Shaking the Tree, Seeing What Falls Out

h2.jpgLast week I posted about how someone ran into my car while it was parked outside of my house and then drove away. I got a lot of great suggestions from people and talked to even more folks in my neighborhood. I’ve now got witnesses, sightings, and photos. Yesterday I put these flyers (unredacted of course) up and I’ve already heard from people confirming earlier speculations. I’ve also heard from the repair shop and the total is close to $3,000 for the damages to my car. This is about to get interesting…

14 Replies to “Shaking the Tree, Seeing What Falls Out”

  1. Dude, I can’t believe you’re even waiting to turn it over. Fuck that guy. He should get busted. If they catch him, doesn’t his insurance still have to pay for it anyway?

  2. also – i can’t remember if it came up in the first post or the comments that went with it – but if you have the plates – I assume you’ve made a police report?

    i was in a hit-and-run on the highway several years back and some amazingly quick-thinking fellow driver got the plate number of the car that hit me and phoned it in independently so that when followed up on my report with CHP, they had the make, model, and plate in the computer.

    i was told as well that frequently it seems these plates, even if accurate, turn out to lead to some innocent dude’s house where a previous owner didn’t make sure the title and registration had completely passed to the new owner (note to independent car sellers – get square with the DMV!).

  3. It’s a matter of timeing – my car is in the shop now. I have to pay when I pick it up. If I have this guys insurance before then he pays and I don’t. If I turn it over to the cops, and they take a week (or more) to get him, then I have to pay now and then I have to go back and make sure the insurance people go after the other guys, reimburse me, take the stuff off my account, etc.. It’s much less work for me if he just gives me his info. If he doesn’t I’m still going after him, obviously.

  4. Are the two approaches mutually exclusive? I would have thought a police report (if not criminal charges) would be necessary for an insurance claim.

  5. I think we should start a pool re: whether you hear from this loser or not. My bet is that you will have to hunt him down like the varmit he is and make him pay.

  6. Yeah – good point on insurance- going back to my hit-and-run experience. It was my roommates car (oh yeah, no, it was a FABULOUS night on the side of the freeway, making That Phone Call. “Did you crash my car,” he said jokingly into the phone when he answered. “Not exactly,” I squeaked back.” “what the F does ‘not exactly’ mean?”)

    I digress.

    Of course I was insured and he was insured. Since it was his car, he ended up sorting things out. Because it was a hit-and-run where the other driver was clearly at fault, he paid ZERO out of pocket, regardless of whether the company ever recovered from arse-driver’s insurer (if there was one to begin with).

    Long rambling story short: have you found out if your insurance will pay upfront? I think they should . . . then it’s THEIR job to go after the Hummer bastard.

  7. Hoepfully you find the bastard.

    But don’t expect much help from the LAPD…they won’t even respond to a traffic accident unless there are injuries requiring an ambulance to respond. I doubt their traffic detectives will give you the time of day.

  8. CD: When I was involved with a hit and run and had the license plate & make/model of the offending car (and police report), my insurance (21st Cen.) still insisted I pay my deductible up front, then refunded it after 30 days. I think they were taking that time period to try to find the other driver and their insurance company.

    Sean: Good luck!

  9. Oren – I think you’re right and it totally depends on the terms of your insurance. The insurance in my case was State Farm – I don’t know what the other guys do.

  10. But don’t expect much help from the LAPD…they won’t even respond to a traffic accident unless there are injuries requiring an ambulance to respond. I doubt their traffic detectives will give you the time of day.

    I’m not the biggest fan of the LAPD, but I was hit by a driver that left the scene when I first moved here and once I gave them the plate # they were all over that bastard.

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