What if you don't know whether you bumped into person's car or not at low speed and then that individual drove away?

Asked 5 months ago - Chicago, IL

What are you to do if you're unsure about whether you braked in time before slowly and possibly bumping into an individual's back bumper and that person drove away with no inclination of letting you know if that person's car was bumped or not? Basically you don't know whether you bumped into the back of that person's car, and you don't know if a police report is/was/should be filed. You assume that you stopped "on time." No damage shows on the front of your car.

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  1. Stephen Laurence Hoffman

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    Answered . Report it to police and to your insurance carrier.

    That way, you've complied with the law and your insurance policy.

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  2. Christian K. Lassen II

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    Answered . Sounds like you either imagined it, or you lightly kissed the bumper. Put it behind you and move on with your life.

  3. Judy A. Goldstein

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    Answered . Sounds lijke you are OK. Let it go.

  4. Burton A. Padove

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    Answered . Best to be conservative so that this can it come back to haunt you. Make a report to the police and notify your insurance carrier. If you fail to do so and the other driver does report it to the police, you will have legal issues. If you don't report it to your insurer and a claim is later made, the insurer may decline coverage because of a lack of notice.

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  5. David Ian Schoen

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    Answered . It sounds like you think that you bumped the vehicle. There is probably not much that you can do except put your insurance company on notice and explain the facts to them.

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  6. John Reisz Hilgeman

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    Answered . Put you insurance company on notice of the incident.

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