I was involved in a hit and run. I scraped by a car stopped at a stoplight and felt no movement or bump and heard no noises, so I drove away. When I got home later, I noticed a very small scratch on my car which was not there before, meaning I most likely hit the stopped car. I believe the other driver took down my license plate. Is it best to turn myself in? Do I need to get a lawyer?
I would definitely consult with a criminal defense attorney as if the other took down your license plate and called the police, you could be charged with leaving the scene of an accident.
Also, you need to report the accident to your insurance company immediately after consulting with the attorney. Your auto insurance policy is a binding contract between you and your insurance carrier. Each and every auto policy has a clause requiring its insureds to report any accidents in a timely manner. Failure to do so within a reasonable time can lead to the insurance company attempting to deny coverage by sending a disclaimer letter and later a denial letter.
Bottom line: report the accident immediately to your auto insurance carrier.
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