Mililani, HI asked in Car Accidents for Hawaii

Q: Hit empty parked car; parked in a no parking area. Dropped off kids returned, wrote note, and waited. Their unlicensed.

Minor damage on back bumper. I took my kids to school and returned to find owner. The driver of parked car has no license. She says her husband has a license and will finish work at 230p. Pictures were taken and she took her kida to school. I didn't see the car, but assumed there is no car since it is a no parking area. Should I call the police or wait until 230p?

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1 Lawyer Answer
Mark Simonds
Mark Simonds
  • Personal Injury Lawyer
  • Haiku, HI
  • Licensed in Hawaii

A: Aloha, being that this occurred 3 weeks ago, the urgency has most likely passed. That said, you do have a duty to report most serious accidents that occur in or along Hawaii's public roadways. As the person whose car you struck was not operating the vehicle at the time, it is unlikely she'd get cited for driving without a license; if her husband claims he was the driver, that would be tantamount to committing false reporting to law enforcement. Also, you may be abetting a fraudulent insurance claim if you go along with it.

As always, honesty is the best policy. It keeps you out of trouble.

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