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Someone hit my car, I need to track him down...

Discussion in 'Off Topic [BG]' started by Trevorus, Mar 8, 2006.


  1. Trevorus

    Trevorus

    Oct 18, 2002
    Urbana, IL
    Ok, someone hit my car in a parking lot. I got his name and address, and old insurance info (which he no longer has). How can I track this guy down? The police will not take a report and won't help me find him. The address he gave me, he was recently evicted from. I was able to dig up that he is part of the local carpenters union, and I have called them and left a voicemail. I have called the number he gave me numerous times, and the two times he's answered in 4 days, he keeps saying, "Hello?" like he can't hear me. His old insurance company is calling his ex-wife to see if she knows his whereabouts, as well. Does anyone know of any other channels I can go through to get this guy?
     
  2. bigbeefdog

    bigbeefdog Who let the dogs in?

    Jul 7, 2003
    Mandeville, LA
    Do you have collision coverage on your vehicle?

    If you do, file a claim with your own insurance carrier, give them the info you have, and let them go after him.

    BTW - how do you know who did it? Did you see it happen, and follow the guy home or something?
     
  3. MJ5150

    MJ5150 Terrific Twister

    Apr 12, 2001
    Lacey, WA
    Call him up and tell him he won a drawing for some free food at a local grocery store or something like that. When he shows up for the free goods, be there waiting!

    -Mike
     
  4. Trevorus

    Trevorus

    Oct 18, 2002
    Urbana, IL
    No, he came and gave me his info. Or all the BS info he could muster. I am going to file a claim with my insurance. But the problem is, I am still out 250 dollars for my deductible. And they also need a police report, which the police will not do.
     
  5. cheezewiz

    cheezewiz

    Mar 27, 2002
    Ohio

    Which is why you should have called the Police from the scene, rather than expecting them to do your followup later.
    Having said that, a lot of departments no longer do private property accidents. +1 on calling your insurance company. You pay them big dollars to handle things like this for you.
     
  6. bigbeefdog

    bigbeefdog Who let the dogs in?

    Jul 7, 2003
    Mandeville, LA
    And, IF they recover the repair costs (possibly a big IF), you may get a call from them down the road, telling you they have a check for you for $250.

    Happened to me once.
     
  7. Trevorus

    Trevorus

    Oct 18, 2002
    Urbana, IL
    This is what they said. But the problem is, I don't really have the 250 dollars to kick out right now. I'm still going to try to find this guy, because he owes me at least that, if not the full 600 or so. The thing is, shouldn't the police go after this guy, since (i'm pretty sure) he doesn't have car insurance?
     
  8. MJ5150

    MJ5150 Terrific Twister

    Apr 12, 2001
    Lacey, WA
    Since you're pretty sure, then yes. The police should always hunt down people if the complaintant is "pretty sure" they did something wrong!! :D :D

    -Mike
     
  9. Trevorus

    Trevorus

    Oct 18, 2002
    Urbana, IL
    Well, I think it does bear some investigation. What would it take, like 3 minutes and some typing into their computers to find out. When I forgot to turn on my headlights and I got stopped, I know they checked my background right there.
     
  10. MJ5150

    MJ5150 Terrific Twister

    Apr 12, 2001
    Lacey, WA
    I think you're right!

    Cheeze.......can you get on this please? As in right now! :D

    -Mike
     
  11. cheezewiz

    cheezewiz

    Mar 27, 2002
    Ohio
    I don't know about your State, but in Ohio, not having insurance is a completely civil thing. No criminal law is involved. All the Police do is report on the accident report or citation that the driver had no insurance. The State or Court handles any suspensions, etc. for failing to have proof of financial responsibility.
    Police do not issue citations for not having insurance, or investigate if a person has insurance. When I handle an accident and the person doesn't have an insurance card, I automatically mark "no insurance". It is up to them to prove they do.
     
  12. cheezewiz

    cheezewiz

    Mar 27, 2002
    Ohio

    LEADS printouts contain absolutely no information about insurance. The officer checked your driving history, not your insurance status.
    Again, not the police's part to "investigate" if someone has insurance. The police report what happens in an accident. Who pays for what is none of their concern.
     
  13. Frugle

    Frugle

    Sep 4, 2005
    Atlanta GA
    :confused:

    "MAN its dark out here... I can barely see the road! woah, better watch that care coming towards me with those bright headlights! Oh wait a second! I have headlights too! I completely forgot about those!"

    :confused: :ninja: :p :hyper:
     
  14. Trevorus

    Trevorus

    Oct 18, 2002
    Urbana, IL
    Well, I called my insurance company, and they'll be taking care of the stuff from here on in. There are plenty of record of this guy around here. Being divorced, all that info is on file with my local circuit clerk, and there must be records on him from all that. Also, he has a relative around the area and an ex-wife (which would probably be happy to make him pay. She's probably on my side by default). I know he has a court appearance on 3-21-06 which I migh have to go hang around the courthouse, just to keep an eye out for him.

    I am sure, though, that my insurance company has good access to records and such in this kind of circumstance, at least more than I can access. I also have a connection at a dealer for his cellular service that may be able to look around for some info on him.

    Well, at least I can get my car fixed. That is why I have insurance, even thought the 250 hit to my pocket really sucks.
     
  15. Trevorus

    Trevorus

    Oct 18, 2002
    Urbana, IL
    No, this was actually on a very well lit street. So much so that it is hard to be able to tell when my headlights aren't on. I did have my fog lights/tail lights on though.
     
  16. 43% burnt

    43% burnt an actor who wants to run the whole show

    May 4, 2004
    Bridgeport, CT
    Definitely should've called them right away.

    Not to derail but...3 days ago I got hit by a guy with no insurance or registration. It was a pretty crazy scene.

    I got rear ended on the way to work. I had to slam on my brakes to avoid hitting the car in front of me who also stopped short because a car pulled out in front of him. I barely stopped in time to not hit the car in front of me. The car behind me couldn't stop though. He swerved left, clipped my bumper, flew across the opposite site of the street through oncoming traffic un onto the embankment and into some trees.:eek:

    My truck is fine, there barely any visable damage. Just some black paint on my bumper. His on the other hand was in the trees, fender crushed, headlight smashed, mirror broken. I thought for sure someone was injured seriously. He had his girlfriend and baby in the car. Everyone was fine, thank god.

    Turns out the dude hadn't had insurance since 2004!:eek: :confused: :mad: And his registration had expired. The cops towed his car, and escorted him and his family away in the back of the cop car.

    Anways, I'm not going to file a claim because it's not worth it to me in the long run. The damage is minimal, probably less than my $500 deductable. But I don't want my rates to go up. Kinda sucks cause I want the guy to pay just on principle. You know? But I'll end up paying too...Just furthers my belief that insurance companies are one of the biggest rackets out there. :rollno:
     
  17. 43% burnt

    43% burnt an actor who wants to run the whole show

    May 4, 2004
    Bridgeport, CT
    What I would do if I were you is take it to an auto body place, get an estimate. Get 2 estimates...one if insurance is paying for it. Another if you pay cash out-of-pocket (which should be drastically lower).

    Then decide wheter you want to make a claim, and submit it to you insurance company and have them go after the dude. Keep in mind your rate will proabably go up too...even though it wasn't your fault.
     
  18. Trevorus

    Trevorus

    Oct 18, 2002
    Urbana, IL
    My rate won't go up, since it wasn't my fault. I have already checked with the insurance co. What they do is cut me a check for the amount of the repair (they have an adjuster estimate it) minus the 250 dollar deductible. So, if I can get someone that can do the same work for less, then I might not be out the 250. MY insurance also pays for a rental car while mine is in the shop. I have good insurance, but I want this asshat to pay for his mistake, as I undobtedly would have to had I made the same mistake.
     
  19. Thor

    Thor Moderator Staff Member Gold Supporting Member

    I second that motion.

    You are young and in a higher risk group (male/under25). Filing a
    claim to recover 350 bucks very likely will get your
    rate raised. The claim you want to protect against is when
    the car is totalled. At least make the rate increase worth your while.
     
  20. Trevorus

    Trevorus

    Oct 18, 2002
    Urbana, IL
    Oh, BTW, this damage is about 6-700 dollars.