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If both parties agree to leave the scene of an accident, can there still be legal ramifications?

Hampton, VA |
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Yes - the fact that there is no police report does not effect this issue.


Absolutely. The incident needs to be reported immediately to your automobile liability insurance carrier. Failure to notify your carrier can jeopardize your coverage when the other party comes back and sues you a year from now. It is always a good practice to call the police to the scene of any accident so that the situation can be documented.You also should report all incidences to your carrier ASAP.

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Yes a claim can be brought against an at fault party for a motor vehicle collision without a police report. A police report would only be used as evidence of a motor vehicle collision.


Always report every accident to both the police and to the insurance, because if you don't, it will come back to bite you.

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