If someone hit your parked car, you should file an accident report with the police, even if an officer can’t come to the scene. A police report is not always required to file a claim, but it does make the process easier and might come in handy if there is more damage than you initially think.
If the person who hit your car left a note, their insurance company should pay for your expenses with property damage liability insurance. But if the incident was a hit-and-run, you or your insurance company will end up footing the bill.
What to Do After Someone Hits Your Parked Car
1. Document the accident at the scene as much as possible.
Take photos of the note left by the other driver, if there was one. Photograph any damage to your car and the overall scene, including a view of the roadway, the position of your vehicle, and any wreckage or skid marks. If possible, get information from witnesses, including names, contact details, and a brief statement. Note the date, time, location, weather conditions, and any other relevant details, too.
2. Contact the police to file an accident report.
An officer might be dispatched to the scene to investigate and write a report, or you might be asked to provide details to your local district in person or online.
3. Begin the claims process with your insurance company.
Your insurance company will guide you through the claims process and contact the other driver’s insurance provider on your behalf, if the person who hit your car left a note. If someone hit your car and didn’t leave a note, you’ll have to file a claim using your own collision coverage or uninsured motorist protection, assuming you carry these coverage types.
4. Insurance to Use If Your Car Is Hit While Parked
If your car is hit while parked, you can use your collision insurance or uninsured/underinsured motorist coverage to pay for the damage. Both types of coverage typically have a deductible, though, which means you’ll probably pay something out of pocket to get your car fixed. You’ll also be subject to your policy limits, so you’ll be responsible for any cost that exceeds your coverage terms.
Finally, it’s important to note that uninsured motorist property damage coverage is not available in some states. And in other states where it is available, you might be unable to use it if the at-fault driver is unidentified.
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