Chattanooga, TN asked in Traffic Tickets for Tennessee

Q: What can you do if someone hits your parked vehicle and you’re not in it? What is LE expected to do?

I want to know if a person can be cited for causing damage to my vehicle that is parked in a parking spot and I’m not in it. If they hit it and leave without a note or contact information, can they be charged with a hit and run? What if officers don’t want to spend the time investigating and finding out who hit my vehicle and caused damage? If they do leave a note and provide LE with a insurance card and later you find out their insurance was cancelled, can they later be cited for driving without insurance

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Anthony M. Avery
Anthony M. Avery
  • Traffic Tickets Lawyer
  • Knoxville, TN
  • Licensed in Tennessee

A: Have you identified the License Plate, or the Driver, that hit you? Some places have video surveillance. Any witnesses? Once you identify either the Driver or the Owner, then report it to LEO's and make claims against their Liability Coverages. You might try the Financial Responsibility Section of the DOS. But without knowing who it was that hit your vehicle, it is usually only an Uninsured Motorist Claim on your Insurance.

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