Most people go about their days with a running “To Do” list on their mind. Deadlines to meet at work, errands to run before going home, picking up kids, paying bills… It can get to be too much, and it often causes people to become distracted while driving. So what happens if, during one of those moments, you accidentally hit a parked car? What are your legal duties and responsibilities?
Legal Responsibility When You Hit a Parked Car in Florida | Do I Need to Report the Car Accident?
Florida law requires you to report the accident to the nearest police department. Include the location of the accident, license plate of your and the other car, as well as your name, address, and vehicle registration number.
If the owner of the other car is present and requests to see your driver’s license, Florida law requires that you provide it.
What Happens if I Leave the Scene of the Accident?
Leaving the scene of an accident where you caused property damage is a misdemeanor in the second degree. Punishment includes incarceration for up to 60 days, fines, and suspension of your driver’s license. Do not risk criminal liability. Leave a note on the other car’s windshield and notify the police.
What to Do to Protect Yourself
Take pictures of the damage to both vehicles. Note whether there are any nearby businesses with surveillance video that you can request for litigation. If there are any witnesses, get their names and contact information.
Also, do not offer any information that is not required by law. Stick to the basics listed above. Do not explain that you were on the phone, reading a billboard, yelling at your kids, or going through a difficult time in your life. Anything you say can be used against you. Save the details for your attorney.
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Disclaimer: This blog is intended to be for informational purposes only and does not establish an attorney/client relationship.