suggesting it would be a better solution than handing over to the Police. (They are not the victim here!!!):thumbsup:



    Lol i seen on this sky 1 program a bmw z4 came flying down the A36 and hit a cop car and he got nicked (thats what he gets )

    Original Poster

    csiman;7149131

    1. report to the police as they will chase up and prosecute for failing … 1. report to the police as they will chase up and prosecute for failing to give details 2. contact your insurer as they will contact the dvla and pursue the claim 3.Buy the good samaritan a good drink 4. Fill out a V888 to get the drivers details. http://www.direct.gov.uk/en/Motoring/OwningAVehicle/AdviceOnKeepingYourVehicle/DG_4022067How to find out about the keeper details of another vehicleYou can only get the name and address of the registered keeper of another vehicle if you can demonstrate ‘reasonable cause’ for needing the information. The DVLA must consider the reasons why you need the information and how it will be used before it is given to you.



    Excellent really good advice here cisman. I know the insurance / police will get the info but also useful for me to have. :-D

    Original Poster

    Tanchi;7149175

    Take a photo of the damage aswell, also u can get the dmg repaired by a … Take a photo of the damage aswell, also u can get the dmg repaired by a garadge, keep the invoice tho of the work that has been carried out



    Insurance sorting all that out. Most insurance companies have their own nominated garages they want you to use. Gone are the days of taking it to your local garage, then claiming off the insurance company :x

    Original Poster

    Have spread the rep out toooo much it seems, has stopped me doing any more.

    Will keep you posted how I get on......and if I find him!

    Banned

    You will be liable for your excess in the first instance until your insurance company can recover it from the pleb's insurance company

    If he is insured then you should get it back - eventually

    Original Poster

    OK, car all repaired. Police did take a statement from my witness.

    This week Police rang to say they had interviewed the driver, he finally admitted he hit the the car. He now has to do a some sort of road awareness course £160.

    I did write and get the drivers details from DVLA because if his insurance company get difficult, we might not get the excess, so I have his details if I need to take him to court to get the excess.

    Nice to know there things still work out as they should.........most of the time anyway.

    iglimpse;7757870

    OK, car all repaired. Police did take a statement from my witness. This … OK, car all repaired. Police did take a statement from my witness. This week Police rang to say they had interviewed the driver, he finally admitted he hit the the car. He now has to do a some sort of road awareness course £160.I did write and get the drivers details from DVLA because if his insurance company get difficult, we might not get the excess, so I have his details if I need to take him to court to get the excess.Nice to know there things still work out as they should.........most of the time anyway.



    Thanks for the update, glad you are sorted.:thumbsup:
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